EFPP membership, sections & Board
The Role of the EFPP Delegate
Areas of Work & Future Tasks
in 30 WORDS
The European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (EFPP) was created in 1991 when the European Union was granting greater freedom of movement of individuals between member countries. It was founded by the British psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Brian Martindale in collaboration with colleagues from the UK and other countries in Europe.
The first president of the EFPP was Brian Martindale (1991-1997). Among the founding members was Serge Frisch, a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist from Luxembourg, who took over from 1997 to 2003. Siv Boalt Boëthius, a psychoanalyst and psychologist from Sweden, was elected in 2003 and served for four years until 2007. She was succeeded by Luc Moyson, a founding member of the EFPP and clinical psychologist from Belgium (2007 to 2011). Anne Marie Schlöesser, a psychoanalyst and psychologist from Germany was elected president in 2011 and served until 2019. She was succeeded by María Eugenia Cid Rodríguez psychoanalytic psychotherapist, psychoanalyst and psychologist from Spain.
The primary aim of the EFPP from the start was to contribute significantly to the well-being and mental health among people living in Europe and to facilitate communication between psychoanalytic psychotherapists in different parts of Europe. The EFPP is concerned with extending the availability of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and its applications in member organisations in different countries.
During the first years of the EFPP the focus was mainly on the type of training psychoanalytic psychotherapists needed in order to work effectively. The discussion regarding criteria for training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy had significant political ramifications as it involved individual clinicians as well as training institutes in many countries. Thanks to these discussions, several organisations were able to develop their own training programmes. The international network afforded by the EFPP was an important one, and the communication taking place between colleagues at the EFPP conferences was and still is essential for further development.
The promotion of research is one of the main objectives of the EFPP. Since 2019 promotes research by granting an Award.
Membership in the EFPP is open to all European organisations. Exceptionally an organisation situated outside the European borders may be accepted if its application for membership has been accepted by the EFPP Board.
Currently 30 countries in Europe are represented by their organisations as full members in the EFPP. Additionally, there are associate and observer members. The EFPP is an organisation of member organisations. Psychoanalytic psychotherapists belong to the EFPP through their organisation which is a member of the EFPP. Each member organisation with full membership can send up to eight delegates, two for each of the four sections, to the biennial Delegates Meeting. The Delegates are appointed by their member organisations.
The member organisations of one country form a National Network. The task of this strong formation is the leveraging of synergies and bundling of forces when it comes to negotiations with political structures in the given country. The representatives of the National Network which itself represents all member organisations can then speak with one voice.
The EFPP consists of four sections working with psychoanalytic psychotherapy for Adults, Children and Adolescents, Groups and Couple and Family Psychotherapy. The youngest of them, the Couple and Family section, was established at the biennial Delegates’ Meeting in 2009.
The Board consists of two persons from each section (Section Chair and Section Representative) plus the President. According to the EFPP constitution (amended in 2017), the members of the Board are elected by the Delegates in the section assemblies. The president is chosen directly by the assembly of all Delegates at their biennial meeting. Members of the Board including the president are elected for four years and can be re-elected for another period of four years. The Board also requires the help of an administrative secretary. The Board can co-opt members to take part in the work with specific tasks.
Constitution and more information about delegate roles.
CONSTITUTION OF THE EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY EFPP
Adopted on 10th March 1991. Amended on 26th March 1993, 24th March 1995, 5th March 1999, 30th March 2001, 13th March 2009, 1st March 2013, 3rd March 2017
Table of Content
The name of the organisation shall be “European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, EFPP,” hereafter referred to as “The Federation”.
The Federation will be an unincorporated association governed by the Law of England and Wales.
The official language of the Federation shall be English. The English text of the Constitution of the Federation shall be the official text.
Location of the Federation
The formal address for all communications shall be that of whoever be the Honorary Secretary of the Federation.
For the purposes of this constitution, psychoanalytic psychotherapy shall be taken to mean psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults, with children and adolescents, with couples and families and with groups.
Objects and powers of the Federation
to advance education, training and the development of psychotherapy which is psychoanalytic in principle and practice.
to promote for the public benefit the relief of mental illness or disorder by developing psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Europe regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.
to promote research in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
In pursuit of the above objects but not further or otherwise, the Federation shall have the following powers:
to protect the standards of training for psychoanalytical psychotherapists by defining the minimum standards required for qualified practitioners.
to ensure that each member of the Federation has an ethical code for the practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
to enhance awareness amongst other professionals, administrators and legislators in the public sector and the public in general about psychoanalytic psychotherapy. To make available to the general public knowledge about the theory and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and also to bring to the public’s attention the scarcity of treatment resources.
to facilitate further communication amongst psychoanalytic psychotherapists by means of publications, newsletters, scientific conferences and other meetings.
to facilitate the collection, provision, maintenance and spread of information and knowledge relating to psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
to establish, carry on, promote, organise, finance and encourage the study, writing, production, publication and distribution of books, periodicals, monographs, pamphlets, articles and other literature and to arrange meetings and lectures and to arrange for the reading of papers and holding of seminars or discussions and to circulate any periodicals and literature that may be deemed advisable by the Board and to provide library facilities.
to undertake and execute any charitable trusts which may lawfully be undertaken by the Federation.
to borrow or raise money on such terms and on such security as may be thought fit provided that the Board shall not undertake permanent trading activities in raising funds for the said objects.
to establish and support or aid in the establishment and support of any associations or institutions in accordance with the objects in ARTICLE 6.1 and to subscribe or guarantee money for charitable purposes.
to join or affiliate or cooperate with and subscribe to any association, society or corporation and to purchase or otherwise acquire and undertake all or any part of the property, assets, liabilities and engagements of any such association, society or corporation.
to do all such other things as shall further the said objects or any of them, but not to do anything which will breach national laws.
Membership shall be open to all psychoanalytic psychotherapy organisations in Europe. Exceptionally an organisation situated outside the European borders may be accepted if its application for membership has been accepted by the Board.
All applications for membership will be approved by the Section Chair and Board member of that Section and will be ratified at a meeting of the full Board.
7.1. Types of Membership
There are different levels of membership:
7.1.1 Full Members
Full members of a Section are:
Those organisations that have training standards corresponding to the standards of the Federation.
Those organisations that intend to, but do not yet have the required training standards of the EFPP, but who have a core group of at least six persons who are both trained to the standards of the EFPP and providing training activities in their organisations.
7.1.2 Associate Member
Those organisations that do not yet have training standards that correspond to the EFPP bylaws for that Section defined under Article 10 and do not meet the further preconditions mentioned in 126.96.36.199.
Those who however have such training standards but do not yet have a core group of at least six persons trained to the standards and who are active in training within those organisations.
Observers are those organisations which are at a preliminary stage of application for EFPP membership.
Organisations may remain with observer status for a period of 2 years after which it will be reviewed by the Board.
7.2 Rights and obligations
All full members from one Section and one country jointly appoint up to 2 Delegates. The Delegates shall be qualified to the standards laid out in the The Delegates of full members have voting rights in their Section Meeting and in the Delegates’ Meeting. They can be elected on to the Board.
All associate members from one Section and one country may jointly send up to 2 Delegates to their Section Meeting and the Delegates’ Meeting. The Delegates of associate members do not have voting rights and may not be elected on to the Board.
Observers have no voting rights and may not be elected onto the EFPP Observers may attend the Section Meeting and the Delegates’ Meeting.
7.3 Affiliated Institutions
EFPP will seek affiliation with other European Psychoanalytic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy institutions. Such affiliation will be to promote the objects of the Federation as laid down in Article 6.1 and to develop and foster the relationship between international psychoanalytically oriented societies, organisations or groups and exceptionally with organisations outside Europe. Institutions and organisations who wish to establish links to the EFPP would become “Institutions affiliated with the EFPP”. Their representatives will be invited to the Delegates´ Meeting (without voting rights) and to other relevant meetings to discuss matters of common interest.
National EFPP Networks
National EFPP Networks are umbrella organisations which gather more than one organisation under their roof. Their aim is to promote and persue the EFPP objects described in Article 6 of the constitution on the national level in the given country.
In countries with already existing National EFPP Networks applications for EFPP membership have to go to that National Network which will then contact the Board for a final decision. If the applying organisation meets the standards of the EFPP laid down in the bylaws of the given Section should be accepted by the National EFPP Network, followed by the ratification of the EFPP Board. This is also the case if the standards of the National EFPP Network exceed the EFPP standards. In case of conflict the EFPP Board ist the final arbiter.
The National EFPP Network provides membership for the four Sections corresponding to the existing EFPP structure.
The affairs of the Federation shall be managed by the Board, which shall consist of the following voting members:
Two Delegates from each of the four Sections of the Federation elected by the Section Meeting (according to Article 11.1) and a President of the Board elected separately and directly by the Delegates. The election of the President shall be on the basis of a single majority of votes at the Delegates´ Meeting. Nominations for the President must be received in writing by the Honorary Secretary of the Federation at least three months prior to the Delegates´ Meeting, and shall be sent to the Delegates at least two months prior to the meeting.
Subject to paragraphs 3, 9.4 and 9.5 below, all members of the Board shall hold office for a period of four years from the date of their election and shall be reeligible for up to one further term. The President will be eligible for no more than two consecutive terms of four years.
The Board will appoint its own members to the positions necessary for its functioning and may co-opt additional members for any particular task the Board decides is in the interest of the Federation. The Board may co-opt members to fill casual vacancies until the next normal The number of co-opted members shall not exceed 1/3 of the total Board.
Members of the Board may resign by giving notice in writing to the Honorary Secretary.
Members of the Board may be removed by a resolution of the Section that elected them.
Board members cease to be members if the organisation they represent as a Delegate is expelled from the Federation.
The Board shall convene not less than twice a year and the President, or in his/her absence, the Vice President, or five members of the Board may call a special meeting of the Board. The Board shall call a Delegates´ Meeting at least every two years.
A Delegates´ Meeting shall also be called if the Honorary Secretary receives a request in writing for such a meeting signed by one third of the Federation’s Delegates.
At the Delegates´ Meeting the business shall include the election of the Board and of the President and the appointment of an Independent Examiner to audit the accounts and the consideration of the general report of the Board and the audited accounts.
The Board shall have the final authority to determine training standards and ethics and to determine membership of the Federation.
The Board shall have the power to make bylaws for the purpose of carrying out its functions.
The Board may from time to time appoint working parties as may be deemed necessary, and may determine their terms of reference, powers, duration and composition provided that no working party may be given power to co-opt more than one fourth of its total membership and provided that all acts and proceedings of any such working party shall be fully and promptly reported to the Board.
The Board shall have the power to appoint and dismiss a paid Administrative Secretary and such other employees of the Federation, not being members of the Board as it may from time to time determine, or to arrange with any other organisation for the provision of administrative services.
The Board shall take its decisions by a simple majority of those present and voting.
Organisation into Sections
The Federation will be composed of four Sections:
representing individual adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy
representing child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy
representing couple and family psychoanalytic
representing group analytic psychotherapy
Each Section will be autonomous in defining its own training standards for the Federation. These standards will form part of the bylaws (subject to 9.8).
Sections shall meet as frequently as they decide and at times of Delegates´ Meetings of the Federation called by the Board.
Each Section’s voting membership shall be composed of up to 2 Delegates from full members per country. Elections for the Board shall be on the basis of simple majority of votes cast by the Section’s voting membership at the Section Meeting coinciding with that of the Delegates’ Meeting.
Each Section shall appoint a Chair of the Section at the Section Meeting coinciding with the Delegates´ Meeting.
The Board shall have power to obtain, collect and receive money and funds by way of contributions, donations, subscriptions, deeds of covenant, legacies, grants or any other lawful method, and to accept and receive gifts of property of any description.
The Board shall determine the level of subscriptions and require payment of fees within such time as the Board shall determine but not less than one month. No Delegate shall be entitled to vote or take part in any deliberations if the member of which he/she is a Delegate has not paid its dues within a period of three months following demand. The Board shall also have the power to expel a member for non-payment of fees.
The income and property of the Federation, whencesoever derived, shall be applied solely towards the objects of the Federation as set forth in Article 6.1. No portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever by way of profit to any member of the Board. Nothing herein shall prevent the payment in good faith of reasonable and proper remuneration to any servant of the Board not being a member of the Board, or the payment to members of the Board or any working party appointed under Article 9.10 herefore reasonable and proper out of pocket expenses.
The financial year shall run from 1st October to 30th September. At least once in every financial year the accounts of the Federation shall be audited by an Independent Examiner, subject to the rules of the Charity Commission and shall be submitted for consideration at the Delegates´ Meeting.
The funds of the Charity including all donations, contributions and bequests shall be paid into an account operated by the Board in the name of the Charity at such bank the Board shall from time to time decide. All payments drawn from the account must be signed by at least two persons authorised by the Board, at least one of whom must be a Board member.
The Federation may be dissolved by a resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a Special Delegates´ Meeting convened for the purpose of which 21 days notice shall have been given to the Delegates. Such resolution may give instructions for the disposal of any assets held by or in the name of the Federation, provided that if any property remains after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities such property shall not be paid or distributed among the members of the Federation but shall be given or transferred to such other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to some or all of the objects of the Federation as the Federation may determine and if and in so far as effect cannot be given to this provision then to some other charitable purpose.
Amendments to the Constitution
Alteration to this Constitution shall receive the assent of two thirds of the members present and voting at the regular or Special Delegates´ Meeting. A resolution for the alteration of the Constitution must be received in writing by the Honorary Secretary at least three months before the meeting at which the resolution is to be brought forward. At least two months clear notice of such a meeting must be given in writing by the Honorary Secretary to the membership and must include notice of the alteration proposed. Provided that no alteration to Article 6.1 (objects), Article 13 (dissolution) or this clause shall take effect until the approval in writing to the Charity Commissioners or other authority having charitable jurisdiction shall have been obtained, no alteration shall be made which would have the effect of causing the Federation to cease to be a charity in law.
The Role of the EFPP Delegate
The overall task of the delegates is to embody the ethos of the EFPP and to promote the aims and purposes of the EFPP within their own national networks.
The EFPP delegate has a dual representative role. He/she is a representative of his/her own country and section (Adult, Child and adolescent, Group, or Couple and Family) and he/she is the official representative of that particular section of the EFPP.
The delegates are the vital link. The first task is to represent and connect their national networks of psychoanalytic psychotherapy organizations to the EFPP and the other European national networks within their section; the reciprocal task is to represent the aims and ideas of EFPP to their sections and organisations in their own countries.
These tasks require:
1. the delegate should attend the bi-annual delegates meeting.
2. the delegate should report back to his her national network.
3. the delegate is the link person for mail, and circulation of electronic notices to their network. The delegate must equip him/herself with a password to log in to the delegates area of the EFPP web site. The delegate MUST at all times provide valid contact information in his/her profile within the delegates area of the EFPP website, especially a valid email address. You can receive a username and password online if you visit efpp.org There you click on the link to the delegates area and you will find the facility for contacting webpeople.
4. the delegate is the contact person for the EFPP Treasurer and the administrative and financial secretaries. The delegate has the responsibility to see that the annual subscription fees are paid and that membership numbers are up to date. The delegate must inform the Hon Treasurer and the administrative secretary of the name of his/her national organisation or network and the name and email of the financial administrator of their national organisation who will be responsible for paying the invoice for the annual subscription.
5. the delegate should notify the EFPP administrative secretary, the webpeople and their section coordinator of all changes in representatives in their network, particularly when delegates step down and are replaced.
6. the delegate is asked to encourage participation at conferences, workshops, and other activities of the EFPP and the promotion of the EFPP Clinical Series Books and the e-journal. The delegate must circulate the fliers concerning conferences and other workshops to the members of their national networks.
7. the delegate should inform their networks about information on the website and should encourage the use of this as an on-line professional publication and discussion forum.
8. the delegate should keep section coordinators informed about developments in the provision of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in their countries.
9. the delegate should support and encourage the implementation in his/her country of the minimum training standards that are agreed and decided by his/her section and described in the bylaws.
What is required of the National Network
- Appointment of delegates, who have attained the minimal standards of qualification in psychotherapy for that section.
- A commitment to pay the annual membership subscription of the EFPP and additional financial support for the delegates to attend the bi-annual delegates meeting.
- Administrative support for the delegates to circulate and notify networks about the activities of the EFPP.
Maria Eugenia Cid
Mrs. Cid CV
Involved with the EFPP since its foundation, as delegate and co-opted member of the board for several years. Very actively involved in the development of the EFPP spanish network, as member of the board and president of the Spanish Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (AEPP). Founding member, board member and training member of the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Madrid (AMPP). Clinical work in private practice in Madrid.
Mr. Messner CV
Mrs. Huttunen CV
Maria Teresa Diez, Ph.D.
Child & Adolescent Section
Mrs. Díez CV
Child & Adolescent Section
Mrs. Visnapuu-Bernadt CV
Ulrich Schultz-Venrath, M.D.
Mr. Schultz-Venrath CV
Psychoanalyst. Chair of the section for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in groups of the EFPP. Prof. for Psychosomatics/ Psychotherapy at the University of Witten/ Herdecke (Germany). Group analyst (D3G / GASi). Head of the Clinic of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Evangelisches Krankenhaus Bergisch Gladbach. Chief-Editor of “Gruppenpsychotherapie und Gruppendynamik. Zeitschrift für Theorie und Praxis der Gruppenanalyse”.
Mr. Levin CV
Couple & Family Section
Mrs. Calarasanu CV
Areas of Work & Future Tasks
Main areas of work
The main aim of the Board’s work is to keep abreast of the psychotherapeutic developments within the member organisations in the different countries, with a special emphasis on conditions for working with patients, facilities for training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and research.
Another main area of work is connected to the EFPP conferences. In the first few years each section had an annual conference and a three-section conference was arranged every third or fourth year. However, it gradually became clear that this was in excess of what was needed, and it was decided that each section should hold their own section conference in turn. Accordingly, a Group Section conference was held in Lisbon in 2004, an Adult section conference in Dresden in 2005, and a Child and Adolescent Section conference in Berlin in 2006. A three-section conference followed in Copenhagen in 2007, a Group Section conference in Prague in 2008, and Couple and Family conference in Florence in 2009. Since the inception of the fourth section our schedule has had to be revised to incorporate combined section conferences. The combined Adult and Child and Adolescent conference was held in Cracow in 2011, and the combined Group and Couple and Family conference in Athens in 2012. A combined four-section conference took place in Berlin 2015, and a conference organised by the sections for groups and couple & family was just held in Belgrade 2018. A local organising committee is appointed for each conference which works closely with the Board’s conference co-ordinator.
A special feature of the EFPP conferences are the discussion groups held after each plenary session. Much appreciated by attendees is the fact that the configuration of the groups remains the same throughout the conference, which contributes to deeper understanding of the papers presented and fosters greater sharing of ideas and emotions. The conferences also offer a number of ongoing workshops.
The EFPP also organises smaller workshops focusing on topics such as Infant Observation. Two research conferences on child and adolescent psychotherapy have also been held in Stockholm. Another example is the Syros workshop, which focuses on clinical presentations and has been organised every two years for more than a decade.
Outlook to future tasks
An area requiring further attention is that of research in the field of current psychoanalytic theories and practice. One area that shows potential for further development is primarily that of clinically-based research, where the clinicians themselves can contribute in a more integrated way through the systematic documentation of their own clinical work. This type of research is now being done in many European countries with positive results. This is becoming increasingly urgent as insurance companies and health authorities in many European countries have cut back on funding for psychotherapy and will only fund solid, evidence-based therapies. The dissemination of research now available from an increasing number of specific studies in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and its effectiveness is a primary task for the EFPP.
In this way we hope all our member organisations and countries will have access to study- based research which they can use when making a case for psychotherapy in their own countries. To do this the EFPP website reports on this field’s main findings to allow continuous and interactive communication among member organisations.
The EFPP Research Award seeks to enhance and acknowledge the exchange between clinicians and researchers in our member organisations. The award is given to authors of papers or books in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy that deal with a research issue or are the product of concrete research in the psychoanalytic psychotherapeutic field. Winners of the award receive a monetary prize of €2000. The EFPP Research Award is presented every second year during the EFPP Delegates Meeting, where the award recipient is expected to present her or his paper to the Delegates.
EFPP Research Award 2021