The Florida Psychoanalytic Center
The Florida Psychoanalytic Center (FPC) is a non-profit organization committed to education and training in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy and to the promotion of psychoanalytic thought and practice in the community at large. It is an American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) and International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA)-affiliated Center.
Mission Statement of the Florida Psychoanalytic Center
FPC is dedicated to fostering the well-being of others through the application of psychoanalytic principles and practice to the understanding and amelioration of critical human problems. To achieve this end, FPC is committed to excellence in each of the following:
- training and continuing education of psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists
- outreach to the mental health community
- supporting the professional lives of FPC members
- conducting scientific meetings and continuing education programs for FPC members and other mental health professionals
- teaching psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy to university-based training programs in psychiatry, psychology, and social work
History of the Florida Psychoanalytic Center
In 1966, a group of ten psychoanalysts in the Miami area came together to form the Florida Psychoanalytic Society. One year later, the organization was designated an Affiliate Society of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA). Subsequently, the Society became a new training facility of APsaA, sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis. Two of the founding members of the Florida Society, Gabriel Casuso, M.D., and Joseph N. Gurri, M.D., were appointed “geographic rule” Training and Supervising Analysts.
In 1971, analysts-in-training (candidates) began to travel to Washington D.C. to attend classes and to participate in case supervision. Concurrently, analyses of candidates for the purpose of training were conducted in Florida by the two geographic rule training analysts. As the development of the Florida training program progressed in close collaboration with the Baltimore-Washington Institute, classes and supervision conducted locally gradually increased. This eventuated in nineteen analysts from Florida graduating from the Baltimore-Washington Institute over the course of many years.
In 1992, APsaA designated the Florida program a free-standing training facility, which was named the Florida Psychoanalytic Institute. This new training facility had its own faculty, training and supervising analysts, candidates, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy course. It also had a large number of adjunct, affiliate, and student members and sponsored conferences and other presentations for its members and for the mental health community at large. During this period, the organization operated formally as the Florida Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.
In 2015, the Florida Psychoanalytic Society and Institute were reorganized as the Florida Psychoanalytic Center (FPC). This consolidated the Society and Institute into a single organizational structure. The seminal mission of the Society and Institute to offer training programs in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy and to promote psychoanalytic thought and practice in the local community has been retained in restructured form in FPC.
FPC currently holds classes and committee meetings at its office location in Coral Gables, FL. The Center has excellent resources The Center operates in an attractive comfortable space, thanks to a generous donation of Gail Eisenberg, M,D., a training and supervising analyst at FPC. FPC aims to continue its tradition of education and training and of enriching the professional lives of its members into the future with the assistance of its growing membership and expanding sphere of influence in the state of Florida.
Board of Directors of the Center
- President: Marv Logel, Ph.D.
- Vice-President: Gina Joy-Reyes, Psy.D.
- Secretary: Ellen Helman, L.C.S.W.
- Treasurer: Juan Rene Geada, M.D.
- EC Chair: Lynne Harkless, Ph.D.
- Member-At-Large: Shelley Payne, Psy.D.
- Member-At-Large: Fred Levine, Ph.D.
- Member-At-Large: Radu Saveanu, M.D.
- Member-At-Large: Adriana Rosen, Ph.D.
- Member-At-Large: Penny Freedman, Ph.D.
By Law Designated Members
- Education Committee Chair: Lynne Harkless, Ph.D.
- Ethics Committee Chair: Autumn Ning, M.D.