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WIPU – Das psychoanalytische Ausbildungsinstitut an der IPU Berlin
z. Hd. Der Vorstand des WIPU
Stromstraße 3b
10555 Berlin

Wichtiger Hinweis

Bitte beachten Sie, dass das WIPU seinen Betrieb zum Wintersemester 2022/2023 nur mit der Zulassung durch den Zulassungs- bzw. Berufungsausschuss der Kassenärtzlichen Vereinigung aufnehmen kann. Diese Zulassung ist beantragt, der Entscheid ist gegenwärtig noch ausstehend. Wir werden Sie an dieser Stelle zu den aktuellen Entwicklungen im Hinblick auf die Zulassung informieren.

WIPU – the psychoanalytic training institute at the IPU Berlin

WIPU is a training institute accredited by the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (German: Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales Berlin, “LaGeSo”) and the DGPT (German Society for Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics, and Psychodynamic Therapy). WIPU offers psychodynamic training to become a psychotherapist for the purpose of providing psychotherapeutic treatment to adults.

Candidates can choose between psychodynamic therapy or joint psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy (“verklammert”). Under special circumstances, it is possible to switch from the psychodynamic therapy track to the jointtrack up until the intermediate examination.

The psychodynamic and joint training programs for treating children and adolescents is also accredited by LaGeSo. Moreover, it is possible complete double training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and analytic psychotherapy (training in order to treat children, adolescents, and adults).

Cooperation agreements are currently being formed with both societies DPV (German Psychoanalytic Association) and DPG (German Psychoanalytic Society). After finishing their training under one society’s guidelines, candidates will gain the opportunity to become members of that respective society.

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduates of a master’s course in psychology (120 ECTS). The degree must involve clinical psychology.

It is also important that applicants completed at least 60 credits of psychology during their bachelor studies.

The training for analytic or psychodynamic children and adolescent psychotherapy requires a university qualification of pedagogue or psychologist, according to paragraph 5 of the Psychotherapeutengesetz (English: Psychotherapy Law and Regulations).

We aim to start during the winter 2022/23 semester. Application deadlines will be announced here.

You can submit your application either by email or by post to:


WIPU – Das psychoanalytische Ausbildungsinstitut an der IPU Berlin
z. Hd. Der Vorstand des WIPU
Stromstraße 3b
10555 Berlin

The following documents form a complete application:

  • Letter of motivation (max. 5 DIN-A4 pages)
  • Curriculum vita
  • Certificate of completion for a master's program in psychology

An external selection panel will decide whether applicants are invited to interview.

At WIPU you can choose from the following training programs:

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (German: Tiefenpsychologisch fundierte Psychotherapie “TP”)
  • Focus on two specialties (analytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy)

Pending final internal approval by the DPV and DPG, candidates will have the opportunity under specific conditions to apply for membership to either the DPV or DPG (DPG-IPV).

Furthermore, candidates can choose between two training programs in child and adolescent psychotherapy:

  • psychodynamic
  • analytic/psychodynamic (joint)

Moreover, double training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and analytic psychotherapy is possible (training for children, adolescents, and adults).

Yes. Courses at WIPU take place primarily during weekday evenings.

Training at WIPU includes the following fees:

  • Acceptance fee: 200 Euro   
  • Semester fee: 400 Euro   
  • Intermediate exam fee: 200.00 Euro
  • Final exam fee: 500 Euro   
  • Psychotherapy session (rate), variable insurance rate: point value-dependent        
  • Outpatient Clinic dues: 15 %        
  • Monthly rent for consultation room (depending on availability) Raummiete pro Monat (je nach Belegung): 180 Euro

Yes. Cooperation agreements have been formed with clinics and psychotherapeutic institutions for the practical portion I and II (German: Praktische Tätigkeit “PT”).

The WIPU Board

Prof. Benigna Gerisch


Prof. Annette Streeck-Fischer

Child/Adolescent Psychotherapy Spokesperson

Prof. Bernd Ahrbeck

Prof. Tamara Fischmann