FRANCE: International Society for the Psychopathology of Expression and Art Therapy (SIPE)

Founded in 1959 under the Honorary Chairmanship of Professor Jean Delay

A NEWSLETTER can be found (SIPE, number 22, September 2000). They don’t seem to have anything more recent.

The same information can be found in FRENCH

From what I’ve read, there is a definite French Art therapy culture that is very different from what is presented elsewhere, with a stricking contrast to US literature on the subject. Perhaps some of you can offer a different opinion.

How is the situation in Australia, the Phillipines, Italy, China, Russia… What are the models followed. I will try and get more info and post here, but If you know, please write me.


The Society was created by Pr Robert Volmat in October 1959, under the Honorary Chairmanship of Professor Jean Delay (Clinique des Maladies Mentales et de l’Encéphale, Hôpital Sainte-Anne, Paris), during the First International Art Psychopathology Congress in Verona, which at that time gathered nine already existing national societies.

The aims of the Society are to establish and maintain links between the various specialists interested in the relationships between expression, creation and art and current national and international research in the field of psychiatry and art-therapy, psychoanalysis, psychology and sociology.

Beyond the clinical work undertaken since its creation and continued today in a pluri- and interdisciplinary spirit in the wake of the pioneers who have led the way since the last two and a half decades of the nineteenth century, our Society is especially interested in personal creativity and in the awakening of the basic potentialities, sometimes spontaneously underlying singular art and usually involved in expressive activities, which allow the psychotherapeutic management of patients in an institutional care environment or in free expression workshops.

Therefore, the field of interest of SIPE goes well beyond the area of plastic expression itself, extending to all forms of expression: musical, gestural (dancing and miming), theatrical and literary, cinematographic, photographic, etc. and to the psychotherapeutic implications derived therefrom.

This international medical society gathers psychiatrists as well as practitioners in other areas of medical specialization. It is widely open to specialists of related disciplines such as art therapists, psychomotricians, psychologists, psychoanalysts, sociologists, ethnologists, researchers in aesthetic, artists, writers, linguists, historians, critics…

Its active members come from all continents, especially Europe (Germany, England, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Poland, Greece, Russia, Portugal …), North and South America, the Far East, India, and Oceania.

SIPE is a founding member of the World Psychiatry Association and a member of the World Federation for Mental Health. It is governed by Articles of Association that are available to any person concerned. It has been joined by various other groups that share its research work and objectives. For example, only in the year 2000, contacts that are already productive have been established with the group INYE (Yaroslavl, Russia); the group “Espaço T” (Oporto, Portugal); the Serbian and Yugoslavian Society for the Psychopathology of Expression (Belgrade, Yugoslavia); the Study Group on the Psychopathology of Expression of Peru (Lima); the CISAT (Naples, Italy); the Greek Society for Music Therapy and Creative Expression (Atheens, Greece).


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