What CIPS Does For You

Promotion and protection of an occupation’s legal status, professional privileges, social prestige, and marketability all require the sustained efforts of its national professional associations. Professions must engage in lobbying, advocacy, public relations, marketing, and scientific projects to promote its professional standing and enhance market conditions for successful practice.

CIPS protects your practice by opposing threats to our profession. CIPS is a leader in promoting responsible training standards and licensing laws. When the New York legislature enacted Article 163, licensing practitioners who meet egregiously low educational standards as “psychoanalysts”, CIPS mounted a national lobbying effort that raised licensing criteria in the implementing regulations, protected the rights of our members to supervise “licensed psychoanalysts,” and helped our otherwise unlicensed members to secure the licenses they needed to continue practicing. CIPS developed a “model licensing law” that has inspired licensing initiatives in other organizations and other states, and organized state confederations in New York and California to promote responsible licensing laws for psychoanalysis.

CIPS works with other groups to protect the confidentiality of patient medical records. We are a member of the Coalition for Patient Privacy Rights and participate in regular national briefings on this issue. Confidentiality is a professional privilege that is a necessary precondition for successful practice. But patient privacy rights are under sustained attack in the United States. CIPS has mobilized its members to oppose health information technology legislation that does not include privacy protections. As a result of our efforts, a Senator Schumer voted against the “Wired for Quality Heath Care Act” and the most threatening Health IT legislation was defeated. Most recently, CIPS signed onto an “amicus curiae” brief to protect the confidentiality of patient records against the unlimited access by professional regulatory bodies.

Whatever the issue, CIPS works to keep its members informed about critical issues facing our profession, preparing our members to take on collective lobbying in crucial matters such as the protection of patient privacy rights. The Public Policy Committee sends our regular updates, briefings, and Legislative alerts when important matters are pending. Additional material is available on the CIPS website. See for example the current section on “Privacy Rights”.

CIPS promotes your practice by representing you to the community

CIPS promotes your practice through our website, our political action, our collaborative engagements with many other professional groups, and our upcoming book series. CIPS is working to promote the community as a whole, as well as its individual members and component societies. CIPS has created a “Find-an-Analyst” search engine on the CIPS website that has produced referrals for our members, developed and promoted the “Fellow of the IPA” credential (“FIPA”), and spearheaded development of the NAPsaC-sponsored “Find-an-Analyst” website. This website enables prospective patients in North America to find an IPA analyst near them, while promoting awareness of psychoanalysis, the IPA, and the FIPA. A grant provided by the IPA, which was requested by CIPS through NAPsaC, will help fund efforts to publicize this site next year.

CIPS supports and promotes your professional development

CIPS promotes and supports professional development by nurturing clinical and theoretical dialogue across societies through our clinical conferences, our national teleconference study groups, and other planned educational and scientific projects. The CIPS books series will provide a publishing outlet for our societies and our individual members. The Book Series Committee and Editorial Board will coordinate the interests of members to generate and nurture book projects.

At the same time, CIPS provides our members with opportunities to engage in scientific, organizational, and political action within CIPS, with other professional groups, such as the IPA, and in the public arena. All CIPS positions, as well as openings for IPA committees and positions, are routinely posted to enable all of our members to get involved.

CIPS promotes your interests in the psychoanalytic community

CIPS looks after your interests in the IPA. CIPS effectively advocated for IPA bylaws that ensured the representation of the independent societies on the governing body of the IPA, and actively promotes the interests of members who wish to serve on the many committees and working parties, successfully ensuring the proportional representation (or better) of our members in these positions. CIPS has successfully lobbied the IPA to support our causes. CIPS mounted a successful campaign within the IPA to create the “FIPA” credential, developed the NAPSAC “Find-an-Analyst” in conjunction with the IPA, and successfully requested IPA financing to publicize the new website.

CIPS is working to promote the North American Psychoanalytic Confederation (NAPsaC) and ensure its future as a strong regional organization of North American IPA groups. CIPS has championed the principle of proportionality with respect to all aspects of NAPsaC and its functioning, including representation on the NAPsaC board, NAPsaC appointments, and the allocation of seats for our members at international conferences. CIPS promoted creation of a NAPsaC Committee on Licensing to support lobbying efforts in New York, spearheaded development of a national “Find-an-Analyst” website, proposed — and is now overseeing — development of a second NAPsaC website to help coordinate North American professional activities, and vigorously supported the formation of NAPsaC “Working Parties” to parallel those of the European Psychoanalytic Foundation.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

CIPS matters because, whatever our goals, we can accomplish more together as a single national organization than we can apart, as single societies. CIPS brings our separate component groups together to form a single professional community.

Together, we benefit from the rich diversity of our disciplines and theoretical traditions, derive stimulation and support from colleagues outside our local societies, and learn from each other in new contexts.

United in common cause, we can coordinate our resources, speak with one voice, and exert a measure of influence that greatly exceeds that of our single societies.

As a national organization, we can advance the national reputations of our component societies, publicize our scientific activities and training programs, and promote the work of our individual members.


CIPS matters because the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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