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Mehler, J.A. (2014). Letter from Italian Psychoanalytical Association. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 95(2):191-193.

(2014). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 95(2):191-193

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Letter from Italian Psychoanalytical Association

Jacqueline Amati Mehler

Before it split off in 1992, AIPsi (Italian Psychoanalytical Association) shared history and tradition with the Italian Psychoanalytical Society (SPI), and many of the AIPsi founding members were active participants in the SPI's institutional life, holding office in a variety of positions.

In 1992 a group of senior analysts of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society (SPI) including Emilio Servadio - the pioneer of psychoanalysis in Italy and founder of the SPI in 1932 - as well as some colleagues well known within the Italian and international psychoanalytic milieux, split off to become, in 1997, the Italian Psychoanalytical Association (AIPsi) under the auspices of Prof. Joseph Sandler, past Honorary Member of the AIPsi and IPA President at the time, Adam Limentani (Chairman of the Sponsoring Committee), Yolanda Gampel, Gemma Jappe, and later on Liza Gutierrez Green. The dissent regarded essentially ethical and institutional issues; in fact, initially there had been no evidence of significant technical or scientific divergencies. The main purpose of the AIPsi has been to construct a Training Institute that would offer candidates a broad, theoretically and clinically integrated training and learning programme, to which all the training analysts as well as Full and Associate Members contribute according to their specific energies and competences.

From the time of the first presidency of Adriano Giannotti, who had been Professor at the University of Rome and Head of Dynamic Child Psychiatry Training and who passed away prematurely in 1994, the founding members of the Association have been engaged in a complex work of constitution and organization of the new Association, starting from the search for a headquarters suitable for the needs of the members, the setting up and consolidation of the Training Institute, and the founding of a library that is open to the public and contains over 10,000 books, journals and reviews thanks to the donations of Emilio Servadio, Stefano Fajrajzen and Bernie Pacella (past President of the American Psychoanalytic Association).

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