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Korean Institute for Psychoanalysis (KIPSA) - Interim Provisional

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Officetell 72, Naesu-dong Jongno-gu
Seoul 110-872
Korea, Republic of
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KIPSA (the Korean Institute for Psychoanalysis) is the only IPA psychoanalytic training institute in Korea. The KIPSA is supported by the American Psychoanalytic Association and is part of the North American Psychoanalytic Confederation (NAPsaC). Historically, KIPSA began as the Seoul Psychoanalytic Group formed by Prof. Cho and 5 other IPA members in 1980. From the beginning the Seoul Psychoanalytic Group was composed of psychiatrists only. Since 1980, and until the middle of 2010s, KIPSA developed well with the Allied Center Korean Association of Psychoanalysis (KAPA) (at that time KAPA was an umbrella organization of KIPSA and an Allied Center of the IPA) as sister and brother organizations. However, to comply with the IPA’s “non-discrimination policy” and remain members of the IPA KIPSA was required to have a complete legal and financial separation from KAPA in 2021. Now, KIPSA is composed not only of MDs but also other health professionals including psychologists and social workers. Meanwhile, the Allied Center, KAPA continues to recruit only psychiatrists. KIPSA became a provisional society of the IPA in March 2022 and independently provides psychoanalytic training and psychoanalytic activities to Korean psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. With a strong group of Training Analysts, IPA Members and Candidates KIPSA hopes to become a completely independent component society of the IPA within a few years. We are particularly encouraged by the recent rapid increase in the number of new candidates. The leadership of KIPSA, which was elected at the end of 2020, has transformed KIPSA into a more transparent, more democratic, and more open-minded organization compared to the past. There are more members of the new leadership, and it contains younger psychoanalysts ensuring that more diverse opinions are considered. The definition of psychoanalysis of KIPSA is more than 4 times a week analysis in both personal analysis and in the control cases of candidates. The candidate needs 3 control cases to graduate. KIPSA is trying to keep a democratic, open-minded, and pluralistic orientation and we are confident this doctrine will bring the development of psychoanalytic movement to Korean and Asia-Pacific areas as well.
Full NamePosition in SocietyIPA MembershipBegin Date
Dr. med. Jaehak YuPresidentMember1/1/2021145426
Dr. Psych. Myoung Hwan ChoiSecretaryMember11/9/2005146253
Dr. Jeong-Il KuTreasurerMember9/7/2021154923
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Dr. Kil-Joon Ahn  English,Korean146235
Dr. Nam-Hyeon Cho  English,Korean143172
Jong Bae Choi  English,Korean146265
Dr. Sun Kyoung Choi  English157730
Dr. Sun Ju Chung  English,Korean149531
Dr. Tak Yoo Hong  English,Korean139490
Dr. Psych. Myoung Hwan Choi Training AnalystEnglish,Korean146253
Dr. Hongsuk Jang  English,Korean154914
Hyeun Sook Kang  English,Korean154917
MD Kichul Kim  English,Korean154934
Dr. Mee-Kyung Kim  English,Korean104212
Jae-Woo Koo  Korean,English159427
Dr. Jeong-Il Ku  English,Korean154923
Dr. In-Soo Lee  English155146
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Moo-Suk Lee  English139481
Su Jin Moon  Korean,English163782
Dr. Wangku Luke Rho Training AnalystEnglish155164
Dr. Jeoung-Whan Ryu  English,Korean154924
Dr. Jooyoun Song  English,Korean154930
Dr. Yu Mi Sung  English,Korean159433