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About International Psychoterapy Asssociation

The International Psychotherapy Association presents national certificate training programs that bring mental health professionals and institute faculty together to study with international contributors at the leading edge of the field, such as Otto Kernberg, Christopher Bollas, Peter Fonagy, Alessandra Lemma, Ted Jacobs, Virginia Ungar, and Jill and David Scharff. IPAS offers quality programming in a variety of formats – short courses, multi-year training programs in theory and technique, and advanced clinical training – all with continuing education credit.


The International Psychotherapy Association and its members are committed to:

Providing a vibrant learning community with a broad range of programs in theory and clinical skills for the professional growth of mental health professionals;


Offering training and educational opportunities for professionals at all levels of experience, from new therapists to seasoned clinicians;


Assuring open access, by welcoming new and occasional participants, and by offering extensive affiliate programs in national and international locales;


Mentoring program graduates to help them assume leadership roles in clinical, educational and supervisory contexts, both in their local communities and on the national and international scene;

Maintaining a spirit of intellectual openness and curiosity while remaining grounded in an Object Relations approach to thinking, learning and teaching;


Expanding therapists’ understanding of the use of self, through training in the Association’s Group Affective Learning Model;


Incorporating community service and diverse membership throughout the Association.


  • To teach dynamic psychotherapy from the standpoint of the theoretical and clinical contributions of Fairbairn, Klein, Bion, Winnicott, Bowlby, Fonagy & Target, Sutherland, Bollas, Ogden, Ferro, Scharff & Scharff and other contemporary theorists.

  • To understand the original theories of object relations: Fairbairn’s view of the personality as a system of self and object in dynamic relation; Klein’s projective/introjective identification and intrapsychic positions; Winnicott’s study of the mother-infant dyad; Bowlby’s attachment theory; Bion’s container/contained.

  • To understand advances in theory such as the analytic third, extractive introjection, parent-infant development, neuroscience, affect regulation in the growth of self, psychic genera, trauma and regeneration, chaos theory, the geography of transference and countertransference, attachment patterns, Pichon-Riviere’s idea of the link, mentalization, and the growth of self reflection.

  • To apply object relations theory to technique in individual, family, couple and group therapy and to work with institutions, businesses, and organizations.

  • To integrate theory with personal and clinical experience in small group settings.

  • To apply the use the therapist’s self to the clinical situation, through understanding transference and countertransference, listening to the unconscious, responding interpretively from inside your own experience, and providing a holding environment.

  • To further public understanding and acceptance of the role of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in the mental health of individuals, families and institutions.


IPAS has decided to partner with other like-minded organizations to support the study and practice of psychotherapies and psychoanalysis. We hope you will consider participating with these organizations to foster your professional growth, to help us overcome the marginalization of the treatments we offer, and to build the strongest and most vibrant community possible.


American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA)

APsaA provides diverse ways to connect with our colleagues, within the United States and internationally. All IPI members are given the opportunity to benefit from a variety of membership benefits at APsaA.

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International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA)

The IPA exists to advance psychoanalysis around the world.  It is the world’s primary accrediting and regulatory body for the profession with a mission to ensure the continued vigor and development of the science of psychoanalysis. The IPA offers numerous free webinars, podcasts, and a range of resources to fortify your learning and connect you with colleagues around the world.

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Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN)

Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN) is a global community of mental health professionals and stakeholders dedicated to promoting psychotherapies of insight, depth and relationship.  PsiAN aims to restore these therapies to their fundamental place in the mental health landscape through education and advocacy regarding their personal, economic, and sociocultural effectiveness in alleviating suffering and transforming lives.  Membership is free.

IPI will be represented at PsiAN’s Steering Committee by Vanessa Zito, CMHC, a Core Program graduate and a current participant of the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program’s Clinical Track, who maintains a private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Association for Child Psychoanalysis (ACP)

The Association for Child Psychoanalysis (ACP) is an international not-for-profit organization. All its members are highly trained child and adolescent psychoanalysts. The organization was founded in 1965 to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas and clinical experience in order to advance the psychological treatment and understanding of children and adolescents and their families.

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