The IPA Committee on Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis (COCAP) is mandated to:

1. Promote knowledge of child and adolescent psychoanalysis within and beyond our professional organization. To do this, COCAP and the regional COCAP committees will:

  1. Generate and gather materials to demonstrate the value of child analytic knowledge (videos, blogs, articles, research) and the indications for child analysis.
  2. Make maximal use of the IPA website for accessibility and wide dissemination of these materials, including mutual links with other sites, in coordination with the Website Committee.
  3. Generate proposals for programs at regional and IPA conferences.

2. Preserve professionalism of child and adolescent psychoanalysts by:

  1. Collaborating with the IPA Ethics committee to ensure coverage of relevant principles.
  2. Promoting a sense of identity and belonging in the clinical specialty by scientific sharing and relationships among regions.

3. Increase the participation of all colleagues by:

  1. Advertising the availability of materials and programs.
  2. Monitoring the design and growth of distance-learning programs.
  3. Promoting working parties and groups on child and adolescent analysis.

4. Collaborate with the Integrated Training Committee and others concerned with issues relating to children, adolescents, and families.

5. Advocate for the needs of children, adolescents and families by:

  1. Gathering information on social issues world-wide.
  2. Drafting position statements for the Board to consider.

6. Examine sections of the IPA Procedural Code relevant to child analysis and report to the Board.

7. Administer the Hayman Prize selection for the Board.

8. Gather information about outreach and service activities of child analysts, and child-related programs in less well-served areas of the world to work toward a centralized register for members and the public.


The Committee will consist of a Chair, one co-Chair from each region, and a number of additional members from each Region (though only the Chair and six members will be reimbursed for attendance at in-person meetings).

Way of working

The Committee will be expected to do most of its work electronically (using Skype, GoToMeeting, or other free-to-use communication systems). The committee, like all IPA committees, will be expected to be self-supporting for secretarial and other purposes. The Chair and six members will be reimbursed for attendance at one in-person meeting per budget year.


The Committee will propose a budget during the annual IPA budget cycle.

Approved by the Board September 2014 (this mandate replaces the previous mandate approved in 2005)

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