The International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO)


The International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO) provides a forum for academics, clinicians, consultants and others interested in working in and with organizations utilizing psychoanalytic concepts and insights.

The Society's aim is to share organizational research, consultation and experiences in the context of psychoanalysis. The ISPSO holds an annual meeting and symposium, locally organized study groups and ongoing discussions on the Internet and encourages scholarship and research in the field.

Founded in 1985 by some of the most distinguished contributors to the field, the organization presently has a membership of over 200, coming from over twenty countries.

The society's international three-day annual symposium has been a major forum for thinking about and discussing the application of psychoanalytic theory to organizations. The Symposium has been held in Baltimore, Coesfeld, Boston, Melbourne, Philadelphia, New York, Paris, Chicago, Jerusalem, Toronto, and twice in London during the past seven years. Many of the papers presented at these Symposia are located in the ISPSO archive on this web site.

The 25th ISPSO Annual Meeting 2008 was held June 16-22 on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, USA. Click here for the final schedule, abstracts and full papers.

The next annual meeting will be held June 22-28 in Toldeo, Spain. More information on the theme of the meeting and a call for papers will be available soon.

Membership in the ISPSO is limited to those who show interest and practice in applying psychoanalysis to organizations. Included in the growing benefits of membership in the ISPSO are:
• Discounts to the annual symposium;
• Attendance to the annual members' meeting and reception;
• Networking in this growing community;
• Local study groups on key issues and concepts; and
• A mentoring program for new writers on developing working papers.Annual membership dues are US$200.

To apply for membership, go to our application page.
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