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INTRODUCTION by Patricia Hunt, President Elect of EAP

Establishing the independent profession of Psychotherapy within the European Commission

During the Lisbon Board Meetings a presentation was given to Board Members to inform them about the work of the EU Lobbying Group. The Psychotherapy Act has been submitted to the European Commission.


Patricia Hunt, 
President Elect of EAP
”The Psychotherapy act encompasses all the professional actions, i.e. the autonomous, interdisciplinary, relationship-based and evidence-informed psychotherapeutic methods, for the treatment of psychological, psycho-social and psycho-somatic disorders and difficulties.  A relationship of trust, empathy and confidentiality between the Psychotherapist and the client is essential for effective clinical practice.  The Psychotherapy act is underpinned  by national and international ethical codes which respect the dignity, autonomy and uniqueness of all human beings.  Psychotherapy is an independent profession from psychology, psychiatry and counselling.  Psychotherapists usually have a first degree followed by a professional, highly specialized, theoretical and clinical training which includes research methodology and continuous professional development.  The range of psychotherapeutic modalities is broad, and the profession is constantly evolving new developments in theory and clinical practice.“

The EU Lobbying Group has published a booklet that has been written to present the Psychotherapy Act and the profession of Psychotherapy to the EU. This will be circulated to EU Commissioners and to all MEPs.  Copies of the booklet were circulated to EAP Board Members in Lisbon and the comments received about this were excellent.  The most up to date version of this booklet is available through this link, and is also available on the EAP website  -

The next step in the process of establishing the independent profession of Psychotherapy within the EU is to submit the Common Training Frameworks (CTF) of nine EU countries to the European Commission. The CTF comprises the training standards, professional and ethical documents for each country. The European Commission requires the CTFs from one third of EU countries, and the demonstration that the profession of Psychotherapy is at postgraduate level and meets the European Qualification Standard 7, which is Masters level. The European Commission also requires that a transparent process is conducted through a vote. [...]

Once the Common Training Frameworks have been received from the nine countries Professor Theodorus Koutroubas, who is acting for EAP as a Consultant to the European Commission in this work, and I will go to Brussels to submit the documentation.

It is worth emphasising that the EU’s aim in this process is not to take over the work of professional regulation but to empower self-regulatory professional bodies to conduct their own regulation. If EAP is successful this will be a major advancement for the profession of Psychotherapy.

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Patricia Hunt

President Elect of the European Association for Psychotherapy

Online CPD in every modality -
EAP membership discounts for ECP holders, individual members, and all EAPTI students at PESI UK

EAP has begun a new partnership with a not-for-profit psychotherapy organisation who provides an internet platform that facilitates access to online educational and CPD (continued professional development) events to offer an exciting new EAP membership benefit.
[...]  In 2012, the then psychotherapy student Tracy Jarvis had a bright idea: [...] creating a not-for-profit internet platform for psychotherapists to find and access psychotherapy educational events and courses across the entire range of psychotherapy modality approaches. This led her to create ‘Psychotherapy Excellence’, currently rebranding as PESI UK.

[...] Initially conceived as an online “market place” for seminars, workshops and events, the Psychotherapy Excellence web portal steadily evolved with the new opportunities offered by emerging internet technologies. Technology that made “online” events not only possible but real alternatives to conventional events, including “hybrids” - conventional events that can be attended virtually from anywhere in the world.
Tracy Jarvis
Founder of PESI UK

Online educational and CPD events

Online educational and CPD events create amazing opportunities to engage with the worldwide world of psychotherapy concepts, ideas and clinical practice – even if you live on some remote island in the Outer Hebrides or somewhere in the Pacific. [...] In recognition of common goals, EAP decided in 2019 to partner with PESI UK in mutual support of our work. We are therefore pleased to announce:

ECP holders registered with EAP, and students of EAPTI’s are entitled to a special EAP 15% discount off any PESI UK online course, digital recording or live event. The EAP website will shortly feature an “Education/CPD” button which will take you to the PESI UK portal, the largest psychotherapy CPD content provider in Europe.

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Tom Warnecke


EAP Board Meetings

February 19-22, 2020 | Vienna, Austria

The EAP Board meetings will take place from Wednesday to Saturday (19th – 22nd February 2020), followed by a research conference on 'Initiating practice related research' organized by SARC on February 23rd.
Sigmund Freud Private University | Freudplatz 1, 1020 Vienna

Time schedule (pdf)

EAP Marketing Group Meeting

Please find us on Wednesday, February 19th from 11.00 to 15.00

EAP Board meeting 2019 recap

October 2019 | Lissabon

The EAP Autumn Board meeting last year took place in the beautiful Portuguese capital Lisbon, from October 17th to 19th. One of the topics decided upon was the next steps at a political level to make Psychotherapy known and acknowledged by the European Union as an independent profession. Also next year’s big anniversary was announced: At the next EAP Board meetings in Vienna in February we will celebrate 30 years since the Strasbourg Declaration. In a social get-together Board members used the opportunity to enjoy a typical Portuguese Fado with music and a delicious dinner.

EAP's head office Christmas dinner in Vienna 2019

On 19th December 2019 the EAP head office met for its annual Christmas dinner in Vienna. Our General Secretary, Prof. Eugenijus Laurinaitis, again used parts of his reimbursement to finance this trip from Vilnius. This time Regina Bader (former EAP Secretary, former Treasurer and Honorary Member) was invited to participate the dinner and also to join the talks on developments in EAP.
From left to the right: Nataliya Tereshchenko (EAP Secretary, Vienna), Sonja Wirgler (EAP Secretary, Vienna), Alexander Rieder (EAP Treasurer, Vienna), Eugenijus Laurinaitis (EAP General Secretary, Vilnius), Regina Bader (Former EAP Secretary and former Treasurer, Vienna) and Daniela Renner (EAP Secretary, Vienna).

EAP Board Meetings

February 19-22, 2020 | Vienna, Austria
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SARC Research conference
Initiating practice related research

February 23, 20 | Vienna, Austria
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10th Conference of the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy
Creativity and Social Responsibility

09-11 October 2020 | Athens, Greece
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1ST EAP Conference on Refugees
Exchange of experiences in different activity fields

17-18 October 2020 | Pristina / Kosovo
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9th World Congress for Psychotherapy

«Childhood. Society. Future –
the Planet of Psychotherapy»

June 26-29, 2020 | Moscow, Russia.
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Initiating practice related Research

February 23, 2020 | Vienna, Austria

SARC is organizing on Sunday, February 23rd (following the EAP Meetings in February) a conference with the topic “Initiating practice related Research”. The aim is to initiate new projects with the participation of therapists from all our modalities and countries.

Invited speakers: Prof. Mattias Desmet, Belgium, Prof. Gunter Schiepek, Germany and Austria

We hope, this Conference will attract you. Research can only happen if practitioners participate. We hope strongly, that you will be willing to contribute to research for the sake of the future scientific validation of your approach. 

Fees: Western Europe 120 €, Eastern Europe 80 €, Delegates of EAPTI’s  free

More details (Folder, pdf)

9th World Congress for Psychotherapy

«Childhood. Society. Future – the Planet of Psychotherapy»

June 26-29, 2020 | Moscow, Russia

The World Congress of 2020 will be held in the Russian Federation according to the decision of the World Council for Psychotherapy, which kindly entrusted the organization of the largest professional event in the world to the Professional Psychotherapeutic League of Russia and its partners.

The Congress is organized as a festival of psychotherapy — PSYFEST. It brings together professional, both scientific and practical, educational and social features of our profession. Professional festival is a joyful event with diverse contents, so its participants are able to find exactly what they are looking for in the matters of their profession, personal life and desired personal development.

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Exchange of experiences in different activity fields. 

17-18 October 2020 | Pristina, Kosovo

On behalf of the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP), we are honored to announce that the Working group for refugees, is for the first time organizing a EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON REFUGEES’ ISSUES, with theme INTEGRATION OF REFUGEES IN EUROPE - Exchange of experiences in different activity fields.

The conference will be hosted by Kosovo Association for Psychotherapy (KAP) and will occur right after the end of this year's autumn EAP Board Meeting which will be also hosted by KAP, in Pristina (Kosovo), from 15-17 October 2020.

The main idea of this conference is to provide an experience exchange platform for all professionals dealing with refugees in different meters of humanity and mental health.

Topics of Conference: Trauma of refugees, Burnout and supervision for caregivers, Refugees issue and governmental support, Living with the uncertainty of having a chance to stay or having to go back

More Information will be provided soon.

10th Conference of the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy

Creativity and Social Responsibility 

October 9-11th, 2020 | Athens, Greece

The local organizing committee is delighted to host you next year in Athens, Greece. With honour and pleasure we invite you to the “Creativity and Social Responsibility”, the 10th Conference of the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy.

The topic of conference is inspired of how creativity is part of our integrative psychotherapy process.

We cordially invite you and hope to see you at the Conference in the beautiful and historic city of Athens, on October 9th, 10th and 11th, 2020 at Amalia Hotel.

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