Call for papers

Dear Colleagues,

We wanted to frame the first four section conference of the EFPP in almost 10 years under the auspice of “stormy times”. We have in recent years indeed lived through troubled times and they show no sign of abating. An unprecedented world-wide health crisis, heinous and destructive wars and terrorism.  Within the arch of these world-wide  crisis’ that touch and affect us all, there are local troubles that activate and fuel unconscious phantasy: the cost of living crisis, the gender identity/ fluidity discussion, the polarisation of the political discourse on our doorsteps.

 The EFPP is proud to be a multi-modality organization. This allows us to shine a light on these troubled times and its repercussions from the different perspectives of clinical work: the child and adolescent section, the couples and family section, the group and adult section have all so much to contribute. Our aim and the aim of the conference is to create a platform in which our distinct clinical work in the current circumstances can lead to a cross fertilization of our theoretical and clinical understanding. The questions we want to ask you are as follows:  how has a crisis of such magnitude, troubled times and their echo’s, affected and informed your clinical and theoretical outlook; how does it shape unconscious fantasy, inform research, affect the development of children, families, groups and individuals and affect our societies.

On behalf of the Scientific and the organizing- Committees, and in cooperation with the

EFPP Board and all the four sections of the EFPP, we would like to officially invite you to participate and actively contribute to the upcoming EFPP Conference which we are proud to hold in Warsaw, Poland.

The conference will take place on 27th-29th September 2024, with the main theme:

“Psychoanalytic psychotherapy and relatedness in stormy times”.

Please, consider the following topics below as a guide for your submissions which we look forward to receiving.  It is your contributions that are a vital part of the overall conference.   

  • Changes in the psychoanalytic technique as a reflection of difficult and conflictual times
  • Research in psychoanalytic psychotherapy sparked by the recent and ongoing crisis.
  • Patient-therapist relationship under pressure due to crisis and external circumstances
  • Psychic adjustments enforced by changing reality
  • Operating under fire – the role of psychoanalytic thinking during the war in Ukraine and in other military conflicts
  • Couple and family life in a stormy world: modern couples; working with cultural differences, migration and new homes
  • Hope in the dark – how to keep hope alive when the reality appears hopeless
  • Working virtually:  in therapy and in life. Does it affect and/or change relatedness?
  • Identity and gender fluidity as markers of stormy times
  • Radicalism and Polarization as as a reflection of uncertainty and doubt in societies and mirrored in clinical practice
  • The unbearable experience of doubt and uncertainty during changing times
  • Humans and the climate-crisis – a complex relationship
  • What lessons have we learned of covid in clinical practice
  • The breakdown of the holding environment: re-working early traumas as evoked by stormy times
  • Narratives as a tool of giving meaning to changing times
  • Changing times reflected in literature and philosophy

We welcome proposals from all four sections of the EFPP relating clinical work in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy research, practice and training.

Depending on the nature of the study or research you may submit your proposal as one of the following types:


Two or three authors prepare a 20 minute presentation each on the topic of the sub-plenary. The presenters submit their contribution as a group and focus around a similar theme. The presentations may be supported by audio-visual effects. The chair may use a few minutes to summarize the main issues that arise before opening the discussion to the floor. Sub-plenaries on the same topic may continue for more than one sub-plenary session.

Paper presentation

These sessions offer space for up to three contributors. The presentations are grouped around similar themes either by presenters themselves, if they want to apply as a group, or by the Scientific Committee. Each contributor gives a short presentation up to 20 minutes. Audio-visual support will be available for some papers. The chair will then coordinate a discussion between the contributors and the audience.


This format is more experiential. Authors offer shorter theoretical material which will then be illustrated by discussion and, sometimes, exercises. The presenters are expected to encourage participants to share their thoughts and experiences in a more informal way.

Poster presentation

Poster presentations are especially welcome to the conference, as they are a great opportunity to share case studies or any aspects of ongoing or comlpeted research.

The abstracts should contain up to 250 words. Please, select up to six keywords that describe the content of your abstract to help us link your proposal to the themes of the conference. For paper presentations and workshops, the abstracts should contain an overview of the work presented. For subplenaries, the abstract should contain an overview of the common work to be presented and  seperate abstract, each for every presenter of the subplenary. For poster presentations, the structure of the abstract can be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Results, Discussion, Conclusions. Please, state if you will need audio-visual support.

  • In the case of acceptance, the main author of the proposal should be able to attend the conference and present their contribution in person. If an author is unable to attend, we expect that the organizing- Committee (OC) is informed as soon as possible.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • The abstracts can only be submitted through the online submission form! that is available on the conference website. Abstracts that are sent by email to the conference organizers cannot be considered for review.
  • The Scientific Committee may change the type of author’s proposal (for example, from sub-plenary to paper presentation), depending on the number of submissions and the conference programme.
The online abstract submission form is open from October 15th 2023 till March 24th 2024. If the abstract is accepted for presentation, the authors will receive a notification of acceptance before the end of the early bird registration deadline.
All accepted abstracts will be included in the “book of abstracts” that will be provided to all participants of the conference as well as published on the conference website.

For any additional information, do not hesitate to visit the conference website

Or contact the conference secretariat, either through our contact page or directly at  

Online submission