Science and Research Committee (SARC)

Chair of SARC:
Peter Schulthess:

Alicja Heyda and Catalin Zaharia


=> Science and Research Committee (SARC) 

=> SARC Conference February 16-17, 2016 - Presentations

=> Research pages of EWAOs

=> Psychotherapy research: 
"Quantitative and qualitative research in psychotherapy"
including Omar Gelo's presentation (PDF)

=> SEPT Survey of European Psychotherapy Training

=> SEPTIMUS (Strengthening European Psychotherapy Training through Innovative Methods and Unification of Standards) 


SEPT Survey of European Psychotherapy Training

SEPT is a European wide survey to assess the impact of the European Certificate of Psychotherapy. SEPT is A Leonardo da Vinci Project, funded by The European Commission.

More information:


Research pages of EWAOs

“Here are links to the research pages of the various European Wide Organisations that represent various different modalities of psychotherapy"

European Association of Body Psychotherapy (EABP) ‘Research’:

European Association of Biosynthesis: (no research page)

European Association of Gestalt Therapy (EAGT): ‘Research':

European Association for Hypno Psychotherapy (EAHP):

European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy (EAIP):

European Association for Concentrative Movement Therapy: (EAKBT)

European Association for Neurolinguistic Programming (EANLPt):

European Association for Psycho-Organic Analysis (EAPOA): (no research page)

European Association for Reality Therapy (EART):

European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA):

European Confederation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies (ECPP):  (no research page)

European Federation of Bioenergetic-Analysis Psychotherapy (EFB-AP):

European Federation of Centres for Positive Psychotherapy (EFCPP):

European Federation for Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (EFPP): (no research page)

European Family Therapy Association (EFTA):

Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organisation (FEPTO):

Network of European Associations for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling (PCE Europe): and type in "research"

EAP Conference of SARC, Vienna 16./17. February 2016

Connecting Psychotherapy Practice and Research
Research for Practitioners

Report and presentations

The congress was held at the Sigmund Freud Private University in Vienna. About 100 participants were present from various countries.
According to the feedbacks of participants the congress was inspiring and a full success. It was a wish to get handouts oft he presentations and also to put them on the website of EAP to make them public.

Here they are: just click the name of the presentation that You wish to download.

Joachim Bauer: How the Social Neurosciences Add to our Understanding of the Psyche

Omar Gelo: Psychotherapy between Practice and Research

Chris Evans: How many ways can self-report change measurement help psychotherapy?
Learning from CORE

Linda Finlay: Exploring human experience through relational-centred qualitative

Volker Tschuschke: The Wrong Understanding of Evidence-Based Research in Psychotherapy: A Plea for intensive Process-Outcome Research in Naturalistic Studies

You can also download the posters presented at the conference:

Alicja Heyda et al.: Bond between Breath and Bodymind. Psycho-physiological, Endocrine and Immune Effects of Integrative Breathwork Psychotherapy in Breast Cancer Patients

Milena Karlinska-Nehrebecka et al: Polish version of CORE-OM as a reliable, valid,
clinically useful, user-friendly outcome measure

Outcome of the conference and how it goes on

This conference was planned as a start up conference to initiate further reserach among EAP institutions and practionners.
There will be four projects, that we will bring forward in the next months:

- Using CORE in practice and education of psychotherapists
- Qualitative Research: Getting instructions how to apply criteria for good qualitative research in case studies in psychotherapy practice and education
- Creating a naturalistic process-outcome study with multinational participation including a wide sprectrum of modalities
- creating models of simple outcome-process studies

For all these approaches there was interest shown at the end of the conference. We will keep You informed and invite You to next steps.

The SARC of EAP is maintaining a mailing list of research interested persons. Participants of the conference are listed there. If anyone else (that might have missed the conference) wants to join this list to get our mailings, please send a request to the Chair of SARC.

Peter Schulthess

Chair of the Science and Research Committee (SARC) in EAP

Psychotherapy research:
"Quantitative and qualitative research in psychotherapy"

The chair and the members of the Research Committee jointly came to the idea that it would be very fruitful and useful to inform both the Board members and wider audience, including our colleagues belonging to the different modalities, on how important research is for psychotherapy to be recognized as an independent profession and to motivate them to contribute by engaging in research themselves.

This is the first in a series of envisaged workshops dedicated to the research in psychotherapy.
Dr. Omar Gelo, who is engaged at the University of Salento, Italy, as well as at  the Sigmund Freud University Vienna, Austria, was invited to organize a workshop on the issue in focus and the event was greeted with great enthusiasm.

Dr. Omar Gelo's workshop intended to provide clinicians and researchers with the basic knowledge regarding psychotherapy research. After a preliminary distinction between psychotherapy practice and psychotherapy science, the two main paradigms of empirical research within psychotherapy science were introduced and distinguished with reference to their philosophical foundations, methodological principles, and research methods. Thereafter, the main types of psychotherapy research – outcome, process, and process-outcome research – were described. Finally, different research designs both from a quantitative and/or qualitative perspective were described with reference to each of these single psychotherapy research types.

==> Handout Dr. Omar Gelo's presentation - see PDF.

The general impression was that most attendees were more than satisfied with Dr. Omar Gelo's workshop and the discussion that followed.  It seems that we (RC) succeeded in our attempts to start the intended promotion of research and psychotherapy as  scientific discipline.

Dr. Omar Gelo SFU
Workshop Vienna, February 16, 2014

Chair of Research Committee (RC)
Prof. Dr. Snezana Milenkovic


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