Dynamic Psychiatry means, from its beginning, the integration of a psychodynamic understanding of personality and unconscious processes in the treatment of severely mentally ill patients. Günter Ammon has developed Dynamic Psychiatry further to a science of group dynamics which takes into account the conscious and unconscious as an inter-relational dynamics of social energy which is a central agent for human development and creativity.
Creativity means potentiality for development which is inherent in every human being. Every psychotherapeutic and developmental process of a human being implies a creative process in which a person dissociates him-or herself from an unconscious destructive or deficient group dynamics. For experiencing the development of an identity by gaining creativity a surrounding of constructive group dynamics, or social energetic field, is necessary: «Thus, creativity always implies a gain in structure leading to a change in personality and in the group […] creativity affects the person as a whole and is expressed in a creative life style, in a way that one’s own feelings, thoughts, and actions have enough space and that the person respects himself as well as others». (Ammon 1982, p. 727)
Creative processes in psychotherapy and psychiatry will always require new ways of thinking, new research findings and new treatment aspects for activating an arrested identity development. Finding possibilities, hypotheses, assumptions and new creative conditions in our fast changing world will be the common interest of our congress. We are hoping that the encounter of scientists from various disciplines like medicine, psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy could promote the integration of interdisciplinary research.
It is our wish that also interdisciplinary findings from sociology, philosophy, pedagogy,cultural anthropology and other disciplines will facilitate the discourse on this topic. Furthermore, it is our wish that at this WADP congress in 2017 the sciences of mankind can contribute in a way that problems related to creativity can be perceived, consolidated and integrated in the service of our patients.
Again, we would like to thank the international organizations, the WPA, the WASP, the WFMH, EAP, ECCP and ICPCM and the World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation for their support. We are also extremely thankful for the excellent cooperation of the organizing Italian WADP branch members and the co-workers of Erich Fromm International Foundation. We are looking very much forward to welcoming you in Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, filled with historic relics and artistic masterpieces by the greatest masters of Humanism and the Renaissance.
This will be a wonderful creative atmosphere for our congress.
Professor Nikolaij Neznanov
President of the World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry (WADP)
Professor Maria Ammon
President of the German Academy for Psychoanalysis (DAP) e. V.