Accredited psychoanalytic training institutes:
- Russia - East European Institute of Psychoanalysis
- Slovenia - Institute for psychodynamic psychotherapy Slovenia
- Ukraine - International Institute of Depth Psychology
- Iran - Tehran Psychoanalytic Institute
Version 19th March 2010
Accreditation Code for Psychoanalytic Training Institutes (APTI Code)
Criteria and procedures for the accreditation of Training institutes
The accreditation of a training Institute means that the Institute is giving a full training in accordance with the criteria and principles of ECPP.
All trainees that have accomplished the complete training are entitled to receive the ECPP Certificate, providing they become a member of ECPP or a National Branch of ECPP and pay the special certification fee.
The accreditation is given for a period of seven years only and can be withdrawn at any time if there is evidence that the Institute has ceased to fulfill the requirements of accreditation.
Renewal of accreditation is conditioned by a new accreditation's procedure.
According to the specificities of each country and each training institute slight variations might occur and will be studied the ECPP in order to allow enough flexibility. If some conditions are missing with acceptable justifications, the Committee will take them into account.
To be accredited as Accredited Psychoanalytic Training Institute (APTI) the training institute must:
1. Ensure that all trainees have fulfilled after completion of training the following criteria:
1.1 The graduate trainee must have a total training of at least 3.200 hours.
1.2. The graduate trainee must have a general training of at least three years of university (Bachelor degree) or equivalent, mainly in a branch of Human Sciences.
1.3. The graduate trainee has completed a specific training in psychoanalytic psychotherapies of at least 1400 hours spread over a period of at least 4 years given or organized by the Training Institute applying for APTI status.
This specific psychoanalytic training will enable the graduate trainee to understand the unconscious dynamics of the client, train in necessary intervention skills and integrate the theory and the practice through the training analysis.
This specific psychoanalytic training consists of:
1.3.1. Theoretical studies
Theory should be drawn from modalities of psychotherapy that are psychoanalytic in nature.
Theory modules should include:
- theories and research underpinning psychoanalysis;
- the schools/history of psychoanalysis;
- relevant theories of change and development;
- theories of psychopathology;
- psychosocial issues in relation to psychoanalysis;
- transference and counter transference;
- psychological defences and resistance;
- object relation’s theory.
The theoretical training consists of at least 500 hours.
1.3.2. Training analysis
The goal of training analysis is working through of inner conflicts and experience of the psychoanalytic process, focused on transference and resistance.
The duration of the training analysis is at least 250 sessions (Group sessions will
be accounted at 50%.)
The institute must accept that training analysis may be done outside the institute providing it is done by a reputable training analyst referring to the standards and ethical principles of ECPP.
1.3.3. Practice and supervision
The Applicant has to practise with clients for at least 300 hours in different settings: first interview, crisis intervention, short-term psychotherapy and long-term psychotherapy. The cases have to be supervised by at least two different supervisors.
The total quantity of supervision shall not be less than 150 sessions (Group
sessions will be accounted at 50%.)
Analyst and supervisor must be different persons and the institute must accept that supervision may be done outside the institute providing it is done by a reputable supervisor referring to the standards and ethical principles of ECPP.
1.3.4.Placement in a mental health setting
It is recommended that the Applicant had relevant professional experience with severe emotional disorders and mental illnesses within a mental health or psychiatric setting.
2. The training institute must agree in writing to the ethical principles and Code of ECPP; trainees will have to comply with the Ethical Code of ECPP during their training. A special course on Ethic shall be part of the training given.
3. Be a member in good standing of ECPP or an ECPP National Branch.
4. Have at least two ECPP certified training analysts in their staff.
5. Have answered fully the APTI Questionnaire (see below section V)
6. Have paid the Accreditation Fees decided by the Board (500 euro fee plus lump sum for travel expenses of 500 euro per expert).
1. The application to become APTI is scrutinized first by the ECPP National Branch or ECPP National Representative.
The application file consists in the Application Form for Membership and the APTI Questionnaire duly filled.
The National Branch or Representative must check if all criteria as stated above in section II are matched.
According to the specificities of each country, or to differences in the prerequisites for trainees (for examples a master degree or actual experience as therapist) variations might occur and will be studied by the C&A Committee, in order to allow enough flexibility.
2. After national approval the application is passed on to the C&A Committee of ECPP.
A copy of the complete application file (including a brief report concerning the national approval) is send to the C&A Committee.
In case there is a National Branch, the Committee will send one of its member (or a designated expert) to scrutinize the Institute and contact the National Branch.
In case there is only a National Representative, the Committee will send two of its members (or designated experts) to scrutinize the Institute and contact the National Representative.
Scrutinizers will check the questionnaire and also visit the Institute and question relevant matters such as:
- Sample of trainee's courses and CV (assuring the necessarily confidentiality),
- How are training analysis and supervision performed and assessed?
- How is feed-back given to the trainees about their training process?
- Interviews with some trainees and with some trainers
- Proofs of democratic shared management of the Institute,
- The financial statements and accounts of the Institute,
- Brief explanation of the statutes of the Institute
- The importance given to Ethics in the training and in the functioning of the Institute.
The Institute will give all relevant information to the national Branch or Representative and to the Scrutinizers.
The Scrutinizer will give a report to the Committee that will decide on final approval.
Travel costs of the Scrutinizers will be borne and paid in advance by the Institute on a lump sum basis of 500 euro per scrutinizer.
3. After final approval, ECPP adds the accredited Institute on the Register (website). ECPP sends the special certificate to the new ACPTI. ECPP archives the file received.
4. The whole procedure should not take more than 9 months.
5. Appeal procedure:
In case a National Branch or a National Representative refuses an application, or is not handling an application within three months, the Applicant is entitled to appeal to the decision or lack of decision.
The Applicant may write directly to the Certification and Accreditation Committee of ECPP asking to check directly the complete application file.
The Committee will scrutinize the file and ask the National Branch or Representative for a report or a hearing.
The Committee must take a decision within six months, and this decision will be final.
IV . Fee and travel expenses
1. The accreditation fee is voted by the Board. The fee is shared as follows: 25% for the National Branch or Representative; 25% for each scrutinizer and the rest remains for ECPP.
2. Travel expenses with vouchers will be reimbursed to the scrutinizers by ECPP (with a max of 500 euro each).
V. APTI Questionnaire to be fully filled by the applicant Institute:
1. Name and acronym of the institute
2. address, phone, mail, website
3. Contact person
4. Date of foundation and name of founders
5. Name of present Board members
6.Name and full CV of all trainers and how many are ECPP certified?
7. What psychoanalytical orientation(s) are taught by the Institute?
8. Training program per year (content and duration in hours of each course).
9. Organization chart of the Institute and composition of the various committees
10. Number of registered trainees in each training year and numbers of already
graduated trainees since the beginning?
11. Annual fees for training
12. Copy of advertisement and pamphlets of the Institute
13. Is the Code of Ethics fully compatible with ECPP Code of Ethics?
14. Describe the assessment procedure for trainees
15. Describe the final certification procedure after full completion of training
16. Name of the members of the jury for final graduation (one of which must be an external expert in psychotherapy).
17. Give a short description of meeting rooms, offices, classrooms,…
18. List of main supervisors
19. List of main training analysts
20. Memberships or involvement in other professional organizations
21. Copy of the Code of Internal Policies of the Institute
22. Some copies of final written work of the trainees
23. Brief description of others activities (besides training) organized by the Institute
24. Is there any legal procedure pending against the Institute or one of its Board Members or managers?
25. Please fill the "Standard Training Summary Form" hereunder in appendix and also available on the website
VI. Procedure for granting the ECPP Certificate to the graduate trainee
After final completion of the training, the graduate trainee may apply for ECPP Certification via a simplified and cheaper procedure.
1. The Applicant must first become a member either of ECPP, either of the National Branch.
2. The Applicant pays the Special Certification Fee to ECPP.
3. The Applicant sends the application file either directly to the C&A Committee of ECPP, either to the National Branch that will forward the file to the C&A Committee of ECPP.
The application file contains:
- the duly filled Application Form for membership
- the duly filled CV document
-the duly signed Ethical Statement
- copy of the final graduation diploma issued by the APTI.
4. The National Branch or the C&A Committee may check the validity of the documents received.
The C&A Committee signs the CV document for final approval
5. ECPP adds the certified person to the Register. ECPP sends the certificate to the certified person. ECPP archives the file received.
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Appendix: Standard Training Summary form:
Standard training summary form for APTI application
Please indicate the minimum level of training reached after final graduation by all trainees:
1° Prerequisites before entering training: (diploma, experience, age,…):
2° Total hours of psychoanalytic training received and in how many years:
3° Total hours of practice:
4° Total sessions of supervision:
5° Total sessions of training analysis:
6° Experience in severe psychopathologic disorders:
Name of Institute: ……………………………………………………………………………………..
Date: ………………….. Name and signature: ……………………………………….