Chair Anne-Marie Schloesser  

The 2011 Delegates Meeting has elected Anne-Marie Schloesser as chair of EFPP.

After my studies in English, history and graduation in psychology at the University of Goettingen/ Germany I worked for 17 years at the Department for Medical Psychology where I trained medical students. During this time I was trained in psychodrama, client centered psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

Since 1993 I am treating adult patients as a psychoanalyst in my own private practice. I also work as lecturer, training and supervising analyst at several institutes for psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. I am member and training analyst of the German Society for Psychoanalysis, of the International Association for Psychoanalysis IPA and of the IPA China Allied Center where I am involved in a training for psychologists and psychiatrists in psychodynamic psychotherapy twice a year.

I was elected into the Executive board of the head organisation for psychoanalysis in Germany with more than 3500 members. In this board I worked for ten years, four of which as chair. This organisation is responsible for the organisational and financial framework in which psychoanalytic therapy is practised in Germany. In these years of my chairmanship the organisation of the annual conferences and publication of the conference books once a year was part of my responsibility.

For many years we did a lot of work on conceptualizing the “Psychotherapeutengesetz” – the law that now allows also psychologists to work as fully admitted partners in the public health service. In my time as president of the DGPT I specialized on quality management in the health service and got in touch with several fields of psychotherapy in the public sector. So I was elected into the “Federal Board of the Health system”, the head organisation of physicians and psychologists working in the field of health insurance. Here we are busy with the evaluation of the effecitivity and effectiveness of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The answer to this question is crucial for the survival of psychoanalysis not only in my home country. I also became expert of the insurance companies where I have to decide in which case to pay for psychotherapy and where not.

It is now 8 years ago since I came into the EFPP executive board where I took over the task as coordinator of the adult section. I love this work because it brought me in contact with people from all over Europe, Israel and in the last years also from middle Asia. In We got in touch and tried to find out what we had in common but also about the differences which always was enriching. We had discussions on a high level; we established a rotating newsletter to be published on the website approximately four times a year written by changing national networks, describing and discussing national topics and presenting themselves to their European colleagues. An excellent platform for communication between the delegates.

In these years we also intensively discussed the question of a “European Certificate” for psychoanalytic psychotherapists who work with adult patients. Several working groups did a tremendous job in clarifying and analysing the situation until in the end we found out that the discrepancies between our member networks concerning the definition of psychoanalytic psychotherapy are by far too large and cannot be forced into a certificate whatsoever. Moreover, there is no need for such a certificate as the European regulations allow movements from one country to another.

In the last years the executive board concentrated on facilitating the development of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the Eastern European countries. We had visits and summer schools there, last year in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This October there will be a two section conference in Crakow together with the child/adolescent section. The title is “Siblings. Rivalry and Envy, Coexistence and Concern”.

What are my ideas about the future of the EFPP?

I am convinced that the EFPP will have to sharpen its profile or it will lose its reason to exist. Helping to implement and strengthen an infrastructure for psychoanalysis still is one of the most important aims of the EFPP although our means are limited. I also see the need to intensify the contact and the horizontal and well as the vertical communication between our member national networks on the one hand and between the board and the delegates and the national networks on the other hand in order to maintain and even improve the high standards of our work. A stronger connection and exchange with the International Psychoanalytic Association of which I am a member is another aim of mine. And in my role as “Editor in Chief” I will go on taking care of the EFPP book series to be published at Karnac’s in London. There will be more tasks to be fulfilled in the future.




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