Membership of The Irish Group Psychotherapy Society

We welcome those who demonstrate a commitment to psychoanalysis in their clinical work, in their engagement in a personal analysis, in their involvement in ongoing learning, and in their willingness to share actively in the work of IGPS.

Continuous Professional process work is imperative for members to further develop their theoretical and clinical knowledge while at the same time providing the permanent updating necessary to meet with the highest standards of practice.

We offer direct access to Practitioner Membership to those applicants who fulfill the following conditions:

  1. Successful completion of a psychoanalytically based psychotherapy training at Master’s level or equivalent field of study or equivalent infield psychotherapy training in a non regconised institute.
  2. Engagement in a personal psychotherapy for a period of at least five years and 600 hours with at least 400 hours in personal group psychotherapy.
  3. Engagement in supervised clinical practice for at least three years with at least 600 hours of client work including 200 hours of clinical supervision
  4. Ongoing engagement in psychotherapy clinical practice
  5. Demonstration of an ongoing commitment to psychotherapy by virtue of engagement in a reading group, the attendance at clinical or academic workshops or conferences, and/or personal research and reading.


IGPS accreditation is the highest standard of professional accreditation in Europe. The present requirements have been designed to far exceed the criteria laid down by the European Council for Psychotherapy.


Level of Competence

Entry is at a postgraduate level. Applicants should normally have completed at least 3 years of general training in human sciences, (Medicine, Psychology, Social Studies, Education, Philosophy, Humanities, etc.), or have demonstrated equivalent competency through a combination of work and life experience.


Theoretical Studies

The applicant will be required to demonstrate familiarity with a representative selection of psychoanalytic theories such as transference, repitition compulsion, projected identification, compromise formation, and defense mechanisms.


Professional Information

Training in Psychotherapy shall enable the candidate to (a) understand the unconscious dynamics of the therapist / client relationship; (b) acquire the necessary intervention skills; (c) have integrated theory and the practice through the Training Analysis.

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