Criteria for Full Membership


In brief, Applicants need to have completed an equivalent training to that provided by the NSWIPP. In particular, there must have been concurrence of a formal training program with personal analysis or therapy of reasonable intensity (2-3 times a week).


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  1. Membership, or eligibility for membership, of his/her appropriate professional body.  For psychiatrists membership of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists; for Social Workers membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers; and for psychologists membership of the clinical division of the Australian Psychological Society.
  2. Five years’ full-time clinical experience in psychiatry, social work or clinical psychology.  The clinical experience may include the period of the Institute training program.
  3. Personal therapy experience.  It is required that the applicant should have been involved in his/her own individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis  for a minimum of at least 300 hours over 3 years with an approved psychotherapist/analyst over at least 3 years at least twice weekly.
  4.  Psychotherapy Supervision. The applicant will need to give evidence of 120 hours Clinical Supervision with an appropriate supervisor of his/her psychotherapy by an approved supervisor ina)        one case weekly individual supervision for a minimum of eighty sessions,
    b)        second case weekly individual supervision for a minimum of forty sessions,
  5. Psychotherapy experience.  The applicant will be required to give evidence that he/she has treated patients by psychoanalytic psychotherapy.  The minimum requirements are one patient for two hundred hours and two years, and a second patient for one hundred hours and one year.
  6. Supply the names of three sponsors, at least two of whom are members of the NSWIPP, or in the case of applicants from a PPAA State organization, at least two of whom are members of that organization.  The third sponsor, if not a member of the NSWIPP or PPAA State organization, must be a member of an equivalent training Institute with on-going familiarity with the applicant’s current work.  At the discretion of the Membership Advisory Board, further references may be required.  Each sponsor will be required to vouch for the applicant’s suitability for membership to the NSWIPP
  7. Completion of a didactic training program, such as that set down by the Training Advisory Board of the NSW Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.  The didactic program must have been concurrent with supervision and personal therapy.
  8. The Membership Advisory Board will interview the applicant and take whatever other necessary steps to establish the applicant’s suitability for membership.
  9. The prospective Ordinary Member is then invited to attend NSWIPP meetings (where this is feasible) and is required to present and discuss a case of his/her own to the membership of the Institute – on the basis of which final acceptance by the Membership Advisory Board is decided.
  10. The Executive Committee is the final arbiter as to the acceptance of the application for membership.
  11. If the applicant is/is not accepted for membership, the reasons for this are given on request to the Membership Advisory Board.

Note 1:

It is required that trainees and people on the Guest List not call themselves members of the NSW Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy until so elected.

Note 2

It is required that all Ordinary Members, trainees and people on the Guest List have indemnity insurance.

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