Families in Transformation: A Psychoanalytic Approach

Editor : Anna Maria Nicolo, Editor : Pierre Benghozi, Editor : Daniela Lucarelli

Families in Transformation: A Psychoanalytic Approach

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Families in Transformation is a collection of essays by eminent scholars on the psychoanalysis of couples and families and provides a wide ranging and articulated picture of the current situation in Europe. The reader will find various psychoanalytical models applied in it: from object relations theory to group analysis to the theory of links, encountering the lively and rich French, Italian, and British schools at work in different settings.

Themes range from myths to secrets, to incest and the brotherly dimension of families; from adoptive families to the conflicts over separation, in addition to papers discussing perverse and violent couples. The book shows how it is possible to put together an understanding of the individual’s internal world with the interpersonal dynamics of families, their bonds and relations, expressed in somatic and active terms at the inter- and trans-generational level.

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‘This brilliant book has long been awaited in the psychoanalytic community. It details in an exhaustive way the state of the art in the field of psychoanalytic family therapy, and describes the current approaches to theory and clinical work in couples and families, as well as the different shades of meaning developed by the most prominent contemporary authors writing on this subject. This work is not only for family therapists, but also addresses the entire psychoanalytic community. Gone are the times when it was commonplace to say that family therapy was opposed to individual therapy. Now such opposition has been overcome in favour of synergy, and this book convincingly shows how this shift has taken place. The authors have drawn in a creative way from different areas of knowledge, reaping a wealth of theories, perspectives, and clinical evidence that will enrich all therapists.’
— Antonino Ferro, President of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society (SPI) and member of the American Psychoanalytic Association

Contributors: Inés Aramburu, Berta Aznar-Martínez, Pierre Benghozi, Montse Davins, Alberto Eiguer, Ludovica Grassi, Rosa Jaitin, René Kaës, Jean-Georges Lemaire, Daniela Lucarelli, Anna Maria Nicolò, Diana Norsa, Carles Pérez-Testor, Giorgio Rigamonti, Philippe Robert, Stanley Ruszczynski, Manel Salamero, Massimiliano Sommantico, Simona Taccani, Gabriela Tavazza

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Anna Maria Nicolò, MD, is a member of the board of the Representatives of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), and since 2005 has been chair of the forum for adolescence of the European Psychoanalytical Federation (FEP). She is a founder member of the Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Couples (SIPsIA), scientific secretary of the Istituto Winnicott (ASNE-SIPSIA), and member of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (EFPP). She was President of the Italian Society of Psychoanalysis for Couples and Families (PCF), and co-founder of the AIPCF (International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis). She was co-editor of the collection Contemporary Psychoanalysis, director of the journal Interazioni, and co-founder and former director of the International Review of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (AIPCF).

Pierre Benghozi, is a psychiatrist, child psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, psychoanalytical therapist for group, couple and family, training analyst and supervisor. He is President of the Research Institute for Psychoanalysis of the couple and the family, and Professor at Sao Paulo University, Brazil. He is also a Board Member of the European Federation Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (EFPP) and a member of the French SFTFP Society of psychoanalytical family psychotherapy, and the International Association of couple and family psychoanalysis (AIPCF). He is a former vice-president of the French Society of psychoanalytical group therapy (SFPPG), and a member of the Editorial Board of the French Review of Psychoanalytic Group Psychotherapy.

Daniela Lucarelli is psychologist, psychoanalyst, full member of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI), and an expert in psychoanalysis with children and adolescents. She is a member of the EFPP Board and of the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (IACFP). She teaches in the ASNE-SIPSIA Specialization Programme in Psychotherapy with Children, Adolescents and Couples in Rome. She is editor of the International Review of Psychoanalysis of Couple and Family.

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