APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED BETWEEN JANUARY 15 – FEBRUARY 28

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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.

Board certification will enable our highly experienced members to identify themselves to the public as Board Certified Psychoanalysts, while assisting 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.

HOW DO I APPLY?

If you are a graduate of an IPA institute (or have equivalent training as signified by membership in the IPA) and meet the experience requirements, you will be eligible for board certification through the new CIPS program. The cost is reasonable, and you will not have to submit to any formal review of your clinical work. Attainment of educational and experience requirements and two letters of recommendation are all that will be required of you to become a Board Certified Psychoanalyst through the new CIPS board certification program.

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Board Certification 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 Board Certification plan is designed to promote lifelong psychoanalytic growth and development while enhancing the professional
standing of our members and our profession.

What does CIPS Board Certification do for us?

Board certification enables highly experienced psychoanalysts to identify themselves to the public and enables the public, including prospective patients and other mental health
professionals, to identify expert psychoanalysts.

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

Certification: A vital step in securing our future

Professions are credentialed occupations. A profession’s viability depends, in part, on the strength and credibility of its credentialing system. A mature credentialing system contains three components: (a) certification of individual professionals, (b) accreditation of professional training programs, and (c) licensure of practitioners by the state.

Accreditation and Board Certification are credentialing procedures established by a professional community. Accreditation signifies that a training program meets educational standards. Board Certification signifies that an individual has fulfilled training requirements as well as postgraduate academic and practice requirements established by the community.

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

State licensure of professions, including psychoanalysis, are typically based on professional standards established by professions through their professional associations and implemented through accreditation and certification programs Professional credentialing promotes licensure which protects professional titles and promotes the viability of the profession as whole.

What are the criteria for Board Certification?

The criteria for Board Certification are detailed in the Board Certification pages of the CIPS website. In brief, the criteria include:

• Psychoanalytic Education

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

• Psychoanalytic Experience

Graduates of IPA or APsaA training programs have already undergone closely monitored, rigorous training, culminating in the attainment of core competencies necessary for graduation.

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

The experience criteria for Board Certification through CIPS include at least five years of postgraduate experience in the conduct of both psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy, as well as clinical consultation, and related teaching and training.

Am I eligible to apply for Board Certification?

If you are a member of CIPS and meet the experience requirements described above you may be eligible for Board Certification through CIPS. A detailed description of the criteria for certification are set out in the “Board Certification” pages of the CIPS website.

What is the Board Certification process?

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

Board Certification is conferred on the basis of attestations and documentation demonstrating that the applicant meets the education and experience criteria for certification. Applicants are asked to complete a formal application and to submit two letters of recommendation on your behalf by qualified analysts.

Your application will be “blinded” by an employed administrator and referred to the Board of Examiners for review. The Board of Examiners, an autonomous body comprised of senior analysts from each of the CIPS societies, will conduct an impartial 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.

Do I need to be a member of CIPS to be Board Certified through CIPS?

Yes. If you are not a member of CIPS you may be eligible to join. Any IPA member can apply to join CIPS as a Direct Member.

How do I apply for certification?

Go to the CIPS website at https://www.cipsusa.org/www.cipsusa.org and on the “Board Certification” tab. Select “Application” and complete the online application.

What about “grandparenting?”

If you are a Training Analyst at an IPA or APsaA institute, you have already met the criteria for Board Certification because the requirements for TA appointment at an IPA or APsaA institute are similar to the criteria for Board Certification. Training analysts who apply for board certification should simply fill out the application for board certification on the website, checking the appropriate field that indicates your appointment as a training analysis.

What happens after I apply?

Once approved, you will receive a letter attesting to your status as a Board Certified Psychoanalyst. You will also receive instructions for securing a formal Certificate attesting to your status as a Board Certified Psychoanalyst.

How long will my Board Certification be valid?

Your Board Certification will be valid for seven years. This time period is in accord with the best practices suggested by the IPA.

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.