WFP Regional Congress Psychotherapy, Creativity, and the Arts

Rome, 18-19 October 2024

Co-sponsored by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Psychotherapy Section and the World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry (WADP)

Venue –  Palazzo Marco Polo, Aula Magna, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

“[…] Creativity within interhuman relationships demands a more profound and thorough dialectic than what involved in human beings’ relation with nature. Beyond material reality – which establishes that individuals should not cause physical destruction – human beings’ psychic reality should be addressed instead; beyond conscious and logical discussions; beyond confrontation with human beings’ representations and dreams, aiming at their affections instead; aiming at their more or less latent lack of affectivity, envy and rage. That which is required is refusal that is based on vitality, and which is fantasy beyond images […]”.

(M. Fagioli, Bambino Donna e Trasformazione dell’Uomo (1980), L’Asino d’Oro Edizioni, 2013).


The World Federation for Psychotherapy (WFP), is the largest psychotherapy organization in the world, established in 1932, and it is the oldest international organization representing psychotherapy societies, with over 30,000 members from around the world. Its goals are to facilitate and promote international communication among different schools, professional groups, and cultures within psychotherapy. To fulfill these goals, the WFP organizes international congresses and conferences on psychotherapy. WFP is inclusive of all psychotherapy modalities practiced by professionals. In addition to the World Congress of Psychotherapy, which takes place every three years, the World Federation for Psychotherapy (WFP) organizes annual regional conferences partnering with like-minded associations.

The Massimo Fagioli Foundation (MFF) was created in 2021 with the aim of safeguarding and promoting the work of Massimo Fagioli, the psychiatrist and psychotherapist known for the discovery of the disappearance fantasy, the basis of what he called the Human Birth Theory, and for the Collective Analysis seminars, an innovative group psychotherapy modality, which engaged in therapy, training and research. MFF organizes scientific colloquia, research activities and social causes. In 2022, the congress organized by MFF for 50 years from the publication of Fagioli’s Death Instinct and Knowledge had a very large audience: more than 2000 in site and 2800 in live streaming attendees. 

The WFP has joined forces with the MFF in the organization of this international meeting, an inter-disciplinary colloquium on the theme Psychotherapy, Creativity, and the Arts

International academics representing both organizations has been invited to participate in interactive panel presentations to deliberate on the relevance of the study of the creative process in the practice of psychotherapies

At this congress, psychiatrists, psychologists, art therapists, visual artists, architects, archeologists, anthropologists, musicians, and other social scientists and academics in the humanities will engage in scholarly conversations to address the theme of creativity and all aspects of the conference. Speakers from China, Germany, Iran, Italy, Norway, Philippines, Switzerland, the United States and Uganda have been invited to this academic event. The congress will take place in the Aula Magna of building Marco Polo, at Sapienza University of Rome, which is the largest university in Europe and one of the oldest in Italy.

Art and creativity are essential characteristics of the human species, and clinicians cannot overlook them in the psychotherapeutic relationship. Art, from dance to theater, poetry, painting, and architecture, will be at the center of the conference and will be related to the human inner world it expresses. Speakers will engage in scientific debate from both cultural and theoretical perspectives. Additionally, they will illustrate how creativity itself can guide the therapeutic relationship and it is an indispensable tool for it.

Multiplicity of meaning, or polysemy, is characteristic of all works of art. Although the life of the artist is linked to their creations, works of art take on a life of their own once released into public view. Earlier psychoanalytic views tend to be pathographic when describing artistic creation as symptoms, regressive, or successful attempts at adaptation from misery. Creating a work of art is a much more complex process that begins with inspiration and substantial gestation of ideas and affects and continues beyond and does not end with rendering of the work.  

Creativity depends on mental openness, flexibility of thought, lightness, but also on harmony with the broader cultural context and the socio-political reality of the world around us. Massimo Fagioli highlighted how the richness of the capability to imagine, species-specific and present since birth, is essential for personality formation. 

The theme of the congress is based on issues that link psychotherapy, creativity, and the arts, and at the same time is inspired by the work of Fagioli, who dedicated his life and medical practice to the research of human reality. With the Human Birth Theory, he proposed a new vision of human being and human mind. Remarkably, he proposed the idea of a healthy mind from birth before breastfeeding, a mind endowed with reaction capacity, vitality, and the capability to imagine and, consequently, a creative mind that when ill loses this unique and human characteristic. He was not only a medical doctor, a psychodynamic psychotherapist and philosopher, but also an architect, a filmmaker, and artist. This congress also honors the creativity of Fagioli, who as a scientist and artist skillfully navigated both worlds in conversation with professional disciplines beyond psychiatry and psychology. Indeed, his theory of mind is transversal and also influences many fields, like the arts, education, economy, and politics.

Entry to the congress will be free of charge, while seats last, but preregistration is essential. The congress will be live streamed for access around the world. Registrants will have the opportunity to listen to experts on Human Birth Theory and scholars who will engage in a dialogue representing different psychotherapy schools of thought, addressing creativity and arts and psychotherapy as a creative process.

Cultural events for participants will include a private visit to the Biblioteca Angelica, film screenings, visits to buildings designed by Fagioli and a theatrical performance on the theme of Love and Psyche. It will be possible to visit the MFF headquarters in via Roma Libera, 23. A social event with a music session will be scheduled on Saturday evening.


Committees and Contacts

Francesca Fagioli

Scientific Co-Chairs
César Alfonso, Elena Monducci, Ada Montellanico, Daniela Polese

Scientific Committee
Alessio Ancillai, Alessia Berardi, Alessandra Carlotto, Giusy De Santis, Francesca Fagioli, Paolo Fiori Nastro, Leonarda Galiuto, Luca Giorgini, Cecilia Iannaco, Emanuela Lucarini, Andrea Mancini, Andrea Masini, Alessandro Mazzetta, Elena Monducci, Martina Moneglia, Ada Montellanico, Alessandra Maria Monti, Anna Maria Panzera, Manuela Petrucci, Daniela Polese

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Preliminary Program



From Massimo Fagioli Foundation

  • Alessandro Hinna (Italy), MFF President
  • Marcella Fagioli (Italy), MFF Scientific Council President
  • Daniela Polese (Italy), MFF member and WFP Scientific Council

From World Federation of Psychotherap

  • César Alfonso (USA), WFP President
  • Ekaterina Sukhanova (USA), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the City University of New York, USA; Co-Chair WPA Art & Psychiatry Section


Chair: Paolo Fiori Nastro (Italy), Scientific Director School of Dynamic Psychotherapy Bios Psychè, Past Professor at University Sapienza of Rome

New Paradigms of Psychiatry

Prof. Norman Sartorius (Switzerland), Professor at Universities in Switzerland, Croatia, Germany, France, Serbia, UK, USA and China, past WHO Director and past WPA President

9.30-11.00 PANEL

Chair: Alma Jimenez (Philippines)
Discussant: Annelore Homberg (Italy)


  • Dilip Jeste (USA) Creativity as a Correlate of Wisdom: Role of Psychotherapy
  • Marcella Fagioli (Italy) Creativity into Interhuman Relationship: Art or Therapy?
  • Maureen Lyon (USA) Mandalas as a Therapeutic Technique for Children and Adolescents Living with HIV and Cancer

11.00-11.30 BREAK

11.30-13.00 PANEL

Chair: Martina Moneglia (Italy)
Discussant: Ugo Tonietti (Italy)


  • César Alfonso (USA) Libraries: Past, Present and Future – A Study on the Psychology of Space and Design.
  • Daniele Durante (Italy) Art and design: from the image to the object

13.00-14.00 LUNCH

14.00-15.30 PANEL

Chair: Luca Giorgini (Italy)


  • Maria Ammon (Germany) The Importance of Creative Dimensions in Dynamic Psychiatric Treatment
  • Elena Monducci (Italy) The Psychotherapy between Creative Process and “Restitutio ad Integrum”
  • Teri Silvio (Taiwan) DW Winnicott and Anthropology:  Culture as a Transitional Space

15.30-16.00 COFFEE BREAK

16.00-17.30 Panel

Chair: Ekaterina Sukhanova (USA)
Discussant: Daniela Polese (Italy)


  • Ugo Tonietti (Italy) The Art of Living
  • Etheldreda Mpungu (Uganda) Creating Play-Based Group Support Psychotherapy for Rural African Youth
  • Joseph Silvio MD (USA) The Life and Work of Diane Arbus



9.30-11.00 PANEL

Chair: Paolo Fiori Nastro (Italy)
Discussant: Helen Nissen-Lie (Norway)


  • Jennifer Downey MD (USA) Psychotherapy and Creativity-Caring for Physicians
  • Daniela Polese (Italy) From Twentieth Century’s Avant-gardes to a new Dynamic Psychotherapy: the Art of Interpretation
  • Francesca Fagioli (Italy) Dreams’ Interpretation and Creativity

11.00-11.30 BREAK

11.30-13.00 PANEL

Chair: Maria Ammon (Germany)
Discussant: Elena Monducci (Italy)


  • Richard Brockman (USA) A green slipper and traumatic memory
  • Silvia Olarte MD (USA) Using Poetry as a Therapeutic Tool in Psychotherapy

13.00-14.00 LUNCH

14.00-15.30 PANEL

Chair: Manuela Petrucci (Germany)


  • Saman Tavakoli MD (Iran) Metaphoric Bridges: Exploring the Connections between Literature and Psychotherapy, with a Glimpse into Iranian Culture.
  • Timothy Sullivan MD (USA) Psychotherapy, Prose and Poetry-Deconstruction, Narrative Reconstruction and Authorship.
  • Anna Maria Panzera (Italy) From Art Psychology to Art as a Psychic Act: an Open Topic

15.30-16.00 COFFE BREAK

16.00-17.30 PANEL

Chair: Andrea Masini (Italy)
Discussant: Alessandro Mazzetta (Italy)


  • Massimo D’Orzi (Italy) Shape of Movement. Image of Light
  • Mirra Bank (USA) Lucid dreams
  • Stefania Tallini (Italy) Music, between Mind and Body


From Massimo Fagioli Foundation

  • Andrea Masini (Italy), MFF Scientific Council
  • Elena Monducci (Italy), MFF Scientific Council

From World Federation of Psychotherapy

  • Dilip Jeste MD (USA), WFP President-Elect
  • Alma Jimenez MD (Philippines), WFP Secretary General, Past President Philippine Psychiatric Association.

Speaker Highlight

International Delegates

César Alfonso (USA)

César Alfonso (USA) is the President of the World Federation for Psychotherapy (2023-2026). He is Editor of Psychodynamic Psychiatry, and has held professorial appointments at Columbia University, University of Indonesia, Prince of Songkla University in Thailand, and at the National University of Malaysia. Dr. Alfonso served as President of the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis in 2010-2012 and as Chair of the Psychotherapy Section of the World Psychiatric Association in 2017-2023. For the past 15 years he has been the Chief Psychiatrist at the Lighthouse Guild Behavioral Health Clinic providing services for persons with vision loss. His recent work includes biopsychosocial aspects of suicide, the care of blind persons, bidirectionality and comorbidity, psychotherapy as a biological treatment, psychoanalysis and creativity, cultural anthropology and psychotherapy, and the implementation of psychotherapy training programs.

Maria Ammon (Germany)

Professor Maria Ammon (Germany) is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist, group psychotherapist, and training and supervising psychoanalyst. She is Scientific Head and Head of Education for the psychoanalytic training of psychologists and psychotherapists at the Berliner Lehr- und Forschungsinstitut der Deutschen Akademie für Psychoanalyse (DAP). She served as the Therapeutic Managing Director of the Dynamic-Psychiatric Hospital Menterschwaige, in Munich for more than 30 years. Her interests include Dance Therapy, Therapeutic Communities, Dynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis. She is the President of the German Academy for Psychoanalysis (DAP), and Secretary General of the World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry (WADP). She serves on the Council of the World Federation for Psychotherapy.

Mirra Bank (USA)

Mirra Bank is a member of the Academy who began with early editorial contributions to Woodstock (Academy Award), Gimme Shelter, and Harlan County, USA (Academy Award). Her groundbreaking directorial debut, Yudie, premiered at the New York Film Festival and is now on Criterion. For PBS, she created Spirit to Spirit: Nikki Giovanni, a performance portrait of the dynamic Black American poet. In feature films like Enormous Changes (Sundance) and Nobody’s Girls (PBS), she focused on the experiences of women and underrepresented communities, as she did in her human rights-baseball feature documentary, The Only Real Game (Netflix). In Bank's Academy Award-shortlisted feature documentary, Last Dance, she follows Maurice Sendak and Pilobolus as they create a holocaust-themed dancework. She also directed the Pilobolus performance films, Monkey and the Bone Demon; and Lucid Dreams. Her most recent feature documentary, No Fear No Favor, was shot in wilderness areas at the heart of Africa’s poaching crisis.

Richard Brockman (USA)

Richard Brockman, MD is Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Namibia, School of Medicine, Windhoek, Namibia. He is an attending psychiatrist at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. He has written over 50 papers published in peer review journals primarily focusing neural science and clinical psychiatry. His book, A Map of the Mind, towards a science of psychotherapy was published by International Universities Press and was reviewed widely including the New England Journal of Medicine, The American Journal of Psychiatry, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis among many others. His book, Life After Death, Surviving Suicide – was published by Arcade Press/Simon and Schuster, in August 2023 – and widely reviewed.

Jennifer I. Downey (USA)

Jennifer I. Downey (USA), Editor of Psychodynamic Psychiatry, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians in New York. She is also on the faculty of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She is a Past President of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. After formal training in English Literature at Harvard University and Berkely University, Dr. Downey pursued medicine and worked as a sex researcher, before becoming a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. She wrote about sexual fantasy, sexual orientation, and sexual minorities. Her current interests include physician well-being, women’s health, sexuality in people with psychiatric disorders, individuals with gender dysphoria and nonbinary gender identities, and teaching psychodynamic psychotherapy skills in psychiatric training programs.

Dilip Jeste (USA)

Dilip Jeste (USA) is the President - Elect of the World Federation for Psychotherapy. He is the Director of the Global Research Network on Social Determinants of Mental Health and Exposomics. He is Former Senior Associate Dean of Healthy Aging and Senior Care, and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the University of California San Diego. He obtained his medical education in Pune, and psychiatry training in Mumbai, India. In the USA, he completed psychiatry residency at Cornell, and Neurology residency at George Washington University. He was a research fellow, and later, Chief of the Units on Movement Disorders and Dementias at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) before joining UC San Diego where he worked for 36 years. Dr Jeste is a Past President of the American Psychiatric Association and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of International Psychogeriatrics. His vast career includes seminal contributions to Geriatric Psychiatry, Positive Psychiatry, and Schizophrenia Research. He has written extensively on wisdom in psychotherapy, healthy aging, and most recently, understanding the social determinants of mental health.

Dr. Alma Jimenez (Philippines)

Dr. Alma Jimenez (Philippines) currently serves as the Secretary General of the World Federation for Psychotherapy. She is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of the Philippines and a Past President of the Philippine Psychiatric Association. She is also the Chairperson of the Philippines Regional Branch of the World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry and a Consultant, Institute of Neurosciences, St. Luke’s Medical Center Quezon City, Philippines. She served on the World Federation for Psychotherapy Council before becoming Secretary General of the organization. She is also a Senior Advisor for the World Psychiatric Association Psychotherapy Section. Her interests include Psychotherapy and Spirituality, Transcultural Psychiatry, and Cultural Adaptations of Psychotherapies in Asia.

Maureen Lyon (USA)

Maureen Lyon (USA) is a Tenured Research Professor in Pediatrics at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She has formal training in History and in Psychology from the American University in Washington, D.C., and Northeastern University in Boston. Lyon’s expertise is in advance care planning and shared decision-making for children and adolescents with life-threatening illnesses and their families, a field that has transformed in recent decades in order to pave better paths forward for difficult but necessary conversations. She worked for the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research. Her current pioneering research focuses on helping children with rare diseases and their families. Most children in the United States who die in hospitals have rare diseases and Professor Lyon is creating awareness and serving the psychological needs of these children, adolescents, and their families.

Etheldreda Nakimuli-Mpungu (Uganda)

Etheldreda Nakimuli-Mpungu (Uganda) is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Makerere University, Uganda, focusing on culturally appropriate psychotherapy for HIV patients with depression. She developed a cost-effective group support psychotherapy program, improving medication adherence and viral suppression. Recognized internationally, she received the 2016 Elsevier Foundation Award, a National Independence Medal of Honor, and was featured on BBC’s 100 Most Inspiring and Influential Women in 2020. Dr. Nakimuli-Mpungu holds a medical degree, Master of Medicine in Psychiatry, and a doctorate psychiatric epidemiology. She serves on the Board of the World Psychiatric Association Psychotherapy Section and on the Council of the World Federation for Psychotherapy.

Helene Nissen-Lie (Norway)

Helene Nissen-Lie (Norway) is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oslo and a specialist in Clinical Psychology (Norwegian Association of Psychologists). She has authored a range of scientific articles and book chapters in clinical psychology and psychotherapy research. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of psychotherapy for a range of mental health issues and across therapeutic approaches. Her interests include processes involved in change and how both therapists and patients contribute to change. She is a member of the World Federation for Psychotherapy Research Committee and serves on the Council of the World Federation for Psychotherapy.

Silvia W. Olarte (USA)

Silvia W. Olarte (USA) is Distinguish Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). She served as President of the Association of Women Psychiatrists and of the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis. She is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York Medical College, and Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the same institution. Originally from Argentina and interested clinical transcultural psychiatry, she served the Latino population in New York City at Metropolitan Hospital where she was Director of Psychiatry. She chaired the American Psychiatric Association task force on Educating Psychiatrists on Ethical Issues and on the Council on National Affairs. She has published on women’s issues, ethical issues, boundaries violations, psychodynamic treatment of deprived populations, and changes in psychodynamic practices. Dr. Olarte, who is also a poet, serves on the Council of the World Federation for Psychotherapy.

Norman Sartorius (Germany)

Norman Sartorius (Germany)has held professorial appointments in Switzerland, Croatia, Germany, France, Serbia, UK, USA, and China, with Honoris causa degrees from universities in Sweden, USA, and Denmark. Now President, Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes and member of the Council of the World Psychiatric Association, he previously served as the Director, Mental Health Programme, World Health Organization and as President, World (and European) Psychiatric Associations. He serves as an Advisor to the World Federation for Psychotherapy Board of Directors and in the World Federation for Psychotherapy Council. He was described in an article in Lancet as psychiatry’s living legend and has mentored hundreds of psychiatrists worldwide.

Joseph Silvio USA)

Joseph Silvio USA) is the current President of the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis. He is also an award-winning Nature Photographer who is widely collected and has exhibited in group and solo shows. His photographs of birds in flight celebrate the evolutionary importance of birds, their place as cooperative and altruistic species, and highlight the collective transcultural symbolism that we associate with social order, harmonious migration, freedom, serenity, mobility, and peace. Dr. Silvio is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. A psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in the Washington D.C. area, he has degrees from Cornell University and Harvard University and training at Duke University, Massachusetts Mental Health Center, and the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. He has an interest in the psychoanalytic understanding of how formative life experiences inform the work of artists. He has published psychoanalytic papers on the impactful oeuvre of Federico García Lorca, George Bernard Shaw, Woody Allen, and Tennessee Williams.

Teri Silvio (Taiwan)

Teri Silvio (Taiwan) is a Research Fellow at the Academia Sinica Institute of Ethnology in Taipei. Her research focuses on performance traditions, media technologies, and what happens when they intersect. She did the fieldwork for her Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Chicago with actresses and fans of Taiwanese Opera. This work focused on Taiwanese Opera’s tradition of cross-gender performance, how actresses and their female fans thought about the relationship between onstage and offstage gender roles, and how this changed as koa-a-hi moved from temple festival performance to commercial theaters to film and television. Later she worked with the producers and fans of the Pili International Multimedia Company’s video puppetry series, and then with designers and collectors of different types of anthropomorphic figurines, including those for worship, puppets, and media tie-in products. Her book, Puppets, Gods, and Brands: Theorizing the Age of Animation from Taiwan, is based on these projects, as well as some fieldwork with fans of Japanese manga and anime. Her current research project looks at the expansion of the art toy and local comics scenes throughout East and Southeast Asia.

Ekaterina Sukhanova (USA)

Ekaterina Sukhanova (USA) is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the City University of New York, USA. In this capacity she is the point person for all curricular development across the university’s 25 campuses. She serves as Co-chair of the Section for Art and Psychiatry and the Scientific Secretary of the Section for Literature and Psychiatry of the World Psychiatric Association. She is also engaged in interdisciplinary research on cultural constructs of mental health and illness and curates exhibits of art brut as a vehicle for fighting stigma. She is the author of several books, including The Person in Art-Conceptual and Pictorial Frames on Art and Mental Health, and Body Image and Identity in Contemporary Societies-Psychoanalytic, Social, and Aesthetic Perspectives.

Timothy Sullivan (USA)

Timothy Sullivan (USA) trained at Dartmouth and Cornell University, is Chair of Psychiatry at Northwell-Staten Island University Hospital. He completed training and is certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, and Psychiatry. Dr. Sullivan is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is Associate Editor of the Journal Psychodynamic Psychiatry. He serves on the Council of the World Federation for Psychotherapy and Co-Chairs the World Psychiatric Association Psychotherapy Section. He interests include global mental health, transcultural psychiatry, and how to use poetry as a pedagogical tool with psychotherapy trainees. He has supervised transcultural psychiatry fieldwork in India and Central America.

Saman Tavakoli (Iran)

Saman Tavakoli (Iran) is the Chair of the Psychoanalysis in Psychiatry Section of the World Psychiatric Association. He practices and teaches in Tehran, Iran, where he has organized international psychoanalytic congresses and is active in the Iranian Psychiatric Association. He served as President of the Iranian Psychotherapy Association, which recently became a member society of the World Federation for Psychotherapy. He is on the International Advisory Editorial Board of the journal Psychodynamic Psychiatry. He served as a Council Member of the World Federation for Psychotherapy. His interests include psychoanalysis and the arts, poetry, film, cultural adaptations of psychotherapy, and the interphase between psychoanalysis and social psychiatry.

Italian Delegates

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Massimo D’Orzi

Director, writer. In 2004 he made his first documentary film Adisa or a thousand years story, shot among the Roma communities of the Balkans, distributed all over the world. In 2009 he completed his first feature film Sàmara, Worldwide released by Whiterose Pictures. In 2010 he finished the documentary Shadows Light. In 2011 he realized The Rebels! Since 2016 he has been working on the creative documentary Bosnia Express, supported by Media-Europa Creativa, released worldwide by Rai Com and Cinecittà Luce in 2022. As a writer, he released his first novel Tempo imperfetto in 2016 (L'asino d'oro Edizioni, 2017 Cinema&Books Award). In 2020, in collaboration with Massimiliano Nardulli, he created TSFM Word-Frame, a workshop on storytelling for Italian and European filmmakers. In 2023 he is one of the contributors to the book “A New History of Cinema” (Hoepli) curated by Beatrice Fiorentino. Currently, as screenwriter and director, he has been working on Mirages, an Italian-French co-production.

Daniele Durante

Daniele Durante is graduated with honors in Architecture at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and obtained the PhD in Industrial Design, Design, Arts and New Technologies of Architecture at the same University, with a thesis entitled "Art and Design: from Image to Object”. In 2012 he obtained the title of Postdoctoral Researcher in Exhibit & Public Design. From 2003 to 2020 he was adjunct professor at the Degree Course in Industrial Design - Faculty of Architecture of the University of Rome "Sapienza" and from 2008 to 2014 he was a lecturer at the Master's Degree in "Exhibit & Public Design" at the same university. From 2016 to 2018 he was adjunct professor at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ferrara. In 2009, 2014 spring and fall, 2019 and 2022 he was adjunct professor at Cornell University in Rome, College of Architecture, Art and Planning. In 2004 he founded studiobv36. In recent years he has designed and implemented various public and private projects, such as schools, offices, residences, businesses headquarters, public spaces and urban parks.

Francesca Fagioli

MD, PhD, Psichiatrist, Individual and Group Pychotherapist PhD at Sapienza University of Rome. Since 1993 he has worked as psychiatrist in the Mental Health Department in particular with adolescents and young adults. She has been Professor on contract at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Chieti-Pescara. Since 2002 he has been a member of the Editorial Committee of the Italian journal of psychiatry and psychotherapy 'Il sogno della farfalla', L'Asino D'oro Edizioni. For more than thirty years he carried out his personal and professional training at the Collective Analysis, directed by Professor Massimo Fagioli. She is Professor at the School of Dynamic Psychotherapy Bios and Psychè and Member of the Scientific Council of the Massimo Fagioli Foundation. She has been President of the Conference '50 years since Death Instinct and knowledge', in Rome, November 2022. Author of around 60 publications in national and international journals. Editor of three books and author of a book of Dream’s interpretation. In addition to his medical training, she has always studied opera singing and with the musical group Merli Rossi he has produced two CDs as lead vocalist.

Marcella Fagioli

Psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Former Professor of "General Elements of Psychiatry" at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, in the "Art Therapy" course.Professor at the “Bios Psyché” School of Dynamic Psychotherapy. Graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Rome "Sapienza" with a dissertation entitled "The word of the unconscious, hypotheses that connect linguistic studies to psychic reality", she specialized in Psychiatry at the same University with a dissertation entitled: “Giving a name to things, giving things to words”. PhD in "Educational research and developmental psychology" at the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology of the "Sapienza" University. Member of the Scientific Council of the Massimo Fagioli Foundation. For more than twenty years he carried out her personal and professional training at the Collective Analysis Laboratory, directed by Prof. M. Fagioli. For many years she has worked as a psychiatrist in the Mental Health Departments (now at the ASL Roma 1) and also in her private practice (intramoenia). Author of approximately 60 publications in national and international journals on the psychopathology of mental diseases.

Elena Monducci

Psychiatrist and individual and group psychotherapist. Graduated in Philosophy at University of Florence (1998). Graduated in Medicine and Surgery (2005) and specialized in Psychiatry (2009) at University of Rome “Sapienza” with a dissertation titled: “Psychotic-like experiences”. She obtained a PhD in “Psychiatry: early intervention in psychosis” with a dissertation titled: “Subjectivity ad Schizophrenia”. Post-doctoral research (2019-2022) and now contractor (2022-in course) at Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry, Department of Human Neuroscience (Sapienza), she researches about prevention of severe mental diseases in adolescence. Study coordinator for Sapienza of a multicentric international study on psychotic risk in adolescence. Editor of the psychiatry and psychotherapy journal “Il Sogno della farfalla”. Founding member of Netforpp Europa. Member of Scientific council of the Massimo Fagioli Foundation. Professor at the School of Dynamic Psychotherapy “Bios Psyché”. Author of articles about psychosis and psychotic risk, she carries out studies about risk factors of psychosis, self-disorders, basic symptoms, differential diagnosis between psychotic risk and other diseases (autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, borderline personality disorder etc.).

Veronica Montanino

Veronica Montanino (1973) is an artist and a teacher at the Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Her site-specific works are created in close collaboration with the surrounding environment and architecture. She took part in the Venice Biennial. Her work consists of permanent environmental interventions in museums, institutions, and public spaces, for example, the House of Architecture in Rome (the Roman Aquarium), and the Gemelli Hospital in Rome. From 2020–21 her solo exhibition "Rami" has been held at the Casino Nobile of the Museums of Villa Torlonia. His art has been featured in a number of publications and films (Rai Arte Cultura, 2015). Since 2016, she has collaborated with art historian Anna Maria Panzera on the project "Per una ricerca sull'arte [eventualmente] femminile, which has been the subject of a publication for Bordeaux Edizioni. She also works as an exhibition curator and has contributed several theoretical articles to books and catalogues.

Anna Maria Panzera

Anna Maria Panzera teaches History and Italian in Secondary School. She works as an art historian for a number of academic institutions and museums (currently, the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Romani). She is a member of the Scientific Committee of "Sculture in Campo," the Park of Contemporary Sculpture of Bassano in Teverina. Conferences: “Narrative Traditions and Women in the Arts: Presence. Two case studies involving Russia and Italy” (2020, Moscow and St. Petersburg Universities); “Camille Claudel and the reception of her work in the context of the Italian Secession” (2021, Centre F.-G. Pariset-Musée Rodin Paris); “Turin 1910–1913. Early feminist movements and the pursuit of professional status for women artists” (2022, CIMA, New York); "Una donna, il sottoscritto." Feminine creativity and imagery in the last stages of life and awareness...” (2022, co-authored by V. Montanino, International Congress, 50 years after Massimo Fagioli's book Istinto di morte e conoscenza, Roma). She is editor and author in her last book, Canova. “Non devesi però tacere della farfalla”, (co-auth. A. Carlevaro, M. Longo), L’Asino d’oro Edizioni, Rome 2023.

Daniela Polese

MD, Psychiatrist, Individual and Group Psychotherapist, Painter She works as Child Neuropsychiatrist at the Sant'Andrea University Hospital. She researches on mental development from birth, on psychosomatics and on sleep in childhood. She has worked for years in the NHS with adults, young adults and adolescents. She attends a PhD program in Neurosensory Plasticity at the Department of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Sensory Organs NESMOS, Sapienza University of Rome. Certificated in Advanced Training Courses The first 1000 days of life and Psychopathology from childhood to adulthood, at Sapienza. She has been Professor on contract at the Residency Program in Psychiatry, and in Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy. Visiting Professor at the UniNavarra University of Neiva, Colombia, WFP Scientific Council member, Trustee of the AAPDPP. She collaborates with WPA, Art and Psychiatry Section. She has participated in exhibitions of painting, in Italy. Author of scientific articles on psyche and art, psychiatry, human birth, sleep, childhood, psychotherapy. Books’ curator, co-author of the book "Pregnancy and Birth", in Press.

Stefania Tallini

Jazz and classical pianist and composer Stefania Tallini is one of the most important and appreciated Italian musicians. She is the author of 12 albums as a leader and boasts collaborations with the big names on the world scene.

Ugo Tonietti

Architect, ICOMOS member, professor at the Department of Architecture of the University of Florence (DIDA), carries out research on the structural problems of architecture of historical and artistic interest, combining the issues of consolidation with those of conservation and restoration. Specialized in the protection of Cultural Heritage, consultant to the World Heritage Center, he has studied and designed interventions with the aim of safeguarding UNESCO sites and settlements of historical, archaeological and vernacular interest. Among these: the cathedral of S. Leo (Italy); the medinas of Chefchauen and Fez (Morocco); the rock churches of Lalibela (Ethiopia); the Jiayuguan fortress (China); earth villages (Aleppo, Syria); the Noh-Gonbad Mosque in Balkh, the 5th minaret of Herat (Afghanistan); San Francisco Church (Santiago del Cile); the Gelati monastery (Georgia); the ancient walls of Diriyah (Saudi Arabia); finally the site of Mes Aynak (Afghanistan). He has developed a specific interest in the origins of human artistic activity, a theme on which he published the book "The art of inhabiting the earth" with L'asino d'oro editore, Rome 2011.


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Annelore Homberg

Psychiatrist doctor and psychotherapist. Graduated in medicine from the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf, Promotion in 1998. Fellow of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Merit Foundation). Specializing in psychiatry at the Sapienza University of Rome, she obtained a PhD in "Human relations sciences" at the Universities of Bari and Sapienza of Rome. She has carried out clinical activity in the Mental Health Departments of Lazio. Since 1989 she has worked in her private practice. She was co-founder of the "Rivista di Politica dell'Arte" and of the Jartrakor Study Center for Visual Art in Rome (1981 -1988). Editor of the psychiatry and psychotherapy magazine “Il Sogno della farfalla”. She is a contract professor for the Equal Opportunities Course at the University of Foggia (2004-2012) and for the General Psychology Course at the Faculty of Education Sciences at the G. d'Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara (2009 -2014). Founding member of Netforpp Europa ETS, she has been its President since 2014. Numerous publications and translations in the field of art psychology, psychodynamic psychiatry and the history of psychiatry.

Alessandro Mazzetta

MD, Psychiatrist, individual and group psychotherapist. He works in Mental Health Public Service in Rome, ASL Roma 3 with a focus on migration. He is following a PhD Program in Neuroscience at Tor Vergata University of Rome. Graduated in Medicine in 2011, he specialized and fully trained in Psychiatry in 2018. In November 2022 he participated to celebration of the 50th anniversary of Death Instinct and Knowledge. In May 2019 he speaked to the AAPDPP 63rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. He started to participate to Massimo Fagioli's Collective Analysis Seminars in 1990, having his psychotherapy training until end of 2016. He graduated as bass player in 2000 at Conservatory of Music of Turin. He plays bass, cello and he is music composer. He work with M° Tullio Visioli and Dr. Giulia Spurio, on an editorial project with L'Asino d'Oro Edizioni, about link between sound and childhood.

Manuela Petrucci

Medical doctor, psychiatrist, and psychotherapist. In 2005 began her specialization at the University of Halle Wittenberg under Professor Dr. Marneros. 2007 she continued her specialization at the Christophsbad Klinikum academic hospital, where she worked until February 2023. She directed a child and adolescent psychiatry and two psychotherapy departments. Since 2019, she has been practicing psychotherapy in Göppingen at the "Il Melograno" studio. Since 2021 she has been attending the Doctor of Medicine (Dr. med.) Program at the Institute of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University of Ulm. She is a member of the World Psychiatric Association's Youth Psychotherapy Interest Group. She is the author of national and international scientific publications. She has authored the books "Anorexia: Eating Disorders" (L'Asino d'oro, 2017) and "Schizophrenia: Crisis, Onset, and Critical Situations" (L'Asino d'oro, 2023). She is the editor of the volume "Psiche e Arte 2019" (Ipazia Immaginepensiero Onlus, 2021).

Congress Venue

The venue of congress is Palazzo Marco Polo, Aula Magna, Sapienza University of Rome.
Circonvallazione Tiburtina 4, 00185 Rome, Italy

Related Links

World Federation for Psychotherapy

Massimo Fagioli Foundation

Massimo Fagioli

International conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first edition of “Death Instinct and Knowledge”