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European Association of Psychoanalysis

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President: Angelo Conforti

Beginning of the Association: 2002





Board of Directors (2016/2020):

Angelo Conforti - President

Licia Vasta - Vice President

Gianpaolo Crovato

Mario Guido Mattioda 

 Jean-Yves Métayer-Robbes - Director of the French delegation

Scientific Graduation Committee:

Gianpaolo Crovato - Director of the Graduation

Giuseppe Spampinato

Angelo Conforti

Arbiters Staff Collegian (2013/2017):

 Martino Conforti - President

 Francesco Dal Moro

Elisa Poli

(Giorgio Risari)


The EAP declares that they do not receive funding from any institution or organization that could compromise the principles of intellectual liberty of expression in its statute

The EAP is a non-profit making organisation. Its aim, at European level, is the promotion and support of psychoanalysis as the science of the unconscious and of the ethical criteria which govern its practice and development. The Association is involved in publicity, promotion, research and training within psychoanalysis.


1. Psychoanalysis has a scientific purpose which transcends purely therapeutic practice. The effects of correctly conducted analysis are indeed eventually therapeutic. Its ultimate goal however is knowledge of the person, his/her unconscious processes and the relationship between conscious and unconscious.

2. In its wider definition psychoanalysis is a particular form of dialogue and emotional experience leading to a greater knowledge and realisation of self

3. For obvious ethical reasons, such dialogue cannot be regulated by any outside body other than the persons directly involved.

4. It follows that no institution, public or private, can legally or politically control psychoanalysis or its practitioners in their relationship with their subjects. They must remain free in the direction of their thoughts, ideas and actions to produce an open and authentic comparison and appraisal.

5. The unconscious mind, the object of psychoanalysis, cannot be limited to one author's definition. Its definition must include all concepts and ideas recognised by the scientific community. This principle allows psychoanalysis the freedom to develop without which its growth would be restricted.

6. The best and safest way to learn, in our opinion, is personally undergoing psychoanalysis. We would not pretend that this is the only way to know human nature and the unconscious. It is however difficult to understand why any would-be analyst would refuse to be analysed. Some great psychoanalysts have refused analysis, despite the opportunity, but all acknowledge its importance in the training of analysts.

in our view, these criteria transcend cultural boundaries. They are also valid for all schools of thought and theories of psychoanalysis.


To complement personal analysis which all applicants can undergo with the analyst of their choice, EAP suggests courses of lessons and listings of periodicals covering the ongoing development of psychoanalysis and its various applications. This information forms part of the annual programme of the Association published on the website.


Psychoanalysts who can produce documentary evidence of 5 years continuous practice and students enrolled with a recognised educational body are eligible to join the AEP on payment of an annual fee of 30 EURO by postal order European Association of Psychoanalysis, via Pascoli 75/C, 43039 Salsomaggiore, Italy.

These protect the Association and its members from exploitation. Applicants can avail of the Association’s training, research and promotion facilities when they have been accepted as members by the Board of Directors.


This takes place every four years. During the Association’s AGM, members of the Board, the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer are elected to carry out the proposals and initiatives put forward for the subsequent year’s programme.

The Internet Site publishes the activities, research, and publications promoted by the Association during the year. Articles of particular relevance are published in full.


Deontological code for the psychoanalyst’s profession


The psychoanalyst who is a member of AEP must respect the following deontological code:   

1.   They must have specific studies in psychoanalysis followed by a deep personal analysis and a supervision period.

2.   They must be part of the association’s directory.

3.   They must not have a conflict of interest with the person being analyzed and must not accept any institutional tasks which are not in accordance with their professional ethics (the ethics criteria is part of the association rules). They respect the religions and political beliefs of their clients.

4.   They do not use any technique that can damage the liberty and dignity of the person being analyzed.

5.   They commit to preserve the professional privacy related to the secrets of the person being analyzed assuring their anonymity, In case a judge requiring the breach of a professional secret, we advise to look for a lawyer. They have the right to refuse the requests for analysis and can, as any person to be analyzed, interrupt the analysis contact at any moment.

6.   Initially, they must establish an analysis contract in agreement with the person to be analyzed, including the following information: explanations about the analytical process, fees, number, type and development process.

7.   There must not be any violent behavior with the person being analyzed neither trying to impose any of their ideas.

8.   If they deem it necessary they can advise the person being analyzed to see other professionals.

9.   The same principles are applicable to the personal analyses as well as to the didactic and group analyses.

10. They commit to respect the ethics criteria published about the deontological rules and codes of the association.

The present deontological code is considered public and it can be fixed on the offices of the association’s analysts. The psychoanalysts can also require respect with the people who might work with them.

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