The Institute of Psychology in Finland was founded in 1986. This was at the time when Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic psychotherapy were the primary practicing trends in Europe. The psychoanalysts believed strongly in systemic ideas. This is how the history of family therapy and family interventions began, which developed to narrative, solution focused and sosiodynamic approaches. Soon cognitive psychology was also in the mainstream and part of the institute´s curriculum, especially the CCT intervention protocols.
The institute started as an enthusiasm amongst the current “psycho-professionals”; with eagerness to develop the social and healthcare system and give “psycho-” professionals opportunities to grow professionally. At the end of the 1980s, no other organization offered postgraduate education in the field of psychology, especially regarding psychosocial interventions and psychotherapeutic care.
This was how, from practical needs, and people with international contacts, The Insititute of Psychology in Finland was founded. The first seminars were two-day seminars held in the Finlandia house in Helsinki on a topic of most interest in its time. Five hundred professionals took part in these seminars. They were a tremendous success and long sought-after training for the “psycho-” professionals. After this came more seminars and soon the first training programs.
The institute has supplied training to psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, social workers and doctors, teachers, counsellors and many others interested in learning more and developing their knowledge and practical skills in different areas regarding psychosocial wellbeing, clinical psychology, supervision, psychotherapy and others.
After the year 2000, the field started to change slightly. Then, programs targeting memory-related illnesses, neuropsychiatric disorders, the psychology of education and upbringing, trauma and crisis psychology came into the picture. Several new courses were offered to the healthcare and welfare sectors. Training programs for foster care workers and other professionals in the social services also became a successful additional part of the main training programs in the Institute of Psychology in Finland.
Since the beginning, all of the trainers and educators of The Institute of Psychology in Finland have been highly qualified professionals and members of academia and international associations in their own specific areas of specialty. This has led to the tremendous development of the institute’s training programs and content in general over the years.
Clinical Professor Raul Soisalo, the present director of The Insitute of Psychology in Finland, came into the picture in 2010 and continued to develop the institute´s innovative programs. Among the latest programs created is the Nature Therapist training program. A genuinely fascinating program with a focus on the benefits that nature can give us in various therapeutic settings. Today, 37 years later, The Institute of Psychology in Finland is continuously developing innovative programs and helping professionals from various fields to develop through high-quality and research evidence-based training programs. The development of courses in English is now allowing non-Finnish speakers to take part in these internationally unique training programs, where the curriculum is always up to date with the consensus of researchers on the topic in question.