LAISPS provides its members and candidates with a warm, collegial professional home. It is a place for intellectual stimulation, professional networking, and deep personal friendships. From the first year of training, candidates are invited to participate in the daily operation of the organization. Upon graduation, they become full members of the Society with voting privileges and are encouraged to contribute to its development and vitality by assuming positions of leadership.

In addition to fostering the growth of its members and candidates, LAISPS is committed to providing psychoanalytic education to the mental health community through the following programs:




The Extension Division offers one-year courses in Eating Disorders, Trauma Studies, and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy as well as briefer topical seminars in psychoanalytic theory, technique, and applied psychoanalysis.

Scientific Programs and Workshops provide an opportunity for members and candidates, as well as local, national, and international psychoanalysts to present original psychoanalytic papers. Weekend workshops allow for more extensive study of special topics.

LAISPS is also dedicated to providing community outreach programs that apply psychoanalytic thinking to social problems and to the needs of the community at large.


The Ernest S. Lawrence Trauma Center brings psychoanalytic understanding to underserved groups in the community. The Center’s projects are run by volunteer licensed clinicians who provide free psychoanalytically-informed psychological services to “at-risk” populations as well as educational presentations to the community at large.



Professionals Affiliated with LAISPS (PALS) offers psychotherapists and other interested professionals an opportunity to deepen their understanding of psychoanalysis in an informal setting and to participate in special events and activities at LAISPS.


The LAISPS Student Society offers graduate students and interns an opportunity to explore psychoanalytic thinking in friendly, informal gatherings and and be mentored by clinicians experienced in the field of psychoanalysis.





The LAISPS Referral Service offers affordable psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to individuals in the community.





The LAISPS Affiliate Society Membership offers an opportunity to licensed clinicians to learn from members of LAISPS and like-minded colleagues, share clinical issues, and engage in professional networking.




IPA is the world’s primary accrediting and regulatory body for the profession of psychoanalysis. Founded in 1910, it is the oldest, largest, and most respected organization of psychoanalysts. Its mission is to advance psychoanalysis by ensuring the highest standards of training and practice. LAISPS became a full component of IPA in 1995.

The Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Society

CIPS is an organization of psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic societies, founded in 1992 to represent the interests of psychoanalysts belonging to independent component societies of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) in the United States. Membership in CIPS is open to all IPA-accredited societies in the United States, and to all members of the IPA who are not affiliated with CIPS through membership in a CIPS component society.

The Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education (ACPEinc.) is an autonomous not for profit accrediting agency that was established in 2001 by The Psychoanalytic Consortium to implements its Standards for Psychoanalytic Education. The ACPEinc accredits psychoanalytic education institutions.  It assesses how well each psychoanalytic institute or training program implements the Standards of Psychoanalytic Education in light of its distinctive theory and training tradition.  External accreditation of an institute or training program provides parity with colleagues in other academic and health care disciplines.  It supports common educational standards and guidelines; and it encourages conversation among diverse schools, and cooperative scientific investigation.

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