IPA Mission

The International Psychoanalytical Association is a membership organization and exists to advance psychoanalysis. Founded by Freud in 1910, it is the world’s primary accrediting and regulatory body for the profession. Its mission is: to specify foundational training principles for psychoanalysts; to develop and accredit psychoanalytical societies; to establish ethical standards for its members; and to strengthen the vitality of research and transmission of psychoanalysis. Its central aims are to foster and enhance members’ sense of belonging to an international psychoanalytic community, and to ensure the vigorous development of clinical psychoanalysis and theoretical pluralism. The IPA is committed to understanding the impact of the contemporary world on individuals, groups and communities and to intervening psychoanalytically in social issues.

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


To foster and enhance members’ sense of participation in and belonging to an international psychoanalytic organization and community.


The overall strategic objective of this group is to expand the profession both within current and new geographic areas.


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