The Irish Group Psychotherapy Society (IGPS) was established in 2009 to develop and maintain the highest standard of professional excellence in psychotherapy and group psychotherapy. Our Therapeutic framework is specifically that which has its origins in psychoanalytic theory, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment research and models of neuroscience such as interpersonal neurobiology and NeuroPsychoanalysis.
IGPS is a professional membership organization comprised of members whose clinical work is based upon the practice and further development of psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Membership of the organization is open to those whose personal and professional experience meets with the criteria set out in our Accreditation section and whose clinic work is in conformity with the code of ethics and practice of the organization.
The Primary Object of the IGPS is to advance Freudian and Kleinian psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy to include clinical developments in psychotherapy over the last 5 decades including current new approaches in Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy. In particular in keeping with the classic psychoanalytic thought, this advancement shall remain centered on the popular psychoanalytic theories such as Transference and countertransference central to psychodynamic psychotherapy but including the exploration of such behavioral phenomenon through the lens of the latest research in neuroscience and attachment research.
Another goal of IGPS is to Provide advanced therapeutic training, professional accreditation and personal & professional development settings for psychotherapists, psychotherapy students and other practicing professionals in similar fields working in Ireland.
The Irish group psychotherapy Society is a collegiate, which has as its common purpose the pursuit of projects for the furtherance of psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy and all of its applications, theoretical, clinical and cultural; and which will develop these projects with intellectual openness and through diversity and debate.
Our ethos is one of collaborative enterprise in pursuit of agreed aims. We each declare our involvement in this enterprise by way of a project of work that is appropriate to our own particular interest in psychoanalysis. This work contributes to the overall aim of the society. Within that context, it may take any form that best expresses our particular skills and interests. The result shall be made available to the wider community.
The IGPS is committed to working in a way, which fosters and promotes psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy in Ireland in all of the areas where a psychoanalytic approach lends another valuable perspective to humanity and its pursuits. Our intention is to foster and support psychoanalysis and neuroscience as a clinical praxis, as a valuable perspective on human society and culture, and as a way of expanding human understanding. Many members will already be contributing by virtue of their clinical work and out of an engagement with their own personal analyses. By declaring a commitment to psychoanalysis founded on the writings of Sigmund Freud, and taking account of subsequent developments in theory and practice, we do not offer allegiance to any one particular ideological orientation within the field of psychoanalysis but rather incorporate into our ethos, elements of the work of Freud, Lacan, Reich, Winnicott, Klein, Bowlby and others.
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