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December 7, 2020

Dear IPI Friends and Members,

For over 25 years, the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) has offered distance-mediated methods of teaching and learning. In a year like no other, 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have forced us to creatively adapt our services to train therapists who had to shutter their physical offices suddenly and move to a virtual practice setting, sometimes with little or no prior telehealth experience. To support the global IPI community since March, we have been offering free, bimonthly 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 to the surface the issue of systemic racism. IPI recognizes that the conversation on systemic racism is long overdue. Our community is only at the beginning in terms of exploring and addressing our own 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 is starting to reflect broader representation.
Your generosity will make it possible for IPI to continue to grow its intimate, distance-learning programs, and to meet shortfalls arising from outreach to economically disadvantaged students and communities. So, I’m asking you to consider making a financial contribution to IPI this year. Your monetary support is tax deductible given that IPI is a 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States. Please consider contributing to our newly established diversity fund.

Currently IPI links over 250 students around the world, practicing in countries such as China, Mexico, Panama, and Russia, to name a few. IPI also provides free books on psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, thanks to Jason Aronson who has generously gifted over a million books to persons in over 225 worldwide areas. 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 multi-year 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.

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 IPI’s unique identity that facilitate the students becoming their best personal and professional selves, and thus effective instruments to the individuals, couples, and families whom they serve.

You can donate online or send a check payable to the International Psychotherapy Institute, Attn: Anna Innes, Executive Administrator, at 6612 Kennedy Drive, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815.


Caroline Sehon, MD



Caroline Sehon, MD, FABP
International Psychotherapy Institute




The International Psychotherapy Institute is a 501(c)(3) institution approved for receipt of tax-deductible contributions