The German Psychoanalytical Association (DPV) is a single training institute of the IPA. We are recognised under German law as a non-profit organisation. The central training committee of the DPV delegates training functions to the training analysts in the 14 local institutions. The local institutes are in turn registered associations, with their own statutes. The local heads of training and their deputies form the central training committee.
Members of the DPV work largely in private practice, but also in clinical and therapeutic institutions in which neurotic, psychosomatic and addiction disorders are treated as well as personality and psychotic disorders. In this way DPV members also make a further significant contribution to the psychotherapeutic care of the population, outside psychoanalytic practices.
In recent years the DPV has increased its involvement in psychotherapy research, so that there is now extensive empirical evidence on the effectiveness of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The DPV hosts two annual scientific meetings, which attract keen interest from an average of 500 members and guests each time.
The DPV engages with the public on issues of culture and social theory, philosophy, art, literature, and history of film. We represent the cultural-critical approach to psychoanalysis and thus promote an understanding of the unconscious drivers of social phenomena and changes, and we are in communication with cultural studies researchers.