Apart from the official EAP Committees the Organisation installs Working Groups on a regular basis to focus on specific topics. These groups of experts from in- and outside the EAP eg produce information documents, establish new standards etc. The EAP´s activities focus on improving the quality of psychotherapy education and practice as well as the recognition on a governmental basis.
Many psychotherapists and counsellors practice online – and take for granted the idea that it is ‘different’ – but ‘more or less the same’ as face-to-face therapy. But that is a big error – and one which can be damaging – even dangerous – to both client and therapist.
The EAP is looking at this and we intend to develop practice guidelines for practitioners, for trainings to include this in basic qualifications – and for advanced courses in online-therapy. And EAP – together with ACTO – is about to offer a database if information about working online internationally.
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