Development of the topic
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is a treatment modality that has a long history and is rooted in the theoretical and clinical application of S. Freud, M. Klein, W.R. Bion and many others. Originally conceptualized as a treatment for adults, suffering from mental pain, with time this led to the development of diverse clinical applications, including the treatment of children and adolescents, couples and families as well as the usefulness of group-practice. The different psychoanalytic applications are today a proven practice to alleviate mental distress and suffering. The EFPP takes account of this and brings the principal four modalities of psychoanalytic psychotherapy together under one umbrella. The common thread is psychoanalytic theory and practice.
With new and different approaches to mental health emerging on the market all the time, psychoanalytic psychotherapy needs strengthening, promoting and defending. The solidarity and cooperation among the various psychoanalytic psychotherapy associations in one country creates a cohesive presentation of psychoanalytic thinking in the public. It is an effective way of promoting the evidence and efficacy of the treatment model for public awareness. This is the core rational for the national network and for the EFPP.
The EFPP functions as the guardian and protector of minimum training standards and the ethical codes as they are anchored in the bylaws of the EFPP constitution. The national network and its constituent membership institutions adhere to its designated training standards and agrees to protect them within the four existing diverse modalities of Registered Charity Number 1046731 European Federation Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy psychoanalytic psychotherapy of the Federation. It does not inhibit the national network from applying higher training standards within its network but it is the EFPP standards that are relevant for membership in the federation.
The EFPP views the architecture of the national networks as that of a collaborative system. National networks are composed of collegiate organizations that foster mutual recognition, respect and support amongst each other. All those psychoanalytic organisations in a country that fulfil the EFPP standards and adhere to its Ethical Code participate in a network on the basis of solidarity, mutual support and tolerance. The EFPP is then the platform that unites all the associated members of the national networks under its umbrella and in its international orbit.
The national network stimulates the dynamic interchange, communication, cooperation and enhances collaboration and exchange among psychoanalytic psychotherapists and their professional bodies. It strengthens the profession as a whole as well as fostering awareness amongst other professionals, administrators, legislators and of course the public.
This model of organization stresses both the autonomy and independence as well as the diversity and individuality of each association. By the same token, it also stresses the importance of shared objectives and communal space with a view of a common purpose, defined by the EFPP Ethos and its requirements.
The national networks preserve the identity and the belonging of the individual clinician to his/her training organisation i.e individual association. The belonging to the alma mater of the individual training organisation itself, should be no hindrance to the experience of belonging to a national network, which in turn belongs to an international European organisation, the EFPP. We might see this as representing different levels of belonging that in its togetherness strengthens the identity of the single association as well as that of the individual clinician.