Training Application Conditions

Following the first IYPPD General Assembly that took place on May 29th, 2022, no new members will be accepted for a year, and after May 2023, members will be accepted in accordance with the association’s bylaws. The society has three types of memberships: candidate, permanent, and honorary:

Conditions for being a “Candidate Member” in the training:

1. Only those in the field of adult mental health with a master’s and/or doctoral degree in Guidance and Psychological Counselling or Clinical Psychology who have at least a Bachelor’s degree in Guidance and Psychological Counselling or Psychology, and psychiatrists and psychiatry assistants who are doing their residency can apply to the association. Additional application conditions include seeing adult patients for at least three years post-graduation, and going through personal therapy or psychoanalysis twice a week for at least two years.
2. The psychoanalytic psychotherapists from whom the candidates are receiving face-to-face psychotherapy can be individuals who meet the EFPP criteria, as well as IPA member psychoanalysts or candidate psychoanalysts who have been approved for seeing patients on couch. The members who receive psychoanalysis must see a psychoanalyst or a candidate psychoanalyst who has received an approval of having patients on couch at least three times a week.
3. In the cases such as when the therapist does not terminate their own process of becoming a psychoanalytic psychotherapist/analyst or passes away, the candidate members must begin a new therapeutic process. The same applies to members going through psychoanalysis. Those who satisfy these conditions apply to the formation committee with a resumé, diploma and motivation letter. The applicant is either accepted, rejected, or is put on hold. Rejection decisions are accompanied by an explanation. Those who presently meet all these criteria directly become “Adult Candidate Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist”, a “Candidate Member” in training.
4. As an exception, those who have an undergraduate degree in another field, completed a Guidance and Psychological Counselling/Psychology graduate degree, have 5-year experience in the field, and have undergone or are undergoing psychoanalytic psychotherapy (at least twice a week) or psychoanalysis (at least three times a week) for the past two years can also apply. These applications are also evaluated through preliminary meetings with the candidates, which can result in acceptance, rejection, or suggestion for future application. Rejection decisions are accompanied with an explanation.

Conditions for being a “Permanent Member” in the training:

The candidates will be evaluated by a Training Committee consisting of four training psychoanalytic psychotherapists who have met the EFPP criteria in the association. Until four training psychoanalytic psychotherapists are formed, membership applications will be evaluated by those members of the training committee who are training psychoanalytic psychotherapists who are EFPP members, and who have or are continuing their training process, and/or by IPA member psychoanalysts. Suitable candidates will be able to begin their theoretical training consisting of EFPP criteria. Two years after beginning their training, the candidates will be able to start receiving supervision from a training psychoanalytic psychotherapist who meets EFPP criteria and has minimum 10 years of experience in the field of adult psychotherapy, or from an IPA member psychoanalyst. Candidates who have completed the entire process of theoretical seminars, clinical seminars, and supervisions, in addition to personal psychotherapy or psychoanalysis, will be named as “Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist”, and “Permanent Member”. Apart from twenty-two persons who will be determined until the first General Assembly, the association will not accept new members except for “Permanent Members” who satisfy all criteria, and will primarily aim to help existing members fulfil their requirements. One year after the General Assembly, candidate members will be accepted for the new formation training. Those who meet all criteria during application are obliged to document their personal therapy/analysis and supervisions (frequency of sessions, name of the supervisor, frequency and duration of the meetings with the supervisor, and supervisor’s opinion) in a written format, and to meet all the requirements for the association’s theoretical training and trainer criteria. Trainings that will be given by association members will begin when at least four individuals among the founding members, general assembly members, or other “permanent members” who fulfill all criteria and have become a member of the association fulfill all EFPP criteria.

1. To Begin Supervision: Candidate members who have completed two years of theoretical training and continue their psychoanalysis or psychoanalytical psychotherapy give a written notice to the training committee regarding with which supervisor and how frequently they are planning on working, and may begin their work once they have received an approval. Members who have completed their psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy processes must also record this in a written format.

2. Conditions For Completing the IYPPD Training Process: The IYPPD is an organization connected to the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. In this sense, in order to complete the training, all the conditions determined by EFPP must be met. These are:

  • To complete all theoretical and clinical seminars that take place within IYPPD with an attendance of 80% (360 hours in total)
  • To continue face-to-face psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a psychoanalyst or psychoanalytic psychotherapist twice or three times a week, or psychoanalysis three times a week, for at least four years (in the case that the therapist does not terminate their own process of becoming a psychoanalytic psychotherapist/analyst or in the case of their death, the candidate must begin a new therapeutic process).
  • To complete supervision with an EFPP member training psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Unless the individual is in another city or country, at least one of the supervisions must be face-to-face, if necessary, the other supervisions can take place in a hybrid format.
  • To see at least two patients for no less than 360 hours in total.
  • To see one patient two, preferably three times a week, for a total of 240 sessions.
  • It is recommended that cases that are included in the training are supervised, and one of them is in the process of completion.
  • Patients who are taken to supervision in training must be seen face-to-face twice a week.
  • Child observation experience and child observation supervision, group supervision and other additional department and hospital experiences related to mental disorders are recommended.
  • A supervised clinical case must be presented in a written format.

3. The Final Step: The candidate who has completed all these steps makes an application to the committee with a mail that contains information regarding the seminars and supervisions they have taken. The supervisor of the candidate is also expected to convey their opinions regarding the supervision process via an email to the Training Committee. If the candidate whose application is reviewed is deemed to have met all the conditions, they are invited to a finalizing meeting by the Training Committee. At this meeting, the candidate is expected to present one of their supervision cases. It is crucial that the candidate has followed the case without interruption, is able to think critically about themselves and the supervision they have received on the case, listens to the case with an analytical stance in accordance with the psychoanalytic psychotherapy framework, and is able to work on their own counter transference.

4. To become a Training Supervisor and Training Psychotherapist in the field of Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, it is crucial that the candidate meets EFPP criteria, the candidate training supervisor assists on another association member training supervisor’s seminar for two years, is able to present their own seminar, and later form their own
supervision group and present the other training psychotherapists a clinical case.

Training Committee