Societies and regional institutes

The IPA has a network of Constituent Organizations, and also works in partnership with a number of related but independent institutions.

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Component Societies

The IPA recognizes Component Societies as qualified to select, supervise and train Candidates for the practice of clinical psychoanalysis. They are also responsible for professional standards, applying ethical and professional standards set in accordance with IPA criteria. A Component Society functions autonomously.

Provisional Societies

A Provisional Society is usually the second stepping stone in the development towards Component Society status. Each Provisional Society has an organisational history exceeding 10 years. Provisional Societies are recognised by the IPA as qualified to select, supervise and train Candidates for the practice of clinical psychoanalysis. They function under the auspices of an IPA Liaison Committee.

Study Groups

A Study Group is usually the first stepping stone in the development towards Component Society status. Each study group functions under the supervision of an IPA Sponsoring Committee. Selection, supervision and training of Candidates may be carried out by a Study Group only when authorized by, and under the jurisdiction of, the Sponsoring Committee.

Regional Training Institutes

These institutes are authorised to train Candidates for the practice of clinical psychoanalysis in areas within their region, which is usually one where there are currently no IPA constituent organisations or study groups. Graduates from Regional Training Institutes are put forward to the IPA’s Board of Representatives for Direct Membership.

Regional Association

For historical reasons the IPA has one Regional Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA). APsaA has among its membership many of the USA’s psychoanalytical societies. APsaA is responsible for developing and overseeing the performance of its member bodies, including the training and qualification of psychoanalysts through training programmes which conform to IPA standards.

Allied Centres

Allied Centres are groups which exist to support the development and spread of psychoanalysis – they are not concerned with the regulation or support of the clinical practice of psychoanalysis. Although some Allied Centres have gone on to form Study Groups, the wish to become an IPA entity is not a requirement of an Allied Centre. They are not authorised to train or accredit psychoanalysts or Members of the IPA.

Other Related Organisations


Regional Groups

There is a Regional Organisation for each of the IPA’s 3 regions (in Europe it is the European Psychoanalytical Federation (or EPF); in Latin America it is the Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies of Latin America (or FEPAL); and in North America it is the North American Psychoanalytic Confederation (or NAPSAC). Each of these three bodies consists of Constituent Organisations and Study Groups that are part of that IPA region. The IPA has a close working relationship with each of these independent organisations and values them highly, but they are not officially or legally part of the IPA.

IPSO (International Psychoanalytical Studies Organisation)

IPSO membership is available to all Candidates at IPA-affiliated Societies and Associations around the world. IPSO encourages professional connections between colleagues and promotes the exchange of psychoanalytic theory and practice across diverse languages and cultures. IPSO advocates for representation of candidates within IPA Societies and within the wider international psychoanalytic community. IPSO includes four regions: Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia.

For more information about IPSO and the benefits of membership of IPSO please visit the IPSO website.

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