International New Groups Subcommittee (ING) on North America

Relationship with IPA Strategic Objectives

The overall strategic objective of this Group of Committees is to: 'expand the profession both within current and new geographic areas whilst maintaining high professional standards.' The Committee has the following three areas of responsibility.

Areas of Responsibility

In an area where there are sufficient IPA members, the ING facilitates the establishment of a group in conformity with all applicable IPA policies and procedures which pertain to the orderly progression from Study Group, to Provisional Society, to Component Society or from Board Provisional Society to Component Society of the IPA. The Committee will provide appropriate advice on such matters as ethical requirements, organisational structure, procedures, education and finances. It will also provide oversight to insure that this advice is incorporated into the organisation of developing groups regarding the IPA requirements for progression to Component Society status. Oversight is intended to mean that the Committee is responsible to review the status of proposed groups and to monitor the progress of the New Group through its Site Visit, Sponsoring, Facilitating and Liaison Committees. Special fact finding or other similar committees may be appointed as necessary to augment the information available to the ING Committee.

The Committee is concerned with the stimulation of interest in psychoanalysis in countries or areas of countries where no psychoanalytic groups exist. To accomplish this purpose sub-committees of the Committee may be appointed by the President in consultation with the Committee Chair. The goal of this activity is the eventual establishment of groups that can become Component Societies of the IPA.

At its discretion the Board may assign to the ING Committee a group that splits from a Component Society and wants to join the IPA. The Committee will receive a report from a Board Site Visit Committee and recommend the appropriate status for this group. If approved by the Board, eventually a Sponsoring Committee or Facilitating Committee or Liaison Committee will be appointed to assist the group in the process of eventually becoming a new Component Society.

Appointments and Reporting

The Chair of the International New Groups Committee is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board. Members of the Committee (including the Chairs of the sub-committees) are appointed by the President in consultation with the Board and the Chair of the Committee. Members of the sub-committees are appointed by the President in consultation with the Chair of the Committee and the Chair of the sub-committee concerned.

The Committee is responsible to the Board and the President. The Chair is expected to report to the Board at each meeting and will keep the President and Executive Committee informed of important developments between meetings of the Board.

The regional sub-committee Chairs are responsible to the Chair of the Committee. Their task is to review the work of the sub-committees in their region and the Chair is expected to be familiar with the work in all the Regions.

Authorities and Procedures

Actions of the Committee must be approved by the Board unless they are delegated to the Committee by the Procedural Code.

The Committee has the responsibility to review all relevant policies and procedures, to consider necessary revisions, and to recommend to the Board for its approval through the Executive Committee such new policies and procedures as may be needed to carry out its work. All suggestions for revisions or for new policies or procedures are first to be submitted to the Board for its approval, through the Executive Committee. Policies and procedures approved by the Board become part of the Procedural Code. New responsibilities may be assigned to the Committee by the President or by the Board.


The Chair and Members of this Committee will be assumed to have submitted their resignations on the change of IPA administration in accordance with the Committees section within the IPA’s Procedural Code.

Approved by the Executive Council, 22nd July 1999, Santiago

Revision approved by the Board March 2004, New Orleans

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