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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

EAP Guidelines Psychotherapy with Refugees (pdf, 153,8 KB)


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.