In 2018 the European Association for Psychotherapy submitted the Psychotherapy Act to the EUROPEAN COMMISSION to gain recognition of the professional status of Psychotherapist.
We understand that the European Union places great emphasis and funding on health, as healthy people are happy citizens and an effective work force.
Psychotherapists are an important part of the group of health professionals needed by the EU as psychotherapy is effective in helping people overcome emotional and mental health problems and becoming happier and more fulfilled citizens.(4)
Since 1990 EAP has accumulated a vast amount of experience and expertise in dealing with the regulation of the profession of psychotherapy, including training standards and accreditation, ethics, CPD and maintaining a register, and has links with the relevant international psychotherapy bodies.
2018 is a new era in which we look forward to the ADOPTION OF THE PSYCHOTHERAPY ACT by the European Union, thus granting the SAME PROFESSIONAL STANDING as has been given to other professions in recent years, for example the Medical Act and the Nursing Act. We look forward to being part of future consultations with European Commissioners.
(4) Caldwell, Woolley & Caldwell (2007)
Psychotherapists are required to engage in extensive personal psychotherapy during their training which is up to seven years duration. Psychotherapists usually have a first degree followed by a professional, highly specialised, theoretical and clinical training which includes research methodology and continuous professional development. The EAP promotes the recognition of common standards of training throughout Europe, and will ensure their mobility across member states.Training