Title
Professional Observatory
Description

Background

IPA Psychoanalysts moving across borders to practice will encounter a diverse array of questions related to the transferrability of professional credentials and about working in new jurisdictions.

The Professional Observatory is envisioned as a means for the IPA to remain abreast of pertinent information and to advise its Component Societies and Members on these matters.

Mandate

  1. To explore the transferability and recognition of educational and professional qualifications.
  2. To monitor professional/working conditions in different countries.
  3. To prepare an overview of internal regulations of psychoanalytic societies regarding the admission/membership of IPA colleagues coming from other countries or from IPA societies with different training models.
  4. To collect statistics about the average age of analysts in the different countries.
  5. To collect data about the density of psychotherapists in different jurisdictions.

Ways of working and reporting

The Professional Observatory will be expected to do most of its work electronically, using Skype, GoToMeeting, or other free-to-use communication systems. The Observatory, like all IPA committees, will be expected to be self-supporting for secretarial and other purposes. It will have access to the web and email support services offered by the IPA.

Any face-to-face meetings should take place, so far as possible, adjacent to IPA or regional congresses. The Chair of the Observatory will provide a written report to the Board at least annually.

Terms

The members of the Professional Observatory will be appointed in the usual way, by the President of the IPA and with the consent of the Board of Representatives.

Composition of the committee

The Observatory will consist of a Chair, plus two members from each Region. Consultants will also be appointed, in numbers appropriate to each region, to advise on the specific circumstances encountered in the IPA's different Constituent Organisations (Consultants will not be funded to attend in-person meetings).

Budget

The Observatory will propose a budget during the annual IPA budget cycle.

Board approved January 2017