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Early Career Professionals

The International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP) is pleased to announce our second year of opportunities for individuals in psychoanalytic and psychotherapy training as well as graduate students in Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work, Counseling, Psychiatric Nursing and other mental health disciplines as well as those who have competed graduate school or training programs within the past 5 years. Applicants should have a strong interest in Self Psychology and Intersubjective Systems Theory and wish to learn more about these psychoanalytic/psychotherapeutic theories and to participate in their advancement and proliferation.


  1. complimentary registration at an IAPSP annual conference;
  2. $750.00 for expenses related to attending the conference*;
  3. a 1-year subscription to IAPSP's Journal, (the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology);
  4. Complimentary meetings (via phone or Skype) with an experienced IAPSP member during their Early Career Professional year;
  5. Early Career Professionals will become members of IAPSP for that scholarship year and will be entitled to participate in all "members only" activities.
* Early Career Professionals must attend the IAPSP conference.


Submission guidelines: Graduate students in mental health disciplines and candidates in psychoanalytic and psychotherapy training are invited to apply as well as individuals who have completed graduate school or training programs within the past five years. Send a statement (maximum one page single spaced) describing your interest in pursuing further studies in Self Psychology. Pertinent graduate level coursework, conferences, or workshops attended, and/or books or papers read are all relevant. Please attach a Curriculum Vitae. Two letters of recommendation, to be sent separately, are also required.

References are important in helping us determine which of our applicants best reflect the goals of the IAPSP Early Career Professionals award. A strong letter will contain detailed information about your strengths as a person and as a clinician as well as information about how you have faced particular challenges. You should discuss the following with those you chose to write you a reference:

  1. How has the writer of your reference seen you develop as a psychoanalytic clinician? How does she or he see you contributing to Self Psychology and Intersubjective Theory?
  2. How do you deal with challenges? Can your reference give an example of the way you've dealt with a particular struggle?
  3. What have you done to warrant receiving this award? Examples may include particular work with a patient, writing that sheds new light on a problem or contributions to a specific community, etc.
  4. Your reference writer should also describe you personally: What has been unique to your relationship? Are there specific incidents or actions that give insight into your relationship?
  5. Why are you a strong candidate? What personal qualities do you exemplify as a thoughtful, empathic clinician and scholar.


Please send your materials to . Please indicate "ECP Application" in the subject line of the e-mail. Reference letters should be to the same address with the applicant's name in the subject line of the e-mail.

Start date for receiving application is January 1st, 2017, and all applications must be received by April 1st, 2017.

The announcement of winners will be May 1st, 2017.


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