What Can the IPA Do For You? Underwrite a Visiting Scholar from Europe or Latin America

North American analysts for the most part consider the IPA irrelevant and not particularly helpful to their professional lives. But think about psychoanalytic ideas you never have a chance to hear about.  The IPA has a program that provides financial support for visits by psychoanalytic thinkers from Europe and Latin America to your institute or society.
I want to make sure you know about the Inter-Regional Visiting Scholars Grant intended to promote a dialogue across IPA regions and encourage debate from different  psychoanalytic perspectives. It is administered by the IPA Committee on Analytic Practice and Scientific Activities, CAPSA for short. The grant program is commonly called “CAPSA grants”. The visiting scholar usually gives one or two talks, offers some supervision sessions, and guest teaches a class. How to use them is up to the local group and the scholar.
The grant covers travel expenses up to a determined limit. In addition, there are funds for auxiliary expenses such as publicity and translation.
Who can apply?  The answer is:
  • Individual Institutes/ Societies
  • Groups of Institutes/Societies from the same region
  • A regional body
  • IPA Committees such as COCAP (Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Committee) and COWAP ( Women and Psychoanalysis Committee)
  • IPSO
Here is an example of how one society recently used  a CAPSA grant:
The Mato Grosso do Sul Psychoanalytic Society in Brazil invited Serge Frisch from Belgium (and Luxemburg), past president of the EPF. Frisch spent 3 days in the city of Campo Grande, discussing the outreach efforts of the EPF in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. He presented a paper entitled: “The Future Development of the EPF and the New Initiatives.” Later that day he presented a paper on institutional conflicts and how they dealt with them in the EPF. What was of great interest to the Society was his presentation comparing training in the Eitingon model and the French model and what their respective advantages were.

This is a generous program that has been underutilized in North America.  Bionian perspectives are especially popular in Latin America. Laplanche and psychosomatics are two areas of study that are pursued among French-speaking analysts. French analysts also find the death instinct a valuable construct, a perspective you rarely hear discussed in the English-speaking North American analytic community.

Except for a very few psychoanalysts such as Gail Reed, Jonathan House and Suzanne Rosenfeld, not much is known or discussed by English-speaking analysts in North America about French psychoanalytic theorizing.  Jonathan House informs the English-speaking North American psychoanalytic community with his translations of French texts.

If you aren’t sure how to identify scholars  whose thinking would interest your local psychoanalytic community, please email (guntherperdigao@gmail.com) or call me (504-453-8917) and I’ll be happy to make suggestions or help you find the right person. You might also contact Robin Deutsch who is the North American co-chair of the Committee (robindeutsch@earthlink.net)
To access the site  and get detailed information about CAPSA, go to www.ipa.world. Click here for the page that describes the CAPSA program.

After looking over the general description, click here for a Resource Document with more details on how to go about applying. 

Look for a link in paragraph 8 that takes you to a downloadable version of the   “CAPSA Application Form 2017.”

You can also download a pdf of the CAPSA Application form here. If you do use the CAPSA program, please give me a call or send me an email to let me know about your experience.

You have paid for this benefit, don’t walk away and leave money on the table!!  
In future letters and posts, I’ll be telling you about other IPA benefits for its members.
(photo credit:  http://www.ipa.world)

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