Clinical Observation and Testing Project Committee
International Psychoanalytical Association
Clinical Observation Project Group Mandate
Clinical observation remains the factual foundation of psychoanalytic knowledge. However, at present psychoanalysis has an abundance or even superabundance of theory and a paucity of theory testing observations.
The Project Group on Clinical Observation has a twofold purpose:
1. to explore how clinical observations are being used, how they can be used and how they can best be used to test interpretations and theories; and
2. to experiment with testing hypotheses and theories by means of the methods of observation available to clinical psychoanalysis.
It shall be made up of a chair and two members of each region.
Its methods of working may include but need not be limited to:
a)a survey of the literature on the subject with a view to selecting and formulating topics for work and to prepare a select bibliography that can be up-dated;
b)an enumeration of scientific and logical methodological issues in clinical psychoanalysis;
c)the use of working groups to enquire into specific methodological issues on the model of the EPF working parties but with methodologies and tasks as required by the overall objectives of the Project Group;
d)such consultation and collaboration with the working party committees of the EPF, FEPAL and NAPSAC as may, from time to time, be mutually beneficial;
e)consultation and collaboration with the International Research Board
f)consultation and collaboration with Congress Scientific Programme Committees of the IPA, EPF, FEPAL, NAPSAC, APsaA, Brazilian Federation and component societies.
g)such consultation and collaboration with the editors and editorial boards of the psychoanalytic journals as may, from time to time, be mutually beneficial;
h)organization of conferences when justified by results and the unavailability of other equally effective communicative alternatives.
It will be the responsibility of the Project Group to plan, organize and implement some or all of these strategies, to facilitate and to exercise oversight over them and to develop methods for the reporting, recording and publishing of results. It is anticipated that the work of the Project Group will result in a publication of their findings.
It will be the responsibility of the Project Group to provide an annual report on its work to the Board of Representatives and such interim reports as may from time to time be required by the Board.
It will be the responsibility of the Project Group to propose an annual operating budget to cover operating costs to the Budget and Finance Committee that is timely and in sufficient detail. If the Project Group decides to use working groups the costs of those working groups will be included in the CAPSA budget.
Board approved July 2009