Learning from experience; IPSO Visiting Candidate Program
IPSO was established in 1973 to provide candidates an opportunity to come together to discuss issues of training, theory, and practice, as well as to provide a social context for candidates’ cross-cultural engagement. We are committed to the belief that exposure to the pluralism and diversity of psychoanalytic traditions is an important part of a candidate’s education. By offering opportunities to recognize and explore both our similarities and differences, IPSO helps candidates to bridge and appreciate the diversity and richness of the many psychoanalytic traditions. Our goal is to make today’s world of psychoanalysis more intimately interconnected, and our Visiting Candidate program is an important part of that endeavor.
Candidates are often excited to discover that the educational culture at other institutes is both similar to that of their own and also rather distinctly dissimilar from it. IPSO’s Visiting Candidate program is intended to be stimulating not only for the individual candidate who participates, but also for the Institute community that, by hosting a candidate, invites him or her into the local psychoanalytic culture. It is through immersion in such collegial partner- ships that the IPSO Visiting Candidate program hopes to extend and develop linkages and dialogues within the wider international psychoanalytic community. Ideally, such discussions will generate research, international collaboration, educational creativity, and individual integration of theory and practice.
Visiting candidate projects can be carried out in the same country, the same region or between different regions. Candidates must speak the language of the Institute they wish to at- tend or English, if class are conducted in English. In addition, the Institute/Society must be willing to accept a visiting candidate.