|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.