Background and Objectives
ICP|The Institute for Clinical Psychoanalysis
Korea’s Institute for Clinical Psychoanalysis (ICP, formerly PIP Psychoanalytic Institute) was established to train psychoanalysts in Korea. The objective, to train Korean psychoanalysts, is truly meaningful only when the following two things are accomplished without giving up.
The first is related to the fact that psychoanalysis has mainly developed in Western Europe and the United States. Because of this, psychoanalysis, its training, and clinical practice is western-centric in their linguistic, physical, and cultural aspects. With a deep understanding of this point and implemention of training that includes analytics experience that aligns with contemporary Korea, ICP will foster Korean psychoanalysts who can genuinely care for the Korean people’s hearts and souls.
The second is to pay attention to the risk of hasty compromises when applying psychoanalysis in Korean clinical practice, which might distort results. Psychoanalysis is related to a variety of disciplines, including humanities, psychology, counseling, education, and psychiatry, in Korea. Also, psychoanalysis is considered as a discipline that plays a meaningful role in each field. However, because psychoanalysis is a tool to clinically care for those with psychological difficulties, we need to overcome two important limitations in Korea today.
First, Korean psychoanalysis tends to be focused on its theoretical and intellectual understanding. But because psychoanalysis started and developed as not only an academic discipline, but also a tool for clinical practice, its analytic insights and theory is rooted in the analytical experience and clinical analysis. Therefore, psychoanalysis, in its nature, is a practical knowledge system that has characteristics that respond to the experience of clinical practice, especially to one’s own. Therefore, ICP will apply psychoanalysis in Korea in the context of clinical practice, which is the origin and foundation of psychoanalysis.
Second, psychoanalysis in Korea is accepted in academics as well as in clinical practice as a tool, often a psychological aid tool. When psychoanalysis is applied in clinical practice, it requires an essential but difficult process to integrate theories to one’s personality and true clinical meaning. Freud described this process as “working through.” However, for many practical reasons, we did not have enough responsibly provided training courses on psychoanalysis. With exceptions of a few cases, psychoanalysis was arbitrarily distorted without the full understanding of it, leading to a non-psychoanalytic clinical practice under the name of “psychoanalysis” or “psychodynamics” in clinical practice, which may have lead to a misunderstanding of psychoanalysis. Therefore, ICP seeks to face Korea’s reality head on and tries to provide training with quality and quantity that truly fits the international standards in order not to compromise the nature of psychoanalysis when applying it in Korea