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Our History

Such professions as a counseling psychologist and a psychotherapist appeared in Russia only a few decades ago.
Before that, there was the academic psychology which was focused on scientific research. In medicine, there was psychiatry aimed at the medical treatment of mental illnesses.
At that time, there were no educational institutions nor departments for specialized psychological counseling or psychotherapy training. The reason is that there were no specialists who could provide support in solving personal or family problems at the modern professional level.
At the same time, in the developed countries of Europe and America, psychological counseling and psychotherapy were not only intensively developing, but also obtained recognition and support from the state. And they occupy today an important place in the field of mental health, clinical medicine and medical insurance.
 
 — 1991 —  Academic School of Professional Psychology (ASPP) in Moscow — 
 
In response to the social need for practical psychologists, in 1991, there was established the Academic School of Professional Psychology (ASPP) in Moscow, which had a  two-year training program.
It was one of the first educational institutions in Russia to train counseling psychologists and psychotherapists. Since its foundation, the ASPP has set itself the task to apply internationally established training approaches, quality standards and ethical principles. Therefore, foreign psychotherapists with a vast working experience were invited to teach there.
Among the first teachers were:
—​ Razvita Jarman (UK), client-centered therapy teacher;
— Ron Baker (USA), transactional analysis teacher;
— Radmila Moacanin (USA), a Jungian analyst;
— Vera Vork (USA), a specialist in working with post-traumatic clients;
— Dina Hanoch (Israel), a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and many other professionals whose generous work helped the Institute to strengthen and develop itself. 
We will always remember of their great contribution to the development of psychotherapy in Russia.
The high quality of practitioners training at the ASPP permitted to create on its basis an educational institution that provided higher psychological education.
 
 — 1997— Institute of Practical Psychology and Psychoanalysis  —
This is how the Institute of Practical Psychology and Psychoanalysis was formed in 1997.
The higher education program in Psychology with Psychological counseling specialization became the main curriculum of the Institute.
The methodology of the educational concept is based on the psychoanalytic approach, which sets a certain way of thinking of the clinical vision.
The Department of Psychological Counseling and General Psychotherapy became the main graduate department.
Its faculty became responsible for all the aspects of practical training, counseling practice and general professional training of graduates as of counseling psychologists.
Almost all the teachers of the department began to pass trainings in European and American psychoanalytic programs.
Here, the first head of the department Marina Golovkina played an important role in its development as well as in creating psychological counseling programs.
 
— 1998 — Russian American Committee on Education in Psychoanalysis —
In 1998, the Russian American Committee on Education in Psychoanalysis was established.
A group of American psychoanalysts, under the guidance of the American psychoanalytic Association (APA) and at the discretion of its President, Dr. Homer Curtis, organized a regular training program at the IPPP called "Modern psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis", which lasted 5 years and ended in 2002. 
Within its framework, a group of the Institute's teachers was trained.
The next stage of their training was psychoanalytic training at the Han Groen-Prakken Psychoanalytic Institute for Eastern Europe (PIEE) certified by the International Psychoanalytic Association.
These teachers formed a center starting from which the Department of Psychoanalysis began to grow.
This was the first and only Department of Psychoanalysis in Russia the teachers of which began to pass psychoanalytical and personal trainings valid at the IPA. 
It was Mikhail Romashkevich who became the main organizer and the first head of the Department. He greatly contributed not only to the development of the Department but also to the first professional steps and formation of many well-known psychoanalytic psychotherapists and psychoanalysts.
So now, the Department has the largest and the highest professional team of psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists from all the educational institutions in Russia. 

All of them are members of the International Psychoanalytic Association and the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. 

The Department of Systemic Family Psychotherapy was developed by professionals guided by the professional standards of the International Family Therapy Association. 

The first teachers of the Department received their psychotherapy education in American and European training projects.

 — 1998 — Society of Family Counselors and Therapists —
In 1998, they organized the now well-known Society of Family Counselors and Therapists.

The collaboration with American psychotherapists was developing, so, in 1999 the Institute together with the  Bowen Theory Center (Massachusetts, USA) created an educational program called "Bowen Family Systems Theory". The Institute also made a training program on systemic family therapy together with the Austrian Society for Systemic Therapy and Research.

The IPPP students participated in these training programs. Some of them later joined the faculty of the Institute.

The staff of the department is widely known for their social and professional activity in addressing issues of mental health in modern society and the ones of overcoming the consequences of mass mental traumas.

—  2000 —
The Institute received its first state accreditation in 2000. It then got the right to issue state diplomas in the programs of the first and the second higher psychological education.
In the same year, the Journal of Practical Psychology and Psychoanalysis was created. This is a scientific and practical journal for electronic publications.

The Journal is also a result of the contribution made by the employees, teachers and graduates of the Institute — which determined its name. The content of the journal is related to the content of the Institute's training programs.

Practical Psychology, Psychological Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis are the areas of psychological and clinical practice to which special attention is paid not only in the course of training but also in the Journal’s publications.

Since its foundation, the Journal has published more than 500 works of Russian and international professionals in applied psychology, psychological counseling, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. 

—  2001 —
Starting from 2001, the Institute has conducted a program of the second higher education in Clinical psychology with specialization in Psychological treatment and Psychotherapy.
It was created as a result of the collaboration between the Institute and the Center for Professional Psychology of the George Washington University (USA).
Its director, Professor Dr. James Miller, and the staff of the Center visited the IPPP many times to exchange the experience and to teach clinical disciplines there.
The clinical training has a special feature: clinical psychologists trained at the Institute obtain important psychoanalytic skills.
They include diagnostic and counseling work, a lot of clinical practice and supervision of their clinical work.Teachers from the Neuro- and Pathopsychology Division of the Department of Psychology (Moscow State University) form the core of our Department's faculty.
In 2001, the IPPP was invited to participate in the Open Competition of Russian higher education institutions.
The Institute's training programs were recognized as the most innovative and unique.
As the result of the competition, the Institute was awarded a certificate "For contribution to the methodological support of psychologists training". The high quality of teaching at the Institute was noticed by the Ministry of Education that invited our staff to evaluate other psychology institutes undergoing the state accreditation.
—  2002 —
In 2002, the faculty of the Psychoanalysis Department and graduates of the Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy professional retraining program founded the Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (SPP). Due to the high professional level of its members, the SPP became a full collective member of the European Federation of Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy (EFPP) and is currently its only representative in Russia.
 
—  2003 —
The "Clinical Psychology" program was accredited by the state in 2003. Since then, the Institute has been the only non-state higher education institution that issues state diplomas in this specialty.
 
—  2007 —
In 2007, all the teachers of the Jungian Analytical Psychology completed qualification requirements of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). It is now the only Department of a higher education institution in Russia that meets all the professional and educational criteria of the IAAP.
This allowed the Institute to open an upgraded professional retraining program for doctors and psychologists in 2008 entitled «Analytical Psychology and Jungian Analysis». This training fully complies with the educational standards of the IAAP.
In 2007, the "Yaroslavna" helpline for free emergency psychological assistance became an integral part of the IPPP. It provides students and graduates of the IPPP with clinical practice, and some of them stay to work there.
 
—  2009 —
In 2009, graduates of the Institute Vitaly Zimin, Elina Zimina and Ksenia Korbut became full members of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) for the first time. It is at the ASPP – IPPP where they passed all the stages of their professional formation. They received higher education in Psychology and Clinical Psychology, completed Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy professional retraining program and the educational program of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Han Groen-Prakken Psychoanalytic Institute for Eastern Europe (PIEE) curated by IPA. The Institute has organized various conferences and seminars with the participation of the most well-known European and American experts in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
 
—  2010 —
In 2010, the Institute opened the "Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy of a Psychosomatic patient" program. It was the first three-year professional retraining program in Russia for psychoanalytical psychotherapists, clinical psychologists and doctors.

World-famous psychoanalysts, such as Dr. Michael Sebek (Czech Republic), Dr. Riccardo Lombardi (Italy), Dr. Carlos Nemirovsky (Argentina), and Dr. Michel Vincent (France), taught during this program

 
—  2011 —
In 2011, the Institute (ASPP – IPPP) celebrated its 20th anniversary.

In this period, more than 18 turn-outs of specialists of various types of psychotherapy graduated from the Institute.

Many of the former students of the Institute have become well-known psychotherapists and psychoanalysts, members of the most reputable international professional societies.

The history of the Institute of Practical Psychology and Psychoanalysis is inextricably linked with the history of psychological counseling and psychotherapy in Russia today.

With no support from the state, the Institute managed to bring its trainings for these specialities from almost nowhere to the highest level regarding modern professional standards.

The faculty of our Institute have created professional communities which are included into the most respected international psychotherapy organizations.

This allows the graduates of the Institute to receive the best psychological counseling and psychotherapy education in Russia.