The EAP promotes the recognition of common standards of training throughout Europe, with the aim of ensuring a high level of psychotherapy training in Europe and facilitating mobility of psychotherapists across European countries.

Training standards

The training standards of EAP foresee that the total duration of the education and training will not be less than 3200 hours:

  1. a) Either spread over a minimum of seven years, with the first three years being the equivalent of a relevant university degree. The later four years must be in a training specific to psychotherapy, must contain all the elements defined below and not be less than 1400 hours.
  2. b) Or conducted as a 5-year full-time academic education and training in psychotherapy, organised by a university, which must contain all the theoretical and practical elements defined below.

More detailed information on training standards
is available in the ECP Document.

EAPTI – European Accreditation Psychotherapy Training Institute

The European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) invites training institutes to take part in EAP’s quality control program as an EAP certified training institute.

More information on EAPTI List of EAPTIs

ECP – European Certificate of Psychotherapy

The European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) awards the “European Certificate of Psychotherapy” (ECP), as part of its initiative for quality control of psychotherapy in Europe.

More information on the European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP)