IIBA Awards 2017

The International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (IIBA), to celebrate its 60 years and in occasion of the next Conference in Toronto (24-28 May, 2017), decided to set up for the first time in the history of Bioenergetic Analysis, three awards that will have a dual function.

Firstly, to recognize all the work that our members are doing in the world to spread BA, but also to bring out the excellence that sometimes is hidden but can be considered "rough" diamonds to be forged, so that together we can contribute to the innovative vision of BA.

It's a very important job that involves more experienced therapists, who deal with research or social projects, communicate and collaborate together accompanying and recognizing the growth of those who are still in training. So the particularity of this project therefore seems to consist precisely in the collective work that allows our communities to grow, where the expertise is shared at different levels in order to reach the same goal which is the common good of BA.

There was a long process in the IIBA BOT to build this dimension, to define the criteria that would ensure the scientific vision and avoid any bias. That's why we preferred anonymity and the double-blind system, where examiners (referees) do not know the name of the candidate or the fact that they are examining the same application.
Therefore, what we think is of great value is the symbolic aspect of the initiative, which aims to create a community that works together to build a more scientific study of our paradigm.

These awards are:

  • Award for Research Proposal (€500 plus Conference Registration Fee)
  • Youth Award for Clinical Work (€500 plus Conference Registration Fee)
  • Award for Social Work (€500 plus Conference Registration Fee).

We have received 4 proposals for the Research, 4 for the Clinical Work, 5 for the Social Work.
This is a very good result, that proves the interest and smartness of our members who involved themselves in a scientific, rather than agonistic, competition.

We want to thank:

  • First Pilar Llobregat, IIBA Administrator, who collected all the papers, giving them anonymity and delivering them to the 3 coordinators;
  • the 3 coordinators: Garry Cockburn, Josette van Luytelaar, Cristina Piauhy;
  • the referees: Rebeca Lea Berger, Mae Nascimento and Margit Koemeda (for the Research); Ana Krsul, Maryse Doess, Miriam Mantau, Danita Hall, Christoph Helferich; Thomas Heinrich (for the Clinical); Grace Barros Correia, Jim Elniski, Léia Maria Cardenuto (for the Social);
  • and last but not least, all the applicants, that made this process so rich:

>> Research proposals
- Robin Goldstein/ Jan Parker/Brenda Shook/Charles Tatum. USA
- Marcello Zoni. Italy
- Alzira Freire/Silvana Tenório. Brazil
- Mara Luiza Ceroni/Priscilla Leitner/Léia Maria Cardenuto. Brazil
>> Clinical Work
- Anne Holleron. New Zealand
- Priscilla Leitner. Brazil
- Mara Luiza Ceroni. Brazil
- Julia Cegatti / Letizia Polosecki. Argentina
>> Social Work
- Ligia de Mello/Pascale Baes. Brazil
- Alexandre Franca Barreto. Brazil
- Lucia Magano. Brazil
- Maria Cristina Francisco. Brazil
- Priscilla Gadelha . Brazil


  • For the Research:
    “The efficacy of Bioenergetic Analysis psychotherapy”
  • For the Clinical:
    “Increasing Resources for bioenergetics. The sphere; a motherified object”
  • For the Social:
    “Meeting point with black women and men”


Thank you all, your contribution has been very precious for BA.

We will have more Awards at the next Conference!

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