Candidates for election – 2024

SECTION CHAIRS

FAMILY THERAPY SECTION CHAIR

Dr Carlos A Raimundo. dr.carlos@playoflife.com 

Australia

PROFESSION AND PROFESSIONAL INTEREST

Psychotherapist, psychiatry, psychodramatist, family-corporate therapist-coach, researcher

MOTIVATION TO APPLY FOR THE POSITION

I’ve been working in the role and I’d like to make a contribution to IAGP in the Family Section space.

BIOGRAPHY

Dr Carlos A Raimundo is the author of Relationship Capital (Prentice Hall, 2002) and the creator of the 3D stimulation technology Play of Life®, which has revolutionized individual and team behavioral transformation. He received the Innovation Award from the ASGPP in New York in 2002. He also developed RCompass, a digital sociometry or relationship mapping tool. The captivating simplicity of his methodologies facilitates change in people’s lives in a alive, sharp and useful manner by bypassing the neocortex, the rational brain, and directly connecting with the limbic system, that part of the brain that deals with emotions, memory and sustainable behavioral change. Carlos and his methods are as much at home coaching the General Secretary of the OEA in strategic management as coaching Kiribati indigenous elders in the South Pacific. Dr Carlos is a medical doctor and psychiatrist from Argentina with a MA in Business. He founded Active Learning International and is an adjunct Research Fellow at Charles Sturt University. He’s a former lecturer on Relational Psychodynamics and Supervision at JCS and a former lecturer to the AMP, Horizon’s Financial Planning Academy. 

VISION OF IAGP

To expand the vision of IAGP of building strong professional relationships, learning from each other and bringing new people to the association.

ANALYTIC GROUP SECTION CHAIR

Konstantinos Liolios. lioliosk.2@gmail.com

Greece

PROFESSION AND PROFESSIONAL INTEREST

Psychiatrist, Group Analyst

MOTIVATION TO APPLY FOR THE POSITION

I am the Interim Chair of IAGP Analytic Group Section for the past Year and I would like to become the Voted Chair of the Section. My vision is to make IAGP Analytic Group Section more active and populated in order to have fruitful and creative reflections, thoughts, ideas, fantasies, so as to enhance the communication and cooperation among our members. 

BIOGRAPHY

Medical Degree, Medical School Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2000). Psychiatrist and full member of the Hellenic Psychiatric Association,(2009). Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Group Analyst, HOPE in GA, Athens (2009). Private clinical practice and Training Analyst in HOPEinGA, Athens(2009). Full Member of International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes, IAGP (2009-). Full Member of Group Analytic Society International (GASi, 2010-). Member of IAGP Board of Directors and Interim Chair of IAGP Analytic Group Section(2022). Poetry, painting and the clinical use of dreams in Group Analytic groups are at the core of my special interest in the use of Art in Group Analytic Groups. I have presented Workshops, Papers and Posters in International Conferences: Sao Paolo (2006), Barcelona (2008), Rome (2009), Porto (2011), Athens (2014), Rovinj (2015), Cairo (2016, 2020, 2023), Malmo (2018), Thessaloniki (2019), Pescara (2022), Zurich (2023), Belgrade (2023).

VISION OF IAGP

Contribute to the expansion and growing of IAGP (regarding membership, scientific activities, discovering working with groups in new fields etc). Reactivate and expand the bridges with GASi (Group Analytic Society International), by means of contributions to GASi’s Publications (Group Analysis, Contexts), etc. Try to include or build bridges with other Analytic group psychotherapy domains (except Group Analysis), especially with colleagues outside Europe (North and South America, etc). Continue the already existing Scientific Activities and have a stronger connection with IAGP’s Education Committee, especially regarding Webinars. There is a strong need to professionalize the already existing educational programmes (i.e. Ramala, Tunisia, India, etc) or even, start new ones. 

CHAIR OF THE ETHICS COMMITTEE

(Not part of the IAGP board)

Judith Teszáry. jteszary@gmail.com

Sweden

PROFESSION AND PROFESSIONAL INTEREST

Psychodrama & Sociodrama Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor

MOTIVATION TO APPLY FOR THE POSITION

I have been the chair of the Ethics Committee in FEPTO the last 6 years and have experience of raising ethical questions, handle ethical and complaints issues, giving support and advice to member’s of FEPTO member institutes. 

BIOGRAPHY

Full Name: Judith Teszáry Citizenship: Swedish, Hungarian Language: Swedish, Hungarian, English Education: Psychology, Sociology, Pedagogy – 1973-77 Stockholm University Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy – Moreno Institute, Beacon New York, USA 1977-83, certificate: Director of Psychodrama. Trained by Zerka Moreno. Mediation – Ulster Sullivan Mediation Centre – Upstate New York Psychotherapy certificate (psychodynamic approach) 1982 – Stockholm University Training in Network therapy and Family therapy. Trained in Genosociogram by Anne A Schützenberger Trained in Restorative Practices Trained in Psychological Consultation Training in Family therapy, systemic approach Working experiences in employment: – Family therapist, Nacka Commune, 1980-1988 – Psychologist and staff supervisor at an assessment and treatment institute for families with troubled children. (Hässelby Gård Akut- och utredningshem) Five years. – Psychologist at Stockholm City Social Department/Child & Family Care section, 17 years. Tasks: Assessment of the capability of presumptive foster- and adoptive families. I teach social workers to conduct deep interviews with the presumptive foster and adoptive families. Developed an investigation questionnaire (3 – 4 hours long) for the Stockholm City Social Department/Child & Family Care section. Preparatory training for couples before adoption. Providing supervision and training for leaders, social workers and foster families. Private practice: 1982 – ongoing – Supervision staff members at companies, healthcare personnel, psychotherapists, and family therapists for Social Services. Leading psychodrama therapy groups, psychotherapy with deviant adolescents, individual therapy and Family therapy. Courses provided using the method of Sociodrama: Conflict management for State Healthcare Committee Sweden (hospital personal) 10 years. Conflict management courses for Swedish Industry Union representatives, ten years Sociodrama with Bosnian refugees at the International Women Centre in Stockholm. Sociodrama with replaced young people (foster children) at Stockholm City Social Department/Child & Family care section. Sociodramatic supervision with staff members of Långbro Psychiatric Hospital/Youth Clinic, ten years. Projects: Sociodrama workshop for Roma students at Dr Ambedkar Second Chance High School, in Sajókaza, Hungary. Sociodrama project (Norwegian Foundation) with Roma women in Szomolya/Hungary, Public Theatre performance, International Participatory Theatre Festival (Dresden) Erasmus+ on Sociodrama, as a scientific leader and representative of the Swedish Psychodrama Association, 1,5 years. Erasmus + Performers 2 on Sociodrama – as coordinator of FEPTO team. FEPTO is a partner organization in this project. Psychodrama and Sociodrama Trainer and Supervisor She has been working with Psychodrama and Sociodrama since the 1980s as a trainer, therapist, supervisor and international lecturer in Sweden, where she has been living since 1972 and in several other countries (Hungary, Norway, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Netherlands, Belgian, Lithuania, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Spain and at national and international congresses and conferences. Scientific experiences: Have been working with psychosomatic patients within a research and treatment program at the National Institute for Psychosocial Factors and Health/Stress research division in Stockholm for five years. Memberships: She is a founding member of FEPTO (Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organizations) and served as a president for six years. She is the chair of the Ethics Committee and of International Affairs. She received the FEPTO award for lifelong achievement. She co-coordinates the FEPTO Task Force for Peace Building and Conflict Transformation network group. She is a member of IAGP and has been a member of the Scientific Program Committee of IAGP for two periods. She is the chair of the Swedish Association for Psychodramatists. She was the editor of the Swedish Psychodrama Journal for 26 years. She is a co-author of: Publications: Sociodrama the Art and Science of Social Change, Sociodrama in Practice, eds. Sociodramanetwork editorial board, 2022, L’Harmattan Teszary, J. Diverse Application of Sociodrama. 139-156 Teszary, J. Psychodrama with Psychosomatic Patients, International Journal of Psychotherapy, vol 21 nr 2 June 2017 Sociodrama in a Changing World, ed. Ron Wiener, Di Adderley&Kate Kirk, 2011, Lulu Teszary, J. (2011) Projection and projective identification as mechanisms in creating an enemy. In Sociodrama in the Changing World. 213-217. Lulu. Teszary, J. (2011) The Semitic Brothers. In Sociodrama in the Changing World. 217-223. Lulu. Supervision in Psychodrama, Experiential Learning in Psychotherapy and Training, ed. Hannes Krall, Jutta Fürst & Pierre Fontaine, 2013, Springer Teszary, J. Supervision – a Triangle of Drama in Transition, 129-138 Psykosomatisk läkekonst (Psychosomatic Art of Healing), ed. Theorell. T., Konarski. K. 1991, NoK, Stockholm När orden inte räcker (When words Are not Enough), ed. Theorell. T., 1998, NoK, Stockholm; Teszary, J. Psychodrama, 130-170, Skapande ögonblick (Creative Moments), ed. Hans Berglind, Cura, 1998, Stockholm. Teszary, J. När jälen möter kroppen (When the Soul Meets the Body), 120-145 Treatment of Patients with Chronic Somatic Symptoms by Means of Art Psychotherapy: Karger, Psychother Psychosom 1998;67:50–56 Process Description Töres Theorell; Kristoffer Konarski; Hugo Westerlund; Ann-Margret Burell; Robert Engström; Ann-Mari Lagercrantz; Judith Teszary; Karin Thulin

VISION OF IAGP

i would like that IAGP makes ethical issues more visible, have a discussion forum for ethical questions, invite people to have webinars about ethics. A broader vision is to open the congresses to so called patients or clients, partly as a form of psychoeducation, partly as a help to making well informed decisions in choosing psychotherapy module.

 

GENERAL BOARD MEMBERS

Zahed Abdolahi zahed_abdolahi@yahoo.com 

Iran

PROFESSION AND PROFESSIONAL INTEREST

Clinical psychologist 

MOTIVATION TO APPLY FOR THE POSITION

With a strong passion for group therapy and a commitment to advancing the field, I am eager to contribute my skills, dedication, and vision to support the association’s mission and goals. Together, we can advance the practice of group psychotherapy on a global scale.

BIOGRAPHY

I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology and possess over a decade of experience in both individual and group psychotherapy. Throughout my career, I have gained valuable insights by working with diverse organizations and individuals from various ethnic backgrounds. Currently, I am the manager of a psychotherapy clinic comprised of over 20 psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapists. I aspire to further enhance my expertise and share it with my esteemed colleagues in Iran.

VISION OF IAGP

My vision for the International Association for Group Psychotherapy is to create a thriving global community of mental health professionals dedicated to advancing the practice of group Psychotherapy. Through collaboration, research, and education, we will enhance the quality of care for individuals worldwide, fostering healing and resilience.

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Li Shiu Chou lishiu.chou@msa.hinet.net 

Taiwan

PROFESSION AND PROFESSIONAL INTEREST

M.D.,M.P.H. ,Psychiatrist; general Psychiatrist; Psychotherapist; Group Psychotherapist.

Jungian approach psychotherapy , Dissociation , Hypnosis,Psychiatric Service Quality Improvement

Yalom interpersonal model of group psychotherapy

Analytic group psychotherapy

MOTIVATION TO APPLY FOR THE POSITION

I am the only one representative of professionals from Taiwan since I am also the president of Chinese Association of group psychotherapy in Taiwan.

BIOGRAPHY

Former Deputy Superintendent of Kaohsiung Municipal Kai-Syuan Psychiatric Hospital (2015-2023)

Board Member of Taiwanese Society of Psychiatry (2017-2019) 

Board Member of Chinese Association of Group Psychotherapy (2001-2021)

President of Chinese Association of Group Psychotherapy (2021-till now)

VISION OF IAGP

Providing opportunities for meeting the others: professions, theories and cultures and international cooperation on training, research and clinical work in a multicultural society. 

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Andrew Eig eigandrew6@gmail.com 

United States

PROFESSION AND PROFESSIONAL INTEREST

I am a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, and group psychologist. I am in private practice in New York City and teach both group psychotherapy and psychoanalysis at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. My main interests are integrating NeoKleinian/Bionian theory with American Relational thinking both in individual and group work. My other main interest is promoting group as a powerful therapeutic modality.

MOTIVATION TO APPLY FOR THE POSITION

My organizational experience, thus far in my career, has been at the local and national level in the U.S. As board member and then president of the American Board of Group Psychology, I learned much about the needs for the future of the group field in America. I am excited to expand my scope to an international stage and collaborate with my international colleagues to help shape group for the future.

BIOGRAPHY

My interest in group began 31 years ago when I was an undergraduate student. At 21-year-old, I ran psychoeducation groups for teen fathers. With each meeting I felt electrified and intrigued at how these boys could support and understand each other. My education continued as I specialized in group and psychodynamic theory during my doctoral training at Adelphi University. Immediately after my doctorate work, I opened my practice, taught in the doctoral program, and became an analytic candidate. A year later, I enrolled in postdoctoral group training led by Richard Billow, Ph.D. I have been teaching and supervising in this program ever since. While raising a family in Manhattan, I have maintained private practice where I run weekly groups and see couples and individuals. Through the years I have served on the board of several organizations that help promote group psychotherapy in the United States. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, fly fishing, and playing guitar. 

VISION OF IAGP

IAGP occupies a singularly unique platform for the field of group therapy. IAGP can (and does) provide a place for group therapists of all theoretical orientations and cultures to learn from each other. It provides a lens for us to see how different cultures work with different theoretical perspectives with various patient populations. I hope to help further IAGP’s reach and show how essential an organization it is for the worldwide promotion and development of group. 

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Adrian Hofstede adhofstede@me.com

Netherlands

PROFESSION AND PROFESSIONAL INTEREST

Organisational Consultant

MOTIVATION TO APPLY FOR THE POSITION

Before I became a member in 2021, I was following the IAGP already for quite some time. It always struck me as an interesting organization where the main elements of my professional focus converge: management, organizations, and systemic and psychodynamic aspects of group processes. This is also one of the key aspects for me of the IAGP; several disciplines working together under the common roof of group psychotherapy and group processes. Another is, of course, diversity and internationalism. I really believe in this interdisciplinary, intercultural approach, where practitioners from different disciplines and countries can inspire and be inspired. To strengthen and facilitate this is my main motivation to run for the position of general board member. With my experience in marketing & communication and management and governance, I want to contribute to it. As chair of the Webinar committee, I already play my part within IAGP, aiming to bridge differences and share knowledge and experience within and outside IAGP via online webinars and workshops. I want to expand my role within IAGP and help it to become even stronger and grow as a center of expertise and experience, where professionals from many different countries and cultures meet and exchange. 

BIOGRAPHY

Adrian Hofstede (1960 Rotterdam) is a Dutch national living both in Italy and the Netherlands. He studied an interdisciplinary, academic psychology, cultural anthropology and philosophy program at Leiden University and obtained his MSc in development sociology in 1988. As a manager and director of Erasmus Academie, the institute of postgraduate education and lifelong learning of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Adrian has more than 16 years of experience in governance, strategy development, learning & development and lifelong development projects. Before that, he was a journalist and editor-in-chief of several magazines. Adrian is used to working with professionals in complex, more political organizations and believes in education’s innovative and connecting power. Currently, Adrian is an independent consultant and interim manager for government, healthcare and educational organizations. In his work, he especially focuses on the workings of systemic and psychodynamic processes in a more businesslike environment. What doesn’t show itself is often more important than what you can see. Adrian is married and has three children, all of whom are studying at Dutch universities.

VISION OF IAGP

IAGP is an organization with a rich history that has been able to give room to many different voices and many different professionals in the field of group therapy and group processes. This diversity is one of the most interesting aspects of IAGP. At the same time, it feels it lacks the power to look forward and attract new, especially young members. The ongoing discussion about the ‘trauma of 2016’ and who is or are the true founder(s) of this organization illustrate my point. Instead of looking forward, sharing new professional insights and experience, and helping to develop the different fields of expertise, it sometimes seems we have turned our backs to the light and are watching the shadow dance on the wall. I believe that to become more significant to new members and indeed the world, we need to modernize the organization. With concern for our history and inheritance, we should professionalize IAGP. I believe IAGP is an organization that truly supports this interdisciplinary exchange of thoughts, insights, knowledge and experiences within a growing global audience of active professionals. To become this, the elected executive management (EMG) should be supported by a small, more permanent and paid staff responsible for marketing & communications, daily management, contracts, IT, etc. This staff also ensures the organization’s continuity after new elections and a change of representatives. We also need to put more trust in the delegation of tasks and to adopt a more businesslike way of management and governance. With my experience in communication, management, strategy development and governance, I hope to be able to make a difference.