Requirements and Categories of Membership in CPS
Graduates of a Training Institute accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association who meet the professional and ethical standards essential to the practice of psychoanalysis are eligible for active membership. Active members of the American Psychoanalytic Association are also eligible for active membership. Active members are entitled to vote, to act as chairpersons of committees, and are eligible for all elective offices.
Candidates who have matriculated in courses at an institute approved by the Board of Professional Standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association shall be eligible for candidate membership. Candidate members may attend scientific and business meetings shall be eligible to vote, to participate in all discussions and serve on appropriate committees, including selection or elected as chairman. Candidates are not eligible to become officers of the Society. In the event of discontinuation of training or a leave of absence from training exceeding three years, the membership will be withdrawn. Upon graduation from analytic training, a candidate member wishing to become an active member must apply via the procedure specified in Appendix A.
Affiliate membership will be open to those individuals who are not graduates of a Training Institute accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association, but whose scientific training is generally equivalent to the preliminary training requirements for active membership. These are individuals who have shown an active interest in the scientific understanding of the principles of psychoanalysis, and who have made important contributions in some field allied to psychoanalysis. Affiliate shall not have the right to vote at business meetings and are not eligible for elective office, but may attend scientific and business meetings, participate in discussions and serve on appropriate committees, but shall not serve as chairperson of such committees nor be an elected member of a committee.
Adjunct membership may be extended to persons who formerly were candidates at psychoanalytic institutes accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association, but resigned from such institutes before attaining graduation, and whose interests and professional work remain closely associated with the field of psychoanalysis. Such a member shall not have the right to vote, to hold office, to serve as an elected member of a committee or serve as chairperson of committees, or to attend meetings open only to voting members.
Psychotherapy Associates includes members who have a license to provide psychotherapy and whose professional activities involve clinical work. Such members include graduates of the Chicago Institute Psychotherapy program and Child Psychotherapy Program.
Student and Resident Members:
Undergraduate and graduate students in any field of study, psychiatric residents, psychology interns and externs, and all other students in training who have yet to fulfill requirements for full licensure in their clinical profession.