The basic minimum requirement for membership of the organisation is a Master’s degree. In line with “The Standards to Practice Submission to Government 2008,” this training must be for a minimum of four years at Master’s level.
Postgraduate degrees completed by those who seek full membership of A.P.P.I. provide a critical and theoretical understanding of the principles underlying psychoanalysis/ psychoanalytic psychotherapy and contribute to the professional training necessary to undertake this therapeutic method. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy derives from psychoanalysis, a discipline which is based on the pioneering work of Sigmund Freud. In addition to Freud, these academic programmes are strongly marked by the work of French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan and his re-reading of Freud’s work.
On these programmes, students study and critically engage with the theoretical and clinical application of psychoanalysis through modules on, for instance, child and adolescent psychoanalysis, the study of the theory of language, transference and interpretation, psychoanalytic practice and case studies, psychoanalysis and the arts, human sexuality, history of madness, psychoanalytic conceptions of psychosis and neurosis, the symptom and the formations of the unconscious, ethics research, clinical diagnostics, etc.
Academic training involves attendance at teaching sessions, case conferences, group and individual supervision of clinical work and successful completion of all related course work.
The clinical requirements of these programmes insist that students be engaged in their own personal analysis. In addition, students engage in their own clinical work under clinical supervision. Students have the opportunity to work clinically in a variety of settings within both the voluntary and statutory sector in areas such as child and adolescent mental health, addiction, intellectual disabilities, psychiatric settings, schools, counselling and maternity services.