B7 PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING TO JOIN AJA
FROM ANOTHER IAAP ORGANISATION
This document is to be read in conjunction with Bye-Laws para.1: Membership.
Jungian analysts who are already members of the International Association for Analytical Psychology may apply to join the Association of Jungian Analysts. There are fees applicable at certain stages of the process and these are itemised at the end of this section.
Applicants will be interviewed by two senior members of AJA regarding their suitability. Following this there will be a period of not less than six months and normally at least one year before a final decision is made.
During this period the applicant should fulfill the following requirements:
- i) demonstrate that their experience and knowledge is at least equivalent to that of AJA members
- ii) regularly attend the monthly meetings
iii) submit a paper for presentation to the Association.
At the discretion of the professional committee the applicant may be asked to work with one or two patients under supervision with a senior analyst. Membership is conferred by Council on the recommendation of the professional committee.
The applicant may apply for professional membership two years after they have been admitted to membership of AJA, but not less than three years after qualification with their original IAAP training association. A successful applicant may continue with membership of both organisations should they so wish.
With membership of AJA the successful applicant is also eligible to join either BPC or UKCP or both.
The Application Procedure
An IAAP analyst who wishes to be considered for membership should write to the chair of the professional committee, enclosing the following documents:
- A full CV, including details of training, personal analysis, supervision, private practice, NHS work, current caseload, and other allied work such as teaching.
- A short statement of ethos and philosophy underpinning their work, and a statement indicating their reasons for wishing to join AJA. This should include whether dual or single membership is intended, i.e. if the applicant would wish to retain membership of their existing association alongside membership of AJA and, if so, whether they would intend to vote with their existing association or with AJA.
- Two current professional references, at least one of which must comment on the applicant from a Jungian perspective.
Following receipt of these documents, the applicant will have interviews with two professional members of AJA who will assess the applicant from a professional point of view and explore in depth their motivations for wishing to join AJA. The interviewers should preferably not know the applicant well.
The two interviewers will each submit a written report to the Chair of the professional committee, and the committee will meet to decide if the applicant can proceed to the next stage of writing the clinical paper. At this stage, to help with this process, the applicant may be asked to have consultation with an AJA training supervisor. If this is requested, the details of possible AJA supervisors will be sent to the applicant.
Attendance at monthly meetings
The applicant should attend as many monthly meetings as possible during the application process (apart from closed meetings such as reading-in papers), to give them and members of AJA the opportunity of getting to know each other. The duration of the process will not be less than six months and will normally be at least one year.
The applicant will write a short clinical paper of 3,000 to 5,000 words, by a date previously agreed with the professional committee. The purpose of this paper is to give an idea of how the applicant works with a patient, through discussion about the clinical process and what Jungian and post-Jungian theory informs their work. The paper should be appropriately referenced.
The applicant will then be interviewed on that paper by a panel of three professional members; at least one of whom will be a training supervisor and/or one a member of the professional committee. The panel will share the outcome of this interview with the professional committee who will then make a recommendation to Council. The Chair of AJA will communicate Council’s decision to the applicant. If Council agrees to offer membership the applicant will then be asked to present this paper at a monthly meeting of the Association.
The above outlines a standard procedure for joining AJA from another IAAP organisation. This may be modified according to the experience of the applicant.
Fees will be reviewed on an annual basis and applicants should contact the chair of the professional committee for current rates. Fees are applicable as follows:
- application fee, payable to AJA on submission of documents for the initial application.
- interview fees, payable directly to each interviewing analyst.
- monthly meetings, non-member fee payable on the door.
- panel interview fee, payable to AJA when date of panel is agreed.