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EAP Member
Information #1 | 2019

INTRODUCTION by Assoc. Prof. Eugenijus Laurinaitis, MD, PhD

Dear EAP members,
dear psychotherapists,
dear friends, dear colleagues,

We all have lived through a complicated, difficult and exciting year for European Association for Psychotherapy. Citing Past President Adrian Rhodes: “The EAP is in a period of massive generational change. The time of creation and consolidation has drawn to a close; a time of re-visioning & revitalisation is under way.”
During this complicated process the President of EAP Philippe Vranken has stepped down in May 2018, and President-elect Charles Cassar according our Statutes took over as an interim President. This whole process produced plenty of tensions, emotions and disorganization in the EAP, but also a lot of delays in the decision making processes, difficulties in redistributing new roles and assignments, and some feelings of confusion in the Head office, among members of Executive and the Board in general.

However, EAP has demonstrated its strength and vitality during the Congress and Meetings in Belgrade in October. Members of EAP have presented plenty of lectures, seminars and workshops in the program of the Congress, what created a valuable and exciting experience for all its participants. At the same time Meetings of all EAP committees, working groups, and the Board took place. Many confusing issues have been explained and discussed, some difficult decisions have been made (e.g., acceptance of the new logo of EAP), the new important working group to supervise and create recommendations – Financial WG – have been established. We have learned about the complicated financial situation of EAP and possible ways to get out of it. One of the new chances to improve our situation is the growing cooperation with international organization “Psychotherapy Excellence”, which organizes plenty of training options to have continuous development of our competencies both on-line and participating in different training activities. From all EAP organized events EAP will have financial benefits, but our members will have some financial benefits while taking part in these activities, too.

EAP is also very much involved in the EU processes concerning recognition of psychotherapy as a separate profession. On the lines of these attempts many proposals were made to improve the quality of our training process, and the change of training standards delineated in the Document of the European Certificate of Psychotherapist consequently. These tendencies are difficult and complicated, so the Board decided to invite representatives from all EAPTI’s (European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institutes) to take part in special session to discuss all issues connected with our plans to achieve a level of EQF7 (European Qualification Framework) in our training organizations. I cordially invite all to come to Vienna for the special conference day for EAPTI’s on February 24th – this is crucially important for our future.

Personally, I must confess, that this year was very challenging and complicated, but I decided to stand for the position of General Secretary of EAP for another two years period, and if elected promise to put all my efforts not only to stand for democratic development of our EAP (what I promised two years ago), but to make it creative, vigorous and productive, bit inside and outside our organization.


Assoc. Prof. Eugenijus Laurinaitis, MD, PhD

General Secretary of EAP
EAP Marketing Group

Dear all,

The Marketing Group has been working on the content of the EAP Website in order to ensure that it identifies the profession of psychotherapy in a way which is clear and accessible. One of the most important features is the information about the length and breadth of training and the scientific benefits of psychotherapy.

Hand in hand with the Website refreshing is the EAP Psychotherapy Booklet which can be used when calling on politicians, mental health professionals, the legal profession and so forth. The group consists of psychotherapists from different modalities and countries and an EAP Training College Director assisted by a well-renowned marketing company executive from Anzee in Holland.

A presentation was made to the Board in Belgrade by Anne Colgan on behalf of and assisted by the group and approval was given to go forward with the next phase which is the application of the images to the content. The content and images are of a very high standard and can be used by all. This has been demonstrated by the collaboration with the EU-Lobby Group. The main headings are:
  • About Psychotherapy
  • About EAP
  • Quality Standards
  • News
The next headings are:
  • Membership
  • Training
  • Approaches
Members of the board and the committees, working groups and modalities have been asked to supply content relevant to them that we have the best information.

Anne Colgan

EAP Marketing Group, Chair ICP

EAP's head office Christmas dinner in Vienna 2018

Shorty before Christmas the EAP head office met for its annual Christmas dinner at Restaurant Sakai in Vienna. This was the second Christmas dinner together with our General Secretary Prof. Eugenijus Laurinaitis, who used parts of his reimbursement to finance this trip from Lithuania to Austria. The head office team used the dinner also to talk about the successful office move which has been completed in Dezember 2018.
From left to the right: Alexander Rieder (EAP Treasurer, Vienna), Sonja Wirgler (EAP Secretary, Vienna) Eugenijus Laurinaitis (EAP General Secretary, Vilnius), Nataliya Teshcherenko (EAP Secretary, Vienna), and Daniela Renner (EAP Secretary, Vienna).

EAP Board Meetings

February 21-23, 2019 | Vienna, Austria
Proposed time schedule | More Information see below

EAPTI Workshop Day Vienna 2019

February 24, 2019 | Vienna, Austria
Program | More Information see below

International Conference on Women, Violence and Health in Asia

August 29-31, 2019 | Kathmandu, Nepal

7th World Congress for Positive Psychotherapy

World Association for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy
October 6-12, 2019 | Kemer (Antalya), Turkey
More information | Website

EAP Board Meetings

October 16-19, 2019 | Lisbon, Portugal
More information

9th World Congress for Psychotherapy

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

June 26-29, 2020 | Moscow, Russia.
More information | Website

EAP Board Meetings

February 21-23, 2019 | Vienna, Austria

The EAP Board meetings will take place from Thursday to Saturday (21th – 23rd February 2019) starting with a Sensitivity Executive on Wednesday late afternoon.

Proposed time schedule

Wed 21th – Saturday 23rd Febrary 2019

EAPTI Workshop Day Vienna 2019

February 24, 2019 | Vienna, Austria

Dear colleagues in the EAPTI institutes,
Dear Directors of EAPTIs,

The EAPTI Workshop Day is approaching soon which is scheduled for scheduled for Sunday, 24th of February, 2019 from 9:30 am till 16:30 pm and you are all very welcomed to join the event again.

Program for the 'EAPTI Workshop Day Vienna 2019' 

Address of the venue: Sigmund Freud private University Vienna (SFU):
Sigmund Freud Platz 1, 1020 Vienna

EAP Board Meetings

October 16-19, 2019 | Lisbon, Portugal

More information (Powerpoint)

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.

More information |

7th World Congress of Positive Psychotherapy

Anniversary Congress – Seminar Congress: 50 Years Positive Psychotherapy
“Health – Culture – Psychotherapy”

October 6 - 12, 2019 in Kemer/Antalya, Turkey

We are happy to invite you to the 7th World Congress for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy to be held at the Turkish Riviera. After our last major gathering in 2014 at the same location, you do not want to miss this World Congress and this unique transcultural experience! The leading topic will be “Health – Culture – Psychotherapy” – covering practical, theoretical and future-oriented areas of Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy and related fields.

More information | Website

Ingrid Pirker-Binder: Mindful Prevention of Burnout in Workplace Health Management

Review by Anne Colgan
(EAP Marketing Group, Chair ICP)

Clients are presenting with high levels of anxiety and other symptoms of stress. In many cases it is burnout in the workplace due mostly to the fact that many employees are now required to be “on” all the time.  It is common practice that emails and phone calls and messages are sent during what was traditionally down time, weekends and evenings. This results in what Ingrid Pirker-Binder refers to as “The Working Human-The Exhausted Human” in her book, “Mindful Prevention of Burnout in Workplace Health Management”.

This book is essential reading for psychotherapists and clients alike. And, hopefully employers and organisations will heed its recommendations. The emphasis is on living authentically, instead of living as we think we should. Recovery breaks are recommended so that the heart may rest. The body needs time out, it cannot sustain constant pressure. There is a chapter about the work place, whether it be home or an open plan office or a closed office. One size does not fit all and individual needs have to be accommodated.  

There are very practical tips and pieces of well researched information throughout the book including how food can be medicine or poison. Biofeedback is recommended and Pirker-Binder argues that there is a place for “business psychotherapy”. Business coaching alone will not have the capacity to support major change and this is where psychotherapy can come into play.

Available on


The Dance of Relationship | Johannes Feuerbach

The Dance of Relationship is a method for strengthening partnership awareness, sensitivity and communication — which is offered in the format of a workshop.

To become more aware of oneself and the environment, to feel the desire for connection with another person, to become aware of the other, to get closer, to create a common space, to nourish and appreciate that space together, to separate, to integrate the shared experience and as a result, to gain a more alive and creative sense of self: these are the processes of the gestalt 'cycle of experience'. They also describe the enriching dynamic of human encounters, the basic movements of Tango, and the deepest motif of Life itself.

The Dance of Relationship is a body and Tango-oriented method of Gestalt therapy, it is an approach which is especially effective for couples. Using encounter, movement and reflection-rituals, participants verbally and nonverbally communicate with each other in experimental, experiential and existential ways which are meaningful for them. Therefore it enquires dynamics which are meaningful for everyone regardless if one lives for him- or herself or if he or she participates with or without the partner.

More Information on „The Dance of Relationship“-approach


  • 2019, May 4-10 | Auszeit für Paare im Kloster -
    Timeout for couples in Il Convento, Toscany
  • 2019, August 19-22: Your second honeymoon - Venice and Tango
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