Lebanese association for the development of psychoanalysis

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Lebanese Association for the Development of Psychoanalysis
Abbreviation ALDeP
Formation 2009 (2009)
Founder M. Charabaty, W. Kallassi, M.-T. Khair Badawi, N. Khouri, M. Khoury
Registration no. 415
Purpose Development of psychoanalysis, training of candidates
M. Khoury, M. Charabaty, W. Kallassi, M.-T. Khair Badawi, M. Osseiran (Annual general meeting, January 2016)
Affiliations International Psychoanalytical Association, European Psychoanalytical Federation.
Website www.aldep.org

The Lebanese Association for the Development of Psychoanalysis (ALDeP) has been founded in 2009 with the aim of promoting psychoanalytic thinking and organize the training of candidates.


In Lebanon, the practice of psychoanalysis began in the 1970s with the interest of psychologists and psychiatrists towards Freudian theory. The 1975 Lebanese Civil War set back the first activities of the pioneers without preventing them from continuing their clinical and academic practice and teaching.

A few years later, the Lebanese Psychoanalytic Society was founded in 1980. From this first society, emerged groups and associations,[1] including the Lebanese Association for the Development of Psychoanalysis, first Association in the Arab World to join the International Psychoanalytical Association.

Creation of the Lebanese Association for the Development of Psychoanalysis[edit]

In March 2009, five psychoanalysts, Mona Charabaty, Wafica Kallassi, Marie-Thérèse Khair Badawi, Nagib Khouri and Maurice Khoury (later joined by Mouzayan Osseiran), founded the Lebanese Association for the Development of Psychoanalysis. The association was recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Interior on March 26, 2009.[2]

In January 2010, ALDeP joined the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA)[3] and the European Psychoanalytical Federation (EPF)[4] as a Study Group.

Scientific activities and training[edit]

Scientific activities[edit]

The scientific activities of ALDeP consist of seminars, clinical workshops, conferences and meetings. Internal seminars are reserved for training psychoanalysts. Other seminars and clinical workshops are open to psychoanalysts and psychotherapists interested in psychoanalysis.

Conferences and meetings oriented towards a wider audience are regularly held. Besides pure psychoanalytical topics, they generally deal with subjects from various fields such as literature and other cultural oriented themes. Moreover, and from a perspective of dialogue, ALDeP inaugurated, in 2016, debates with psychiatrists and therapists of non-analytical approaches.

ALDeP members also participate actively in scientific meetings outside the association, including the annual French speaking psychoanalysts congress and the IPA and EPF conferences.


Like all psychoanalytical models, it is based on the tripartite concept of training: personal psychoanalysis, supervisions as well as theoretical and clinical seminars. Around the end of the personal psychoanalysis, and if the candidate’s application to institutional training is accepted, he/she is then asked to practice psychoanalysis under supervision and follow simultaneously the theoretical and clinical teaching of the association. After the training's validation by the Education Commission, the candidate can then apply for his/her association's membership.

See also[edit]


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External links[edit]

  • ^ Daniel Widlöcher, The IPA administration from 2001 to 2005, in 100 years of the IPA; The Centenary History of the International Psychoanalytical Association, 1910-2010; Evolution and change. Peter Loewenberg & Nellie L. Thompson, UK, Karnac, 2011, 560 pp., P.528
  • ^ Published in the Lebanese Official Journal, April 2, 2009.
  • ^ The Association's page on the website of the International psychoanalytical association.[1]
  • ^ Lebanese association for the development of psychoanalysis on the EPF website.[2]