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WPA "Psychoanalysis in Psychiatry" (PIP) Section Report on the Yokohama World Congress – August 2002

The WPA General Assembly held during the Yokohama World Congress officially voted the creation of the PIP section . Many saw this creation as the sign of the WPA increasing concern for clinical issues and renewed interest for the psychodynamic point of view in psychiatry.

This congress gave also a good opportunity for our section’s first scientific manifestations in a WPA World Congress.
Finally this congress was also the occasion for our second section general meeting allowing to improve the section’s organization and to update the section’s projects for the next months.

I. The PIP section in the World Congress:

a) The Pip section’s main activity in the congress was a double symposium on “Psychoanalysis contributions to modern Psychiatry”. The program was a good illustration of the section’s aims: Part I was chaired and introduced by SD Kipman (France) and allowed a first set of interventions with:

  • Allan Tasman (USA): “Integrated treatment in psychiatric practice in the twenty first century”
  • Florence Quartier (Switzerland): “Psychopathology, Psychoanalysis and evaluation of quality of life in the Elderly”
  • Guy Darcourt (France): “ Psychoanalytic contribution to Psychiatric training”

Part II : was chaired by M. Botbol (France) and allowed the next set of communications:

  • Brian Martindale (United Kingdom): “Is psychoanalytic family therapy always contraindicated in psychosis?”
  • Ayca Gurdal (Turkey): “ The incorporation of psychoanalysis in the management of general medical patients
  • Herve Bokobza (France): “Psychoanalysis’ contribution to communautary treatment for psychotic disorders”

Absence of Armando Barriguete (Mexico) and Maurice Corcos (France), due to last minutes personal problems led us to transfer their presentation to later worshops, one of them organized by our section.

A rather large public attended this double symposium with simultaneous English-Japanese translation. A rich discussion followed showing the pertinence of our section’s reflective model.

b) Two section’s workshops were also organized:

  • First workshop: “Evaluation of Quality of Life in the Elderly: Psychoanalytic Approach” chaired and introduced by Florence Quartier (Switzerland) allowed a rich discussion around a videotaped consultation (Dr. Rey-Bellet) of an aged patient showing first stages of Alzheimer. This consultation and the discussion following its presentation demonstrated how useful a psychoanalytic approach can be, even in a case where neurological determination cannot be denied, this being demonstrated by the neuropsychological approach.
  • The other workshop “Lebovici’s model for therapeutic consultation in infant psychiatry” was presented by M. Botbol (France) on a videotaped therapeutic consultation of S. Lebovici, showing clearly the use of psychoanalytically oriented approach in infant psychiatry. The discussion questioned the technical aspects of this therapeutic consultation and the concepts used by S. Lebovici on transgenerational transmission and articulation between filiation and affiliation.

c) We have also to mention section’s participations in others scientific manifestations held in this congress:

  • Presentation of a psychoanalytically oriented psychiatric classification by M. Botbol in the multisymposium organized by Juan Mezzich and A. Ustun on behalf of WPA and WHO
  • Presentation of M. Corcos contribution on Psychoanalytic contribution to communautary treatment of anorexia in a workshop on Eating Disorders.

II. Ongoing activities:

  • Development of a teaching on psychiatric interview on the model of those organized with Florence Quartier in France, Switzerland and Turkey.
  • Elaboration and diffusion of a list of psychoanalytical texts essential for psychiatric practice, to support local working groups and formations on psychoanalytic contributions to psychiatry.

III. Section’s organization: This was the main topic of our section general meeting:

  • To improve communication between the section’s members , it was decided that the section’s mailing list will be transmitted to each of the section’s members so that they can directly inform all other members of their projects’ development.
  • Each trimester, the section’s secretary will write a summary of these announcement and send it to all members and to WPA officers, to WPA web page (R. Montenegro) and to WPA Sections’ Newsletter (G. Christodolou).
  • We also decided to edit a PIP section Newsletter we entrust Florence Quartier in Geneva. This Newsletter should have around 200 copies and should be distributed to inform on section’s activities.

IV. Section’s projects:

They were also discussed in the section’s general meeting:

  • Organization of symposia and workshops in future WPA meetings in Vienna and Caracas in 2003 and in Geneva in 2004
  • Intervention in the Toronto IPA congress in 2003 to expose the PIP Section creation and its aims and projects
  • Organization in France of an intersectional meeting with the Urban Psychiatry section
  • To contribute to the work of the Classification section to take into account cultural and theoretical diversity in the future psychiatric classifications.
  • To edit a book based on the commentaries of the psychoanalytic texts essential to psychiatric practice we are proposing to support teaching and formations

V. Section’s Board

It has not been changed, a dispensation allowing Alan Tasman to remain cochairman in spite of his recent election as zonal representative of north American zone.

Dr. M. Botbol - Secretary of PIP Section
Directeur Médical - Clinique Dupré
B.P. 101 - 92333 Sceaux Cedex - France
Phone: 331 40 91 50 25
Mobile: 336 80 62 68 36
Fax: 331 40 91 50 41
E-mail: michel.botbol@wanadoo.fr

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