German Psychoanalytical Society/DPG

Deutsche Psychoanalytische Gesellschaft


14 Training Institutes spread across the country with a focus on Berlin.


The DPG considers itself a scientific professional society. It unites psychoanalysts who have completed an analytical training recognised by it. Its tasks are the maintenance, further development and dissemination of psychoanalysis, which was founded by Sigmund Freud and has since been further developed, in research, teaching, therapy, prevention and in all other applications.

Members, Candidates

820 members, thereof 220 IPA members
327 candidates, thereof 90 IPA candidates

Short History

The DPG re-established itself after the catastrophe of the expulsion and murder of Jewish colleagues and the WWII in 1945. It was not readmitted to the IPA in 1949, as its leading representatives followed a neo-psychoanalytic orientation (e.g. Schultz-Hencke). The DPV (German Psychoanalytic Association) split off from the DPG and was recognised by the IPA. It was only with the reception of the developments of international psychoanalysis and its leading representatives that the DPG became interested again in joining the IPA, which then took place gradually and under special conditions, e.g. that not all members of the DPG had to be IPA members and that a separate IPA training was offered, for which the IPA members of the DPG were responsible. The Chair of the DPG must be an IPA member.

Founded 1945
IPA Board Provisional Society since 2001
IPA Component Society since 2009

Training Institute

Eitingon Training model

Dipl.-Psych. Martina Müller
Director of IPA Training

The IPA training is managed by a so-called IPA Training Center. It consists of the director and three officers for training, training analyses and curriculum, all elected by the IPA members of the DPG. The Director of Training is also a member of the Board of the DPG.  Nine DPG institutes offer IPA training.