Learning from experience; IPSO Visiting Candidate Program
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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 endeavour.
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.
Characteristics of the Visiting Candidate Program
1. IPSO’s Commitment
- IPSO commits itself to organize the visiting candidate program through candidate selection and recruiting of Institutes. We will match candidates with Institutes that agree to accept a visiting candidate.
- Candidates will be asked to state specific learning objectives for the length of their exchange.
2. Commitment between the training institutes
- The Societies and Institutes will be invited to be part of the project and may accept or decline, as they prefer.
- If an Institute accepts a visiting candidate, they must be willing to allow the candidate to attend classes as well as any other programs that a matriculated candidate would at- tend.
- The Institute will provide two hours of supervision to the visiting candidate, negotiated at the time the visit is confirmed.
- The Institute will provide these benefits pro bono.
- The candidates at the receiving Institute will host the visiting candidate during his/her stay.
- Any institute to which a visiting candidate belongs must be willing to receive a visiting
- If possible, the candidate will be allowed to participate in some of the community extension activities.
3. The Candidate
- Must be an IPSO member
- Must be at least in his/her second year of training.
- Must speak the language of the country to which she/he travels, or English, if classes are conducted in English.
- Must present a clinical case to be discussed among candidates and be supervised by a member of the host Society.
- Must present his application to the IPSO Executive Committee via his/her regional Vice-
- President including a written statement from his/her institute that they are in good standing in their training program.
- In case more than one candidate applies, the candidate will be chosen by raffle.
- Must be willing to provide a written follow up detailing their experience of the visiting candidate program.
- Is obliged to attend the seminars and/or conferences and/or congresses proposed by the receiving Institute as well as to read class assignments.
- Between 7 and 15 days (the length of the program can be modified according to the circumstances)
- Project financing
- The cost of the exchange program will be borne by the candidate. If the candidate’s Society or Institute wishes, it may totally or partially reimburse the candidate’s ticket fare.
- IPSO, through its members, will provide lodging (in a candidate’s house).
- Candidates will take care of their own personal expenses and any costs not covered by his/her Society.
To see a sample of the Candidate Exchange letter click here
Learning from experience: IPSO Visiting Candidate Program and Application Form
IPSO programme de visites et d’échanges entre Instituts (VCP) Formulaire d’inscription (Click here for a French version)
Lernen durch Erfahrung: IPSO-Gastkandidatenprogramm – Bewerbungsformular
Aprendiendo de la experiencia: IPSO Visiting Candidate Program y la Solicitud
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Vice president-elect of your region:
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