Board Certification in Psychoanalysis Application

An Introduction

The CIPS Board Certification program was introduced in 2016 to provide enable CIPS members to attain an advanced practice credential in psychoanalysis. It was designed to serve the unique needs of our diverse community in accordance with our commitment to the values of diversity, academic freedom, and lifelong learning. It is also intended to promote the professional standing of psychoanalysis in society by strengthening the credentialing system of psychoanalysis.

Credentialing is a fundamental feature of professions and professional status. Professions are, by definition, credentialed occupations. A profession’s viability depends, in part, on the rigor, credibility and comprehensiveness of its credentialing system. A mature credentialing system contains three different components:

(a) certification of individual professionals,

(b) accreditation of professional training programs, and

(c) licensure of practitioners by the state.

Board certification of individual practitioners and accreditation of professional training programs are credentialing procedures established by a professional community according to standards established by the professional community through its organizations. Accreditation signifies that a training program meets educational standards while certification signifies that an individual has fulfilled training requirements as well as other postgraduate requirements established by the community.

Board certification and accreditation are mutually enhancing components of a professional credentialing system. The CIPS Board Certification program rests on graduation from an IPA training institute. Accreditation of our IPA institutes by accrediting bodies in the United States, such as the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education, in turn, is now increasingly predicated on the board certification of faculty, especially training and supervising analysts.

Board certification and accreditation facilitate and promote the establishment of state licensure, the third component of a professional credentialing system elements. State licensure is typically based on standards established by professions and implemented through accreditation and certification programs. State licensure is critical to a profession’s viability because it protects professional titles, rights and privileges.

• The CIPS Board Certification Program in Psychoanalysis

Board Certification is a credential by which a professional community recognizes
the maturity and expertise of its qualified members. Board Certification in Psychoanalysis is awarded by the CIPS Board of Examiners in recognition of a psychoanalyst’s experience and education.

The CIPS community is a diverse, multidisciplinary community, reflecting a broad spectrum of theoretical orientations. 

Board certification will enable our highly experienced members to identify themselves to the public as Board Certified Psychoanalysts, while enabling the public, including prospective patients and other mental health professionals, to identify our members as expert psychoanalysts.

The CIPS Board Certification plan is unique in its emphasis on continuing education and experience. It is designed to promote lifelong professional growth and development while enhancing the professional standing of our members and our profession.

The CIPS Board Certification program will thus enhance our practices, strengthen the standing of our profession in the community, and support our larger goal of establishing psychoanalysis as an independent profession.

• What are the criteria for Board Certification?

The CIPS Board Certification assumes the core competencies that are signified by graduation from training. Our Board Certification is intended to signify the mastery and “seasoning” that accrues with clinical experience.

The education and experience criteria for Board Certification are detailed in the Certification Criteria section of the Certification pages in this website. In brief, the criteria include:

Psychoanalytic Education

You must be a graduate of an IPA or APsaA training institute.

Psychoanalytic Experience

You must have least five years of postgraduate experience in the conduct of both psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy, as well clinical consultation, and related teaching and training.

If you are a member of CIPS and meet the experience requirements described above you may be eligible for Board Certification in Psychoanalysis through CIPS.

• What is the Board Certification process?

The Board Certification program is designed to avoid subjective factors, such as theoretical biases or professional politics, that can compromise the fairness of the assessment procedure.

Board Certification is conferred on the basis of attestations and documentation demonstrating fulfillment of the required education and experience criteria. You will be asked to complete a formal application and to submit two letters of recommendation on your behalf by qualified analysts.

Your application will be prepared by an employed administrator and forwarded to the Board of Examiners in Psychoanalysis for a blind review. The Board of Examiners, an autonomous body comprised of senior analysts from each of the CIPS societies, will conduct a blind evaluation of your application.

You will not be required to submit to any formal review of your clinical work nor is there any further examination procedure.

Your Board Certification will be valid for seven years. Renewal of your certification will simply require completion of a standard application form, attesting to continuing experience and education, along with two letters of recommendation.

• How to Apply for Board Certification

It is easy to apply for Board Certification in Psychoanalysis through our certification program.

First, review the criteria for certification listed on the “Criteria for Board Certification” pages in this section of the website.

Second, go to the Application page in this section of the website, fill out the application and submit the application online. You will see the “SUBMIT” button on the bottom of the page.

Third, when you have submitted the application, ask two experienced who know your work to submit letters of reference on your behalf, utilizing the reference letter forms located in this section of the website.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Board Certification Administrator, Connie Stroboulis at ConnieS3@aol.com.

• BCPsa and the BCPsa Certificate

The “BCPsa” is our certification mark. It identifies psychoanalysts who have been certified in Psychoanalysis by the Board of Examiners in Psychoanalysis in accordance with the education and experience standards set forth by the CIPS Board of Directors as criteria for Board Certification in Psychoanalysis. The mark serves as a visual symbol of the holder’s psychoanalytic education and clinical experience. Usage of this mark is restricted to psychoanalysts certified by our Board of Examiners in Psychoanalysis. Any other usage is a violation of federal and state law.

If you have been certified by the Board of Examiners, you are entitled to place the BCPsa certification mark after your name on business cards, stationery, and other documents.

In addition, if you have attained your BCPsa, you may wish to have a BCPsa Certificate, suitable for framing, in your office. This certificate, displayed below, is 11″ X 14″. The cost is $25. If you are interested, please contact Board Certification Administrator, Connie Stroboulis at ConnieS3@aol.com.

Board certification and accreditation are mutually enhancing components of a professional credentialing system. The CIPS Board Certification program rests on graduation from an IPA training institutes. Accreditation of our IPA institutes by accrediting bodies in the United States, such as the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education, in turn, is now increasingly predicated on the board certification of faculty, especially training and supervising analysts.
Board certification and accreditation facilitate and promote the establishment of state licensure, the third component of a professional credentialing system elements. State licensure is typically based on standards established by professions and implemented through accreditation and certification programs. State licensure is critical to a profession’s viability because it protects professional titles, rights and privileges.

• The CIPS Board Certification Program in Psychoanalysis
Board Certification is a credential by which a professional community recognizes
the maturity and expertise of its qualified members. Board Certification in Psychoanalysis is awarded by the CIPS Board of Examiners in recognition of a psychoanalyst’s experience and education.
The CIPS community is a diverse, multidisciplinary community, reflecting a broad spectrum of theoretical orientations. The CIPS certification program is the only national certification program that is open to all qualified analyst in the CIPS community, regardless of professional discipline or psychoanalytic orientation.
Board certification will enable our highly experienced members to identify themselves to the public as Board Certified Psychoanalysts, while enabling the public, including prospective patients and other mental health professionals, to identify our members as expert psychoanalysts.
The CIPS Board Certification plan is unique in its emphasis on continuing education and experience. It is designed to promote lifelong professional growth and development while enhancing the professional standing of our members and our profession.
The CIPS Board Certification program will thus enhance our practices, strengthen the standing of our profession in the community, and support our larger goal of establishing psychoanalysis as an independent profession.

• What are the criteria for Board Certification?
The CIPS Board Certification assumes the core competencies that are signified by graduation from training. Our Board Certification is intended to signify the mastery and “seasoning” that accrues with clinical experience.
The education and experience criteria for Board Certification are detailed in the Certification Criteria section of the Certification pages in this website. In brief, the criteria include:
Psychoanalytic Education
You must be a graduate of an IPA or APsaA training institute.
Psychoanalytic Experience
You must have least five years of postgraduate experience in the conduct of both psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy, as well clinical consultation, and related teaching and training.
If you are a member of CIPS and meet the experience requirements described above you may be eligible for Board Certification in Psychoanalysis through CIPS.

• What is the Board Certification process?
The Board Certification program is designed to avoid subjective factors, such as theoretical biases or professional politics, that can compromise the fairness of the assessment procedure.
Board Certification is conferred on the basis of attestations and documentation demonstrating fulfillment of the required education and experience criteria. You will be asked to complete a formal application and to submit two letters of recommendation on your behalf by qualified analysts.
Your application will be prepared by an employed administrator and forwarded to the Board of Examiners in Psychoanalysis for a blind review. The Board of Examiners, an autonomous body comprised of senior analysts from each of the CIPS societies, will conduct a blind evaluation of your application.
You will not be required to submit to any formal review of your clinical work nor is there any further examination procedure.
Your Board Certification will be valid for seven years. Renewal of your certification will simply require completion of a standard application form, attesting to continuing experience and education, along with two letters of recommendation.

• How to Apply for Board Certification

It is easy to apply for Board Certification in Psychoanalysis through our certification program.

First, review the criteria for certification listed on the “Criteria for Board Certification” pages in this section of the website.

Second, go to the Application page in this section of the website, fill out the application and submit the application online. You will see the “SUBMIT” button on the bottom of the page.

Third, when you have submitted the application, ask two experienced who know your work to submit letters of reference on your behalf, utilizing the reference letter forms located in this section of the website.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Board Certification Administrator, Connie Stroboulis at ConnieS3@aol.com.

• BCPsa and the BCPsa Certificate

The “BCPsa” is our certification mark. It identifies psychoanalysts who have been certified in Psychoanalysis by the Board of Examiners in Psychoanalysis in accordance with the education and experience standards set forth by the CIPS Board of Directors as criteria for Board Certification in Psychoanalysis. The mark serves as a visual symbol of the holder’s psychoanalytic education and clinical experience. Usage of this mark is restricted to psychoanalysts certified by our Board of Examiners in Psychoanalysis. Any other usage is a violation of federal and state law.

If you have been certified by the Board of Examiners, you are entitled to place the BCPsa certification mark after your name on business cards, stationery, and other documents.

In addition, if you have attained your BCPsa, you may wish to have a BCPsa Certificate, suitable for framing, in your office. This certificate, displayed below, is 11″ X 14″. The cost is $25. If you are interested, please contact Board Certification Administrator, Connie Stroboulis at ConnieS3@aol.com.