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Psychoanalytic Associations Represented On Organizing Committee
The Australian Association of Group Psychotherapists
The Australian Association of Group Psychotherapists Inc. (AAGP Inc). was founded in 1973 to promote the development, training in, and practice of psychoanalytic group psychotherapy in Australia. The Association is a member of the European Group Analytic Training Institutions Network (EGATIN) and an organizational affiliate of the International Association of Group Psychotherapists. It has close links with the Group Analytic Society, London.
The Australian Psychoanalytical Society
The Australian Psychoanalytic Society was established in 1973, but psychoanalysis was already practiced in Australia since the 1930’s and in 1940 the first Institute for Psychoanalysis was founded in Melbourne and in 1951 in Sydney. The Australian Society at present operates through three Institutes and Branches in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Its main activities include the training of psychoanalysts, the furthering of research, the developing of the theory and practice of psychoanalysis, the diffusion of psychoanalytic thinking and ideas through public lectures, seminars, open days.
WHO WE ARE
The Society has currently 80 members and 12 candidates. Psychoanalysts come from different professional backgrounds, mainly psychiatry, psychology and social work. We work in the public health sector and in private practice. Our members have different areas of interest: some specialise in early intervention with mothers and babies, treatment of children, adolescents and families, working with groups apart from working with adults. A psychoanalyst must have undergone and completed a training approved by the International Psychoanalytical Association.
WHAT IS PSYCHOANALYSIS
Psychoanalysis is a ‘talking therapy’. It is usually more intensive then other forms of psychotherapy and it is a method of exploring conscious and unconscious layers of the mind. Psychoanalysis had developed and changed since the times of Freud, and the understanding gained about mental suffering and mental illness - especially in the last 50 years - has enabled psychoanalysts to help a much wider spectrum of patients, with more serious emotional disturbances. Psychoanalysis is a way of understanding the many complex factors and influences that make us who we are: early experiences, relationships with ones parents, life events, traumas, losses, sexuality. Such factors shape our internal experiences and our relationships, our view of the world and of ourselves, and create patterns of behaviour that gets repeated, but which often remain unconscious and so unavailable to change and integration.
HOW IT WORKS
Psychoanalysis provides a setting in which such internal experiences are explored and understood in the way they affect our relationships to others and in the way we conduct our lives. In re-living, in the presence of the analyst, old patterns of attachment and behaviour, new insights can be gained and new ways can be found to deal with old problems or with situations that feel stuck. The process of becoming to know oneself through the relationship with the analyst can be emotionally painful but also very rewarding, and - when successful – leads to long lasting changes in the personality, and to developments in personal relationships and increased freedom to make creative choices.
The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australasia
The PPAA is a federated body composed of member organisations from most Australian States and from New Zealand. The Association was formed in 1980 with the aim of maintaining high standards of practice, training and ethics is psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists
As the Freud Conference is traditionally held in Melbourne, members of the Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists act for the PPAA on the Organizing Committee.
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