The AP Association began as SPPP – SOCIEDADE PORTUGUESA DE PSICOTERAPIA PSICANALÍTICA (PORTUGUESE SOCIETY OF PSICHOANALITIC PSYCHOTHERAPY) IN 2005, having blown up and starting, with new founder members, the constitution of AP – ASSOCIAÇÃO PORTUGUESA DE PSICANÁLISE E PSICOTERAPIA PSICANALÍTICA (PORTUGUESE ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHOANALISYS AND PSICHOANALITIC PSYCHOTHERAPY) In 18 April 2008, with the 2 departments of PSYCHOANALISYS and PSICHOANALITIC PSYCHOTHERAPY.
The Institute began its training activities in October 2008, with the group that has finished theorical training in 2012.
The AP’s main objectives are the research and investigation and training in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytical therapy, the realization of courses (practical and theoretical), seminars, colloquiums and congresses and scientific and technical divulgence.
In order to execute it’s goals, the AP develops, amongst others, the following scientific activities:
a) Makes available to it’s associates the study and investigation in the areas of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytical therapy;
b) Organizes theoretical and clinical seminars;
c) Organizes individual and group supervision sessions;
d) Accredits its associates, within the limitations imposed by law, as qualified for the exercise of psychoanalysis and/or psychoanalytical psychotherapy.
e) Institutes channels to provide services to the community, which serve the tripe objective of psychoanalytical or psychotherapeutic intervention, the continuous training of the associates and research and investigation;
f) Organizes colloquiums, conferences and congresses, by itself or by establishing protocols with individuals or institutions.
g) Promotes the study and investigation in the areas of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytical psychotherapy;
h) Publishes books, journals, and scientific or technical articles;
i) Federates itself with congeneric national and international associations;
j) Manages the funds prevenient from the fees of the associates, of donations or legacies accepted by the association;
k) Maintains updated and divulges the lists of its associates accredited for the autonomous exercise of psychoanalysis or psychoanalytical psychotherapy;
Principles and Ethics
AP defends as fundamental principles:
Therapeutic principles: those that assure that psychoanalysis is adequately conducted and has as objective the development of personal knowledge, which becomes conscientious through a permanent dialogue with the unconscious. Psychoanalysis will hence be the analysis of the psychic to bring forth it’s constituting elements and operative processes.
Ethical Principles: given that psychoanalysis consists of, in it’s broader definition, a specific form of dialogue and emotional experience which conduces to consciousness and to the realization of the Self, for ethical and scientific reasons, the diverse forms of dialogue can not be regulated by impositions exterior to the analytical contract established between the analyst and patient. The aspects previously mentioned also apply to the training and supervision. This form of understanding psychoanalysis mandatorily implies a specific, case-by-case, contract.
From AP’s point of view psychoanalytical ethics, are essentially the commitment between the psychoanalyst and the patient, which in turn depends on the nature of the bond established between the latter, a bond for knowledge in search of truth, that is, to encounter oneself, one’s authentic self, one’s intrinsic truth: one’s genuine desire, one’s own values, and truly determining ideals.
Psychoanalytical ethics is not derived from any exogenous and heteronomous moral, whether of religious, political, ideological origin, or dictated by cultural tradition, circumstances, or by the utopia conceived by the belonging group nor by the normative constructs of the affiliation society. The psychoanalytical ethics result from the endogenous and autonomous moral, resultant from the empathy and compassion, and from the respect for the nature and freedom of others.
In coherence with these principles, AP will not accept any funds from any institution that can compromise the principles and intellectual freedom expressed in its statutes.
Scientific principles of free growth of theoretical-practical knowledge: the object of the study of the psychoanalyst and of the psychoanalytical psychotherapist cannot be limited to the definition of one single author, but rather, it should gather all meaningful studies which have been recognized among the scientific community. Such a principle is important in assuring openness and evolution, without which science would perish.
Training principles: the best and safest way to train an analyst is his/her own
psychoanalytical process. Additionally, psychoanalytical and psychotherapeutic training is also constituted by attending the training course defined by AP, as well as by the supervision of clinical cases.
Consequentially to these principles, AP intends to stimulate the dialogue of psychoanalysis with diverse areas of scientific knowledge as well as to maintain exchanges with universities, seeking to awaken in students the interest for the scientific developments of psychoanalysis.
Furthermore, with the same concern, AP integrates, for scientific, technical and didactic purposes, two departments: the Department of Psychoanalysis and the Department of Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy, each with it’s own specific training and graduation, given that these are different psychotherapy techniques with different therapeutic goals.
Looking stimulate dialogue between psychoanalysis and several areas of scientific knowledge as well as maintain exchanges with universities and other entities seeking to foster in students and the general public interest in scientific developments of Psychoanalysis, the AP promotes 2 or 3 times a year, interdisciplinary scientific meetings (in Lisbon and other points of Portugal).
Study group on Winnicott’s thought
É um grupo coordenado por Maria do Rosário Belo Gomes e formado por psicanalistas (ou psicanalistas em formação) da AP, com interesse no aprofundamento do estudo sobre o pensamento desse autor. Neste momento, o grupo reúne regularmente uma vez por mês (as quintas feiras) em sessões de duas horas, onde contamos com a participação de especialistas no pensamento de Winnicott, nomeadamente, psicanalistas da Sociedade Brasileira de Psicanálise Winnicottiana. Entre estas sessões acontecem, pontualmente, sessões dirigidas por mim, com duração variável entre três a quatro horas, que visam continuar o debate ocorrido nas sessões teóricas (por vezes, com revisão da gravação da sessão teórica) e discussão de material clínico.
Maria do Rosário Belo Gomes membro didacta e fundador da AP (Associação Portuguesa de Psicanálise e Psicoterapia Psicanalítica) e, ao nível dos órgãos sociais, integra a Comissão de Ensino da AP. É responsável pela formação de novos psicanalistas, como supervisora e como formadora. É responsável por todos os seminários ministrados na formação geral da AP sobre o pensamento de Winnicott.
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