IARPP Conference 2016 – The Arts of Time

Relational Psychoanalysis and Forms of Vitality in Clinical Process

Data: 9 /12 giugno 2016

Luogo: Roma, Teatro Argentina

Conference co-chairs: Susanna Federici-Nebbiosi PhD, Gianni Nebbiosi PhD

International steering committee: Alejandro Avila Espada PhD, Sharon Ziv-Beiman PhD, Cathy Hicks PhD, Juan Francisco Jordan MD, Hazel Ipp PhD, Rina Lazar PhD, Chana Ullman PhD

Local committee: Marina Amore PhD, Fabia Eleonora Banella PsyD, Sara Biondi PsyD, Margarita Kahn PhD, Luca Migliaccio PsyD, Carmine Schettini MD, Maria Tammone MD


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Dear colleagues,

In these recent years psychoanalysis has been dealing more and more with the exploration of the therapeutic process and the implicit dimension of the clinical exchange. A relational perspective on the clinical process
emphasizes how it is a co-constructed result of a dyad engaged in a deep and creative exploration of the inner vicissitudes of the patient and the vicissitudes of the dyad itself. In their daily work relational therapists
are challenged to facilitate a kind of creative dimension in order to improve the meaning making process.
Arts have placed at their core an interest in what today – in our field – we call “implicit” and have expanded a wisdom about the creative process that develops in time, between human beings, going beyond words and concepts. As Daniel Stern, Colwyn Trevarthen and many other authors have emphasized, these dimensions are fundamental to the interactional emergence of the mind. Forms of vitality are those dynamic forms that permeate daily life, the arts, and psychotherapy. There is a time profile, a sense of time, that shapes the experience of vitality as it is created in the embodied mind. Vitality means the capacity to live, grow, and develop; the capacity to endure, the capacity for the continuation of a meaningful existence. We think that one of the challenges of contemporary psychoanalysis is to be open and see what it can learn from the arts by taking a new perspective on the way in which psychoanalysis has historically dealt with arts: not trying to explore psychoanalytically the aesthetic experience (or even worse “to analyze the artists”), but trying to explore the experience of clinical psychoanalysis using artistic ways of thinking. As we stress the correlation with the clinical interaction, we want to take into particular consideration those arts that express themselves in time – theater, music, dance, cinema, performative arts – and any reflection on how artistic non verbal aspects (e.g. the style in literature and poetry) can improve the wisdom of the clinical dialogue.

The conference topic emerges quite naturally from the context of the city of Rome, that is in itself a living stratification of arts and times. To make this event even more unique, the Conference will be held at the Teatro Argentina, the most important theater of Rome located at the core of the historical centre of the city.

IARPP is enthusiastically looking forward to sharing with you an experience that we do hope will be a source of knowledge and vitality for all of us.

Susanna Federici-Nebbiosi & Gianni Nebbiosi
Conference Co-Chairs


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