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IPSS - Institute of Psychotherapy & Social Studies UKCP Accreditation, IPSS Membership, CPD Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy within Contemporary Cultures, Languages and Social Identities

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UKCP Accreditation for Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and IPSS Membership

Inviting New Applications for UKCP Accreditation and New Members!


Chair's Welcome

As Chair, I would like to welcome you to our website. At IPSS, while we are psychoanalytic in our approach to psychotherapy, we have a tradition of being open to how it is practiced. There is no one way of doing therapy. Many therapeutic paths can lead a person to making more sense of their lives.

The principles of psychoanalysis stress the power of unconscious motivation and the influence of the past on the way we experience the world now. Its stress is on the individual, and a psychological understanding of how the past shapes our lives, whilst at the same time also emphasising that the individual has a degree of agency and mobility.

Yet much of our inner experience is impacted by the social, cultural, political and economic environment we and our significant others inhabit. To grasp this, we have to look outwards and consider how our histories have consciously and unconsciously influenced our capacity as therapists to empathise and understand the suffering of others - for example, a woman facing domestic violence or the impact of racism on a black client.

Black Lives Matter and the Me too Movement have encouraged us to look further and examine how certain past dynamics have become structural and institutional in our lives now. COVID-19 has also highlighted how death rates and the effects of this disease relate to social rank and racial station. These often correlate with the colour of your skin, your ethnicity, or your social group. Each in turn will of course impact on people’s bodily and mental health. In the end, many interactions in society are often about power and privilege, and who, in ways that may not be transparent, exercises that power.

So in our work as therapists, it is important we are aware of these factors. That’s why at IPSS we emphasise the social dimension in our practice of psychotherapy and we want to welcome people from differing backgrounds, and those interested in finding a new professional home as practicing psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapists.

If this is of interest to you, do look at our UKCP Accreditation page, and also, IPSS Forums and CPD. But if you would just like to find out more about our organisation and the possibility of IPSS Membership, why not come to one of our Forums? If you would like to talk to our administrator, Paola Turner, or Dharma Paul, delegate to the psychoanalytic and psychodynamic college at UKCP, please get in touch.

I look forward to welcoming you.
Kevin Rose
IPSS Chair


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