The Australasian Confederation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies is the first organization in Australia which will exclusively promote and advocate for psychoanalytic psychotherapies to become an acknowledged part of the mental health service delivery model in Australia.
The foundation members of the Confederation are:
• The Australian Association of Group Psychotherapy (AAGP)
• The Australian & New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts (ANZSJA)
• The Australian Psychoanalytic Society (APAS)
• The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australasia (PPAA)
The Australasian Confederation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies will work to ensure that the credentials of psychoanalytic psychotherapies, psychoanalysis and group analysis will meet both international standards, and those of Australian regulatory bodies such as AHPRA. This will be achieved by defining, establishing and promoting the training practices of our member associations, demonstrating our competencies, and developing research. We will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the various modalities included under the Confederation and liaise with national and international organisations with similar aims.
It is with deep regret that the Confederation Board notes the passing of Chris Smale, who died on Tuesday 11th June, 2019. Chris was a barrister who was instrumental in bringing the Confederation into existence. As the Confederation steering committee struggled with the complexities of setting up a formal body, Chris resolved our difficulty with a couple of simple questions. He brought his considerable legal skills, common sense, generosity and sense of humour to the task. His wisdom and creativity are embedded in our foundation documents, and Board members who had the privilege of working with him through this process mourn his loss. The Confederation will always be in his debt. The Board extends its deepest sympathies to Chris's family, including his wife Dr Suzanne Dean, two children and granddaughter