The Institutional Dynamics of the International Society for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine (ISPPM)


A financially catastrophic international congress triggered the ISPPM into a period of intense, powerful, difficult and at times dysfunctionally destructive behaviour. This technical working note seeks to analyse the dynamics and trace their roots in common unconscious processes. It examines issues of corporate counter-transference and social defence-maintenance while offering indications of possible developments in process and structure which could lead to greater future integration. The ‘case study’ is made public as an example of organisational analysis using the new paradigm including the field of common pre and perinatal psychology. It also offers a mirror in which other therapeutic and professional organisations may catch a recognisable reflection of their own behaviour!