Multimodal Approach

As „multimodal“ the EAP describes approaches that do not fall under any accepted modality and that fulfills the following criteria and are not represented by a European Wide Organisation (EWO).

  1. The total psychotherapy training meets all ECP criteria:
    Minimum 1400 hours over the 4 years period distributed in the following elements:

    1. Minimum 250 hours of self-experience (therapy)
    2. 500 – 800 hours of theory and methodology
    3. Minimum 300 hours of psychotherapeutic work with clients under supervision
    4. Minimum 150 hours of supervision
    5. Minimum 3 years of clinical experience as psychotherapist after the training had been completed
  2. Within minimum ECP requirement of 1400 hours, at least 2/3d of the training must be in modalities that are recognized by EAP as scientifically valid (15 questions).Within minimum ECP requirement of 1400 hours, at least 1/3d of the training must be in one single scientifically valid EAP modality, with some supervision, personal therapy and practice in this modality.
  3. In the ethos and tradition of grandparenting – exceptions are possible.


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.