Psychoanalytic Practice in Latin America

Parada Franch, N., & Altmann de Litvan, M. (2006). La formación analítica y la actividad analítica profesional en América Latina. [The relation between analytical training and professional activity in Latin America]. Sub-comité de Educación Investigación de FEPAL.
Marucco, N., Devoto, T., Altmann de Litvan, M., Mion, C., Yamhure, E., Passos, M., . . . Baptista Franca, J. (2012-2014). Còmo ven los analistas el futuro del psicoanálisis en Amèrica Latina. Estudio cualitativo. {How do psychoanalysts see the future of psychoanalysis in Latin America?}. Comitè de Educaciòn de FEPAL.


Psychoanalysts and candidates (more than 200) from all Latin American societies and groups participated on a survey (representative sample) that aimed to gather their opinions and experiences about several aspects of their training and their professional practice.

This study found that in some Latina American countries, psychoanalysts –more than candidates- had a negative perspective of the future of psychoanalysis in their country.

This finding was the root to develop the qualitative study “How do psychoanalysts see the future of psychoanalysis in Latin America?” The aim of this project, developed by the Education Committee of FEPAL was to know the vision, perceptions and evaluation of Latin American analysts about the difficulties they find in their real professional practice and how they see the future of psychoanalysis.

30 young psychoanalysts and former Training Directors from all Latin American countries were interviewed.

We found 4 positions or perspectives about the future in the interviewees: (1) a good and better future, (2) a good future if psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic institutions are able to make some changes, (3) good and will stay as it is, and (4) a difficult future.

The study deepens in the analysts perspectives in each country.


Alejandro Garbarino

Montevideo / Uruquay