Affiliated member of the WPA – World Psychiatric Association

Florenz 2017

18. World Congress of the WADP
19th-22 April 2017 | Florenz

Creative processes in psychotherapy and psychiatry



Scientific Introduction

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

dynamic Psychiatry means from its beginning the integration of the psychodynamic understanding of personality and unconscious processes for the treatment of severely mentally ill patients. Günter Ammon has developed Dynamic Psychiatry further to a group dynamically oriented science which considers theconscious and unconscious as interrelational and social energetic dynamics and processes and a central agens 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 means a creative process by differentiating and demarcating from unconscious destructive or deficient group dynamics. For experiencing an identity developmental process by gaining creativity a constructive group dynamically surrounding or social energetic field is necessary «thus, creativity always implies a gain in structure to a change in personality and the group […] creativity touches 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 challenge for new thinking, new research findings and new treatment aspects for activating and creativating arrested identity development. To find new possibilities, hypothesis, 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, the cultural anthropology and others 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 World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation for their support. We are also exceptionally 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 the welcoming you in Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, filled with historical relics and artistic masterpieces by the greatest masters of Humanism and the Renaissance. This will be a wonderful creative an atmosphere for our congress.

Professor Nikolaj Neznanov
President of the World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry (WADP)

Professor Maria Ammon
President of the German Academy for Psychoanalysis (DAP) e. V.


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

if we mean “creativity” as the capability of the human mind of creating and inventing, the creative dimension – that gives shape to psychic processes – can be explored from various points of view. We must consider that the consequence of “creativity” permeates plenty of aspects of human life and mental health, from the “imagery” to brand-new clinical and rehabilitation technologies. 2017 WADP Congress aims to understand better the creative processes in the different areas of
study. There will be dialectical focuses on issues such as psychopathology, interpersonal dynamics, behaviour, vulnerability factors, personality structures, conscious and unconscious creative processes. This will allow the discussion from several approaches (e.g. clinic, psychiatric, psychological, anthropologic, philosophic, social, education ones) in the evocative atmosphere of Florence, that will certainly help to open the horizon to every arts, as a background to affective dimension: dance, literature, music, plastic and figurative art, theatre and in general every performance art and – as a consequence – language, communication, interpretation. Therefore, it will be taken into consideration the expression of creativity from the developmental stage – in the neurologic and rehabilitation aspects – up to excellence of various social, economic, intellective functions, in which the dispositional characteristics crosses with the environment status. Of course, the displaying of creativity permeates the clinical health processes, both from the prevention and the recovery of damaged functions, and lives throughout the work of every single mental health professional that often faces clinic decision using the divergent thinking. In the word of Magritte, it is necessary an “unusual combination” to come to an effective solution to novel questions in work concerning the affective, interior and interpersonal life.

Professor Ezio Benelli
President of the Congress

Professor Irene Battaglini
Creativity Manager of the Congress


Main Topics

  • Aspects of creativity
  • Concepts of theories
  • Creativity and human developmental
  • Creativity and psychopathology
  • Creativity, best practices and treatment methodology
  • Psychotherapy of the Self as a creative process
  • Personal development as a creative process
  • Society and (trans-)cultural aspects
  • Ethics and spirituality
  • Philosophy, aesthetics, sociology, anthropology
  • Biology, neurosciences, neurology,
  • neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology, cognition
  • Health care, prevention and rehabilitation
  • Brain-research and emotional aspects
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Creativity and group dynamics
  • Imaginal thought
  • Future challenge for the creativity of mankind


Scientific Chairs

  • Prof. Dr. Nikolaj Neznanov (St. Petersburg, Russia)
  • Prof. Dr. Maria Ammon (Berlin/Munich, Germany)
  • Prof. Dr. Ilse Burbiel (Munich, Germany)


Scientific Committee

  • Aleksandrovski Juri
  • Aleksandrowicz Jerzy W.
  • Alfonso Cesar
  • Babin Serge
  • Battaglini Irene
  • Battegay Raymond
  • Batthyany Alexander
  • Bauer Joachim
  • Benelli Ezio
  • Berardi Nicoletta
  • Bihler Thomas
  • Billow Richard
  • Bomba Jacek
  • Botbol Michel
  • Burbiel Ilse
  • Carmi Amnon
  • Caudek Corrado
  • Christodoulou George
  • Dettore Davide
  • Domenichetti Sandro
  • Fabian Egon
  • Faravelli Carlo
  • Ferreira Guilherme
  • Galgano Andrea
  • Granier Hervé
  • Hermelink Daniel
  • Herrman Helen
  • Holm-Hadulla Rainer
  • Joraschky Peter
  • Kallivayalil Roy Abraham
  • Kick Hermes
  • Kocubinsky Alexander
  • Lauro Grotto Rosapia
  • Limankin Oleg
  • Linder Denis
  • Lvov Andrei
  • Scientific Committee
  • Machleidt Wielant
  • Martindale Brian V.
  • Martius Philipp
  • Melamedoff Silvia
  • Menesini Ersilia
  • Mengheri Lauro
  • Mezzich Juan
  • Mikhailov Vladimir
  • Musalek Michael
  • Neznanov Nikolaj
  • Panella Giuseppe
  • Peters Uwe
  • Polozhy Boris
  • Popov Jury
  • Pritz Alfred
  • Rombolà Corsini Giuseppe
  • Rotenberg Vladimir S.
  • Schlklovsky Victor
  • Schmolke Margit
  • Serino Vinicio
  • Sharma Shridhar
  • Sherbakovav Anna
  • Shklolvsky Victor
  • Sica Claudio
  • Sinatra Maria
  • Slepoj Vera
  • Stanghellini Giovanni
  • Steijer Sophie
  • Thome Astrid
  • Tschuschke Volker
  • Tyano Shmouel
  • Urspruch Ingeborg
  • Vasilyeva Anna
  • von Bülow Gabriele
  • Welldon Estela
  • Wied Victor