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December 17, 2021
Dear IPI Friends and Members,
With the support of our dedicated faculty and colleagues for over 25 years, the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) has offered innovative distance-mediated methods of teaching and learning. IPI responded immediately to the Covid-19 pandemic by creatively adapting our services to train therapists who had to suddenly shutter their physical offices and move to a virtual practice setting, many of them with little or no prior telehealth experience. To support the global IPI community, we have been offering free monthly Town Hall meetings to provide opportunities for connection and dialogue, as well as a refuge from social distancing measures and lockdowns.
This year also brought a continued focus to the issue of systemic racism. The IPI recognizes that the conversation on systemic racism is long overdue. Our community continues to explore and address our implicit biases and deeply entrenched racism as described in IPI’s position statement on the issue. We affirm that we have a responsibility and a role to play in examining (from within and without) the devastating impact of structural, systemic and interpersonal racism. To provide more equitable access to our learning programs, we have established an annual diversity fund. Additionally, our Board of Directors now reflects broader representation.
Your generosity will make it possible for IPI to continue to grow its distance-learning programs and to outreach to economically disadvantaged students and communities. So, I’m asking you to consider a financial contribution to IPI. Donations are tax deductible, being that IPI is a 501(c)(3). Please consider contributing directly to our Diversity Fund.
The IPI links over 250 students around the world, practicing in China, Mexico, Panama, Russia, and other countries. The IPI also provides free books on psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, thanks to Jason Aronson and contributors to our Ebook project, who have generously gifted over a million books to persons in over 225 worldwide areas through freepsychotherapybooks.org. As well, IPI partners with other like-minded organizations—the American Psychoanalytic Association, International Psychoanalytical Association, and Psychotherapy Action Network—to support the study and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapies and psychoanalysis, and to overcome the marginalization of the treatments we offer.
Students tell us that they need to look beyond their community to access psychodynamic and psychoanalytic training because their local programs often fall short of their expectations. Fortunately, IPI provides ways to securely access the virtual highways of learning through many online and on-site options once the pandemic ends, such as a single webinar, a semester-long seminar, or a single or multiyear commitment. Our quality programs train therapists and analysts to work effectively with children, adults, couples, and families, and to develop their consultative and supervisory skills.
The leadership team includes a nine-member IPI Board, including the IPI Director; 48 national faculty and 24 adjunct faculty – all dedicated volunteers who bring expertise and passion to teaching and leading. The two-member administrative team provides support. We train differently than traditional psychodynamic and psychoanalytic programs. A Group Affective Model is used to support the students’ integration of their affective, cognitive, and unconscious dimensions, by offering intimate, small discussion groups that augment large-sized classroom settings. These elements are but a few aspects of the IPI’s unique identity that facilitate students becoming their best personal and professional selves, and thus effective instruments to the individuals, couples, and families they serve.
You can donate online or send a check payable to the International Psychotherapy Institute; Attn: Anna Innes, Executive Administrator; 6917 Arlington Road, Suite 204; Bethesda, MD 20814.
Caroline Sehon, MD, FABP
International Psychotherapy Institute
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
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