Developing Group Liaison Guidelines

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Guidelines for the Liaison Persons to Developing Groups

The IAAP's work for and with its Developing Groups all over the world needs to be as coherent and well coordinated as possible. At the same time, it has to be carefully adapted to the character and specific context of each Group, taking into consideration each Group's possibilities as well as its difficulties.

Consequently, each one of our Liaison Persons working with these Groups plays a pivotal role. As soon as a site visit has taken place and a Group is officially recognized as an IAAP Developing Group (see: Guidelines for Site Visits to Potential Official IAAP Developing Groups), the Chair of the Sub-Committee for the Developing Groups appoints an IAAP member to become the Liaison Person of this Group. As a first task the new Liaison Person will research and establish with the Group a study program which is suitable for that Group and responds to its needs. Usually, such a program includes a progressive theoretical training in analytical psychology and similar approaches. Often sessions of group supervision are included, sometimes sessions of individual supervision, and in certain cases -- which regretfully are rare for practical reasons -- personal analysis.

In an effort to realize such a program, the Liaison Person assembles a team of visiting analysts who are able to travel to the location of a Developing Group as regularly as possible. The best solution is to set up a relatively small team so that interactions between each analyst and the Group are better coordinated. It is preferable to allow members of a Group to work on a continuing and consistent basis with the same analysts. Of course, over time, members of the team may change.

A team may consist of analyst members of different IAAP constitutent Societies offering the Developing Group an opportunity to become acquainted with different traditions within the Jungian movement. In addition, there is a potential for fruitful exchanges among IAAP Societies.

On the basis of this type of study program, the Liaison Person collaborate with the Chair of the Sub-Committee for the Developing Groups who, in turn, will interact with the Executive Committee and propose an appropriate budget for each of the Developing Groups. At the present time, the total yearly budget for all the Developing Groups amounts to approximately CHF 80,000. Usually, an amount of CHF 2,000 to 4,000 is earmarked for each Developing Group. However, this may increase to between CHF 5,000 and 8,000 if circumstances warrant a particularly intensive program during a few years. In some rare cases, the yearly IAAP contribution to a Developing Group can be as high as CHF 10,000 or more.

This financial support is not a lump sum awarded to each Developing Group. It is a financial reserve intended to reimburse the visiting analysts for their expenses in accordance with the following procedure:

During the entire process, i.e., establishing a study program, assembling a team of visiting analysts, defining a budget, reimbursing the visiting analysts for their expenses, etc., the Liaison Person is involved. The Liaison Person is in close contact with the Officers of the Developing Group for which he or she is responsible, as well as with the Chair of the Sub-Committee for the Developing Groups, in an effort to ensure an efficient exchange of information and co-operation among all concerned. Good communications are particularly important, for example, in cases where a Developing Group wishes to establish or enlarge its library.

The Liaison Person also pays careful attention to the circumstances of each Group and the local requirements regarding clinical practice. At the conclusion of a study program of several years, the Liaison Person, together with the Officers of a Group and the Chair of the Sub-Committee for the Developing Groups, may study the possibility of issuing to certain members a certificate testifying to the work accomplished within the Group. Such a certificate may be issued and signed jointly by a local Group and the IAAP.

It is also the responsibility of the Liaison Person to work with the Officers of each Developing Group to evaluate the wishes and the potential of different members of the Group. The goal of our work for and with the Developing Groups is, in effect, to offer a general training in analytical psychology to psychologists, psychiatrists, and other interested persons, which will enhance their common work as a group in places where there is no IAAP constituent Society, as well as their personal and professional development. In addition, it is our aim to contain and facilitate the training of those members of a Group who may wish to become Individual Members of the IAAP. In certain areas, the second objective may become a priority. Consequently, it is essential for the Liaison Person to work in close cooperation with the Advisor appointed by the Chair of the Sub-Committee for Individual Members to follow the training of members of a Group who choose this route. (See: Guidelines established in this regard by the Chair of the Sub-Committee for Individual Members.)

Toward the end of each year, the Liaison Person is invited to collaborate with the President of his/her particular Developing Group in writing an activity report outlining the work accomplished by the Group, observations regarding the past year, and expectations for the future. This report is signed jointly by the President of the Group and the Liaison Person, submitted to the Chair of the Sub-Committee for the Developing Groups, and then published in the IAAP Newsletter.

Finally, every three years at the time of the IAAP Congress, two general meetings with regard to Developing Groups are planned. The first one is attended by members of the Developing Groups who are able to be at the Congress. This provides an opportunity to meet colleagues from other Developing Groups. The second meeting is dedicated to the Liaison Persons for the purpose of exchanging information about their experiences and ongoing projects.

Hester Solomon
Sub-Committee for Developing Groups
September 2004