“Conflicts arise in the human mind and it is in the human mind that they can be resolved.”
Acceptance speech by the Venerable Prayudh Payutto for the 1994 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education

Dear colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 8th world congress of psychotherapy that will be held in Paris, France from the 24th to the 28th of July 2017, at UNESCO house


This 8th congress of the World Council for Psychotherapy, that the French Federation of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and its partners, the French League of Mental Health and the Minkowska Center,
have the great honor of organizing, is conceived within the exceptional framework of this century of globalization.
This global era questions our psychotherapeutic practices, their theoretical foundations and is also the meeting point between psychotherapy and different anthropological, sociological, epistemological, and ethical representations.

Sharing and exchanging both our hopes and our practices is the goal of this congress.

It will also aim to lay the foundations for a common ground for all future practices of listening to psychic suffering, psychological distress and psychiatric disorders of individuals.

The World Council for psychotherapy wants to take into account the rich history of the great changes that have affected mankind in his or her relation to the world,
so that we may engage in a global debate, above and beyond our respective national practices.

The aims of this congress focus on several paradigmatic axis:
- Life must remain stronger than destructive violence
- Love is always the foundation of our humanity and our interpersonal, social, and familial relations
- The fight against psychological distress and psychiatric illness is both a humane and ethical duty
- The exceptional meeting of many specialists in psychotherapy, from five continents is a humanistic necessity in order to include all the different types of psychotherapy
from all the modalities, so that there may be a rich exchange of experience and ideas.

Psychotherapy is recognized as an inevitable and effective way to treat mental disorders and alleviate the mental suffering of patients.
However, it is also an important determinant for the evolution of the human being and the human way of thinking.
Psychotherapy also contributes to the creation of social connection by releasing the individual from the fear of the other and also fear of him or herself.
Affirming our freedom, our identity, our values and the professionalism of our profession is also a powerful civic and political act in the current global context.

The Congress sub-themes and suggested topics can be found on Congress Topics

It is a pleasure to invite you to actively participate in the upcoming Congress, which is possible through several formats:
- Oral Presentation
- Workshop
- Poster

Ready To Submit Papers? You can apply solely via the congress web page until December 1st 2016 http://www.wcp2017.org/call-for-proposals.html

We are counting on your presence at this magnificent event and hope to see you at UNESCO house in Paris on July 24th to the 28th, 2017!

Dr. Pierre CANOUÏ
Président de la FF2P

Pr. Alfred PRITZ
Président du WCP

Report on the 66th United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI/NGO) Conference in Korea

The 66th United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference held in the City of Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, from 30 May to 1 June 2016 is over and we are very happy, thankful and proud of our dear members, who attended this event to represent the World Council for Psychotherapy.
We appreciate the commitment of Dr. Stephen Myler, Dr. Ana de Sousa Baptista and Dr. Shahram Dehbozorgi.

Conference Photos: Click here to see the photos sent by Dr. Shahram - Dehbozorgi.

Please feel free to read the wonderful and informative Conference Reports here:

WCP and Facebook

Dear members, colleagues, friends...        

finally we have our own Facebook Account!
With this internet presence we would like to offer you a platform to be brought together,
to interchange, to exchange information and news, to discuss etc.

Please feel free to visit our Facebook site,
to post useful articles or interesting links to your own work, your publications or projects,
look for partners, find like-minded people and a circle of interested practitioners and researchers.

See you there!


Upcoming Congresses and Events

1st World Congress on Mental Health: Meeting the Needs of the 21st Century
 Russia Moscow2016/10/07 - 2016/10/08
www.mental-health-congress.ruDownload: Invitation Letter (PDF)
Download: Information for Partners (PDF)
World Congress for Psychotherapy: Life and Love in the 21st Century
 France Paris2017/07/24 - 2017/07/28
www.wcp2017.orgin Cooperation with UNESCO, FFdP, Minkoswka Institut, Paris
For further information please contact: administration@wcp2017.org

First Conference of the World Council for Psychotherapy (WCP) Nigerian Chapter: Psychotherapy in Nigeria


•              Psychotherapy Training.
•              Psychotherapy Schools.
•              Psychotherapy Research.
•              Psychotherapy in Hospitals.
•              Psychotherapy in Schools.
•              Psychotherapy in Rehabilitation Centres.
•              Psychotherapy and Religion.
•              Psychotherapy and Counselling.
•              Psychotherapy and Private Practices.
•              Psychotherapy, Arts, and Society.
•              Psychotherapy and Traditional Healing.

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli Campus, Nigeria.

PROF. A. ZAMANI – Psychotherapy in Hospitals.
PROF. P. EBIGBO – Harmony Restoration Therapy.
PROF. C. OFOVWE – Meseron Therapy.

School of Psychotherapy and Health Sciences, Okija Campus, Ihiala L.G.A, Anambra State, Nigeria.
WEBSITE: www.sphs.com.ng
EMAILS: info@sphs.com.ng; Psychotherapyandhealth@gmail.com
PHONE: 08027621067; CONTACT PERSON: Mr. Paschal Officha.

REGISTRATION: Onsite full registration: N30.000. Students: N10,000.

All abstract should be sent through the following email: info@sphs.com.ng, psychotherapyandhealth@gmail.com.
Each abstract should contain the title of the article, name and contact information of the author(s) including email address, detailed abstract not exceeding two hundred (200) words and maximum of five key words.
Deadline: 30th Sept. 2016.

It is envisaged that full articles (not exceeding 20 typed pages, double spacing or 5000 words) submitted by authors will be peer reviewed and published in the madden issue of “International Journal for Psychotherapy in Africa”.
Publication fee will be announced later. The articles should be sent to the same email address: info@sphs.com.ng

CHAPTER: The World Council for Psychotherapy (WCP) Nigerian Chapter will be inaugurated during this conference.

Kojak Hotel & Suites (Two minutes’ drive away):
Tel. 09081305537, 08112694765; Nwim Dreams Palace Hotels (One minute drive away): Tel: 08135176802, 08135211501. Rooms range from N 4,000 to N 15,000.

Mr. Paschal Officha (Secretary: LOC).            Prof. S. N. Madu (Chairman: LOC)


WCP – NGO Quadrennial Report 2011-2015

Submitted by
* Darlyne G. Nemeth, Ph.D., M.P., M.P.A.P., Co-Secretary General
* Kelly Paulk Ray, Ph.D., M.P.A.P., Vice President, United States Chapter
* Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D., Main representative of WCP to the UN

Workshop with Gary Yontef:
Relational Gestalttherapy - Application of Field Theory - Working with Shame

Dates: 14-17 July 2016

10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina: Workshop focused on Mental Health and WeUness Issues

Report on the workshop by Darlyne G. Nemeth

New Honorary Member of the WCP: Joseph Knobel Freud

Dear colleagues and friends,

we are happy to announce Joseph Knobel Freud
as an Honorary Member of the World Council for Psychotherapy
due to his outstanding performance in the field of psychotherapy.

Much Appreciation,
the World Council for Psychotherapy

New Honorary Member of the WCP: Dr. José T. Thomé

Dear colleagues and friends,

we are happy to announce Dr. José T. Thomé
as an Honorary Member of the World Council for Psychotherapy
due to his outstanding performance in the field of psychotherapy.

Much Appreciation,
the World Council for Psychotherapy

Topics / Subsymposia of the 8th WORLD CONGRESS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY in Paris, France

in Cooperation with UNESCO, FF2P, Minkoswka Institut, Paris

Topic: Life and Love in the 21st Century

When: 24th to 28th of July 2017

Where: UNESCO in Paris

Congress languages: English, French, Russian, Spanish, German, Chinese

Information for Details: Tamara Trebes, headoffice@worldpsyche.org

Dear colleagues,

this is the first possible structure for the 8th World Congress of Psychotherapy.
Please send us your additions and let us know if you would like to prepare something
for a certain topic.

Yours sincerely,

Alfred Pritz
President of the World Council for Psychotherapy



1.01 Psychoanalysis
1.02  Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy
1.03 Individual Psychology
1.04 Client-centered Psychotherapy
1.05  Behavior Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
1.06  Group Psychotherapy
1.07 Group Psychoanalysis
1.08  Analytical Psychology
1.09 Systemic Family Therapy
1.10 Hypnosis
1.11  Catathym Imaginative Psychotherapy
1.12  Autogenetic Training, Relaxation Methods
1.13  Psychodrama
1.14  Gestalt Therapy
1.15  Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
1.16  Transactional Analysis
1.l 7  Focusing
1.18  Transpersonal Psychotherapy
1.19  Integrative Psychotherapy
1.20  Other Psychotherapeutic Methods
1.21  New Psychotherapeutic Methods
1.22 Psychotherapeutic Methods in Cooperation
1.23  Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)
1.24  Body Psychotherapy
1.25  Biofeedback
1.26  Bioenergetics
1.27  Hypnotherapy
1.28  Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy


2.01  Psychotherapy as Human Science
2.02  Psychotherapy Research - Results
2.03  Psychotherapy and Art
2.04  Psychotherapy and Literature
2.05  Psychotherapy and Politics
2.06  Psychotherapy and Religion
2.07  Psychotherapy and Philosophy


3.01  Psychotherapy in Western Europe
3.02  Psychotherapy in Eastern Europe
3.03  Psychotherapy in South America
3.04  Psychotherapy in North America
3.05  Psychotherapy in Asia
   3.05.1       Psychotherapy in East Asia incl. China
   3.05.2       Psychotherapy in South Asia
   3.05.3       Psychotherapy in Southeast Asia
   3.05.4       Psychotherapy in Central and West Asia
3.06  Psychotherapy in Australia/New Zealand/Pacific
3.07 Psychotherapy in Africa
3.08  Psychotherapy and Shamanism
3.09  Socio-Cultural Change, Globalization and Psychotherapy


4.01 Psychotherapy and Ethics
4.02  Psychotherapy and Social Insurance
4.03  Quality and Quality Control of Psychotherapeutic Training
4.04  Admission Criteria and Quality Control of Psychotherapeutic Training, Comparison of Standards around the World
4.05  The Situation of the Training Candidates
4.06  Women as Psychotherapists


5.01  Psychotherapy I Genetic Engineering I Reproductive Medicine
5.02  Psychotherapy in General Medicine
5.03  Psychotherapy in Hospitals
5.04  Psychosomatics
5.05  Psychooncology
5.06  Organ Transplants
5.07  Borderline Somatopsychic Illnesses
5.08  Psychotherapy and Psychiatry
5.09  Psychotherapy in Gynaecology
5.10  Psychotherapy in Other Branches of Medicine
5.11   Psychotherapy and Traditional or Alternative Medicine


6.01  The Initial Meeting in Psychotherapy
6.02  Psychotherapy and Organizational Development
6.03  Psychotherapy and Supervision
6.04  Psychotherapy for Refugees, Migrants, Ethnic Groups and Foreign Students etc. 
6.05  Crisis Intervention
6.06  Gerontopsychotherapy
6.07  Psychotherapy for Sexual Disorders
6.08  Psychotherapy and Homosexuality
6.09  Psychotherapy and Psychology
6.10  Psychotherapy and Education
6.11  Psychotherapy and Justice, Forensics, Imprisionment
6.12  Psychotherapy with Delinquents
6.13  Psychotherapy with Addicts
6.14  Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
6.15  Concentrative Motion Therapy
6.16  Dance Therapy
6.17  Music Therapy
6.18  Couple Therapy
6.19  Psychotherapy and Schools
6.20  Psychotherapy in Rural Areas
6.21  Psychotherapy and Sexual Abuse
6.22  Psychotherapy with Handicapped People
6.23  Psychotherapy with Psychotic People
6.24  Psychotherapy of Holocaust Victims and Perpetrators
6.25  IT, Social Media, E-Business and Psychotherapy


7.01 Territories of and Boundaries between Psychotherapy, Psychological Counselling, Social Work,
Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychiatry
7.02 Legal Regulations on Practicing Psychotherapy


Board reports on the 7th World Congress of Psychotherapy in Durban


Invitation to the 8th WORLD CONGRESS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY in Paris, France

in Cooperation with UNESCO, FF2P, Minkoswka Institut, Paris

Topic: Life and Love in the 21st Century

When: 24th to 28th of July 2017

Where: UNESCO in Paris

Congress languages: English, French, Russian, Spanish, German, Chinese

Information for Details: Tamara Trebes, headoffice@worldpsyche.org

Dear colleagues,

In the name of the World Council for Psychotherapy I want to invite you to this outstanding event in 2017. Please don’t hesitate to send us your suggestions and comments for the upcoming World Congress.

Yours sincerely,

Alfred Pritz
President of the World Council for Psychotherapy

9th World Council for Psychotherapy African Chapter at Kisii University - Nairobi Campus, Kenya

Conference Theme: Interdisciplinary Psychotherapy meets Africa

Kisii University invites all interested parties to participate in the Conference from 15th  – 17thSeptember 2015 at the KICC

Kisii University, a world class University with a strong African heritage in Kenya, is privileged to host the 9th International Conference for Psychotherapy Africa Chapter on 15th   to 17thSeptember 2015. Psychotherapy refers to therapeutic interaction or treatment contracted between a trained professional and a client, patient, family, couple, or group. The problems addressed are psychological in nature and can vary in terms of their causes, influences, triggers and potential resolutions.
Psychotherapy aims to increase the individual's sense of own well-being and reduce discomfort. Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient, or to improve group relationships. This Multidisciplinary Conference will be staged in collaboration with the WCP which will be represented by its President, Hon.Prof. Dr. Alfred Pritz and other guest speakers. The program will be a comprehensive review on various hot topics on psychotherapy from a multidisciplinary perspective. A number of renowned guest speakers including the President of the International Psychotherapy Association, international and local experts have been invited to speak at the Conference. Both the Conference and dinner will be held at The Kenyatta International Conference Center in Kenya.

Information: http://www.kisiiuniversity.ac.ke/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=354:pyschotherapy-conference&catid=1:latest&Itemid=438

Psychological Contributions to the Eradication of Poverty

Note: WCP is a co-sponsor of the attached statement about Contributions of Psychology to the Eradication of Poverty, in honor of the United Nations International Day of Poverty Eradication.
Please note, and distribute to members, constituencies and stakeholders.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

This year, the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty will be observed on Wednesday, 17 October, to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide.   The observance was established in 1993 and poverty reduction and elimination has emerged as a global priority in UN-wide planning for sustainable development to 2015 and beyond. 

Consistent with the theme for this year, Working Together Out Of Poverty, the Psychology Coalition has prepared a statement for distribution entitled: Psychological Contributions to the Eradication of Poverty.   Please distribute the statement to your various listservs at the UN and beyond.

The commemorative program for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty will take place on Wednesday, at 2:30 in the ECOSOC Chamber of the North Lawn Building.  We would greatly appreciate if some of you would volunteer to print copies of the statement to distribute at the program.  Please email to let me know if you plan to attend so that we can determine how many copies of the statement you will need.

All the best,
Corann Okorodudu, Chair of the Psychology Coalition
Professor Emeritus of Psychology & Africana Studies, Rowan University
UN/NGO Rep, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Contact: okorodudu@rowan.edu

  • Psychological Contributions To The Eradication Of Poverty (169,6 KB)
    Submitted on the occasion of the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 17 October 2012, North Lawn Building, Conference Room 2, United Nations, NY. Co-sponsored by the American Psychological Association, Association for Trauma Outreach and Prevention, International Association of Applied Psychology, International Council of Psychologists, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, International Union of Psychological Science, Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, World Council for Psychotherapy, World Federation for Mental Health and other members of the Psychology Coalition at the United Nations

Congress Calendar in the frame of the World Council for Psychotherapy


Lebanese Syndicate of Psychotherapists and Psychoanalysts (SPP)

The Lebanese Syndicate of Psychotherapists and Psychoanalysts (SPP) is a non-profit
organization formed in April 2008 in Beirut to provide accreditation, standards of
practice, professional identity, and self-regulation for psychotherapy professionals.


Presentation: Returning to Katrina - Bringing Hurricane Katrina Research Back to the Community

Group Interventions for Disaster/Trauma Anniversary Reactions
Nemeth, D.1, Kuriansky, J.2 , Olivier, T.1, Whittington, L.1, May, N.1, Hamilton, J.1, Steger, A.1 Neuropsychology Center of Louisiana, LLC 1 and Columbia University 2

Returning to Katrina - Bringing Hurricane Katrina Research Back to the Community
University of Southern Mississippi – Center for Policy and Resilience Long Beach, Mississippi
June 4-5, 2010


Welcome to the new WCP-Website!

We are currently working hard
to give the World Council for Psychotherapy
a completely new website.

Major features of the new website:
* easy-to-read layout
* contents can be added quickly
* coming soon: search-engine optimization

Please note that this website is work in progress
and will be updated constantly.

Alfred Pritz
President of the WCP


Presentation of WCP in Spanish and Portuguese

A presentation of WCP is now available in Spanish and Portuguese.


World Certificate for Psychotherapy (WCPC)

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

Now you get the opportunity to receive the World Certificate for Psychotherapy (WCPC)

The procedure for the application is as follows:

The World Certificate for Psychotherapie will be awarded to all psychotherapists who have a psychotherapeutic training according to WCP standards. The WCP standards fully correspond to the ECP standards – which means that every ECP holder can apply for the WCPC without any problems. The WCPC will be awarded from 2007 on.

If you think that you fulfill the criteria for the certificate, please let us know that you are interested in the award of the WCPC, by writing an email to headoffice@worldpsyche.org. If you are an ECP holder in good standing the only additional thing you need to do to get the WCPC is to transfer the fee for the award. The fee is Euro 350,-- + shipping and has to be paid free of any charges for the WCP. You will get our bank details by contacting us.

As soon as we receive your fee we will check your status as ECP holder. If everything is OK we will issue the WCPC and send it to you. You then will also be listed in on our homepage (name and country).


El papel de la WCP (Concilio de Psicoterapia Mundial), creada en el 4 Congreso de Psicoterapia en Buenos Aires, Argentina

Discurso presentado en la conferencia anual de las Naciones Unidas, en Nueva York, el 7 de Septiembre del 2005, por los delegados de la WCP , el profesor Dr. Jose T. Thome de Brasil, y el Sr. Guillermo Garrido de Venezuela.

Titulo: Introduciendo una vision practica y holistica de los derechos humanos desde una perspectiva diferente : La perspectiva psicoterapeutica.



WCP position paper - Created at the 4th World Congress for Psychotherapy in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Speech presented at the United Nations annual conference in New York, September 7, 2005 by WCP delegates to the UN, Professor José T. Thomé, M.D from Brazil and Guillermo Garrido, M.D, from Venezuela.

Title: Introducing A Holistic and Practical Vision of Human Rights from different Perspectives: the Psychotherapy Perspective



Search for Psychotherapists with the Japanese Certificate for Psychotherapy (JCP)

JCP online: The first Psychotherapists with the Japanese Certificate for Psychotherapy can now be found online.


Globalized Psychotherapy

Introduction to Globalized Psychotherapy (published in Vienna 2002) features an unique overview of psychotherapy all over the world.

Author: Pritz, Alfred (Hrsg.)
Published by: WUV
City: Wien
Year: 2002
Pages: 600
ISBN: 3850766055



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Introduction to Globalized Psychotherapy (published in Vienna 2002) features an unique overview of psychotherapy all over the world.
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