Vienna 2019: Our next meeting

"Suddenly, I said..."

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May 2019


Registration is normally restricted to members of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) and some invited guests and candidates. If you are a candidate or not a member of the IPA please contact one of the moderators or email


The meeting will mainly consist of moderated small group clinical workshops discussing a presenter's method of doing psychoanalysis in one case (usually through two sessions) in depth. The workshops last for about ten hours in total and use the CCM method of discussion. The workshops are informed by the ongoing work of the CCM Association moderators for the past fifteen years.

Some informal large-group presentations, describing the Association’s work over the last year and devoted to an annual theme, will also take place - this year focusing on the theme of "Suddenly, I said!

The CCM method, originally developed as part of the European Psychoanalytic Federation's Ten Year Scientific Initiative involves structuring discussion in steps - ordinary clinical discussion focused on the presenter's work in the sessions, close focus on the function of each of the presenter's interventions (Step 1) and construction of the presenter's working model of psychoanalysis (Step 2). These formulations are then further discussed in the moderators' group some months later and the overall thoughts eventually fed back to the workshop group and the presenter.

"Suddenly, I said..."

This year's theme has emerged from the workshops we held in Vienna in 2018 and then the discussions we had afterwards.

The systematic review of CCM group sessions shows that often the analyst's interventions are linked together in a kind of emergent chain so that one intervention prepares the next.

The frame of the psychoanalytical method postulates that the patient's associations follow one another in a sequence that reflects both secondary conscious and primary dynamically unconscious and so resisted process. And the frame also implies that the psychoanalyst's thoughts follow such a path with the potential for new configurations of thought and feeling (evenly suspended attention) - in part unexpected by his consciousness. In this way a psychoanalyst may find he or she has escaped both his or her intended technique and his or her theory. It's what the interaction of a patient's transference and the analyst's counter-transference do. Unexpectedly they may appear to be disruptive and distrurbin g while at the same time perhaps opening up a new direction for the "cure".

When a colleague presents his or her clinical work, it is, therefore, fully to be expected that he or she presents one of his or her interventions as a sudden formulation or even as an unexpected and possibly discrepant idea.

How does being filled with such a sudden idea cause an analyst to speak at this particular moment? Or, on the contrary, how sometimes does an analyst defer expressing ideas and feelings because they he or she thinks of them as inappropriate at that time?

In other words, what is the analyst's share in the rhythm of a session ?

We think the CCM method makes it possible to move forward on these questions systematically and in new ways - by gathering and exploring the assumptions that can be deduced about the analyst's theories about many aspects of the session. Analysts have theories about how to let the process happen or how to get it moving; theories on how the unconscious reveals itself; theories on the goals they are trying to achieve and on tactics and strategy. They have a theory on how their patients' sufferings are generated and sustained; they have theories on the place they occupy in the session and about the transference effects it induces. Finally, they have theories on how they and their patients progress through the session, in a parallel or interactive way.

Our conference will connect and explore these theories trying to being them out for debate. The workshop groups will explore potential uses of the incidental ideas the presenters share with their patients in the sessions - like the ones when in some way or another the analyst tells the participants of his or her working group that it "suddenly came" to him or her.

In this way our conference will discover more about how analysts live and theorize their counter transference, their neutrality, their therapeutic ambition and many other fundamental aspects of their practice.

Large Group Plenaries Friday and Saturday Afternoon, Sunday morning.

We will devote the first plenary on Friday to an introduction and to some discussion of the progress of the project in 2018 - reflecting on the evolution of the two-step method, the role of the workshop groups, the work of the moderators and why we have taken up the theme of "Suddenly" for 2019. The workshops help to fund travel for the moderators to meet to discuss the workshops and this is when we feed back.

On Saturday afternoon, we will elaborate our thinking on some topics and hope to facilitate discussion in the groups by feeding back some of the core issues relevant to the theme.

In the final session on Sunday morning there will be an opportunity for evaluation and feedback.

Friday Evening

Friday evening is free for participants to enjoy the City.

Saturday Evening

An informal self-service buffet will be arranged for all those attending the meeting who wold like. You will receive an email invitation near the event.


Vienna is an easy city to visit with good cafes and restaurants and many excellent museum. You can just stroll or bicycle around. Our meeting place is very central and at walking distance from:

City Centre, Stephans Dome, Imperial Castle: 10 Min.

Sigmund Freud Museum Berggasse 19: 15 Mins.

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts): 20 Mins away.

Fees and Practicalities

290 Euros for participants enrolled before February 28th 2019

350 Euros thereafter.

Note the large jump for those registering after January 31st. It is to facilitate the formation of groups, organization of presenters, etc. So please apply early. Also make your travel and accommodation early for better rates.

The fee covers participation in all events and coffee and snacks during the meeting Participants make their own arrangements about meals and accommodation.

Note: Up to 10 CCM associate fellowships will be offered to participants from countries in the former Soviet Union or what were its previous satellites.

Associate fellows receive a 50 Euro reduction in their fee.

The fee covers participation in all events and coffee and snacks during the meeting Participants make their own arrangements about meals.

Hotels, Accommodation, and Time of Arrival

The earlier you book your accommodation the better. or similar websites have many hotels near the Vienna Academy and past participants have found relatively inexpensive apartments on these sites.

Be sure to arrive before 14.00 on Friday. We end at 14.00 on Sunday.

Vienna airport is very close to the City by bus (from near the Academy), train or taxi.

Registration, Administration and Payment

The Association is “virtual” (and so administered by the moderators with no support) and the Vienna societies are not able to receive phone calls or provide information.

You register by completing the form available at the link below and then by sending an Internet money transfer to the association’s bank account in Lausanne. To register please click

Please be sure that the name you use for your money transfer refers to the name with which you register!

To be on the safe side, please send an email to when you send your bank transfer. If you have problems making a payment please also advise us.

It will be possible to pay cash in Vienna, if this has been agreed beforehand.

Tax receipts will be made available at the meeting.

Moderators in 2019

The workshops will be moderated by one or two moderators who have experience of CCM groups and take part in the moderator groups.The moderators and CCM members organizing the 2019 symposium are:

  • Olivier Bonard : Société Suisse de Psychanalyse; Georg Bruns: German Psychoanalytical Association; Anna Christopoulos: Hellenic Psychoanalytic Society; Michael Diercks: Vienna Psychoanalytic Society; Brigitte Moise Durand: Paris Psychoanalytic Society; Eike Hinze: German Psychoanalytical Association; Marinella Linardos: Italian Psychoanalytic Association; Regine Prat: Paris Psychoanalytic Sociey; ; Michael Sebek: Czech Psychoanalytic Society; David Tuckett: British Psychoanalytical Society