Ethics Symposium Vienna February 2018

Report from the
EAP Symposium “Ethics in Psychotherapy”
Sunday: 25-Feb-2018, in SFU Vienna

The Ethical Guidelines Committee initiated this Symposium once again to bring the ethical questions in psychotherapy more into the light. There have been EAP events before, such as “Teaching Ethics” in 2006 or the 2011 3-country Symposium in Vienna, when a proposal for a seminar on Ethics was developed, which aimed to produce the content framework for  ethics seminars as a part of  psychotherapy trainings and produce suggestions how to develop a national legal framework which might apply to the practice of psychotherapy.

Almost a decade later, this EAP Symposium “Ethics in Psychotherapy 2018” was organized to highlight the contemporary situation and current developments for reflection and discussion concerning ethics in psychotherapy practice and training. The key-note presenters: Tom Warnecke (UK); Marie Christine Soulie (France); and Margaret Aull (Austria) were invited to cover the three main fields of discussion:

1. Ethical Questions as context-bound dilemmas – professional ethical identity and subjectivity.
Tom Warnecke presented this topic in his lecture “Cat and Mouse – The Ethical Crucible in Psychotherapy Practice” which illustrated how crucial it is to reflect on ethical issues because these questions are complex, and in spite of codes and rules, the subjectivity and personal responsibility of the therapist plays often a central role: “Without failure, there are no ethics”; “Ethical behaviour means taking responsibility for our actions”; “As a psychotherapist, I don't protect confidentiality because of some rule, but because confidentiality is at the core of psychotherapy”.

2. Teaching Ethics in Psychotherapy – Marie Christine Soulie teaches Ethics at the SFU in Paris, and she presented the framework of her teaching aimed at developing students awareness concerning ethical issues. In her lecture, “Teaching Ethics in Psychotherapy Training – What does this mean?”, she presented the legal framework, core principles and case-based teaching, since “ethics is not a risk-management, but a decision-making process”.

3. The level of a national legal framework for Ethics in Psychotherapy – Margaret Aull, who is working in the commission advising the Austrian Ministry of Health concerning ethical questions in psychotherapy, presented her experiences in dealing with ethical questions on the national legal level protecting the integrity of the psychotherapy profession. In her lecture, “The professional ethics of psychotherapists”, she showed that the professional ethical code of psychotherapists is a necessary guideline since “We all know that ethical behaviour can't be produced by the law” and what helps to develop psychotherapy ethical framework is “the transparency of all decision-making procedures”.

After the lectures, participants worked in small groups addressing ethical issues from their own field of work, discussing it with colleagues from other countries and different psychotherapy modalities. The topics discussed in the small groups were later presented to the plenary group – The themes put forward by the participants could be used as a guideline for the next symposium, or another professional gathering on ethical issues in psychotherapy:

Ethical Responsibility to the Self: Meta-level
Regulation (rules) vs. Legislation (laws) – the “culture” of raising ethical issues
How ethical are various laws, rules, codes? - How ethical is the process? - How ethical/appropriate are the sanctions? There are conflicts between principles (relativistic).

Political and cultural contexts of the work
Differences in political orientation, differences in sexual orientation; what about multicultural clients? (Example: a religious man with psychosomatic problems beats his wife, – what is the responsibility of the therapist – to inform ... or to report to court: does the client give consent to release information? With a report from a psychiatrist – for youngsters up to 14 – reports to parents – discusses with parents about therapy.
What about body psychotherapy and touch? Or psychotherapy practiced by a unqualified psychotherapist due to lack of a law

Ethical complaints against colleagues – How to support the complaint? How to support the colleague?
No clear process/ support for complainant – how ethical is this? What about the validity of the complaint and the process of dealing with the complaint; the frightened complainant – making complaint could be damaging for the client; complaints against an organisation, training institutes, other professionals; complaints about non-members; consent - contracting (implicit – explicit) - consistency policies; taping the sessions ... supervision – shared professional secrets

Ethics of Competition among psychotherapy training institutes and different practice modalities; the
ethics of attacks / defences;

Advertising, abuses of marketing – tax situation avoiding fees, advertisements, contracts

Different roles in addressing ethical questions: Doctor – Psychiatrists – Therapist – Clients, who are abusing others (a “difficult client” - is this an ethical label)

Implementing ethics into the training courses – institutes have responsibility for students – no ethical codex binds the students

The discussion in the small groups brought up important everyday ethical issues in psychotherapy, like:
- Development of one’s own explicit ethical policy (“What do I normally do in a psychotherapy setting – What is my contract with the client”) Do I accept clients on Facebook; Do I inform client exactly what am I doing; How to go on with the rumours and gossiping – anonymous complaints about colleagues – is it a dance between confrontation and ignorance. Is it an ethical obligation to take action if we suspect that something unethical is going on – what to do with our knowledge ...
* Ethical issues in working with children and adolescents – questions around reporting child abuse
* Fees in psychotherapy – how much is it ok to charge? – is a “scale of fees” really good for clients, or just a good feeling for the therapist …? Is it ok to have first session for free?

As a conclusion, we can see this Ethics Symposium as another step towards creating a platform for the psychotherapists of Europe (from different modalities and different countries) together to find answers to the ethical dilemmas of their everyday professional life. It was nice to see how these common questions, around the core of psychotherapy, can bring psychotherapists together, no matter which modality or nation they come from.


EAP Guidelines Psychotherapy with Refugees

The task force headed by the corresponding author was set up by the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP)  in 2016 to address issue of mental health and Psychotherapy in the present refugee crisis by

a) a position statement to create awareness on the importance of mental health, human rights and Psychotherapy services by the public, professionals in different fields, and NGOs but also governments and other decision makers. 
b) guidelines for the Psychotherapy with refugees to be used by mental health professionals.

The documents were accepted by the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) Board and Executive committee with 29th of March, 2017.


Trip of Ukrainian Delegation to Vienna

Trip of Ukrainian Psychotherapists to Vienna, November 2016

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Definition of the profession of Psychotherapy

Appendix 1 to the Board Minutes, Siracuse 17th to 18th of October 2003

(1) The practice of psychotherapy is the comprehensive, conscious and planned treatment of psychosocial, psychosomatic and behavioural disturbances or states of suffering with scientific psychotherapeutic methods, through an interaction between one or more persons being treated, and one or more psychotherapists, with the aim of relieving disturbing attitudes to change, and to promote the maturation, development and health of the treated person. It requires both a general and a specific training/education.
(2) The independent practice of psychotherapy consists of autonomous, responsible enactment of the capacities described in paragraph 1; independent of whether the activity is in free practice or institutional work: (see 1)

Schedule for EAP Board meetings, EAP and WCP Congresses

EAP Board Meetings Belgrade (Serbia): October 18 - 20, 2018

23rd EAP Congress Belgrade (Serbia): October 18 - 21, 2018
"Sense and Sensibility in Psychotherapy"
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EAP Board Meetings Vienna (Austria): February 21 - 23, 2019


Vienna Declaration dated 6th of December 2014 „Crisis in the Ukraine - psychotherapeutic approaches“


We, the below signing professionals, participants in the  Conference “Crisis in Ukraine-psychotherapeutic approaches” want to declare :  Psychotherapy  is aimed to help people to regain psychological wellbeing and  restore mental health. Our work is guided by strong ethical guidelines, that are based on human rights and not subdued to political ideology or belief systems. We support our colleague psychotherapists in their on going work where ever this takes place.  Under no circumstances our work must be used in favour of any war, whether in its preparation or  contributing to on going processes of military actions.

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List of Supporters:

Acker Francine, France
Antonissen Dirk, Belgium
Anton-Boicuk Lisa, Germany
Aknin Nicole, France
Agostini Orsolina, Italy
Andreou Eugenia, Cyprus
Avila-Rauch Celia, Germany
Adomaitis Ray, USA
Aumaitre Cecile, France

Berger Wolfgang, Austria
Beyer Carmen, Romania
Brookhouse Shaun, United Kingdom
Becker-Drakulic Zorica, Serbia
Belska Alla, Ukraine
Berzel Stefan, Germany
Bogatska Olena, Ukraine
Bonnici (Stilon de Piro) Nadine, Malta
Brauns Manfred, Germany
Brezavscek Mojca, Slovenia
Burkart Spillmann Silvia, Switzerland
Benedek Laszlo, Hungary 
Bonda Larysa 
Borcsa Maria, Germany
Brode Kristina, Germany
Budrina Iris, Romania
Bohak Janko, Slovenia
Bakker Janna, Netherlands
Bader Regina, Austria
Badurina Mirela, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Butorac Danko, Croatia
Bellicaud Stoll Danielle, France
Bannikova Zhanna, Ukraine
Bayerl Barbara, Germany
Bosko Valentyna, Ukraine
Brejlová Dagmar, Czech Republic
Becerril Maillefert Carolina, France
Böhm Annette, Germany
Burnand Agnes, France
Beringer Andrea, Austria
Blümel Ferenc, Hungary
Brinkmeier Ulrich, Germany
Brinkmeier Susanne, Germany
Balomenou Vicky, Cyprus
Barrett Eve, Ireland
Berger Gabriele, Austria
Birk-Becht Roswitha, Germany
Bitere Agrita, Latvia
Blin Bernadette, France
Borysiuk Svetlana, Ukraine
Brouillet Michel, France
Bertok Martin, Slovenia
Brochmann Ellen, Norway
Baumann Andrea, Germany
Bender Susanne, Germany
Bold-Thum Harald, Germany
Begoyan Arman, Armenia
Bertok Martin, Slovenia
Behr Ilka, Germany
Bakker Banny, The Netherlands

Chelemen Mariana Minodora, Romania
Cayeux Brigitte, Mauritius
Coolen Janneke, Belgium
Casterman Martine, Belgium
Centa Ksenija, Slovenia
Crommar Claudine, Belgium
Cesko Enver, Kosova
Cameron Roderick, Cyprus
Clancy Marie Veronique, France
Castilho Jose, Ireland
Collande Cornelius, Germany
Csaszar-Nagy Noemi, Hungary
Chardon Paul, Netherlands
Cambosie Augustin, Romania
Correia Teresa, Portugal
Charvátová Markéta, Czech Republic
Calinaud Sandrine, France
Cocheteux Pierre, France
Cechnicki Andrzej, Poland
Canouii Pierre, France
Collet-Cassart Daniel, Belgium
Čanžek Ivan, Slovenia
Calovska-Hertzog Nevena, Serbia
Covrig Ramona M., Romania
Chesner Anna, United Kingdom

Demi Neli, Albania
Drewnowska Alicja, Poland
Deutsch-Stix Gertrud, Austria
Daßbach-Breuer Volker, Germany
Denona Ines, Croatia
Dombrovsky Arthur (Dr.), Lativa
Dollinger Marietta, Germany
Dragan Vasiloski, Norway
Duduchava Manana, Georgia
Dyman Victor, Ukraine
Dehbozorgi Shahram, Iran
Duvignac Pascal, France Ile de la Reunion
Dolynska Kateryna, Ukraine 
Duras Robert, Croatia
DiMarino Jean, Italy and USA
Dixon Anne Maria, Ireland
Dillon Noel, Ireland
De Fré Inge, Belgium
Daugelavicius Marius, Lithuania
Dionysia Michali, Greece
Dietz Katharina, Germany
De Jong Cornelis, Netherlands

Eickmeyer Beate, Germany
Edthofer Jutta, Austria
Eisentraut Ulrike, Germany

Filatova Alexandra 
Filts Alexander, Ukraine
Fitzgerald Barbara, Ireland
Florent Marie-José, France
Francois Nicoleau, France
Flament-Schedl Anna, Austria
Filomena Samuele, United Kingdom
Flamernt-Schedl Anna, Austria
Fries Ellena, United Kingdom
Francesetti Gianni, Italy
Furlani Metka, Slovenia
Flajs Tomaz, Slovenia
Fitzsimons Kathleen
Formisano Luigi, Italy-United Kingdom
Frydenberg Hans Petter, Norway
Fähndrich Michael, Germany
Fischbacher Martina, Austria
Farah Adnan, Bahrain

Gasparato Michèle, France
Gawlowska Ewa, Poland
Gabriel Barbara, Austria
Georg Gisela, Germany
Gaban Vasile, Romania
Gandiol Christian, France
Giangrande Roberta, Italy
Girardet Christian, Belgium
Grossmann Margit, Germany
Gusmao Gomes Joaquim, Portugal
Gasbarro Claudia Romana, Italy
Göncz Kinga, Hungary
Gudima Larissa, Russia
Gentelet Bernard, France
Georgiou Maria, Cyprus
Gibson Padraic, Ireland
Georgiou Philip, Italy
Godlewicz Béatrice, Belgium
Galea Catherine, Malta
Gianinazzi Nicola, Switzerland
Gunther Claire, Germany
Girardet Christian, Belgium
Gajic Tomislav, Serbia
Gregoire Nicole, France

Hagenbüchler Herbert, Austria
Hanchen Thomas, United Kingdom
Huysse-Gaytandjeva Anna, Netherlands
Hücker Franz-Josef, Germany
Höhmann-Kost Annette, Germany
Hofkirchner Wolfgang, Austria
Hoekstra Pieter, Netherlands
Hinrichs Heiko, Germany
Hinrichs Antje, Germany
Hardy Julia, Hungary
Hofler-Resch Susanne, Austria
Harmatta Janos, Hungary
Horst Marianne, Denmark
Haberkorn Lisa, Austria
Hadek Milena, Germany
Hilliard Mary, Ireland
Hoffmann Malou, Luxembourg
Huber Antonia, Germany
Hickey John J, Republic of Ireland

Ivanova Elena, Russia
Igumnov Sergy, Belarus
Iossifova Tzvetelina, Bulgaria
Iossifides Anna Marina, Greece

Jarmosh Olga, Russia
Janssen Wasilie, Netherlands
Jackson Ben, Germany
Janečková Barbora, Czech Republic
Jacq Jean-Philippe, France
Judge Jimmy, Ireland
Jagacic Nola Sanja, Croatia
Jobelin Jean-Marie, France
Javourez Jean-Michel, France

Kalashnik Tatiana, Ukraine
Kechur Roman, Ukraine
Kreuz Annette, Spain
Krukovskiy Paul, Russia
Kurbala Oleksandra, Ukraine
Kamps  Gradus, Netherlands
Kárászová Katarína, Slovakia
Katzensteiner Michael (Dr.), Austria
Korman Sharon, France
Kuipers F.H., Netherlands
Krieger Kelly, Netherlands
Koolen Hans, The Netherlands
Kachalko Arnold, Belarus
Kaae Karen, Denmark
Kastner Evelyn, Germany
Koznar Jan, Czech Republic
Köditz Michael, Germany
Knobel Freud Joseph, Spain
Kooyman Martien, Netherlands
Kadetova Ekaterina, Russia
Keatney Philip, Ireland
Kyrychenko Svitlana, Ukraine
Kyrychenko Valerii, Ukraine
Karban Barbara, United Kingdom
Kern Christian, Germany
Kovács Miklós, Hungary
Kutschera Ilse, Germany
Kiesinger Wolfgang, Germany
Kaszycka Daria, Poland
Klein Petra, Germany
Kresten Kay, Denmark
Kukla Christine, Germany
Kadic Emina, Bosnia and Herzogovina
Kelly Belinda, Ireland
Kudriavchenko Mariiya, Ukraine

Lebedeva Natalia, Russia
Labandowsky Cornelia, Germany
Larcher Reinhard (Prof. Dr.), Austria
Lamatsch Judith, Austria
Laurinaitis Eugenijus, Lithuania
Lazos Gelena, Ukraine
Lepihova Juliya, Belarus
Levesque Moriniere Francoise, France
Listopad Tatjana, Estonia
Lukin Vladislav, Russia
Lukina Olga, Russia
Lumsden Rieder Maria, Switzerland
Lassonczyk Odette, Germany
Leuterer Ulrike, Germany
Little Pauline, Ireland
Lomb Norbert, Germany
Lojk Bosiljka, Slovenia
Leeb Annemarie, Austria
Levesque Francoise, France
Lango Melanija, Slovenia

Makarov Victor, Russia
Makarova Ekaterina, Russia
Maksymenko Sergey, Ukraine
Maksimov Anton, Latvia
Mariotti Mauro, Italy
Matissek Sandra, Germany
Madison Gregory (Dr.), United Kingdom
Martani Valquiria, Italy
Masquelier Gonzague, France
Masson Bettina, France
Mauder Johann, Austria
Meyer-Gerlach Christa, Germany
Moran Marion, Ireland
Mozina Miran, Slovenia
Murray Denis, Ireland
Müller-Schwefe Rudolf, Germany
Medynska Yuliya, Ukraine
Mizinova Tatyana, Russia
Mkretchian Olha, Ukraine
Molodorych Andrii, Ukraine
Murashov Sergey, Russia
Murphy Mairead 
Myronenko Alexander, Ukraine
Morisch Ute, Germany
Markovich Darko, Serbia
Martinez-Falero del Pozo Miguel, Spain
Mahmutovic Edina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Michaelsen Hans Christian, Norway
Miskulin Inka, Croatia
Mochart Hanna, Germany
Moretto Regina, Italy
Melief Olga, Netherlands
Maasch Angelika, Germany
Moja-Strasser Lucia, France
Marivoet Dirk, Belgium
Meulmeester Frans, Netherlands
Matek Robbie, Australia
Maguire Brid, Ireland

Nalyvaiko Natalia, Ukraine
Nicolay Lucien, Luxembourg
Nowlan Kate, United Kingdom
Nikolajewna Krukovskaya Antionia, Ukraine
Nielsen Nandana, Germany
Nicoleau Francois, France
Niedzwiecka Monika, Poland
Nolan Anita, Ireland
Nath-Tumpachova Nadezda

Obuchov-Kosarovitsky Jakov, Russia
O´Connor Lucy, Ireland/Germany
O´Sullivan-Sanford Marych, Ireland
Otenko Svetlana, Ukraine
Ovcharek Kateryna, Ukraine
Oppl Michel, Germany
Ondrisova Sylvia, Slovakia
Ostaszewska Anna, Poland

Pratscher Judith, Austria
Petry Iris, Germany
Pantic Zdenka, Croatia
Pogorilyy Volodymyr, Ukraine
Pritz Alfred, Austria
Putniece Inese, Latvia
Pysarenko Tatiana, Ukraine
Perucchi Lorenzo, Switzerland
Piatakhina Gire Anastassia, Spain
Pitzal Werner, Austria
Picard Marie, France
Putniece Inese, Latvia
Popic Ivan, Croatia
Pieters Olga, Netherlands
Psalti Evi, Greece
Pieritz Rainer, Germany
Palčič Bubnič Mirjana, Slovenia
Plat Elly, Netherlands
Polychroni Kyriaki, Greece
Pisante Marilyn, Greece
Priputnevich Denis N, Russia
Philippou Gabriella, Cyprus
Perrotta Leandra Maria, Italy

Radica Sanja, Croatia
Rigaud L´une (Lynne), France
Rommel Marta, Poland
Reshetnikov Mikhail, Russia
Reutlingshöfer Maurice, Germany
Rieder Alexander, Austria
Renner Daniela, Austria
Rodina Kateryna, Ukraine
Ritter Siegfried, Germany
Rademaker Jan, Netherlands
Regan Deirdre, Ireland
Ryan Mary B., Ireland
Röder-Debus Ilse, Germany
Rijavec Jana, Slovenia
Ricka-Zauhar Zrinka, Croatia
Rupp Judith, Austria

Samsonova  Lyudmyla, Ukraine
Schulthess Peter, Switzerland
Scanlan Celia, Scotland
Schellinski Kristina, Switzerland
Schiltz Lony, Luxembourg
Silbermayr Ernst, Austria
Spiller Eva-Maria, Germany
Stahlmann Katharina, Germany
Stabingis Ansis Jurgis, Lativa
Stekelbos Thea, Nederland
Stermenska Julia, Slovakia
Sweeney Brion, Ireland & Scotland
Shalamova Natalia, Ukraine
Shorrock Matthew, UK/Austria
Silbermayr Ernst, Austira
Slavkovic Ivana, Serbia
Söllner Ina, Austria
Stelzhammer Willi, Austria
Stupak Olena, Ukraine
Szyszkowitz Traudl, Austria
Spinder Nelleke, Netherlands
Spagnuolo Lobb Margherita, Italy
Steinecke Gisela, Germany
Savage Peter J D, United Kingdom
Schuetz Peter, Austria
Sopkova Maria, Slovakia
Sotos Michael, Cyprus
Samuels Andrew, United Kingdom
Schneider Uwe, Germany
Schreckenberg Ute, Germany
Sorstein Philippe, France
Schwaier Eva-Maria, Germany
Shahram - Dehbozorgi, Iran
Schlitz Lony, Luxembourg
Staring Ray, Netherlands
Schrader Cornelia, Germany
Szépfalusi-Eibel Klaudia, Austria
Spokoinyi Natalia, Germany
Schneider Tanja, Germany
Salama Valérie, France
Schillat Zoe, Greece
Stegmaier Anna-Maria, Germany
Shershneva Tatjanna, Russia
Sammut Paul X, Malta
Slovesnikova Nataliya, Russia
Tereshchenko Nataliya, Ukraine
Tachker Brun Francoise, France
Tereshchenko Natalia, Ukraine
Tolstoukhov Anatolii, Ukraine
Tompakova Ella, Russia/Germany
Tompakova Evgenia 
Tretyak Alexander, Ukraine
Tumgoeva Aza, Russia
Turchenko Nina, Russia
Terzic Ajla, Bosnia Herzegovina
Tahsini Izela, Albania
Tsounaki Malvina, Greece
Tobien Nicole, Germany
Trodler Karin, Germany
Tkachuk Dmytro, Ukraine

Ucros Claudia, Belgium
Unterweger Eva, Austria
Uvarova Svetlana, Ukraine
Ullrich Dietmar, Germany

Van Geest Marijke, Netherlands
Van Haeringen Riek, Netherlands
Veski Epp, Estonia
Vargovic Zoran, Croatia
Von Kirchbach Godela, Austria
Vauthier Michael, France
Van Deile Moniek, Belgium
Vovko Elizabeta, Slovenia
Viala Gérard, France
Van den Bosch Bruno, Belgium
Vercauteren Lieven, Belgium
Van Beuzekom Paul, Netherlands
Van Dusseldorp Michelle, Netherlands
Van Rijn Trees (Theresia M.M.), Netherlands
Vaux Claude, France
Vracic Ivan, Croatia
Verdu Eduardu, Norway
Veneka Marina, Greece

Warnecke Tom, United Kingdom
Whyte Monica, Ireland
Wake Lisa, United Kingdom
Wallnöfer Heinrich, Österreich
Werringloer Richard, Germany
Witt-Heinze Monika, Germany
Woollett Katie, Ireland
Webb Diane, France
Wolf Jutta Barbara, Germany
Woronowicz Sylwia, Poland
Wendorff Alexandra, Lebanon
Wieja Ursula, Spain
Wasik-Sibrecht Malgorzata, Poland
Weber Thomas, Austria

Yelisyeyv Vitaliy, Russia
Young Anita, Ireland
Young Courtenay, Scotland, United Kingdom

Zijp Sonja, Netherlands
Zupančič Radovan, Slovenia
Zoric Sandra, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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War and Psychotherapy - Latvian social & rehabilitation camp for Ukrainian colleagues

The Latvian National Awarding Organisation (LPA) organised a social and rehabilitation camp for Ukrainian colleagues in 2015. Please have a look at the power point presentation providing more information about this activity.

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During the heightened events of the war zone in Ukraine ukrainian psychotherapists working as volunteers. Such intensive work conditions as victims as well as assisting affects not only the physical, but also mental health. Latvian Psychotherapy Association organized two summer camps for psycho-emotional rehabilitation of Ukrainian psychotherapists who have more than a year worked intensively hostilities in the region. The aim of the camp was to help the Ukrainian psychotherapists rework the traumatic experience, reduce burnout syndrome risks, and restore healthy physical and psycho-emotional condition to be able to return to their land to continue volunteering.

The project idea was developed in collaboration with the Latvian Psychotherapy Association and Parliament Deputies working group for cooperation with the Ukrainian parliament. Most funding for the camp conduct gave the Ministry of Health
Working in individual supervisions with colleagues through Skype it had concluded that many of them located on the border of burnout because without volunteering with victims of warfare, also perform their direct responsibilities in the workplace. However, only to face with colleagues in person, here in Latvia, where the environment and the atmosphere is so different from the situation in Ukraine, it was possible to see how many of the professionals themselves are extremely traumatized. It is important to be aware of, as well as professional resources are not inexhaustible. Some of them work to burn the border, but to recover a situation where around the shoot and the number of victims is increasing, it is very difficult, and sometimes impossible. This type of project, the rehabilitation, which includes both the recovery measures and support and education are provided to professionals on the merits colleague - a colleague, is unique in the history of psychotherapy as a whole.

To help restore the physical and mental resources of Ukrainian colleagues this summer were created two camps psycho-emotional rehabilitation, during which the Ukrainian colleagues had the opportunity to listen to lectures on current topics and participate in professional support classes - group and individual supervisions, as well as receive other rehabilitation measures. Both group and individual supervisions driving attracted various psychotherapy specialists from Latvian, which allows colleagues to receive the widest support and expanding their opportunities for future work. Seminars led by experienced and professional direction different Latvian Association of psychotherapists Psychotherapy - psychodynamic and existential psychotherapists, family therapists and psychoorganic analysis and psychodrama specialists and psychiatrists.

Heward Wilkinson - EAP Honorary Membership & Farewell from EAP

At the EAP Board meetings in Vienna on February 14th and 15th, 2014 Heward Wilkinson retired from his functions within the EAP. After more than 20 years being active in the association, Heward felt it was time to say good-bye.

Heward was one of the few members of the EAP Board who represented both a National Umbrella Organisation (UKCP) and a European-wide Awarding Organisation (European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy). For this reason, during his representation Heward participated in various EAP Committees and acquired a broad knowledge of EAP procedures and policies. Heward's precise thinking, his wisdom, his breadth of knowledge of psychotherapy and his skill with language, meant that his contributions in difficult or complex discussions, were hugely influential.

The EAP will sorely miss his expertise and his enthusiasm. To honour his achievements for the EAP, the Board unanimously agreed to grant Honorary Membership to him.

During the meeting of the European-wide Organisations Committee on February 14th, Heward gave a brilliant speech on the topic "Unity of Psychotherapy" which we would like to share with you in the MP3 file. 

Listen to the speech or download the MP3 file here

Abstract "Unity of Psychotherapy" (PDF)

EAP Newsletter Vol. 4 - ECP holders-EAP individual members, April 2013


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EAP Board Meetings Rome - October 14-15, 2011

The last EAP Board meetings were held from October 14th to 15th, 2011 in Rome, Italy. The venue of the meetings in the city centre was in comfortable walking distance to the famous St. Peter´s Dome and the Vatican City State. Thank to the collaboration of both Italian National Awarding Organisations, the Federazione Italiana delle Associazioni di Psicoterapia (FIAP) and the Federatione delle Associazione Italiana de Psicoterapia (FAIP), the EAP Board members were invited to a most interesting guided tour through the Vatican Museum followed by a delicious dinner in a traditional Italian restaurant. This very attractive social event on Friday night gave the Board members the opportunity to both get involved in Rome´s cultural life and at the same time enjoy themselves after a long day of intensive meetings.

Apart from many interesting discussions amongst psychotherapists from all over Europe, the EAP Board meetings in Rome were also dedicated to saying good-bye to some Board members. Isabelle Crespelle who was not only the EAP representative of the European Association for Transactional Analysis for many years, but fundamentally influenced the procedures for accepting European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institutes (EAPTIs), sat in the TAC and worked as co-chair at the EWOC and GAP Meeting. The EAP will very much miss her both on a professional and a personal level. Renée Oudijk from the Dutch NAO NAP and Theodor Itten from the Swiss NAO ASP participated at the Board meetings in Rome for the last time in their function as NAO delegates. As both are very much involved in other EAP activities, we are happy to meet them again at future meetings. The Board also said good-bye to Derval Ryan who will no longer represent the Irish NAO ICP in the EAP.

Willy Szafran resigned as External Relations Officer. With Peter Schulthess there was a very competent and enthusiastic candidate standing for election as his successor. The EAP unanimously accepted Peter as new EAP External Relations Officer and confirmed Michel Meignant as External Relations Officer representing the EAP in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

The Board continues to think about successor planning, balancing experience with fresh perspectives. This is currently focused on the role of a deputy to the General Secretary, as the Board felt that this balance was not achieved in the recent election process.

The new representative from the Spanish NAO FEAP, María Munoz-Grandes invited everyone to the next EAP Congress „Psychotherapy: „Improving Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing in Europe“ from July 4th to 7th, 2012 in Valencia. Please find detailed information about this event at

Annik Lambert, a lawyer from Brussels, and Mony Elkaim who are both involved in the ongoing negotiations with the European Commission, Department for the Recognition of Professional Qualifications, gave a report on the latest developments. The European Commission is now at a stage of evaluating the Directive regulating professions in Europe. The EAP is invited to comment on the Commission´s evaluation report.

The EAP President Adrian Rhodes who chaired the Board meetings for the first time in this function with great overview and engagement, thanked all Board members for the fruitful working atmosphere. The EAP is at an exciting, if sometimes uncomfortable point, where it is looking to reviewits aims and objectives and keen to engage the energies and enthusiasm of newer (and younger!) people.


EAPs 20th anniversary & farewell Serge Ginger (Registrar) and Regina Hilbert (Treasurer)

The EAP Board meetings in Vienna on February 18th and 19th, 2011 were not only dedicated to hard work and intensive discussions but also to celebrations and good-byes.

Serge Ginger who held the post of EAP Registrar for ten years decided to resign from this office. During his term of office he carefully checked and signed more than 5.000 ECP applications from 54 different countries. The Registrar’s position involves daily correspondence with the head office and representatives and a tremendous amount of work. Serge Ginger did this job with great success and passion. For several years Serge worked closely together with Ivana Slavkovic who will assume the position this year.

The EAP Treasurer Regina Hilbert who was elected at the AGM in Vilnius in 2005 also resigned. In her term of office she succeeded to improve the EAP´s financial situation remarkably. She was always keen on making financial transactions and the EAP budget transparent for the EAP Board and all EAP members. Her successor Alexander Rieder who holds a degree in International Business Administration will continue with this policy.

Besides these two farewells leaving the EAP Board members in a little sentimental atmosphere it was time to celebrate EAP´s 20th anniversary. 

If you like to view some photos from the EAP anniversary and farewell celebrations, you will find a collection of professional photos on this website:

The European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) was founded in June 1991.
According to the EAP Statutes § 2.1 „It is a non-profit organisation that aims to unite psychotherapy organisations into a common association, and organises individual psychotherapists of different orientations in Europe“. This international orientation and multi-cultural spirit could be very closely experienced at the visit of a typical Viennese „Heuriger“ on Friday evening. More than 80 psychotherapists discussed, enjoyed themselves together and listened to a favorite Viennese singer.

At the Annual General Meeting on Saturday Adrian Rhodes from United Kingdom was unanimously elected as the new EAP president. He will officially assume this position from Rodolfo de Bernart from Italy in summer 2011. Eugenijus Laurinaitis from Lithuania was elected as incoming Vice-president.


Estimation of the professional density of qualified psychotherapists in Europe

Reference: Serge Ginger, speech at European Conference on the Status of Psychotherapy in Europe – “Psychotherapy – an independent profession? A European Challenge!”

Search for Psychotherapists with the Japanese Certificate for Psychotherapy (JCP)

JCP online: The first Psychotherapists with the Japanese Certificate for Psychotherapy can now be found online.


Recognition of professional qualifications in the EU

Dear psychotherapist,

On February 11th, 2004 the European Parliament voted for the implementation of the profession of psychotherapists to become a harmonized profession within the whole European Union (now 15 member countries, from May 1st, 2004 25 member countries).

The training basis shall be the guidelines of the European Certificate of Psychotherapy, they are implemented in the decision of the Parliament (see attachment). The current national law regulations in Austria, Germany, Sweden, Holland, Finland and Italy have been confirmed, but the directive goes beyond and shall enable psychotherapists in the future to work with the national diploma in all European Union countries.

The first step of the directive is done, now negotiations with the Council of Ministers and the European Commission will take place. The final directive can be expected in one to two years after a second vote of the European Parliament.

The Board of the European Association for Psychotherapy has worked for this goal for twelve years and will continue this work for the development of the professional psychotherapists and the protection of their clients.

Paul Boyesen, President EAP

Alfred Pritz, General Secretary EAP

Willy Szafran, ExternalRelations Officer of the EAP


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