The AIP was founded in 1988 to provide a referral service for the public, support the continuing professional development of its members and offer training and supervision in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Members value the best in theory and practice from across the psychoanalytic tradition. The training is pluralistic and emphasises a historical perspective.
AIP is a member of the College of Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA)
of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
. Members of the AIP are governed by its Code of Ethics.
The AIP is registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965-1978 and is an associate member of the Industrial and Common Ownership Movement (ICOM)