Dear CIPS Community,
I am pleased and honored to be taking over the helm as President of CIPS, an organization with which I have been involved in various capacities almost from the beginning. This year, CIPS enjoys our twenty-fifth year of growth. Since its inception in 1992, CIPS has grown into the vibrant and exciting body that it is today. I am so proud to have been a part of this amazing story.
Now, however, I am moved to recognize the significant accomplishments of Phyllis Sloate during her term as President. The creation and inauguration of the CIPS certification program under her oversight will enable qualified members to identify themselves to the public and within the profession as expert psychoanalytic practitioners. Board certification of faculty members will also strengthen the position of our component societies toward the accreditation of their training programs. Phyllis has also initiated the updating and revision of the CIPS Bylaws and the Policy and Procedure Code. The Bylaws are critical components of the CIPS infrastructure and the Policy and Procedure Code ensures the day to day stability, efficiency and predictability of the functioning of CIPS as an organization. Both documents were in sore need of being reviewed and corrected to reflect changes that have been made during the past several years. And, as I write this, a new and creative CIPS website has just been launched. As it continues to evolve, the website will be well-organized, all-inclusive and user-friendly, featuring a number of resources for CIPS members. It also features a new CIPS logo which is modern and attractive. The need for a new website has been a long time coming and is another of Phyllis’s major accomplishments. Finally, during her administration, we have seen the expansion of our membership with the addition of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC) and the rejoining of the Contemporary Freudian Society (CPS), a welcome rapprochement. Their membership in CIPS contributes to our growing influence in the psychoanalytic community.
Over the course of my presidency, I am determined to build on the work that Phyllis has done, to expand and enhance our organizational activities, and to expand opportunities for our members’ participation in the organizational life of CIPS. As I think back on the twenty-five year history of CIPS, I am pleased and excited to contemplate the many ways that our organization has grown. In addition to our new certification program, and our expanding membership, we have, for several years, hosted teleconference seminars that engage our members with colleagues around the country in collaborative psychoanalytic education on a variety of topics. Our CIPS News Brief keeps members informed about current professional activities within CIPS and its member societies. The CIPS Book Series program, The Boundaries of Psychoanalysis, offers opportunities for members and groups of members across the country to have their work published and promoted by CIPS. Nine volumes have already been published and at least five more are in various stages of development. Then, there is the flagship of our programs – the biennial CIPS Clinical Conference – a unique opportunity for our members to meet together to share their clinical work in intimate small groups. These clinical conferences, which meet every other year on alternating coasts, have been warmly appreciated for their clinical content as well as their social connections that form when we spend an intimate weekend together. Finally, I want to also mention that candidates are automatically enrolled as affiliate members of CIPS. They pay no dues and are welcome to participate in all professional and governance activities (including board and committee positions), and they receive discounts for certain CIPS events. They also receive complementary membership in the International Psychoanalytic Studies Organization (IPSO), the international candidate organization affiliated with the IPA, and their dues are paid as long as they remain in training institutes of CIPS societies. Moreover, membership in IPSO allows individual candidates to subscribe to the Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP) database at substantially reduced rates on an annual basis.
In addition, our organizational mission includes a commitment to advocacy on behalf of our members and our profession. Since its inception in 1992, CIPS has worked to represent our component societies and their members to the local, national and international psychoanalytic communities. Over the past twenty-five years, CIPS has also responded to challenges that threaten our profession, from the effort of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) to become the sole accrediting body for all psychoanalytic training programs in this country, more than twenty years ago, to the recent crisis in California where state policies jeopardized the ability of our California institutes to confer degrees in psychoanalysis. Throughout our history, we have supported the promotion of high standards for professional practice and responsible licensing legislation for psychoanalysis in accordance with those standards. We have participated in efforts to lobby for confidentiality and patient privacy rights. Toward these ends we are members of the Psychoanalytic Consortium, the Mental Health Liaison Group, and the Coalition for Patient Privacy Rights.
All of these activities reflect the expanding efforts of a growing number of members. We are determined to keep going, to keep growing our community and our activities, thereby strengthening our group from within and ensuring more influence in the psychoanalytic world. Continued growth also offers expanding opportunities for members to participate – and we will need more of our members to join in the work we do. Over the next months, I will be reaching out to you, keeping your informed of opportunities to pitch in and inviting you to work with me to help us keep on making CIPS a community for everyone to enjoy and share in.
Finally, I am looking forward to working with the CIPS Executive Committee members, Vice President Andrea Kahn, Past President Phyllis Sloate, and Treasurer Susan Light, and with the Directors from each of the component societies, CFS, IPTAR, LAISPS, NPSI, PCC, and PINC, who will serve on the Board of Directors. I am also especially pleased to have the assistance of Rick Perlman in his role as special counsel to the President. I expect it to be an exciting and rewarding time for all of us.
With warm regards to all,