LAISPS provides its members and candidates with a warm, collegial professional home. It is a place for intellectual stimulation, professional networking, and deep personal friendships. From the first year of training, candidates are invited to participate in the daily operation of the organization. Upon graduation, they become full members of the Society with voting privileges and are encouraged to contribute to its development and vitality by assuming positions of leadership.
In addition to fostering the growth of its members and candidates, LAISPS is committed to providing psychoanalytic education to the mental health community through the following programs:
The Extension Division offers one-year courses in Eating Disorders, Trauma Studies, and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy as well as briefer topical seminars in psychoanalytic theory, technique, and applied psychoanalysis.
Scientific Programs and Workshops provide an opportunity for members and candidates, as well as local, national, and international psychoanalysts to present original psychoanalytic papers. Weekend workshops allow for more extensive study of special topics.
LAISPS is also dedicated to providing community outreach programs that apply psychoanalytic thinking to social problems and to the needs of the community at large.
The Ernest S. Lawrence Trauma Center brings psychoanalytic understanding to underserved groups in the community. The Center's projects are run by volunteer licensed clinicians who provide free psychoanalytically-informed psychological services to "at-risk" populations as well as educational presentations to the community at large.
Professionals Affiliated with LAISPS (PALS) offers psychotherapists and other interested professionals an opportunity to deepen their understanding of psychoanalysis in an informal setting and to participate in special events and activites at LAISPS.
The LAISPS Student Society offers graduate students and interns an opportunity to explore psychoanalytic thinking in friendly, informal gatherings and and be mentored by clinicians experienced in the field of psychoanalysis.
The LAISPS Referral Service offers affordable psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to individuals in the community.