14:00 – 15:00

Preliminary registration

15:00 – 16.30 ECPP General Assembly meeting with elections – open sessionBig conference room (TARTINI)
16:30 – 17:00

Coffee break & cocktail

17:00 – 19:00

Board meeting – closed session

Small conference room


19:00 – 20:00

Preliminary registration


FRIDAY, 19.9.2014

8:00 – 9:30


9.30 -10.15

Opening ceremony with speakers:

Barbara FitzGerald, Vera Horžen, Lan Pečjak, Janko Bohak

10:15 – 11:45

Plenary lecture: Matjaž Lunaček

11:45  – 12:15

Coffee break

12:15 – 13:45

Plenary lecture: Ingo Klimkus

13:45 – 15.15


Parallel lectures

Conference room 1

Conference room 2

Conference room 3

15:15 – 16:00 Karl Golling - Introducing Multi-Media to Psychoanalytic Training  Yan Fedorov -Oldster-anaysis Oksana Lavrova -Modern  Jungian supervision: analytical session in a Group
16:00 – 16:15

Short break

16:15 – 17:00 Tanja Maljevac Ways forward in psychotherapy: integrating techniques and technology Mojca Z. Dernovšek & Urška Battelino -Obsessive-compulsive disorder – medical and psychoanalytical approach go hand in hand Oksana Lavrova  -Modern  Jungian supervision: analytical session in a Group
17:00 – 17:30

Coffee break

17:30 – 18:15 Mikhail Reshetnikov Group psychic trauma and group pathology  Markus Fäh -Postmodern Cultural Resistances against Psychoanalytic Working – how to deal with it? Oksana Lavrova -Modern  Jungian supervision: analytical session in a Group
18:15 – 18:30

Short break

18:30 – 19:00

Reflection groups


Aperitif with a Mediterannean cultural touch

20:30 – 21:45

*Dinner time

21:45 – …
Cultural programme in Grand Hotel Metropol dinning room:
Valentina Plaskan & Sara Horžen: Castration Complex


SATURDAY, 20.9.2014 

9.00 – 10.30

Plenary lecture: Blaž Ules

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30

Plenary lecture: Barbara FitzGerald

12:30 – 14:30


Parallel lectures

Conference room 1


Conference room 2


Conference room 3


14:30 – 15:15 Oleksandr Filts -Psychoanalysis and Modern Enlightenment   Natalia Nalyvaiko -Neutrality and Working Alliance in Modern Times Under the Circumstances of Civil Armed Conflict. Reflections of Maidan Damjan Sever -Movie psycho analysiys
15:15 – 15:30

Short break

15:30 – 16:15 Iztok Zver -Role of psychoanalysis in modern society: Tackling uncertainty with differentiation or illusions of control Leonid Broude -The Multiple Selves of an Analyst and Pluralistic Postmodern Psychotherapy Karl Golling -Introducing PI from the company SoftFreud4U
16:15 – 16:45

Coffee break

16:45 – 18:45

Forum discussion

 Adrian Rhodes (UK), Tatiana Mizinova (RUSSIA), Zoran Milivojević (SERBIA), Romana Kress (SLOVENIA)

18:45 – 19:00

Closing speeches: EZPPS president: Vera Horžen

Congres coordinator: Iztok Zver

19:00 – 19:05

Congress evaluation

20.00 – 21:30

Annemarie & Simona
‘Live music for all generations in different languages and music styles of the world’

SUNDAY, 21.9.2014

9:30 – 20:30

*Excursion to the capital: Ljubljana






Matjaž Lunaček

Ljubljana, Slovenia


About lecturer:

Primarius Matjaž Lunaček is a medical doctor, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. His training in psychoanalysis took place in Rome, Venice and Trieste at the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (Societa psicoanalitica italiana). Beside medicine he also studied comperative literature and literary theory. He is also a group analyst trained by the London Institute of Group Analysis. In 1991, together with Professor Bogdan Lešnik, he founded the Psychoanalytic Society of Slovenia. Beside clinical psychoanalysis, his work is also concerned with applying psychoanalytic knowledge to literature and pedagogics. Together with psychologist Renata  Bačer, he is the co-founder of a kindergarten whose work rests on psychoanalytic concepts. He held important functions in the Slovenian Psychotherapeutic Association and spent several years as the director of the biggest psychotherapeutic institution in Slovenia, namely the Clinical Department for Mental health of the University Psychiatric Clinic Ljubljana. In 2011 he published a scientific monograph titled »For a different destiny« and, in May 2014, a book of essays titled »Gymnasts above a precipice«.


Abstract: The Enigma of Psychoanalytic Procedure

There is a wise recommendation that comes to us from ancient: know yourself. What can we make of it in modern times? It is still there, only the procedures have been changed. Psychoanalysis is still a new procedure although it is now over a hundred years old. At approximately the same time other procedures were experimented with that had the same goal but proved much less useful, such as Arthur Rimbaud’s procedure of self cognition, described in his famous Letter of a Seer. What about the novelties in the once new psychoanalytic procedure? There have been so many that the essence of the original procedure was nearly abolished. It was already Freud who used to say to some of his collaborators such as Jung: “What you are doing is not psychoanalysis anymore.” This then acquired the name Depth psychology, a new procedure. Is there such a thing as modern psychoanalysis? How is it possible to modernize something already modern in its essence? Is it possible that under the cover of modernisation a regression to less modern patterns is taking place? It took the intervention of the ingenious Lacan to demonstrate the revolutionary potential of what one calls classical psychoanalysis. In the field of poetry Rimbaud has the status of a modernist classic but is at the same time more modern than any modernity. Does this also hold true for Freud? Is not an ever lasting modernity the very stuff of geniuses? Howsoever, something new did occur in the field of the psychoanalytic relationship; something that expanded the procedure from one person psychology to two person psychology; and that made such psychoanalytic concepts as repetition, drive, the unconscious and transference applicable not just to one person but to both participants in the procedure. These changes made the procedure enormously complicated, forcing us to recognize that our work of psychoanalysts is closer to art than science; a notion very far from what Freud had wished for. Governing so open a field is a demanding task that can only be fulfilled with an attitude of proper permeability. To use a metaphor: the psychoanalytic procedure is not like a river meandering on the surface anymore but more like disappearing stream, which is enigmatic, and we need to acknowledge that none of the participants in the procedure are privy to what is going or where it is headed. Being able to endure such uncertainties is the sine qua non of psychoanalytical work. For this reason, any fixation on specific goals for psychoanalysis, which any notorious psychoanalyst will try to enumerate, is senseless. The very essence of the psychoanalytic procedure is to be able to immerse oneself into the unknown. Every procedure is unique and there is no such thing as normal procedure. The product is not ready made but is rather cut out anew for each occasion. No wonder it is such a time consuming and costly procedure, even if the analyst is not a greedy one. The attention is paid to tiny details like in Rolls-Royce production. That’s why psychoanalysis has a lasting effect and time has not been kind to tendencies that though they could dissolve it.



Ingo Klimkus

Berlin, Germany


About lecturer:

Dipl.Pol. Dipl. Psych.

Psychotherapist: Groups, Couples, Individual


Trainer for Body- and Psychotherapy

Psychological Conductor of Schrei-Baby-Ambulanz Berlin


Abstract: Light – Life – Love: New Paths in Psychotherapy

Many new insights are being reported from the natural sciences, thanks to the paradigm change brought about by quantum physics. These insights, mostly gained experimentally, were made possible by enormous developments in nanotechnology, yet in many cases the accuracy of the knowledge is questionable, because the underlying axiomatic theory of the scientific models is often based on outdated assumptions. But the new book by Michio Kaku: The Future of Mind. The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance and Empower the Mind (New York 2014), describes how we are on the brink of a technological revolution which, powered by a totalitarian faith in technology, is entirely reminiscent of Einstein’s Spuk (from Anton Zeilinger’s book of the same name).

The initial effects of a global technologization of biological life can be observed on a daily basis: in doctors’ surgeries, even just going shopping, but also in global surveillance or the – no longer preventable – melting of the Arctic ice cap, which will lead to a rise in sea level of 60 cm, plus a significant increase in similar catastrophes, such as the recent one in Serbia/Bosnia in May 2014. Psycho-dynamically speaking, we are witnessing a socio-economic megalomania which replaces love with ecstasy, thus rendering impotent the necessary corrective: the power of (human) reason. We only have to look at Fukushima to see how the old moral law, to only introduce technology of whatever kind once a suitable antidote exists, has long since become a romantic dream. It is increasingly technology which controls us and not us who control technology; e.g. a collapse of the World Wide Web would turn the entire world economy upside down and, in all probability, lead to war.

At a human level, this development was accompanied by an insidious habituation described by Ludwig Janus (Wie die Seele Entsteht, Heidelberg, 2004) as a “mass trance” and Wilhelm Reich (Christusmord, Olten und Freiburg, 1978) as “emotional plague”. What is meant here is the imperceptible but continuous alienation from our biological-emotional roots which can be observed, for instance, in the significant increase in violence in schools, also in a growing indifference among people. At its core is the loss of “origin love” which causes both the loss of a certain vitality of personal identity and the loss of a general bonding force: this is iteratively passed on the next generation.

Against the background of this historical dimension, aspects of light – in the sense of spirituality, life – in the sense of personal development and love – as all-embracing principle will be discussed and placed in the context of psychotherapeutic treatment. The subsequent workshop will serve to give some people the experience of what was covered in the lecture, because only if an experience is really lived does it provide insight.


Blaž Ules

Maribor, Slovenia

About lecturer:

Blaž Ules, Ba. Pth.. Received ECPP certificate as practitioner in 2012. Currently he’s working on his master degree. He works in his private practice in Maribor as psychoanalyst and training analyst under supervision. He is candidate for a teacher at SFU Ljubljana where he holds seminars in the first year of specialist study of psychoanalysis.


Abstract:                        Modern Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies in Modern Times,

                                                                The Two Challenges:

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Research – Are We Still Afraid of It?

Bringing Psychoanalysis out of the Therapeutic Room – Psychoanalysis and Pedagogy


The two topics will be addressed in the lecture which the lecturer personally considers of great importance for psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapies.

The first issue touches the question: Do we need psychoanalytic psychotherapy to be supported by empirical research or is the complexity of psychoanalytic treatment something that cannot be demonstrated by measurable variables analysed in quantitative research.  It seems that many analysts still hold the second position while there is a still a great gap to be bridged between the clinical and research psychoanalytic community.

The interest about second topic – psychoanalysis and pedagogy – is a result of lecturer’s 18 years teaching experience in primary school. In Slovenia a great majority of teachers lack the fundamental knowledge of psychodynamics which would help them to understand the unconscious momentum in pupil, teacher and in their relation.  Such awareness should help to better understand and to enrich the educational process. At the same time the field of education offers the opportunity to psychoanalysts to step out of their therapeutic rooms and disseminate the “richness” of psychoanalysis knowledge to broader community.


Barbara FitzGerald

Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland


About lecturer:

Barbara FitzGerald, a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, is a registered psychoanalyst and psychotherapist, with a private practice in Dublin.

Having worked in hospital, clinical and private institutions over a period of thirty years she has also taught extensively in different educational institutions and has presented internationally at conferences in the UK as well as elsewhere in Europe.  She has been involved with the design and delivery of many training courses for professionals in Ireland and with practitioners including psychoanalysts, psychiatrists and psychologists in Eastern Europe. She has worked as a consultant to organizations and companies, both in the private and public sectors in Ireland.

Barbara is a founder member of the European Confederation of Psychoanalytical Psychotherapies (ECPP) which is a member organization of the European Association for Psychotherapy. In Rome in 2012 in she was elected its President, a position she presently holds.She has recently accepted a place as an International expert for psychoanalysis on the Training Standards Committee of the European Association for Psychotherapy.

She is currently on the editorial board of the International Journal for Psychotherapy and is an international reviewer for this journal. She also serves on the Governing Board of the European Association for Psychotherapy.

Barbara has been involved in many significant initiatives, symposiums and projects to further the profession of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in Ireland and throughout Europe.

Abstract:                                      Psychoanalysis and the Virtual World

                                               Intimate partners or competing subjectivities

“Perhaps, this very growing disenchantment of our actual social world accounts for the fascination exerted by cyber- space” (Zizek)


In this lecture, Barbara Fitzgerald, an Irish Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist, will explore how we might understand the changing context of relationship reconstructed through social media and new technologies. Psychoanalysis is a theory of subjectivity. How are the subjective states of mind of our patients influenced by these changing contexts?

How are the dynamics of presence, absence, idealisation, projection, and image mediated through cyberspace? What are the newer clinical phenomena that we are faced with? Are they new or just presented in a different guise?

Social media as a modern phenomenon can offer certainty and an immediate response. How can we recognise and encourage deep listening to foster inner states of dynamic change in these changing cultural contexts?

Through the use of clinical vignettes and reflective questions Barbara will address how a psychoanalytic perspective might elucidate this modern day phenomenon and how we might address the complex clinical issues that can arise in a productive way.