We are pleased to officially announce that this year’s IX Summer School of Psychoanalysis “The Encounter of Man and Nature – Challenges for Mental Health“ will be hosted by the Psychoanalytical Society of Serbia from 23 to 25 September 2022.

Our wish is to gather this year and if circumstances permit, the Summer School will be held IN PERSON in Belgrade.

We invite you to reflect, together with us, on the unbreakable bond between man and nature, in the world in which we are constantly facing challenges of encountering ourselves in differing circumstances – such as epidemics, environmental pollution, but also the fear of war and a possible nuclear disaster. In these times, people are increasingly turning to nature, attributing to it the comforting and healing powers, while at the same time fearing its destructive power. Who is crueller, man or nature, and who can be influenced more? The role of psychoanalysis today and how psychoanalysis can help us understand our inner world and nature whose integral part we are, are inexhaustible and inspiring themes we are going to deal with this year.

We are looking forward to meeting you again and to the exchange of opinions and experiences.

More information and registration start date coming soon.



Presenters: Heribert Blass, Christine Franckx, Orna Hadary, Anna Maria Nicolò, Mercedes Puchol, Mark Solms, Martin Teising, Majlis Winberg Salomonsson.

All presentations will be in English.

Two possibilities to participate in the conference are offered:

  • participating in person in the EPF House in Brussels
  • participating online

On our website www.epf.fep.eu, you can find the latest information about possible restrictions due to Covid in our house in Brussels. The maximum number of participants will be known in September. There will be no limit to the number of online participants.

Venue: The House of the European Psychoanalytical Federation in Brussels, Belgium

Date: Thursday, 29 September 2022 – Saturday, 1 October 2022

Costs: 30 €

For further information, please contact Frank Goderniaux: frank.goderniaux@epf-fep.eu, Alex Janssen: a.m.janssen@xs4all.nl, Martin Teising: teising@t-online.de, Jasminka Šuljagić: jasminkasuljagic@gmail.com, or Mercedes Puchol: mpuchol@futurnet.es

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The statement of the Psychoanalytical Society of Serbia about the tragedy in Ukraine

The Psychoanalytical Society of Serbia is deeply shocked and concerned about the tragedy in Ukraine. We are particularly worried about the safety of civilians, children in the first place, the future of refugees and many other things that we ourselves, not that long ago, went through. As analysts, we are well aware of the fact that traumas that are being experienced now will leave deep marks on several generations.   

We remember quite well the uncertainty caused by sirens and bombs, sanctions, long lines of refugees who did not have the possibility to choose a country they could go to. Hence, we are pleading with both sides to find a peaceful solution.

On our part, we are offering professional help to our colleagues in coping in such traumatic situations for which no theory can sufficiently prepare us.  

Our Society has established a Fund for Assistance to Colleagues in Ukraine and has organized links via which we are offering experience-based assistance to fellow psychoanalysts who have found themselves in a whirlpool of the conflict. 

Knowing the voice of reason is quiet but persistent, we hope this time, as before in history, it will prevail as soon as possible in the interest of humanity, as a priority that surpasses politics, territories and ideologies.