The VAPP was founded in 1975 and became an incorporated Association in 1992. The VAPP is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity. VAPP members are all qualified psychoanalytic psychotherapists.
The VAPP is a member of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australasia (PPAA), which was founded in 1981. The PPAA has six member organisations: four Australian State-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy organisations, one New Zealand association, and the Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australia.
The PPAA is a member organisation of the Australasian Confederation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies.
All VAPP members are obliged to have knowledge of, and to work within the VAPP Code of Ethics and the VAPP Constitution and Regulations.
Aims of the VAPP include:
The Association conducts its own four year training program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and a one year Introductory Course in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
From time to time VAPP members offer seminars, short courses, supervision groups, or infant observation groups.
Ms Jacqui Adler (Immediate Past President)
Ms Rosalie Birkin (Secretary/Treasurer)
Ms Marie Karamesinis
Ms Fiona Lacy
Mr Harry Nazikian
Ms Vicki O’Dwyer
Ms Prue Walker (Membership Committee)
Ms Faye Wilson (Chair Training Committee)
The VAPP is committed to providing a welcoming and enriching environment to all Practitioners entering its training program and courses, or who may be entering the Association from external professional arenas. The VAPP accepts that it contains a diverse community of practitioners with a common interest in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. The VAPP is dedicated to ensuring respect for these differences at all times and wishes to ensure that no practitioner will be discriminated against on the basis of gender, age, race, religion or sexual orientation. The acceptance of individuals into the VAPP (Association) is on the basis of prescribed professional competencies, where there is a demonstrated level of skills, knowledge and awareness. All individuals are expected to adhere to a Code of Ethics which provides guidelines for ethical clinical practice.
The criteria for membership of the VAPP are available on this Website.