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About NAAP

Since 1972 the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) has successfully pursued its mission to unite the various schools of psychoanalytic thought and to ensure the independence, advancement, recognition, and sustainability of the profession of psychoanalysis.

Our Commitment:

  • Maintain a national, professional, psychoanalytic membership organization;
  • Maintain and expand a community of member institutes whose standards for training are in accordance with NAAP guidelines;
  • Establish the qualifications of individuals for membership in NAAP, grant membership to those who meet the standards, and publish a National Registry of members in good standing;
  • Develop and maintain an ongoing legislative and lobbying arm that oversees the professional needs of members and member institutes throughout the country;
  • Implement and maintain policies that safeguard NAAP’s mandate to ensure diversity, social justice, and responsibility within its membership, schools of thought, and geographic scope;
  • Elevate, broaden, and universalize the standards of graduate and postgraduate education in psychoanalysis;
  • Assist members in serving diverse populations and communities, locally and globally, in the most professional way possible by applying psychoanalytic principles and treatments;
  • Work toward the recognition of psychoanalysis as an independent profession.



The history of NAAP is a history of people, presidents, boards, members, and staff and their striving for the recognition of psychoanalysis. In 1972 a small group of psychoanalysts met to discuss how to preserve and enhance the development of psychoanalysis as an independent profession. This meeting led to the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP). The organization was incorporated that same year by Ethel Clevans, MS, Harold Davis, PhD, Leonard Liegner, MD, Phyllis Meadow, PhD, and Philip Polatin, MD. In 1973, ten institutes were represented at a meeting in Los Angeles to plan NAAP’s formation and an annual conference. Read More>>


Guidelines for Ethical Conduct and Standards for Professional Practice

The National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (the Association) has established a Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Practices mandated (1) to resolve complaints of ethical violations alleged against members of the Association, and (2) to consult with members concerning ethical principles. At least one member of the Committee (voting or ex officio) shall be a Trustee of the Association. Click here to read our complete code of ethics.