Procedures for the Establishment and Maintenance of Centres Allied to the IPA for the Development of Psychoanalysis
1. An Allied Centre falls within ‘Associated Organisations’ of the IPA as defined in Rule 4, Section C. This Rule reads as follows: ‘The Board may, from time to time, establish relationships with other groups and create guest study groups. The terms of any such relationship shall (a) make clear that the other group, body, or association is not a Constituent Organisation of the IPA and, therefore, is not authorised to train or qualify psychoanalysts or Members of the IPA, or exercise any other IPA authority of a Constituent Organisation and (b) be subject to periodic review and revision by the IPA.’ This proposal does not therefore require a change to the Rules.
2. The Board approved the creation of Allied Centres at its meeting in July 2003. The intention is to form mutually beneficial relationships with groups as described below and within the terms in the Rules.
3. All applications for the establishment of Allied Centres shall be referred to Broomhills which will acknowledge their receipt and forward them to the Allied Centres Committee.
4. The general criteria for Allied Centre status are as follows. Groups applying for Allied Centre status may, but need not, have the long-term objective of becoming a Constituent Organisation of the IPA. They should:
a) Consist of any groups which wish to explore and/or develop the benefits of the theory and/or practice of psychoanalysis in their work.
b) Contain or be in a relationship with at least one IPA member, whether living in the country concerned or not, or, alternatively, an IPA Candidate from that country, currently undergoing training within a Constituent Organisation of the IPA.
c) Aspire in the medium-term to develop clinical awareness and theoretical training enabling its members, who may have no personal experience of psychoanalysis, to benefit from this clinical and theoretical training; and/or develop training in psychoanalytic-psychotherapy for practitioners who have personal experience of psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic-psychotherapy practised by a member of the IPA; and/or link up with a group of candidates from an IPA Training Institute, or engage in individual or collective local supervision by IPA Members.
d) Have a governing board which should comprise: local members, who have, if possible, personal experience of psychoanalysis; one or more IPA members who are geographical neighbours of the group or linked to it by historical tradition and continued dialogue; where possible, a representative appointed by the regional body in the IPA Geographical Region; at least two IPA consultant members appointed by the IPA Board, or be prepared to accept such appointments by the IPA.
e) Be prepared to fund the cost of the IPA Allied Centres Review Committee (ACRC) throughout the period of the relationship with the IPA.
f) Be located in countries where there are no IPA Constituent Organisations or Study Groups and have no role which extends beyond one particular country, unless one or other or both of these provisions are specifically waived by the Board.
Initial Consideration of Applications
5. The Allied Centres Committee will consider each application. It may seek further details from the applicant group, but will not visit the applicant group at this stage. The Allied Centres Committee will then make recommendations to the Executive Committee. Having received the recommendations of the Allied Centres Committee, the Executive Committee may:
a) recommend to the Board the establishment of an Allied Centre, where the applicant group clearly meets the general criteria above; or
b) establish a Site Visit Committee to review the application; or
c) refer the application back to the Allied Centres Committee for further information; or
d) reject the application on the basis that the group clearly does not meet the criteria approved by the Board.
6. If the Executive Committee recommends the establishment of an Allied Centre, it shall seek the approval of the Board at its next meeting.
Site Visit Committee
7. Once approved by the Executive Committee, the Site Visit Committee will be given a Mandate by the Allied Centres Committee which shall include, but not be limited to, making a recommendation as to the applicant group’s suitability to become an Allied Centre based on consideration of the general criteria above. Where the applicant group is in a country where there are already IPA Constituent Organisations or Study Groups, the Site Visit Committee will seek the views of such groups prior to making its recommendations and include their views in its report.
Consideration by the Executive Committee
8. The Site Visit Committee will report to the Allied Centres Committee. The Allied Centres Committee will forward the report of the Site Visit Committee to the Executive Committee together with any comments the Allied Centres Committee wishes to add. The Executive Committee will consider reports of Site Visit Committees together with any additional comments of the Allied Centres Committee. The Executive Committee may:
a) recommend to the Board the establishment of an Allied Centre, where the Site Visit Committee recommends this and the Allied Centres Committee supports the recommendation and the applicant group clearly meets the general criteria approved by the Board; or
b) refer the application back to the Allied Centres Committee and/or the Site Visit Committee for further information; or
c) reject the application, where the Site Visit Committee and the Allied Centres Committee recommend this on the basis that the group clearly does not meet the criteria approved by the Board.
Protocol and Approval by the Board
9. Following the Executive Committee’s recommendation to establish an Allied Centre, and prior to approval by the Board, a draft Protocol will be prepared for and in consultation with each proposed Allied Centre by the Allied Centres Committee modelled on the standard Protocol approved by the Board but modified to suit the individual circumstances of each proposed Allied Centre.
10. The Board will consider recommendations made by the Executive Committee. It may:
a) approve the establishment of an Allied Centre, its related Protocol and the Mandate for the Allied Centres Review Committee; or
b) refer the application back to the Allied Centres Committee for revisions to the documentation, for further information or review. The Board may delegate authority to the Executive Committee to approve the establishment of an Allied Centre following revisions to the documentation; or
c) reject the proposal.
11. Once approved by the Board, each Allied Centre will be issued with an IPA certificate recognising its Allied Centre status.
12. Each Allied Centre will be the responsibility of the Allied Centres Committee, which will oversee the work of the Allied Centres Review Committee (ACRC) for each such Centre. Each ACRC will be required to conduct periodic reviews and report to the Allied Centres Committee on each such relationship not less than once per year. The Allied Centres Committee will make a summary report to the Board on each such Centre not less than once per year.
13. The Board, or the Executive Committee, in circumstances where it judges the matter cannot wait till the next Board meeting, may, by a simply majority of those present at a meeting, terminate the relationship with any Centre by giving the Centre three month’s notice in writing to that effect and without giving reasons.
14. The Board, or the Executive Committee, in circumstances where it judges the matter cannot wait till the next Board meeting, and where either judges the Centre has broken the terms of the Protocol Document, may, by a simple majority of those present at a meeting, terminate the relationship with any Centre in writing without giving notice and without giving reasons.
Draft standard protocol document
First approved by the Board April 2004.
Revisions approved by the Board November 2004.
Changes to Protocol Document in relation to services provided by the IPA, May 2006.
Changes to cover the adoption of the IPA’s new Rules made in June 2007.
*This change record is for background information only and does not form part of the Procedural Code. If there is any conflict between a statement in the Procedural Code and a statement in this change record, the change record will be disregarded.
1. This Protocol is a legally binding agreement between the International Psychoanalytical Association (the IPA), a UK registered charity with offices at Broomhills, Woodside Lane, London N12 8UD, UK, firstname.lastname@example.org, and [Name, Address and email of Group] (the Centre). The Centre wishes to form a professionally and educationally beneficial relationship with the IPA as an ’Allied Centre’, in accordance with IPA Procedures (attached as Appendix 1), which may be modified by the IPA at its discretion by giving 30 days notice to the Centre. This Protocol defines the nature, terms and conditions of the relationship with the IPA.
2. This Protocol is established under Rule 4, Section C of the IPA’s Rules. The Rule reads as follows: ‘The Board may, from time to time, establish relationships with other groups and create guest study groups. The terms of any such relationship shall (a) make clear that the other group, body, or association is not a Constituent Organisation of the IPA and, therefore, is not authorised to train or qualify psychoanalysts or Members of the IPA, or exercise any other IPA authority of a Constituent Organisation and (b) be subject to periodic review and revision by the IPA.’
3. The IPA’s Rules, as well as its Procedures (attached as Appendix 1) shall prevail in case of any inconsistency with this Protocol.
Terms and conditions
4. In agreeing to the terms of this Protocol, the Centre:
a) has set itself the objectives (attached as Appendix 2) which have been agreed with the IPA.
b) has agreed with the IPA the composition of its governing board and its bylaws for its future governance (attached as Appendix 3), and has agreed not to change either of these without the written approval of the IPA.
c) may call itself ‘A Centre Allied to the IPA for the Development of Psychoanalysis’. However, the Group must at all times make it clear, in such format as the IPA shall specify, that it is not a Constituent Organisation of the IPA. Therefore the Centre is not authorised to train or qualify psychoanalysts or Members of the IPA, represent, speak for or bind the IPA in any fashion, or exercise any other IPA authority.
d) shall be subject to review by an Allied Centres Review Committee (ACRC) appointed by the IPA to visit the Centre not less than once a year whose costs shall be entirely funded by the Centre. The Centre shall maintain such records as the IPA shall require, make them available promptly to the IPA or the ACRC on request, and otherwise cooperate fully with the IPA, its officers and its staff, and/or the ACRC in its monitoring of the relationship described in this agreement. This ACRC is a sub-committee of the IPA’s Allied Centres Committee to which it will prepare a report after every visit to the Centre. The Allied Centres Committee will in turn report to the IPA Board. The ACRC shall by governed by an IPA approved Mandate broadly aimed at assisting the Centre to develop and employ the theory and/or practice of psychoanalysis in its work, with a possible long term view to the Centre becoming a Constituent Organisation of the IPA, following from the creation of an IPA Study Group or a Provisional Society.
e) shall provide and notify the IPA promptly of any changes in its list of its members and agree that these members may be listed on the IPA’s database in London. This will be subject to the IPA’s Data Protection policy, which will be made available to the Centre.
f) has agreed to make no financial or legal claims against the IPA, and acknowledges that, except as specified in paragraph 4h) below, the IPA makes no financial or service-delivery promises or commitments to the Centre.
g) reserves the right to end this relationship by giving the IPA three months notice in writing to that effect without giving reasons.
h) shall be eligible for certain services listed on the attached schedule provided the fees for such services are paid by the dates determined by the IPA.
5. In agreeing to the terms of this Protocol, the IPA:
a) shall appoint an Allied Centres Review Committee (ACRC) for the Centre, which will visit the Centre not less than once a year provided its expenses are entirely funded by the Centre to the IPA’s satisfaction. The IPA shall determine the Mandate for this ACRC, which the IPA may modify from time to time, and will provide a copy to the Centre.
b) shall provide members of the Centre with the services listed in the attached schedule for the fees outlined in the schedule.
c) shall list the Centre as an Allied Centre in the IPA’s biennial Roster and on its website with the names of its Officers.
d) reserves the right to terminate this relationship with the Centre by giving the Centre three month’s notice in writing to that effect without giving reasons. However, if in the IPA’s judgement, the Centre has violated any term or condition of this Protocol, the IPA may terminate the relationship in writing without prior notice.
6. This agreement shall be construed and governed by the laws of England. Modifications shall only be effective if agreed by both parties in writing.
For the International Psychoanalytical Association
For the [Group]
Draft schedule of services to be provided by the IPA to the centre
1. Copies of the IPA News Magazine and E-Newsletters in one of four languages to each Centre member each year.
2. Copies of the IPA Roster and electronic roster to each Centre member when published.
3. Access to IPA biennial Congresses at Membership registration fee levels.
4. Access to the IPA Members-only, password protected section of the website, except for categories such as election ballots that the IPA limits to its actual Members and/or Constituent Organisations.
5. Access to IPA publications at members-only discounted rates.
Items 1 to 5, $30 per member per year.
The above fee is subject to periodic review and may be changed without notice.