Invitation – ENGLISH

ECPP Congress, Portorož 2014, Slovenia

Modern psychoanalytic psychotherapies in modern times?

XI. Congress of the European confederation of psychoanalytic psychotherapies (ECPP) is a wonderful opportunity for all who wish to share their enthusiasm over new knowledge in psychotherapy and who wish to meet psychotherapeutic colleagues from all over Europe.

XI. Congress will take place between 19.-20. September 2014

After little over 10 years, the ECPP congress is again to take place in Slovenia, as it was with the first, in the year 2003. The chosen congress location in itself will contribute to the attraction of the event: a coastal city at the edge of the Adriatic Sea with more than a century old touristic tradition.

* Due to the context of summer vacations the deadline for standard registration to the congress has been exteneded until the 18th of August at 170 EUR fee. (After that and until the 5th of September, late registration will be possible, at a higher rate. More information are available lower at Congress registration section and in News tab.)

Portorož and Grand Hotel Metropol*****

The hotel is located on a small hill, directly above the sea, with a view covering the entire bay of Piran, the marina, the Salt-pans and hilly Istria beyond the Croatian coast. On a clear day it can reach all the way to the Venetian lagoons in the west and revealing the Alps and the Dolomites mountain range in the north. The very sight of Grand Hotel Metropol, which, at sunrise and sunset is clad in a glittering gold colour, is breath-taking.

Personal connections are extremely important and the congress will be an excellent opportunity for taking part in debates with colleagues, developing new ideas and becoming acquainted with perspectives of other psychotherapists, whose experiencing and practicing may be very different from your own. This of course is always exciting and inspiring.

Baring this in mind, the programme committee has chosen, as the main theme of the congress, the following subject: “Modern psychoanalytic psychotherapies in modern times?

This subject will be addressed by way of the following sub-headings:

1.) Modern technologies and psychoanalytic psychotherapies 

2.) Different techniques in psychoanalytic psychotherapies

3.) Changes in society and psychoanalytic psychotherapies

4.) Different countries and the development of psychoanalytic psychotherapies

It is our hope that the congress will succeed in addressing a multitude of perspectives: those facing outwards, towards society and the cultural environment, and those facing inwards, towards the mind and soul experienced in therapeutic encounters. As psychotherapists we have an important mission, to focus on the circumstances and causes of suffering of our fellow-man and to assist him in alleviating his own suffering.

The programme will consist of:

-          Plenary sessions

-          Seminar lectures

-          Seminar workshops and discussion forums

-          Round tables

The congress will officially start on Friday, the 19th of September, in the morning. The registration to the congress will be possible on Friday morning as well as already a day before, on Thursday afternoon, in the hours before diner. The congress opening will be in light of welcoming speeches of ECPP leadership and representatives of the Slovenian ECPP section. On Friday and Saturday morning the program will consist of plenary lectures for all participants and the afternoon program will be composed of seminars and discussions, where participants will be given the opportunity to choose which seminar/discussion/workshop they wish to attend. The Saturday professional program will conclude with a round table discussion. The timetable of the program and all the seminars will be announced in the upcoming months.

The prepared social program will include:

-          Cultural evening*: Friday, the 19th of September (program and exact location will be decided upon soon)

-          Ceremony with Gala dinner and social evening*: Saturday, the 20th of September (Grand Hotel Metropol dining room)

-          Excursion to the capital of sLOVEnia – Ljubljana**: Sunday, the 21st of September

Congress registration

A preliminary application is required to attend the congress, which can be done by filling out an online form on the congress website:

Additional information can also be found on the mentioned website.

»Early bird« application is possible before the 31st of May, with a registration fee of 130 EUR.

Registration fee for applications between the 1st of June and 18th of August is 170 EUR.

Late application is possible until the 5th of September, with a registration fee of 200 EUR.

Student discount (applies only for first 50 applicants):

- for Full time students the fee is 80 EUR

- for Part time students the fee is 100 EUR

and is possible until the 31st of July (after this time registration fees for students are no longer reduced).

Details for payment of registration fees:

Evropsko združenje psihoanalitičnih pristopov – Slovenija (EZPPS)

Trg mladinskih delovnih brigad 5

1000 Ljubljana


IBAN: SI56 6100 0000 6857 374


Bank details: Delavska hranilnica d.d., Miklošičeva 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija

Application to the congress is confirmed after received payment.

Cancellation of participation

In the event that you will apply for the congress and pay the participation fee, but will not be able to attend the congress due to unexpected circumstances, we kindly ask you to inform us about this as soon as possible. Cancellations received before the 5th of September 2014 will be eligible for a refund, minus 30 EUR for administration fees. After the 5th of September, refunds will no longer be issued.

Travel documents, travel visas

Slovenia is a member of the EU and is part of the Schengen area. A personal identity card (ID or passport) is sufficient to enter the country from EU member states.

Travels visas need to be obtained by participants from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Turkey, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia and Kazakhstan. We kindly ask participants from listed countries to arrange the acquisition of travel visas as soon as possible so as to prevent last-minute complications. If you should need additional help arranging this, please contact the person in charge of this in the “CONTACT” menu of the congress website).

About Portorož

Portorož, literally “a port of roses”, is an urban seaside city, located in the municipality of Piran, on the southwest of Slovenia. It lies on the southwest part of the Gulf of Trieste, the northernmost part of the Adriatic Sea. If we continue our way towards north we soon come across the Italian border and if we turn south, the Croatian border.

Portorož is one of the most touristic centres of Slovenia, this being also its main local industry. You can find many hotels, spas and health resorts, casinos and a lot of sports and recreational facilities.

Within the radius of 200 kilometres you can find international airports in the following cities: Ljubljana (Jože Pučnik – Brnik airport), Trieste (Ronchi airport), Zagreb (Zagreb airport), and Venice (Marco Polo airport).

How to reach the congress venue (Portorož)

Access to the hotel is possible with a car (parking garage costs 5EUR per day).

Please find additional information regarding organizing logistics of your travel on the congress website. We hope that there you will find all the needed information to arrange your transportation to and from any of the nearby airports to the congress venue.

For additional information and help, please send an email to the following address:

If you should need additional help arranging this, please contact the person in charge of this in the “CONTACT” menu of the congress website).

In case of emergencies please call the following number +386-40-723-286 and we will do our best to help you in dealing with unexpected situations.

Portorož promises to provide with an inspiring and fruitful congress. We are sincerely looking forward to seeing you on the Slovenian coast in September 2014.


On behalf of the program and organizing committee:

Vera Horžen

President of the local ECPP branch

Evropsko združenje psihoanalitičnih pristopov – Slovenija (EZPPS)

* Costs of the social program are included in the price of the registration fee, together with the ceremonious gala dinner and coffee break refreshments during the entire course of the congress.

** The cost of the full-day excursion to the capital of Slovenia is 40EUR and is not included in the registration fee. Please find more information about the excursion on the congress website.