Representations | European Wide (EWO/EWAO)

European Wide Organisation (EWO)

According to the EAP statutes a European Wide Organisation (EWO) has to be a psychotherapy organisation which provides training in at least six European countries in a modality that is scientifically valid by the EAP. Organisational membership within the EAP is a prerequisite for the acceptance as EWO. Therefore the organisation must possess an accountable administrative structure (a constitution) that is compatible with the EAP Statutes and a written code of Ethics.
Once accepted EWOs have to nominate a representative to participate in the EAP Board meetings who has a vote in the European Wide Organisations Committee (EWOC) and the Board. Regular presence at the EAP Board meetings is highly appreciated.

EWOs have to re-apply every seven years to maintain their status.

List of European Wide Accrediting Organisations (EWOs)

European Wide Accrediting Organisation (EWAO)

To become a European Wide Accrediting Organisation (EWAO) a European Wide Organisation (EWO) has to demonstrate that its training and accrediting process is at or above the level of the European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP). In addition to that the modality represented has to be either clearly distinct from any other modality represented by another EWO or represent the largest number of practitioners in this modality. It has to be the only EWAO in this particular modality within the EAP.

EWAOs are entitled to sign ECP applications for practitioners in their modality. Therefore they have to nominate EWAO representatives, preferable one person for each country. EWAOs involved with ECP applications benefit financially: they receive a share of 20% of the total amount paid by the applicant. This amount varies depending on the origin of the application (Eastern or Western Europe).

EWAOs have to re-apply every seven years to maintain their status.

List of European Wide Accrediting Organisations (EWAOs)


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.