2021 - 2023

IPSO President

Charles Baekeland holds a bachelor’s degree of science, is a licensed clinical psychologist, and a candidate at the Asociación Psicoanalítica de Madrid, in Spain. He worked at the Centro Madrileño de Psicología Aplicada Hospital with psychotic and borderline patients for several years, while training as a child and adolescent psychoanalytic-psychotherapist at the Sociedad Española de Psiquiatría y Psicoterapia de Niños y Adolescentes, and training in psychosomatics at the Instituto de Estudios Psicosomáticos y Psicoterapia Médica. He has published a number of papers in psychoanalytical journals on child psychoanalysis, inner life, autism, the mental functioning of fanatics, and the effects IPSO has on training and practice. Charles has lectured nationally on depression, loss, regression, the Oedipus complex and narcissism, and has presented cases internationally. He has participated in Visiting Candidate Programs in the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, the Société Psychanalytique de Paris, the Asociación Psicoanalítica del Uruguay, and the Asociación Psicoanalítica de Buenos Aires. His areas of psychoanalytic interest lie in deepening psychoanalysts’ acquaintance with the field of psychoanalytic epistemology, and in pooling the wealth of knowledge to be found in IPA Institutes across the world in order to advance psychoanalytic training. He works in full-time private practice. [email protected]

IPSO Vice President for Europe

Monica Bomba is an analyst at the Società Psicoanalitica Italiana and is actually working in full-time private practice. She worked as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at a hospital and as adjunct professor at the Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy. She had been appointed head of research at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and coordinator of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health hospital ward. She was IPSO representative in Milan and was part of the organizing team of the 24th IPSO European Meeting that took place in Milan in 2018, entitled: Transformations in Psychoanalysis. She has published many papers in international journals and presented her work at national and international congresses of child and adolescent psychiatry and psychoanalysis. Her focus of interest is the study of archaic states of the mind, psychopathology in children and adolescents, and couple and group dynamics. She participates in numerous study and research groups in the psychoanalytic field, with a particular attentiveness for the dialogue between psychoanalysis and art. In Milan she founded a small and heterogeneous group, of analysts and musicians, who discuss psychoanalysis and music. Monica is also a passionate photographer and video-poetry maker. [email protected]

 IPSO Vice President for Latin America

Florencia Biotti is a licensed clinical psychologist. She graduated in 1995 and did her clinical internship at the Hospital Materno Infantil Ramón Sardá in Buenos Aires from 1996 to 2001. There she worked in mental health care for adolescent pregnancy and neonatal intensive care –– she then continued for a year as a grantee in the area of obstetrics. During that time, while training psychoanalytically, she took postgraduate courses in systemic therapy. In 2005 she started her career as a teacher at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) teaching a course called Developmental Psychology: Childhood, and then became the director of studies. Meanwhile, Florencia cooperated in two research projects at the Secretaría de Ciencia y Técnica de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, where she participated in the presentation of a number of projects in several congresses, and publications in journals of the UBA. Her training at the Asociación Psicoanalítica de Buenos Aires (APdeBA) started in 2015, after she had done postgraduate studies on prevention and psychological support in infancy and childhood. She currently belongs to the children and adolescents’ team, and one of the adults’ teams, at the Liberman Center, the Clinic of APdeBA. She has been working in private practice since 1997.  [email protected]

IPSO Vice President For North America

Gerard Sobnosky is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Los Angeles.  He holds two Master’s degrees in psychology, from Antioch University Los Angeles, and Walden University, and is completing his PsyD degree in psychoanalysis at the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP) in Los Angeles, where he is an advanced clinical associate.  He serves on the Education Committee at NCP, and regularly leads psychoanalytic discussion of films with the public, as part of their Mind and Film series.  He teaches dream analysis workshops for clinicians, and is an active member of the International Psychoanalytic Association’s new Subcommittee on Addiction. Gerard is active in the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), where he is treasurer of the Candidates Council, serves on the Finance Committee, and serves on the American Psychoanalytic Foundation, which funds projects that implement and disseminate psychoanalytic thought. He has taught psychodynamic psychotherapy as part of the American Psychoanalytic Association’s China-American Psychoanalytic Alliance to build a psychoanalytic training program in China.  He lived and worked in Turkey for 3 ½ years and speaks conversational Turkish. He enjoys singing and playing in his local rockabilly trio.  [email protected]

IPSO Treasurer

Joe Behrmann is a psychiatrist and candidate at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Working at his outpatient private   practice for 16 years, he treats people with medication management, psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy, or both. Joe volunteers some of his time to the local institute by providing medication management for   patients who are treated at its low fee clinic. As a graduate of his institute’s psychodynamic psychotherapy program, he recognizes the importance of this training for clinicians and its overall benefit to the psychoanalytic   community. Accordingly, Joe teaches several courses in the psychotherapy program, including Psychodynamic Neuroscience, as he possesses a particular interest in the interplay of the mind and brain in intrapsychic   workings as well as external behavior. His interest in psychoanalytic education extends further to ideas about modernizing analytic curricula. Joe is a member of his local institute’s Curriculum Committee and contributes at   the national level as a candidate member of the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Institute Advisory & Consultation Section (IACS) of the Department of Psychoanalytic Education. The IACS is a group that identifies and   shares best practices and didactic resources and is available to assist all of the 32 APsaA-affiliated institutes in the United States in an advisory rather than regulatory manner. [email protected]

 IPSO Editor

Thomas Marcacci
lives and works in Bologna. Before dedicating himself fully to psychoanalysis, he graduated in moral philosophy in Florence, and worked on business ethics and corporate social responsibility as adjunct professor at the Università di Napoli, as well as in private contexts. He graduated in psychology in Cesena and he specialized in psychoanalytical psychotherapy of children and adolescents at Centro Studi Martha Harris of Bologna, where he is now a professor. For several years he collaborated as a researcher with the Università di Bologna, focusing on two fields of interest: the group and organizational dynamics within clinical institutions, and the etiology of psychosis. He participated in the EUGEI research program, a European network which studied the interaction of gene and environment at the onset of psychosis. He is currently a candidate at the Società Psicoanalitica Italiana in Rome and is working in full-time private practice. In 2017 Thomas opened a psychoanalytical clinic in Bologna, Centro Evo, where he leads a team of psychoanalysts, psychiatrists and educators, with the aim of studying and healing psychic affliction throughout the individual’s lifespan, from pregnancy to senility. He is committed to combining passion for clinical activity with the attempt to enhance psychoanalytical thought, through scientific research as well as dialogue with artistic and cultural productions, and social experiences of our times.  [email protected]