What is the Association for Integrative Psychology, Inc.?
The purpose of the Association for Integrative Psychology (AIP), Inc. is to promote awareness and acceptance of complementary, alternative, and integrative approaches to human behavior as viable ways to facilitate change. It was founded in 2005 by Matthew B. James, MA, PhD.
AIP's Organizational Objectives
A) Provide an affiliation organization for practitioners of a variety of integrative approaches to human behavior, as well as affiliates from the general public who have an interest in Integrative Psychology.
B) Promote cooperation, communication, and coordination between professionals using varying approaches to facilitating change.
C) Provide a journal, forums, conferences, and other mechanisms for the exchange of information and ideas among professionals working in the fields represented by Integrative Psychology.
D) Promote research and knowledge about the mind/body connection and methods of changing human behavior.
E) Set standards for levels of certification for Integrative Psychology professionals.
F) Provide certification for professionals who have received training in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy, and other fields determined by the organization as falling within the scope of Integrative Psychology.
G) Approve training programs and their curriculum as meeting standards for certification.
H) Maintain and publish a directory of affiliates.
What is Integrative Psychology?
Integrative Psychology is a branch of study and practice that seeks to unite traditional medicine, psychology, and other alternative and complementary approaches. Integrative Psychology studies the affective, cognitive, behavioral, and psychological aspects of human behavior, including social, developmental, and cultural influences. Although in clinical practice one or more of these areas may be addressed, the aim of Integrative Psychology is to facilitate wholeness. To do this, an integrative practitioner addresses the intrapsychic, interpersonal, and spiritual functioning of the individual within the context of their culture.
A variety of disciplines and approaches are represented within the field of Integrative Psychology including: medicine, osteopathic medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, homeopathic medicine, dentistry, nursing, psychology, social work, sociology, theology/religion, transpersonal studies, anthropology, spirituality, quantum physics, linguistics, hypnosis, political science, education, and many others.
The Association for Integrative Psychology, Inc. was formed to encourage holistic approaches and integration in the fields which study human behavior and its change.