2017 - 2019


Leonardo Siqueira Araujo

President- Elect
Kathryn McCormick

Davide Rosso

Treasurer - Elect
Karoline Parth

Claudia Antonelli

Vice President for Europe
Nergis Gulec

Vice President - Elect  for Europe
Artur Sousa

Vice President for North America
Hanna Ratjen

Vice President - Elect for North America
Kristin Whiteside

Vice President for Latin America
Giuliana Rivera Farfan

Vice President - Elect  for Latin America
Silvia Raquel Acosta

Leonardo Siqueira Araujo, I am a candidate in training at the Minas Gerais Psychoanalytical Society (SPMG) in Brazil, and a psychologist working in private practice with Children, Adolescents and Adults. I have a huge interest in Metapsychology, having participating and coordinating a study group for the reading of Freud’s Project for a scientific psychology. I am also interested in the interface between psychoanalysis and culture, including politics and social issues. I have been a part of IPSO activities since the start of my training, including the Cross Regional Study Groups, Videoconferences, and local events in Brazil. I believe that the contact and exchanges among candidates are a central part of the psychoanalytical training, and that this should be encouraged and discussed.

Kathryn McCormick, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is a Masters in Public Health Candidate (MPH) at the University of Washington. Kathryn has done extensive clinical work in the areas of attachment, trauma, domestic violence, abuse, neglect, grief and loss, complex trauma, and intergenerational grief and loss. Her specialties are At Risk Children, Adolescents and Families. She is an advanced candidate at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (SPSI) in both the Child and Adult training programs, has served as past Treasurer Elect of the Clinical and Academic Associates Organization (CAAO), and as a CAAO representative member of the Child Analytic Department at SPSI. She is a psychotherapist in private practice in Seattle, Washington providing analysis and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Kathryn is bilingual in Spanish, and having lived and studied in Mexico during some of her formative years, she uses her fluency to further serve as a bridge between cultures. She has clinical experience and expertise working with tribal communities including the Coastal Salish tribes, with native Spanish speakers, and those from Spanish speaking and other under-served communities including transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary. For over 18 years, Kathryn has also worked as a tribal government employee on the Tulalip Indian Reservation in Tulalip, Washington, in the Child, Youth, and Family (CYF) Mental Wellness Program for the tribes’ Behavioral Health and Recovery Department, serving for over 10 years as the Administrative Clinical Supervisor. In 2016, Kathryn took a new position as the Administrative Clinical Supervisor of the tribes’ Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy (BJTELA). She feels honored to have received support of both the tribes and Gilbert Kliman, MD, to have launched at BJTELA the evidence based psychoanalytically informed mentalizing model developed by Dr. Kliman called Reflective Network Therapy (RNT). RNT serves high needs children (2-7) that have experienced neglect, abuse, trauma, and/or developmental delays, their caregivers/parents and classroom teachers: www.childrenspsychologicalhealthcenter.org/rnt/benefits/ As the IPSO President Elect, Kathryn looks forward to ongoing and expanded cross regional involvement and collaboration amongst all our candidates; renewed interest, excitement and involvement in our IPSO benefits including our VCP and CRSG; greater collaboration of IPSO members within IPA committees; greater involvement with our fourth IPA region of Asia; and increased networking and involvement of child candidates.  

Davide Rosso, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Candidate at the III year of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society Married with 2 daughters. Freelancer since 1995, plays only private activity in the office of Via Bonzanigo 11 in Turin, Italy. Clinical psychologist, specialist in Child Psychotherapy trained at the School of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Milan. Master biennial observation Infantile according Model Tavistock and Etno Infant Observation. He holds Psychoanalytical assessment course at the Centro Studi Martha Harris of Florence. Three-year graduate course in the Rorschach test. Consultant NODO Group where he also trained and for which offers its advice to local authorities, local health authorities and businesses. For some years now advises in ENGiM where he deals with orientation, training and training on Methodology Observational according Model Tavistock. He worked four years at the Department teenagers Regina Margherita Children's Hospital. He was an adjunct professor for the course Theories and techniques of observation of the Inter-School of Specialization. The supervisor at the therapeutic community Stubborn, The Engim and cooperative BEAR for Enterprise and Syn With EUR
Karoline Parth, is a candidate at the Vienna Psychoanalytic Association in her second year of training. She currently works as a research assistant at the Department for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at the Medical University Vienna and is completing her PhD in Mental Health and Behavioural Medicine with a research focus in psychotherapy process research. Her graduate background lies on Cultural Studies and Theoretical Psychoanalytic studies.

Cláudia Antonelli, Editor,  was born in Sao Paulo to Italian, Portuguese and Spanish ascendants; moved to France at the age of 18 where she lived for 8 years (while building a background in Foreign Languages and Culture at the United Nations of Geneva), and later on to New York where she lived for 2 years more. During this period she had the opportunity to visit many different countries and cultures around the world. Besides her linguistic and cultural background, she became a Psychologist specialized in Mental Health, with a Master's in Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalytical Method, and is currently in training at the IPA Sponsoring Study Group of Campinas (GEPCampinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil), at the 4th year of training analysis and 3rd of seminars. She is also developing an academic Doctor Thesis on Psycho pharmaceutical issues. She writes to the local newspaper of her town in Brazil, where she lives, articles contemplating cultural aspects of daily life. She is also a representative of her own group of candidates, as well as a representative both at the OCAL instance (Latin America Candidates Organization), and IPSO. She has written a book based on her Master thesis, called “The Foreigner – Me and you. A contemporary psychoanalytical look”, published by NEA Publishers (Germany).  

Nergis Gulec, I think candidates with their fresh ideas, liveliness and openness to change and something new, are a vital part of psychoanalytical institutions, making  growth possible. To my mind, IPSO brings together candidates from all over the world, creating an environment where one can learn, socialize, share and develop together. It helps to be a part of a group when trying to face the challenges of our training and profession.  Social and professional relations that have emerged from Ipso, opens the way for further cooperation and contact even when one becomes a psychoanalyst . In our profession where we are alone in our consulting rooms, it is a “must” that we get together to share our experiences, learn from one another which will keep us alive, enriched and protect our own and our patients’ health. Of course even though we are physically alone with our patients in our consulting rooms, we always have the company of internalized voices; of our analyst(s), supervisors, colleagues, parents, etc. But this channel needs to be open and refueled all the time, so it is really impossible to think of psychoanalysis in isolation... 
I think IPSO makes it possible for us to meet with colleagues, helping us to expand our way of thinking, develop our ideas and formulate new questions… It also gives one the opportunity to see how much can be achieved when strengths are joined together with a team spirit. This is why I would very much like to be a part of a team, which facilitates new encounters that stimulate, challenge our  thinking, and help us discover more about ourselves and our patients, about human relations, about psychoanalysis and about the world in general...  

Artur Sousa, Clinical Psychologist, who was born, lives and works in Lisbon . Portugal. Actually and since 2000, works in a Psychiatric Adult Department of the Egas Moniz Hospital. His clinical experience was built by working in multidisciplinary community teams providing care to severe mental health patients and their families, in an Outpatient setting, Day care Units and Rehabilitation Programs. The contact with the NHS has been so far, an opportunity to grow between the real every day needs of the population and the difficult challenges they offer to the professionals who handle these matters. Over this period explored group therapy and concluded training in systemic family therapy, as a form of continuously be aware and in dialogue with different contexts. Since 1998 began his more personal dedication to the psychoanalytic thinking and since then, his enthusiasm and curiosity have been good allies to find within there, projects and ideas that lead to others.  As a candidate from the Portuguese Psychoanalytic Society (Lisbon), where he completes his training, contacted with the IPSO events and representants and that seemed to be another occasion to work with creative minds and proposals. Being a candidate is a particularly rich time for learning with the experience and to establish strong and flexible foundations. Interested and touched by the Social, Cultural and Politic subjects, finds necessary to keep establishing links between Psychoanalysis and the contemporary world in order to reflect in the psychoanalytic  training the conditions and needs of new generations of analysts.
Hanna Ratjen, I am a second year Candidate at the Canadian psychoanalytic society in Toronto. I immigrated to Canada 2005 from Germany after emigrating from Brazil 1967.
IPSO is an organisation that has been created to represent us Candidates, to speak up on our behalf, ascertain that our training is fair, safe and meet the high standards of the IPA.
I love controversy and debate. This is why I have been planning and organizing the IPA online debates and participated in the web editorial board as an IPSO representative. To develop my organisational skills I found excellent teachers in my daughters that built the foundation for my later ability to juggle many tasks at the same time.
I would like to continue the work that has been done by previous IPSO members in fostering inclusion of the growing number of psychoanalytic societies and their Candidates under the umbrella of the IPA. It is important to become conscious and bring into the discussion the growing diversity of ethnicity, culture, gender identity and family structures of our patients as well as to continue a dialog how an ever growing psychoanalytic community facing a fast changing world can prepare the Candidates for this new challenge.
Kristin Whiteside, I am pleased and appreciative of the opportunity to serve as the IPSO VP-elect for North America. I am a 5th year candidate at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center in beautiful Southern California. My private practice is located in the coastal town of Encinitas, where I offer psychoanalytic treatment to adolescents and adults. 
One of the most vital tasks that candidates face is developing a psychoanalytic identity. This transformative process begins while we are candidates and can be facilitated by collaborative relationships with colleagues both inside and outside of our communities. IPSO offers numerous opportunities for candidates to get involved in the larger field of psychoanalysis. You may consider participating as an IPSO representative for your institute, traveling to a foreign institute in the Visiting Candidate Program, presenting a paper at a regional conference, or attending one of the biannual IPA meetings.
Giuliana Rivera Farfan, She studied Clinical Psychology at the University of Lima and after that She specialized in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Centro de Psicoterapia Psicoanalítica de Lima. Now a days she lived in Argentina and is a candidate in psychoanalytical training at Psychoanalytic Association Argentina (APA). Her previous experience has been focused on working with adolescents, adults and the treatment of addictions. She is very interested into research and psychoanalytic work with pregnant women and all psychological phenomena associated with their condition. She wants to work in the prevention and establishment of healthy in the ties between mothers and infant in order to ensure for them an optimal development. Additionally, She is interested in working in social projects. Therefore, She participated in free mental health campaigns as a psychoanalyst and She was enrolled in the program of Social Projection for people with low income. She thinks IPSO will allow her to speed up her development as a professional, as well as having the satisfaction of contributing to a collective goal. It is important to develop a network of skilled and qualified people who gather and share knowledge as well as to find common interests regarding lines of work and research. Finally, As a Peruvian who moved to Argentina for better professional development, She is committed to support those who want to take the same step, guiding them to achieve their own goals and to help them to integrate to the psychoanalytical society.

Silvia Acosta, Born in Argentina, she is Candidate of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association (APA) since 2012. She started her academic and clinical practice at CONICET (National Council of Scientific and Technical Research of the Argentine Republic) investigating models of interdisciplinary assistance in family violence and HIV. At the same time, she started her career as a university professor, teaching Research Methodology for psychoanalyst in Master and Doctoral Seminars at the Universidad of Salvador. Her doctoral thesis was focused on the study of the transferential and countertransferential difficulties in psychoanalytic treatments. She obtained several research grants awarded by the Research Advisory Board of IPA on psychic change and therapeutic change with borderline patients. Due to that research programme, she was awarded with the Psychoanalytic Research Exceptional Contribution Award in 2005, and the Psychoanalytic Training Today Award in 2007 and she is Fellow of IPA Research Training at the Psychoanalysis Unit of the University College of London since 2007.  Within APA, she is member of the candidate's claustro, being member of "Clinical Dialogues", a space created for the transversal clinical work among candidates and is also a member of the Research Subcommittee of the “Centro Racker” and “Legislative Liaison Committee”, both  APA´s Departments for the articulation between Psychoanalytic institutions with the community. She firmly believes that the tripod of training should be consolidated in creative actions of articulations of analytical thinking, professional expertise and the development of new knowledge. Psychoanalysis is a complex object that has been transformed into a cultural movement that has permeated contemporary thinking. However, the challenges of time bring us to two main issues to be solved: the incorporation of new technologies as complementary training spaces and the articulation of analytical training with our professional knowledge in order to delimit the specificity of "professional identity" as psychoanalyst.