The IIBA is an International membership organization of psychotherapists devoted to the development and practice of Bioenergetic Analysis.
The Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (IBA) was founded in 1956, in New York city, USA, by Alexander Lowen and two other students of Reich, John Pierrakos and William Walling. They separated a few years later and Lowen remained alone to manage the IBA.
In 1976, facing the international expansion of Bioenergetic Analysis and a growing demand in psychotherapist's trainings, Lowen turned the IBA into the " International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis - IIBA".
The office of the IIBA was based for many years in Alexander Lowen’s own office in New York city, USA. The office then moved for several years to Zurich, Switzerland, and is now currently located in Barcelona, Spain.
Alexander Lowen resigned as Executive Director of the IIBA in 1996. Several presidents followed, and the current President is Diana GUEST, psychotherapist in the USA (San Diego, CA) and the Vice President, Maria Rosaria Filoni, psychotherapist in Italy (Rome).
Members belong to IIBA through membership in local societies, or as a member at large. The IIBA today has nearly 1600 active members and about 50 affiliated "local Societies" distributed worldwide. Bioenergetic Analysis is practiced in North America, South America, throughout most of Western Europe, Israel and the Pacific area. Therapists from Eastern Europe (Poland, Russia) and Asia (China) have more recently discovered the practice and new training groups have started there.
Government, management, supervision and control of the IIBA is in the hands of a Board of Trustees (BOT), elected by members for a term of 3 years.
It is to execute the policies of the IIBA and it shall manage the current business of the organization in accordance with the Mission Statement and Goals of the organization. These include, among other things, making decisions on current business ; appointing Chairs of Committees and Working Groups and appointing coordinators for specific tasks; keeping in contact with the IIBA Faculty and overseeing Teaching activities; presenting a yearly budget and yearly report on the financial situation ofthe IIBA to the membership; overseeing the organization of the InternationalConference, and officially representing the IIBA outside the organization.
Board of Trustees
From left to right:
Paola Bacigalupo from Chiavari (ITALY)
Jayme Panerai Alves from Jaqueira Recife (BRAZIL)
Maria Rosaria Filoni from Roma (Italy) – vice-president
Scott Baum from New York (USA)
Diana Guest from San Diego (USA) - president
Rick Spletter from Rockwall (USA)
Ana Lúcia Faria from São Paulo (Brazil) – secretary & treasurer
Josette Van Luytelaar from Nijmegen (THE NETHERLANDS)
Nina Schubert from Barcelona (SPAIN) - new Administor
Michael Brennan from San Diego (USA)
Maria Cristina Piauhy Silva Mendes from Salvador (BRAZIL)
Anja Van der Schrieck-Junker from Heidelberg (Germany)
• President: Diana Guest
• Vice-President: Maria Rosaria Filoni
• Secretary & treasurer: Ana Lúcia Faria
The mission of the IIBA is to plan and execute activities that support and encourage the development of its members as Bioenergetic therapists, that support and enhance the work of local societies and regional groups, and that promote the development and growth of modern Bioenergetic Analysis, as a theory and as a movement.
To accomplish this, the IIBA takes as its mission to support cohesion and sharing within the community of members. This cohesion includes a commitment to the maintenance and enhancement of the international character, and recognition of the responsibility of all members, and groups within the IIBA to promote this.
The core organizational entity in the IIBA is the local societies.
Local societies function autonomously, understanding the unique characteristics of their national and professional situations. They conduct training, recruit new members, offer programs to the professional and non-professional public. They are, along with the members, the ground of the organization. Often local societies join to form larger regional organizations in order to pool resources and to coordinate programs.
The Board of Trustees is committed to growing a method of organizational self-governance.
An organization in which members can maintain a healthy allegiance to a bioenergetic center that holds the interests of members around the world, and also participate in local autonomous organizations. This is what members have asked for, and the Board has tried to model this way of relating to each other organizationally, with respect for the local societies and federations, with an awareness of the interests of those members who have no local or regional affiliation, and with a guiding commitment to the interests and welfare of all the members.
This part of the organizational mission is advanced by the IIBA acting to coordinate the activities of bioenergetic groups worldwide. This includes developing means of communication between local societies, regional groups, and between members that enhance information and knowledge sharing, and thereby enhance members’ competence.
The International Faculty
One very significant way in which this mission is advanced is by the IIBA acting on behalf of all members to assure the high quality training offered by affiliated societies. This includes formal training leading to certification as a Bioenergetic Therapist, and ongoing, continuing education. The overall vision of the IIBA is embodied in the highly competent ethical practice of modern Bioenergetic Analysis. This part of the mission of the IIBA is carried forward especially by the International Faculty, a body of highly skilled teachers whose work includes the development of new theory and methods of practice. The quality and updating of the content of training programs will be endorsed by IIBA through the basic curriculum that shall be continuously revised by the Faculty and approved by the BOT. The local societies guarantee the implementation of this basic content – with the possible adding of specific content due to regional needs.
The Future of IIBA
The mission of the IIBA extends into the future by supporting and encouraging the development of new knowledge and skills in modern Bioenergetic Analysis, and the appropriate synthesis of knowledge from other fields and theories into the knowledge base available to its members. The IIBA serves its members by conceiving, planning and executing activities that provide forums for sharing, teaching and groundbreaking.
The members of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (IIBA) do not believe that same-sex orientation should or needs to be changed, and efforts to do so represent a significant risk of harm by subjecting individuals to forms of treatment which have not been scientifically validated and by undermining self-esteem when sexual orientation fails to change. No credible evidence exists that any mental health intervention can reliably and safely change sexual orientation; nor, from a mental health perspective does sexual orientation need to be changed.
In addition, the IIBA opposes discrimination against individuals with same-sex attraction.