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November 22, 2022
Dear IPI Friends and Members,
The past year has presented us with a host of challenges arising from the pandemic, geopolitical tensions, climate change, and economic recession. Now more than ever, mental health is an imperative for dealing with these worldwide issues. Not only is the public needing quality therapeutic support, but therapists and analysts themselves require a proper scaffolding through consultation, supervision, and treatment. 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 to meet the needs of clinicians and society.
IPI has effectively responded to Covid-19 by ensuring students’ uninterrupted access to our training. Trainees around the world have thus joined our IPI classes when previously they would not have been able to do so for financial, political, or medical reasons. We hope to offer hybrid weekend conferences to provide the option of an onsite or online learning experience, although the audiovisual technology support can be prohibitively expensive. As our outreach has expanded, our infrastructure needed fortification, and we have doubled our administrative staff.
To respond to the Russo-Ukrainian War, IPI has been offering weekly Town Halls since February 26, 2022 (with concurrent Russian and Ukrainian interpreters) to therapists around the world, especially those directly affected in Ukraine and Russia. Other clinicians call in from Canada, Estonia, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Prague, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
In addition to expanded outreach, we have enlarged our pool of voluntary, adjunct faculty members and our general membership. IPI is committed to becoming a more inclusive community to those who traditionally have been marginalized or underrepresented, including to persons of color and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Early- and mid-career clinicians often desire psychoanalytically informed training following their foundational degrees, but financial barriers preclude access. Fortunately, IPI maintains diversity and general scholarship funds to broaden its membership to these students.
Your generosity will make it possible for IPI to continue to grow its distance-learning programs, support our augmented administrative staffing, and outreach to economically disadvantaged students and communities. So, I ask you to consider a financial contribution to IPI. Donations are tax deductible (IPI is a 501(c)(3)). Please consider contributing directly to our General and Diversity Scholarship Funds.
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 (IPI Board Member) and contributors to our E-book 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 psychotherapy and psychoanalysis and to overcome the marginalization of these treatments.
Students tell us that they need to look beyond their community to access psychodynamic 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 online and on-site options, such as single webinars, semester-long seminars, and single-year and multiyear trainings. Our quality programs equip 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 9-member Board of Directors; 44 national faculty and 27 adjunct faculty – all dedicated volunteers who bring expertise and passion to teaching and leading. We train differently than do traditional psychodynamic and psychoanalytic programs. A Group Affective Model is used to support students’ integration of their affective, cognitive, and unconscious dimensions by offering small intimate, discussion groups that augment large-sized classroom settings. These elements are but a few aspects of 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 above, or by using our PayPal donation button, or send a check payable to The International Psychotherapy Institute; attention: Tasha Barnes, Executive Administrator; 6917 Arlington Road, Suite 204; Bethesda, MD 20814.
Caroline Sehon, MD, FABP
Director, International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI)
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
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