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IIBA Awards

The Board of Trustees has decided to establish three Awards. These IIBA Awards have been created to support the clinical work, social work activities and our research projects in the bioenergetic community. These Awards are:

  • Award for Research Proposal
  • Award for Clinical Work
  • Award for Social Work

The IIBA Awards will be repeated at each IIBA International Conference and the winners will be announced during the memberhsip meeting at the IIBA International Conferences. 


Criteria for participation

  • Award for Research Proposal: Applicants must be an individual Member of the IIBA or a collective of members of an IIBA or a local society affiliated with the IIBA.
  • Award for Clinical Work: Applicants must be a Trainee or a CBT for less than 5 years, and a Member of the IIBA.
  • Award for Social Work: Applicants can be an individual Member of the IIBA or a collective of members of an IIBA or a local society affiliated with the IIBA.


An application for the IIBA Award must ...

✔ Include the category one is applying for.
✔ A written presentation of the work or proposal which should not exceed 5000 words for the Research Proposal and 7000 words for the Clinical Work or Social Work Awards. (The word limits exclude the bibliography).
✔ Be submitted in Word format and in English.
✔ Include the applicant’s name only on the Cover Page of the application.

Depending on the category, the content of the presentation must include the elements as follows:

★ Research Proposal

  1. If the applicant is a group or a local society, the name of the person applying must be a representative of the group (this research proposal concerning Bioenergetic Analysis may also be in collaboration with a university or other body).
  2. An abstract and summary. 
  3. The Research hypothesis with which he / she / they will operate.
  4. The methodology to be used for testing.
  5. The sample proposed.
  6. The tools to be used.
  7. The timeframe proposed for the research project.
  8. The expected results to be obtained.
  9. Bibliography.

★ Clinical Work

  1. An abstract and summary.
  2. Diagnostic and psychotherapeutic processes for one or more clinical cases.
  3. Demonstrate an innovative clinical experience.
  4. Demonstrate its applicability and validity for other clinicians by reference to the literature.
  5. Contribution to the development of clinical bioenergetics.
  6. Bibliography.

★ Social Work

  1. If an applicant is a group or a local society, the name of the person which will represent the group.
  2. Abstract and summary.
  3. A statement of the social situation of the project or proposal is addressing.
  4. An explanation of why this project or proposal is important.
  5. The methodology used or to be used.
  6. The tools used or to be used.
  7. The results obtained or expected.
  8. Timeframe of the project (ongoing or finished) or of the proposal.
  9. Bibliography.


The evaluation of the candidates’ papers will be made by a small team of referees, or jury members, representing the 3 regions of the IIBA. There will be a separate jury panel for each Award. Only the IIBA Administrator will know the identity of the applicants and Convenors and jury members will be presented with anonymous applications so that they do not know who has presented the proposal. In other words the judging will be a double-blind process.

IIBAAwards Application

To participate in any one of these awards, candidates must email their application to the IIBA Back-Office 


During the 24th IIBA International Conference in Toronto (24-28 May, 2017), we celebrated our 60th anniversary  and we 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 Bionenergetic Analysis, 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 Bioenergetic Analysis.

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 Bioenergetic Analysis

Duirng a long process, we defined 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 were:

  • Award for Research Proposal (500 € & Conference Registration Fee)
  • Award for Clinical Work (500 € & Conference Registration Fee)
  • Award for Social Work (500 € & Conference Registration Fee)

We received:

  • 4 Papers for Research
  • 4 Papers for Clinical Work
  • 5 Papers for Social Work

This was a very good result, that proved the interest and smartness of our members who involved themselves in a scientific, rather than agonistic, competition.

★ Papers for Research

❤ Robin Goldstein / Jan Parker / Brenda Shook / Charles Tatum (USA) 
❤ Marcello Zoni (Italy) - Read more ...
❤ Alzira Freire / Silvana Tenório (Brazil) 
❤ Mara Luiza Ceroni / Priscilla Leitner / Léia Maria De M. Cardenuto (Brazil) - Read more ...

★ Papers for Clinical Work

❤ Priscilla Leitner (Brazil) - Read more ...
❤ Mara Luiza Ceroni (Brazil) - Read more ...
❤ Julia Cegatti / Letizia Polosecki (Argentina) - Read more ...
❤ Anne Holleron (New Zealand)

★ Papers for Social Work

❤ Ligia de Mello / Pascale Baes (Brazil) - Read more ...
❤ Alexandre Franca Barreto (Brazil) - Read more ...
❤ Lucia Magano (Brazil) - Read more ...
❤ Maria Cristina Francisco (Brazil) - Read more ...
❤ Priscilla Gadelha (Brazil) 

Winners of the IIBA Awards 2017

 IIBAAward2017 Research

“The efficacy of Bioenergetic Analysis psychotherapy” by Robin Goldstein, Jan Parker, Brenda Shook, Charles Tatum

IIBAAward2017 Clinical

“Increasing Resources for bioenergetics. The sphere; a motherified object” by Julia Cegatti, Letizia Polosecki

IIBAAward2017 Social

“Meeting point with black women and men” by Maria Cristina Francisco

Special thanks goes to:

  • Pilar Llobregat, former 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, Maê Nascimento and Margit Koemeda-Lutz (Research); Ana Krsul, Maryse Doess, Miriam Bergamini Mantau, Danita Hall, Christoph Helferich, Thomas Heinrich (Clinical Work); Grace Wanderley De Barros Correia, Jim Elniski, Léia Maria De M. Cardenuto (for the Social Work)
  • And last but not least, all the applicants, that made this process so rich.

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


The IIBA Awards honor the most outstanding papers about Bioenergetic Analysis submitted. The winners (3 categories: research, clinical and social) received a cash prize of 500 € and a free pass to the 25th IIBA International Conference.

In this edtion of the IIBA Awards, 12 papers were submitted:

★ Papers for Research

Livia Savarese (Italy): Mixed-method research on the effectiveness of the process of bioenergetic therapy in fostering embodiment and grounded transformative narratives. - Read more ... & See summary ...  
❤ Alexandre Franca Barreto (Brazil): Efficacy of bioenergetics in the health of patients with depressive symptomatology attended by the unified health system: a randomized clinical trial.
❤ Lindervania Dos Santos Silva (Brazil): The approach of bioenergetic analysis and its contributions to the humanization of childbirth care.

★ Papers for Clinical Work

❤ Iana Carolina Maciel Franza (Brazil): A never-ending plight for authentic love - handling schizoid ambivalence. - See summary ...
❤ María Inés García Laredo (Argentina): Vital energy beyond paralysis - bioenergetic work with a physically disabled patient.
❤ Scheila Patricia Nascimento Gomes (Brazil):Packages of the heart: the passage of the medium.  - Read more ... &  See summary ...
❤ Vicenta Giménez Mollá & Amaia Alejos Martín (Spain): A traumatic event: bioenergetic therapy applied in a company environment. - See summary ...

★ Papers for Social Work

❤ Maria Adélia Piquet Gonçalves Menezes (Brazil): Grounding: the bioenergetic analysis as a support for the young adolescent apprentice in the labor market. - Read more ...  &  See summary ...
❤ Alexandre Franca Barreto (Brazil): Bioenergetics as a public policy of integrative health.
❤ Ana Alonso Martín Loeches, Nuria Castaño Gutiérrez, Inmaculada Díaz Pérez, María Fresno, Ainoa Martín Sánchez, Mikel Pagola & Blanca Peral Cabrera (Spain): Creation of a new social service in bioenergetic analysis therapy with low rates for economically disadvantaged patients. - See summary ...
❤ Monica Monteriù (Italy): Pilot project gender violence prevention and health promotion. - See summary ...
❤ Scheila Patricia Nascimento Gomes (Brazil): “May Love awaken in all beings” Sri Prem Baba - Read more ... & See summary ...

Winners of the IIBA Awards 2019

During the Membership Meeting at the 25th IIBA International Conference (in Torres Vedras, Portugal), our IIBA Awards 2019 Central Convenor, Miriam Bergamini Mantau, announced the winners:

IIBAAward2019 Research

 “Mixed-method research on the effectiveness of the process of bioenergetic therapy in fostering embodiment and grounded transformative narratives” by Livia Savarese (Italy)

IIBAAward2019 Clinical

“A never-ending plight for authentic love - handling schizoid ambivalence” by Iana Carolina Maciel Franza (Brazil)

IIBAAward2019 Social

“Grounding: the bioenergetic analysis as a support for the young adolescent apprentice in the labor market ” by Maria Adélia Piquet Gonçalves Menezes (Brazil)


IIBAAwards2019 Group

IIBAAwards2019 Picture 1

A big thank you goes out to all those who helped us, especially to the small teams of referees and to our central convenor, Miriam Bergamini Mantau.

• Research Category: Livia Agresti, Jan Parker and Martha De Carvalho Rocha.
• Social Category: Livia Geloso, Paola Alessio and Rebeca Lea Berger.
• Clinical Category: Edith Liberman Alpersohn, Carol Melnick and Eulina Maria De Carvalho Ribeiro.



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