The 8th Frances Tustin International Conference

Conference Enlivening Autistic Withdrawals
a psychoanalytic perspective
Novotel Hotel, Warsaw, Poland

About The 8th Frances Tustin International Conference

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About The 8th Frances Tustin International Conference

The Conference ``Enlivening Autistic Withdrawals - a psychoanalytic perspective`` is organised by the Polish Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy together with the Frances Tustin Memorial Trust.
We would like this event to be an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences among a wide psychotherapeutic environment, as well as with those involved in helping and working with autism.
This will be an opportunity to learn about the psychoanalytic understanding of autism and what the autistic state of mind is. The starting point will be the theory of Frances Tustin, and experiences will be shared by psychoanalysts from around the world who work with both adults and children.

About PTTP

The psychoanalytical community in Poland in the 90s...

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About PTTP

The psychoanalytical community in Poland in the 90s was centered around various analytical societies and centers in Warsaw, the Tri-City and Cracow (the Polish Psychoanalytical Society, the Institute of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, the Institute of Group Analysis Rasztow, the Laboratory of Psychoeducation; the Tri-City Center of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and the Cracow School. At the same time, i.e. in 1991, the British psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Brian Martindale founded the European Federation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Analytical therapists from Poland began to be interested in joining the Federation. Membership in the EFPP was sought by the Cracow community, and Polish psychoanalysts - Jan Malewski and Wojciech Hańbowski - recommended the Institute of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of Katarzyna Walewska to EFPP. It became increasingly obvious that no single analytical organization in Poland could become a representative of the whole community. In 2002, a working group was established with the goal of creating the Polish branch of EFPP. During its long period of operation, the group's members were: Władysław Banaś, Halina Pułaska-Borowicz, Danuta Golec, Krzysztof Jusiński, Anna Mikos, Maciej Musiał, Agnieszka Myśliwiec-Ferduła, Iwona Nidecka, Ewa Paszkiewicz, Athanasia Perdiki-Tomkowicz, Olga Pilinow, Dorota Sierpińska, Anna Szypusińska and Marzena Witkowska.

The Polish Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy Association (PTPP) was established at the founding meeting of the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw on February 16, 2003, and officially registered on August 29, 2003. In the Council and the Management Board there were people representing various communities, so that the society could be a joint one. PTPP integrates the analytical community from the beginning. It is open to a variety of analytical approaches. It searches for its own formula, creating its own identity. It provides access to good quality training, including at the post-graduate level. It helps to build and maintain a sense of professional identity. It gives a sense of belonging and community, cares for the interests of therapists and for an ethical attitude towards each other and towards patients. It promotes a psychoanalytical approach. The society has become an important partner for other therapeutic organizations, including analytical, health care and various public institutions.

Currently, PTPP is a member of the European Federation of Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy (EFPP). It has its delegates in the Adult Psychotherapy Section and the Child and Youth Psychotherapy Section.

The society has 460 members. The criteria for obtaining full membership of PTPP (PTPP certificate) are in accordance with EFPP’s international training standards.

What is the Frances Tustin Memorial Trust?

The Frances Tustin Memorial Trust ( was established in Los Angeles, California in 1995, dedicated to the teaching, expansion and extension of Frances Tustin’s seminal work on the understanding and treatment of autistic spectrum disorders in children, adolescents and adults, as well as the treatment of autistic states in individuals of all ages.
Toward this goal, international conferences have been held in various places in the world and each year the Trust presents The Frances Tustin Memorial Prize and Lecture, now co-sponsored by The Program of Psychotherapy, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. Each year the Trust awards a cash prize of $1,000 to the author of an outstanding clinical paper, influenced by or expanding Frances Tustin’s thinking, on the psychoanalytic treatment of primitive mental states in general and autistic states, in particular, in children, adolescents or adults.
The Prize-winning author is invited to present his paper at The Frances Tustin Memorial Lecture held each year in Tel Aviv, Israel during November to commemorate the anniversary of Frances Tustin’s death on November 10, 1994. The next Frances Tustin Memorial Lecture will take place at Tel Aviv University, on Friday, November the 6th, 2020. Papers can be submitted until April 1st, each year, to


Meet all our speakers who will speak at the conference

Prof. Dana Amir

Training and supervising psychoanalyst

Joshua Durban

Training and supervising child and adult psychoanalyst

Dr Nilofer Kaul

Training and supervising psychoanalyst

Dr Bianca Lechevalier-Haim

Child and Adult Psychoanalyst

Dr. Suzanne Maiello

Psychoanalyst and Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapist

Lech Kalita

Psychoanalitical psychotherapist and psychologist

Gal Meisels

Clinical psychologist

Dr Mariângela Mendes de Almeida

Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist

Dr Judith L. Mitrani

Training and supervising analyst

Marisa Helena Leite Monteiro

Training and Supervising Analyst

Dr. Tami Pollak

Senior social worker, therapist and supervisor

Alina Schellekes

Training and supervising psychoanalyst, chair of The Frances Tustin Memorial Trust

Orly Shalev

Supervising psychotherapist and dance therapist

Ehud Wolpe

Child and adult psychoanalyst

Justyna Zalewska

Training psychoanalyst and supervisor

Dr. Chiara Cattelan

Child and adult psychoanalyst

Nechama Faber Ben Pazi

Clinical psychologist

Ewa Modzelewska - Kossowska

Training and supervising child and adult psychoanalyst


The 8th Frances Tustin International Conference

  • 15:30-17:30
    Parallel clinical seminars supervised by:

    1. prof. Dana Amir (Israel)
    2. Joshua Durban (Israel)
    3. Dr. Nilofer Kaul (India)
    4. Dr. Suzanne Maiello (seminar for child therapists/analysts) (Italy)
    5. Dr. Chiara Cattelan (Italy)
    6. Alina Schellekes (Israel)

  • 18:00-19:30
    Parallel seminars presenting main ideas in Frances Tustin’s theoretical and clinical thinking

    1. Ehud Wolpe (Israel)
    2. Dr. Chiara Cattelan (Italy)

  • 8:00-9:00
  • 9:00-10:00
    Opening of the Conference

    Alina Schellekes (Israel)Chair of the Frances Tustin Memorial Trust
    Małgorzata Chojnowska (Poland)President of the Polish Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy,
    Member of the Organizational Committee (Poland)

    Dr. Judith Mitrani (France/USA)Founder and Former Chair of the FTMT – Remembering Frances Tustin

  • 10:00-11:45
    Lecture: Alina Schellekes (Israel)

    Sentenced to Life: Reflections on the Inability to Bear Vitality

  • 11:45-12:15
    Coffee Break
  • 12:15-14:00
    Lecture: Joshua Durban (Israel)

    Here, There, Everywhere and Nowhere – The Development of an Autistic Young Man and of his Analyst

  • 14:00-15:30
  • 15:30-17:30
    Parallel paper presentations

    1. Dr. Mariangela Mendes de Almeida and Marisa Helena Leite Monteino (Brasil):
    Investigating Clinical Developments in Autistic Withdrawal Movements: PRISMA
    2. Dr. Nilofer Kaul (India):
    Parasitism: an Autistic Island
    3. Dr. Tami Pollak, Gal Meisels, Orly Shalev (Israel):
    Multidimensional Therapeutic Work with a Young Autistic Spectrum Disorder Child
    4. Lech Kalita (Poland):
    Listening to the Body: On Ways of Reaching Withdrawn Patients
    5. Justyna Zalewska (Poland):
    Looking for a home for nameless experiences. Emerging from an autistic capsule towards establishing ties.

  • 17:45
  • 9:00-10:45
    Lecture – Ewa Modzelewska-Kossowska (Poland)

    The title of the lecture will be soon announced

  • 10:45-11:15
    Coffee Break
  • 11:15-13:00
    Lecture – Dr. Suzanne Maiello (Italy)

    Rhythm – Autistic States and The Withdrawal from the Pulse of Life
    (Re) – awakening psycho-physical and relational rhythmical experiences

  • 13:00-14:30
  • 14:30-16:30
    Parallel clinical seminars supervised by:

    1. prof. Dana Amir (Israel)
    2. Joshua Durban (Israel)
    3. Dr. Nilofer Kaul (India)
    4. Dr.Suzanne Maiello (child therapists/analysts) (Italy)
    5. Dr. Chiara Cattelan (Italy)
    The case to be presented will be of a child in the autistic spectrum.
    6. Alina Schellekes (Israel)

  • 19:30
    Gala Dinner
  • 9:00-10:45
    Lecture – Dr. Bianca Lechevalier-Haim (France)

    The Last Psychoanalytic Session With Autistic Children and With Adults With Autistic Enclaves

  • 10:45-11:15
    Coffee Break
  • 11:15-13:00
    Panel Discussion: Further Developments on Autism

    Moderator: Prof. Dana Amir (Israel)

    Joshua Durban (Israel)
    Dr. Tami Pollak (Israel)
    Nechama Faber Ben Pazi (Israel)

  • 13:00-13:30
    Closing of the Conference

    Alina Schellekes, Małgorzata Chojnowska, Organizational Committee

  • 13:30
    Farewell glass of wine and refreshments

On Thursday, June 23th, 2022 and on Sunday, June 26th, 2021, various touristic activities and tours will be organized.

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Conference will take place in Novotel Hotel Centrum, Warsaw