Istanbul Psychoanalytical Association Ethical Principles Guidelines

Istanbul Psychoanalytical Association Ethical Principles Guidelines are applied by the Ethics Committee. The Ethics Committee is elected and maintains its tasks in accordance with the regulations of the association.

A) Ethical Principles

In the application of psychoanalysis, it is necessary to comply with the following ethical principles in order to protect the analysands, analysts and Istanbul Psychoanalytical Association. 

1. When and to whom is psychoanalysis applied? (Indication)

The task of a psychoanalyst is making assessment that the psychoanalysis will be beneficial for his patients as clear as possible. The psychoanalyst must be sure there is not a relationship with his patient that might be an obstacle in the way of developing and analysing the transference. The psychoanalyst has to evaluate his own age and health condition to maintain the psychoanalytical process properly.

2. Information

A psychoanalyst has to give priority to create a trust company for analytical works within the frame of obligation to give information. A psychoanalyst has to inform about the conditions and the forms of the analytical work before the psychoanalytical process. The duration and frequency of the sessions, the fee and the method of payment must be defined beforehand. All changes have to be pronounced to the patient previously and the possible effects on the psychoanalytical treatment must be regarded. Even if there is an informed consent to the treatment, the patient reserves the right to terminate psychoanalysis and these terms will not be a reason for ethical violations.

3. Confidentially

A psychoanalyst has to hide any kind of information about his patients. This rule is also true for training activities and clinical discussions between colleagues. Some information for the family of a child, or to other specialists or to any third person for health and protection of the patients can only be about elements of the reality. A psychoanalyst has to avoid all kind of information which may cause the patient to be recognized by someone else in the presentations when the importance of the patients outweighs the scientific importance. The rights to professional secrecy and to a private life should be respected even after the psychoanalyst's and the patient's death. A psychoanalyst has to take any precautions to ensure it. 

4. Abstinence

In all circumstances, the task of the psychoanalyst is to act in the best interest of the psychoanalytical work. Psychoanalytical transference relationship will never be used for any other purposes. A psychoanalyst shall not engage in sexual relationships or other forms of sexually and aggressive behaviour with the analysand. Even if there is willingness, the responsibility of the psychoanalyst is not eliminated in this regard. Psychoanalyst should not encourage patient to convey intimate information for pecuniary advantage.

5. In psychoanalytical formation period, all of these rules are also obligatory for the supervisor and supervised relationships.

B)Procedures of Complaints

1. Complaints or any problems raised by a member, candidate or a patient should be directed to the Executive Committee

2.The President of the Society on behalf of the Executive Committee sends the complaint to the Chair of the Ethics Committee.

3.The Chair of the Ethics Committee invites the members to meet for the complaint case.

4.The Ethics Committee evaluates the complaint and interviews all parties involved in the complaint.

5.The Ethics Committee prepares a detailed final report on the case:

a.Might decide to suggest  a warning or the dismissal of the member from the society

b.Might decide that the complaint is null / non- guilty and forwards the suggestion to the Executive Committee

6. Ethics Committee takes its decisions via simple majority.

7. Analyst-analysand relationship is to be watched during the whole procedure   (investigations and decisions) of the Ethics Committee. In cases of such a relationship within the Ethics Committee and the person accused, or a complaint is issued about a member of the Ethics Committee, the member leaves his/her place temporarily to be replaced by the alternate member (the member who has the next highest vote).  

8. The Chair of the Ethics Committee must keep the decisions taken by the Committee in a closed envelope for ten years even his/her term ends. 

9. The members of the Ethics Committee must adhere to the rule of confidentiality. 


This guideline was approved in the ordinary general meeting of the Istanbul Psychoanalytical Association on 27 January 2014 and takes effect.

IPD 2016-2018 Ethical Committee Members: Ayça Gürdal Küey, Talat Parman, Peykan Gökalp