APPI Congress 2022 – The Changing Landscape of Psychotherapy

Saturday 26th February, 2022
Online (Zoom)
Call for Papers for this event

This event is now by zoom (due to changed covid situation).

The landscape of psychotherapeutic engagement is changing, driven inter alia by developments in technology, government regulation and economics. Business and governments are alert to benefits in this transition – such as increased convenience for those seeking psychotherapy as well as increased profits from technological advances which reduce commercial rents and allow collection of personal data. The current trend of huge corporate investments and incursions into the field of personal psychotherapy reveal strategies to utilise and monetise mental health services.

Psychoanalysis – antithetical to this trend – becomes more important and perhaps more vulnerable to marginalisation in this shifting landscape.

“The crack in the project of digital control lies in the impossibility of taking the unconscious into account, the unconfessable, the fantasmatic, the elusive, the detournement that each one of us exercises on himself. In this sense, psychoanalysis is the green lung, the Amazon of a world crushed by marketing, stalked by populist enticements made to catch hold of electoral preferences. Psychoanalysis is today the ecology of thought and social relations.” Mario Focchi. The Social Bond in the Hyper-Connected World (Micol Martinez, Trans.). Lacanian Review Online, Feb. 29, 2020. LRO 213.

How do psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy respond to this changing landscape? How does psychoanalysis align itself with these new transitions and trends? Does psychoanalysis risk irrelevance because it has been slow to put forward evidence-based research?

This Congress is interested in any topic concerning psychoanalysis in this new landscape, including:

  • technology and its impact on psychoanalysis
  • changes in the psychoanalytic clinic
  • legislation and regulation
  • psychoanalysis in corporations / organisational psychotherapy
  • consumerism and its effects
  • psychoanalysis and climate change
  • psychoanalysis and evidence-based research

Contributors are requested to submit a short abstract (250 words max) and title, with the subject line “APPI Congress 2022”.

Please send abstracts and any enquiries to [email protected]

Deadline for Submissions: 1st December 2021

Recommendations for relevant reading material may be forwarded to [email protected]