The International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy was formed in June 1991 in Leuven, Belgium at a meeting held during the 17th International Congress on Law and Mental Health.
The formation of the IAFP was based upon the true roots of psychoanalytic psychotherapy with offenders, which started at the Portman Clinic in London with its foundation over 70 years ago.
The first President of the IAFP, Estela Welldon, and her colleagues were a small group of European psychiatrists trained in analytic psychotherapy and working within forensic settings. They decided to meet regularly to discuss the difficulties encountered daily in their work in terms of the treatment of patients, policy making and working with colleagues from other disciplines. The organisation grew from this small body into an international society with members from all disciplines.
The IAFP has held 21 international conferences to date.