Each of the IPA's Committees falls under one of the following categories:
Promotion: to strengthen psychoanalysis and actively to encourage its promotion as a method of treatment.
- Participation: to foster and enhance members’ sense of participation in and belonging to an international psychoanalytic organization and community.
- Professionalism: to ensure the vitality, uncompromising ethical standards and excellence of psychoanalytic training and training standards, and continuing professional development of both existing and emerging component societies.
- Governance: to ensure the efficient and effective management of the IPA as a corporate institution, in accordance with its Constitution and Bylaws.
- Support: to ensure that the administration of the IPA’s facilities and services is as efficient and effective as possible.