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The Lisbon Clinical Marathon: Mind the Gap, is an intensive reflexive dive into psychodynamic clinical work. For four days, we will hear and discuss four theoretical papers and participate in 32 clinical case discussions organized in small groups.


The speakers - Howard Levine, Joshua Durban, Serge Frisch and Rui Aragão - are four Training Analysts from the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) who will offer their view on the theme MIND THE GAP: Gaps in the inner and outer world. Four papers will be presented on this topic, followed by an open dialogue between the speakers and the audience. We welcome psychoanalysts, candidates and psychotherapists from around the world with clinical experience.

The Lisbon Clinical Marathon is a small event. In order to foster an environment where participants can get acquainted, no more than 32 participants are accepted in the Marathon. In the 32 presentations participants will discuss psychoanalytic or psychoanalytically oriented clinical cases with the speakers, thus having the chance to deepen theoretical and clinical issues. Working in a small group will provide the milieu to get to know each other, share our thoughts and ask questions we may usually not dare to ask. At the Marathon, everyone shares their work and present a clinical case (see guidelines for case presentation). For more information, see the complete program.

But Lisbon is not just work, it is also leisure. That is why the Marathon offers participants a Happy Ending Cocktail at the end of each day's work, where you can enjoy a traditional Portuguese beverage and chill out in good company.

LCM: Speakers in dialog


Howard Levine

Howard Levine, MD, is a Supervising Analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, a member of the faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England and has his clinic in Brookline, Massachusetts.


Serge Frisch

Serge Frisch is a Psychiatrist, Training and Supervising Analyst at the Belgian Psychoanalytical Society and German Psychoanalytical Society. Among many other offices, he is former President of the European Psychoanalytic Federation. 

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Joshua Durban

Joshua Durban, is a Clinical Psychologist and a Training and Supervising Child and Adult Psychoanalyst at the Israeli Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Jerusalem, where he also teaches.


Rui Aragão

Rui Aragão is the President of the Portuguese Psychoanalytical Society, and Training and Supervising Analyst. He devotes his time to psychoanalytic praxis, to research and teaching of the theory and techinque of psychoanalysis.

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Located in the Moorish district of Alfama with picturesque brightly painted houses and flower filled windows, the University Institute of Psychological, Social and Life Sciences (ISPA) started its activity in 1962. Since then ISPA has been a reference in the Portuguese higher education system. Pioneer in research and education in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, the Institute is nationally and internationally accredited by the excellence of its faculty, research, activities developed and by the relevance and extension of its programs.

LCM: Venue
LCM: Registration


To register you need to fill in the Registration Form and proceed to payment. The registration period ends when the 32 places are filled. Please note that the registration procedure implies submitting a summary of the clinical case you want to present according to the Guidelines for Case Presentation.


There are many choices to getting to Lisbon. The Portuguese company, TAP Portugal, assures daily connections from most parts of the world. From Europe, you can choose between several low-cost companies. To find which one has the best prices on the dates you’re interested, you may check the site Skyscanner.


Lisbon airport is about 7 km, from the city center. You can get to the city by bus, taxi, metro or Uber. To get to Alfama, the venue’s neighborhood, we recommend UBER. The ride will take about 20 min. and it will cost you about 12-15 euros.


If you prefer the METRO, hop on the red line at the airport. Change to the blue line at S. Sebastião (direction Santa Apolónia) and make your way to Santa Apolónia. To buy a ticket you will need to purchase a VIVA VIAGEM reusable card (€ 0,5) and than charge it with the ticket value (€ 1,45). You can do this at the selling machines in the station. The ride will be about 30-40 min.

If you wish to have a glimpse of the city ride the AEROBUS. You will need Line 1 - City Center. It rides every 20 minutes. We recommend to get off at Praça de Comércio. Walk to Alfama and enjoy the old city’s atmosphere. 

If you want to stay close to the venue stay in Alfama or in Baixa. Besides being close, they are nice parts of the city. For reference, the venue’s address is, ISPA - Instituto Universitário, Rua de Jardim do Tabaco, 34, 1149-041 Lisbon, Portugal.

Lisbon is unlike any other European capital. Despite being lively and busy, the rhythm of life is somehow slower. Although it has got a modern vibe, it respects tradition. And even though it is visited by an ever-increasing number of tourists, it still boasts tons of character and uniqueness. To know more visit Bruno’s GeekyExplorer Blog. It is accurate and fun to read.


See you at the Marathon!

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