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IIBA Awards

The Board of Trustees has decided to establish three Awards. These IIBA Awards have been created to support

  1. Clinical work,
  2. Social work and
  3. Research

in the Bioenergetic community.

The Awards will be repeated at each future IIBA International Conference.

These Awards are:

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

The Award Winners will be announced during each IIBA International Conference.


The criteria for participation are:

  • 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 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).
  • The application must be submitted in Word format and in English.
  • The applicant’s name should only be on the Cover Page of the application.
  • The content of the presentation must include the following elements depending on the category of Award:

◎ 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: 

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    IIBA Awards 2017   .IIBA Awards 2019 b



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

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.

◎ Papers for Research

◎ Papers for Clinical Work

Papers for Social Work

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

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



IIBA Awards 2019 b

We are happy to announce that we have received a great number of applications for the IIBA Awards 2019! Applications came from all over the world and we would like to thank everyone who has put their time and effort into the procedure.

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

Winners of the IIBA Awards 2019

IIBAAward2019 Research

 “Mixed-method research on the effectiveness of the process of bioenergetic therapy in fostering embodiment and grounded transformative narratives”

by Livia Savarese from italy

IIBAAward2019 Clinical

“A never-ending plight for authentic love - handling schizoid ambivalence”

by Iana Carolina Maciel Franza from 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 from Brazil

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

A total of 12 papers were submitted:

◎ Research Category: 3 papers

Livia Savarese from Italy: Mixed-method research on the effectiveness of the process of bioenergetic therapy in fostering embodiment and grounded transformative narratives.    +
• Alexandre Franca Barreto from 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 from Brazil: The approach of bioenergetic analysis and its contributions to the humanization of childbirth care.

◎ Clinical Category: 4 papers

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

◎ Social Category: 5 papers

Maria Adélia Piquet Gonçalves Menezes from Brazil: Grounding: the bioenergetic analysis as a support for the young adolescent apprentice in the labor market .  +
Alexandre Franca Barreto from 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 from Spain: Creation of a new social service in bioenergetic analysis therapy with low rates for economically disadvantaged patients.    
Monica Monteriù from Italy: Pilot project gender violence prevention and health promotion. 
Scheila Patricia Nascimento Gomes from Brazil: “May Love awaken in all beings” Sri Prem Baba. 

 The evaluation of the papers was made by a small team of referees, representing the 3 regions of the IIBA:

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

IIBAAwards2019 Group

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