Membership of the organisation is open to those whose schooling meets with the basic standard of a Master’s degree in clinical psychoanalytic psychotherapy and whose practice work is in conformity with the code of ethics and practice of the organisation.
A.P.P.I. members work in various psychotherapeutic settings throughout Ireland - in the public and semi-state sector, not-for profit organisations, universities as well as in private practice.
A.P.P.I. maintains a register of practitioner members, in addition to having full, associate and student members.
As well as contributing to the training of psychoanalytic psychotherapists for accreditation purposes, A.P.P.I. provides ongoing professional development through study programmes, seminars and conferences and through the bi-annual publication of its Journal entitled Lacunae.
A.P.P.I. runs a significant programme of events such as seminars and conferences throughout the year, involving both local and international speakers. These events are open to members and to non-members.
There are four categories:
1. ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP – which can be applied for by students and other interested parties.
2. FULL MEMBERSHIP – which can be applied for by those having an approved academic qualification in psychoanalytic studies, proposed and seconded by existing members of APPI.
3. CONDITIONAL REGISTERED MEMBERSHIP – which can be applied for by full members who wish to work clinically and comply with the requirements as outlined by Section (17) of Memorandum and Articles. Putting one’s name on the Conditional Register also indicates one’s intention to undergo the Registered Practitioner process.
4. REGISTERED PRACTITIONER MEMBERSHIP – criteria requirements in APPI’s Memorandum and Articles of Association or from the Honorary Secretary. Register of Practitioner Members provides members with a process of having witness borne to their experience and practice in the field of psychoanalysis.
All the above membership applications are subject to aproval by the Executive Committee and must be accompanied by a signed commitment to the Primary Object and Code of Ethics.
There are currently 152 members (116 members, 33 students and 4 associate members). There are 46 on the Register of Practitioner Members with 34 on the Conditional Register