VAPP Members are clinicians who have undertaken further specialised intensive training over a number of years in psychoanalytic psychotherapy; training that has been concurrent with their own psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
There are many advantages to being a VAPP member:
Applications for membership are welcomed from clinicians who have graduated from the VAPP Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, from other training programs with equivalence to the VAPP Training Program, or from clinicians who have training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy not necessarily within a formal program. Equivalent standards and competencies can be demonstrated through graduation from a psychoanalytic training program in which personal therapy, supervision, and training in theory and technique are ideally concurrent, or where these elements of training were undertaken outside a formal training program.
An example of this is:
All applicants are expected to be currently engaged in the ongoing practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and to be receiving regular and ongoing supervision of this work. The VAPP Membership Application Guidelines can be accessed here.
The category of VAPP Guest enables non-members of the VAPP to participate in the VAPP’s Professional Development program.
This is one way in which the VAPP seeks to make itself open to the wider psychoanalytic community and to broaden and enhance its linkages to that community.
VAPP Guests can participate in the VAPP’s Professional Development events with the exception of those that are designated for members only.
There is an annual fee set each year by the VAPP Council.
To be a VAPP Guest, applicants need to have:
A VAPP Guest also needs to be familiar with and accept the VAPP Code of Ethics
All enquiries regarding applying to be a VAPP Guest should be directed to the VAPP Administrative Officer (telephone: 03 9428 2303 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Any further queries regarding the process or eligibility can be discussed with the Chair or Secretary of the VAPP Membership Committee.
External applicants are asked to attach a letter of application together with a current Curriculum Vitae to the VAPP Administrative Officer. The letter should briefly outline the applicant’s interest in and experience of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and should include the name of a referee who has had recent supervisory experience of the applicant’s work.
Applications will be considered by the VAPP’s Membership Committee, which will make recommendations to the VAPP Council. Successful applicants will then be notified and provided with details for payment of the fee.
VAPP Guests are notified via email of Professional Development events.
New VAPP Guests are asked to notify the VAPP Administrative Officer when they will be attending their first Professional Development evening so that the VAPP President can welcome them and introduce them to others at the meeting.