Statement to Ukrainian Umbrella Organisation of Psychotherapy

7 April 2022


Ukranian Umbrella Association of Psychotherapy (UUAP)

Kulparkiwska St 95

79021 Lwiw


Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your undated “Appeal to the EAP Board” letter we received.

It appears there has been some misunderstandings and confusion, particularly concerning applicable EAP Statutes, during the Board meeting on 10 March. This hardly surprising given the extraordinary circumstances and emotional impact of the brutal atrocities inflicted on the Ukrainian people. We hope a brief summary of events may help to clarify contexts and details:

The letters sent by UUAP colleagues and received before to the recent Board meetings in March 2022 have been distributed to all EAP Board members prior to the Board meetings. The Board had good opportunities to discuss the matters raised by Ukrainian colleagues during the Board meetings. Additional time was found to speak about the proposed EAP statement “Protecting life and protecting the values of EAP”, which was drafted in response to the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the horrendous war waged by Putin’s army against Ukrainians, by taking this matter to the ‘Vision and Strategy’ meeting on 10th March.

The 10th March Board voting on all motions received and seconded is recorded in the Board minutes. After the Board meetings, it was further established that motions to suspend EAP membership require a two thirds majority of votes. The motion to remove PPL voting rights for the duration of this extraordinary situation is not a suspension of membership and ordinary majority voting rules should therefore apply. 

The provisional Board minutes from the March meetings have already been sent to Board members.

Our thoughts are with the people in Ukraine.

With kind regards

Eugenijus Laurinaitis                                                   Tom Warnecke

General Secretary                                                             Deputy General Secretary


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.