The overall strategic aim of this Group of Committees is 'to foster scientific development and learning, and the maintenance of high professional standards.'
As a professional body, professional educational standards and development are at the core of our purpose and are enshrined in the IPA's Memorandum of Association which empowers it to promote and conduct education and training in psychoanalytic theory and practice, and develop and promote high standards of psychoanalytic training method, treatment and practice.
As an international organisation that endorses training delivered by IPA constituent bodies, it is essential that we ensure that consistent standards are implemented globally and establish mechanisms to achieve this goal.
In 2003 the Board established a Working Group to investigate the varieties of training being used within the IPA. It was known that three different training models - the Eitingon, French and Uruguayan (these terms not denoting any particular geographic location or society)- were in use and that each of these operates within the tripartite system, consisting of a candidate's personal analysis, courses and seminars, and supervised control cases.
The Board also set up an Education Committee in 2005, charged with studying the three different training models in use. The principle issue was whether or not the application of these models might lead to training that did not meet the requirements of the IPA's procedural code.
The Working Group reported back to the Board in July 2005. The Education Committee met for the first time in December 2005 and submitted its report to the Board on the Three Models in June 2006. The Board agreed that in the first instance oversight would apply to societies wishing to change their training model.
Following further discussion, a paper dealing with oversight of existing practices was presented to the Board in July 2007. This was approved in part and following further deliberation by the Executive Committee it was decided to establish a new Education and Oversight Committee both to carry out the oversight function and to advise the Board on its development.
The Executive Committee recommended that the new Committee's mandate include the following points:
To advise the Board on the overall integrity of, and to propose improvements for, the IPA's educational standards and their effective implementation in all IPA Constituent Organisations and other applicable fora.
The Committee will cover the following areas:
The Chair of the Committee will provide a report to the Board not less than once a year outlining the actions and achievements of the Committee in pursuit of its Mandate.
Approved by the Board January 2008