Frequently Asked Questions

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No. Many of IPI’s training events are open to the interested participant without requiring enrollment in a full training program. See the Open Enrollment pages for more information.
IPI is solidly grounded in an Object Relations approach. However, we strive to maintain a stance of openness and active interest in new developments in the field, which can be integrated into our existing paradigms. In this spirit, training offerings in the past have included numerous presenters who do not hail from an Object Relations background, but who have made important contributions to the field – whatever their orientation.
The national training programs and events offered by IPI, as well as the local programs offered by IPI affiliates and independent IPI faculty members, are designed for a diverse audience at varying levels of experience. Feel free to contact IPI, or any of the local program faculty, for more information about what program is right for you.
All applicants for certificate training programs will be interviewed to evaluate their professional experience, relevant credentials, and readiness for advanced training. The only specific criteria for admission are a background in one of the mental health disciplines, interest in object relations theory, adherence to professional ethics, and commitment to group learning. Some programs have additional prerequisites. We recruit a diverse body of participants at various levels of experience and from all mental health disciplines. Our admission policy is deliberately non-exclusive.

Object Relations theory holds that human development is driven by our inherent relatedness. We are born with the need to relate to our parents and other family members. As babies, we look for closeness, warmth, and safety. We need to feel that we matter to the people who matter to us.

But being dependent on another person means that we have to deal with frustration. Taking in and coping with frustrating experience sets up personality patterns that should mature at each developmental challenge. Sometimes, though, we get stuck. Psychotherapy reaches in to unlock the logjams left over from early years and open the personality to new learning and better relationships.

Please see Object Relations Theory for more information.

IPI is a nonprofit corporation devoted to providing quality training in the theory and practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, in maintaining a spirit of intellectual openness, and in incorporating community service and diverse membership throughout the Institute.

The two-year Object Relations Theory and Practice Program, the Weekend Conferences (with periodic exceptions), and the summer institutes for the Object Theory and Practice Program, and the International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training are held in the Washington, DC/Bethesda, MD area.

Study groups, distance learning seminars, supervision, special conferences, and other training opportunities are available from IPI faculty or IPI affiliates in a number of cities worldwide (for more information about these opportunities, see the IPI Affiliate Programs page). Many study groups, distance learning seminars and supervision are also available by online videoconference.

Anyone with a license in any mental health discipline, working in the mental health field, or currently enrolled in a mental health-oriented graduate program may apply.