Welcome to the World of Positive Psychotherapy


Panel presentation of Positive Psychotherapy in Turkey

Panel presentation in the "13. National Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Congress" on PPT.

The title of the panel: "Application of Positive Psychotherapy in Psychological Counseling and Guidance Field". It was well received by the audience and found much interest.


The speakers were (from left to right):


Assistant Prof. Dr. Yıldız Ulusoy, Assistant Prof. Dr. Gülsen Varlıklı, Prof. Dr. Oya Ersever, Assistant Prof. Dr. Tuğba Sarı, Associated Prof. Dr. Ali Eryılmaz


16th International Trainer Seminar (ITS)

The 16th International Trainer Seminar (ITS) 2015 took place 19-22 August 2015 in Wiesbaden, Germany, in the WIAP Academy.

60 Positive Psychotherapy trainers from 20 different countries participated in this special event. Divided into three groups, our trainers refreshed their knowledge and teaching skills of theory, self-discovery and supervision.

In several plenary meetings they discussed present and future topics of Positive Psychotherapy and of our Association.

On an excursion afternoon we visited the town of Rüdesheim at the Rhine river and enjoyed a typical local dinner at a well-known restaurant.


You do not want to miss our next International Trainer Seminar in Wiesbaden!

It will take place 17-20 August 2016.

Please save the date!


New Basic Course Training in Slovakia

For the first time a Basic Course Training of Positive Psychotherapy will take place in Slovakia in 2016.

The training will be offered by Basic Trainer Dr. Georg Franzen.

Please find details in this announcement sheet.


Participation in 1st EAC conference

WAPP Board member Kateryna Ovcharek from Ukraine participated in the 1st European Association of Councelling (EAC) conference in Valjevo/Petnica, Serbia, 22-24 May 2015, where she held a keynote lecture and a workshop on Positive Psychotherapy.


She handed a certificate of partnership to the president of the Serbian Association of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Coaching.


Possibilities of future cooperation with the EAC concerning trainings for counselors were discussed and will be intensified soon. We will keep you informed.



Recertification of Basic and Master Trainers of Positive Psychotherapy


To guarantee the high quality of our Positive Psychotherapy trainings, WAPP has decided to start a recertification process of trainer diplomas.

Basic and Master Trainer diplomas were issued for a limited validity of 5 years in the past. However, the process of recertification has not been organized and started yet.

Therefore - and to have an impression of the work of our trainers -, WAPP decided to renew all trainer licenses that are older than 2 years.

This will basically serve to improve the quality of our trainings and help to standardize the training conditions for everyone, trainers and students.


This first period of recertification starts from now on and will end 31 December 2016.


We kindly ask you as trainers to send us information on


  • their work as trainer in seminars in the past two years (how many seminars have you conducted, and where, who was the organizer?
  • their participation in PPT conferences (congresses, national conferences),
  • their participation in trainer seminars (usually minimum all two years in International or National Trainer Seminars as part of continuing professional education)
  • their intention to join the International Trainer Seminar (ITS) in Wiesbaden in 2015 or 2016
  • their therapeutic work (how many patients do you have weekly?),


If you are a trainer and intend to recertify your license, please fill in the recertification form and send it back to the WAPP Head Office (wappatpositum.org, fax or post as indicated on the form). The applications will be evaluated by the WAPP Recertification Committee. During the evaluation process you might be asked to send more documents or material regarding your work. But please do not send any originals or copies yet. The Committee will contact you after the evaluation or in case of further questions.


For your renewed license we kindly ask you to submit an administration fee of 20 € for Basic Trainers and 50 € for Master Trainers.

Board members will also undergo the recertification process.


The renewed licenses will be valid for another 5 years. Firstly issued Basic Trainer licenses will be valid for 2 years, after renewal they will be valid for 5 years. New Master Trainer licenses are valid for 5 years. Expiration will from now on be indicated on the diplomas.


If you have any questions, materials or ideas to share, don´t hesitate to contact the Head Office.


Advisory Council of Associations and Centers for Positive Psychotherapy (ACAC)


WAPP intents to establish an “Advisory Council of Associations and Centers” (ACAC), which will be an important new organ within our association.


There is a need for more contact to and among the Centers and National Associations of Positive Psychotherapy. We see a large treasure of knowledge and experience in your institutions, which could be shared and multiplied for the profit of all of us. At the same time, the Board would like to involve more members actively in the work of our Association.


In its January meeting, the Board decided to establish this Council, which will consist of representatives of each Center and Association that is officially recognized by WAPP.


  • Every Association may appoint two representatives to serve in the Council.
  • Every Center can appoint one representative.


These representatives should be familiar with the work of the Center or Association and the psychotherapy situation of his/her country, and should not be a member of the WAPP Board.


It is planned that the Council meets once a year directly before or after the International Trainer Seminar. The Council will have an advisory function to the Board of Directors. This means, the Council’s members will meet and discuss current issues defined either by themselves or by the WAPP Board and will report about these to the Board. The Council will give its advice and suggestions to the WAPP Board.

The Council will also have a networking function for its members. Issues concerning the work of Centers and Associations can be discussed among them directly. There will be an exchange of ideas and experience, preferably without interference of the WAPP Board, to which only reports will be given.


Please discuss this proposal within your Center or Association and send us the names of your representatives, if you haven’t yet. Please also send us a copy or scan of your Center or Association Agreement with WAPP. Only those Centers and Associations that have a current agreement with WAPP will be present in the Council. When you are not sure, if such an agreement exists, please contact us anytime.


A first meeting of the new Council will take place in the course of this year’s ITS in Wiesbaden.


Please send us the information (name and email-address) of your representative/s and your agreement with WAPP as soon as possible. Thank you!

We are looking forward to a very fruitful discourse with the Advisory Council of Associations and Centers and to many innovative ideas.


Achivements of Positive Psychotherapy in Ukraine

The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, awarded the Order of Princess Olga to our colleague, the graduate of the Ukrainian Institute of Positive Psychotherapy (UIPP) of 2012, Positive Psychotherapist Tatyana Vatulova, for her outstanding merits related to her work and help to the citizens who suffered because of the war actions in Donetsk and Lugansk regions.


Congratulations from WAPP!


Main Meeting of WAPP Board of Directors

The WAPP Board of Directors meets twice a year for a main (two days) and a smaller meeting (3 to 4 hours). The main meeting usually takes place in Wiesbaden in January and the second meeting in the course of an International Trainer Seminar or Congress in the summer or autumn.



The last meeting was held on August 19th 2015 in Wiesbaden.

Many topics concerning our trainings, certifications, publications, scientifc studies and future gatherings were consulted about.

(The picture on the right was taken at the meeting in January 2015 with guest Mert Akkok.)


In our next WAPP newsletter we will inform you about their main decisions.



6th World Congress of Positve Psychotherapy 2014

The 6th World Congress for Positive Psychotherapy, 17-22 November 2014, in Kemer/Antalya, Turkey, was a big success!

We wish to thank all participants, lecturers, organizers and guests! You were the ones who made this congress such a vivid, spirited and scientific encounter. Thank you for the fruitful discourse!
The congress had been a success in any respect: scientifically, atmospheric and in organizational terms.
With about 200 partipicants from 27 countries and 101 contributions (keynotes, lectures, workshops, panel discussions), a beautiful hotel and beach, and a very special general program this congress provided the chance for everyone to participate and take home with them a refreshed spirit and knowledge of Positive Psychotherapy.

Our special thanks go to our honored guests Prof. Shridhar Sharma, Dr. Dieter Schön, and Dr. Tayyab Rashid with family.

Thank you all, and hope to see you again at our next World Congress!


The next World Congress will be held in 2017, most likely in Turkey again - We will keep you informed.


For more pictures and impressions of the congress please visit us on facebook!


Election of new President and Board of Directors 2014-2016

The election of the new WAPP President and Board of Directors took place by postal voting and at the general assembly of WAPP during the 6th World Congress for Positive Psychotherapy in Kemer, Turkey, on 20 November 2014.


66 votes were sent to us by email, 129 members voted in person at the assembly. So the overall number of voters was 195.


President and Board members were elected separately. Every member had one vote for the president and 7 votes for Board members. Mrs. Manije Peseschkian as representative of the Peseschkian Foundation is set as Board member and needs not to be elected.


The newly elected Board of Directors of WAPP 2014-2016:

President: Hamid Peseschkian

Board of Directors:

Gabriela Hum, Arno Remmers, Gunther Hübner, Enver Cesko, Maxim Goncharov, Kateryna Ovcharek, Pavel Frolov, Manije Peseschkian


On the picture from left to right: Gabriela Hum, Enver Cesko, Manije Peseschkian, Gunther Hübner, Arno Remmers, Maxim Goncharov, Pavel Frolov, Kateryna Ovcharek, Hamid Peseschkian


New Publication

Dr. Maxim Goncharov's book "Conflict Operationalization in Positive Psychotherapy" has been published and is available now in Russian and English language.

ISBN 978-5-9905455-1-9


For more information please contact the author or the WAPP head office.

Peseschkian Foundation

Glossary of Positive Psychotherapy

A gap has been filled: finally, there is a glossary of Positive Psychotherapy.


The Peseschkian Foundation is happy to announce that the Glossary of Positive Psychotherapy has been translated to several languages now. It is available in Bulgarian, Czeck, Dutch, Farsi, Georgian, German, Latvian, Spanish, and Turkish.

Read more.

If you are interested in translating the Glossary into your mother tongue, please contact the Peseschkian Foundation.

Positive Psychotherapy in Psychosomatic Medicine

Now available in English:


The Peseschkian Foundation has just released

Positive Psychotherapy in Psychosomatic Medicine by Nossrat Peseschkian (1933-2010).

The book can be ordered directly from Peseschkian Foundation for 10 EUR plus shipping costs (7 EUR).


1st National Conference in Turkey

On behalf of the conference organizers, we are happy to announce the

First National Regional Conference on Positive Psychotherapy in Turkey:

"Different Lives, Common Denominator"


It will take place 27-29 November 2015 in Ankara at the psychology department of Atilim University.


More information on registration, abstract submission, and program will follow soon.

Safe the date!



EAP Research Conference

The European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) announces its next conference:

Research for Practitioners "Practice & Research"


taking place in Vienna, Austria, 16-17 February 2016.


More information on registration, abstract submission, and program please obtain via

infoateuropsyche.org and



Official Flyer.



WCP World Congress of Psychotherapy


WCP and EAP announce the



World Congress in Paris, France "La vie et l'amour au 21°siècle" - "Life and Love in the 21st century", 24 - 28 July 2017    


in Cooperation with UNESCO, FFdP, 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

Areas of interest: please click here


Direct link

Information for Details: Tamara Trebes, headofficeatworldpsyche.org


Congress Calendar of the World Council for Psychotherapy

New updated Congress Calendar of the World Council for Psychotherapy showing in which regions in the world Psychotherapy Congresses will be held within the years to come. You will find the regularly updated Congress Calendar both on the websites of the World Council for Psychotherapy (WCP) www.worldpsyche.org and our EAP website www.europsyche.org too.




Newsletter of the Peseschkian Foundation

The latest newsletter of the International Academy of Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy (IAPP)-Peseschkian Foundation- about the "Mental Health Project" in Ethiopia has been published now.


Here you may find more information about the work of the organization "Fresh and Green", which is supported by the Peseschkian Foundation.

If you would like to support this project, too, here is the Foundation's donation form.

World Scientific-Practical Journal "Psychotherapy"

The World Scientific-Practical Journal "Psychotherapy", that has been published by the editorial of professor Alfred Pritz and professor Victor Makarov for eight years, now is newly represented in the Internet.


You will find the electronic version on its new website http://world-psychotherapy.com/


They gladly welcome your submissions. And we would also very much appreciate you handing in your articles on Positive Psychotherapy to increase the number of our publications worldwide. Thank you!

International Journal of Positive Psychotherapy and Research

We wish to draw your attention to the International Journal of Positive Psychotherapy and Research. The first issue was published in March 2011 and can be found here.

If you wish to contribute to the second issue, please hand in your articles. Please send them to the WAPP Headoffice.

The guidelines for authors give you an overview on length, format, language and other information, which could be helpful for you and your articles.


Thank you for your contribution!

IFP Newsletter

The latest newsletter of the International Federation for Psychotherapy IFP is available now.


The board of the International Federation for Psychotherapy would very much appreciate if you would spread the following information to all members of your society.
• Many members do not know that they are automatically IFP members, please provide them with this information and the link to the website of the IFP: www.ifp.name/
• All individual members of your association have access to Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics at a reduced rate.
• Please forward the recently sent newsletter of the IFP to all your members.
• Starting the last issue of the newsletter we provide titles of recent papers relevant for psychotherapy, including a number of papers in jounals which have open access c.q. can be freely downloaded by each of your individual member.

Last but not least, the next World Congress of Psychotherapy will be held in 2018.

International Journal of Psychotherapy (IJP)

Click here for the official website of the International Journal of Psychotherapy:




World Certificate for Psychotherapy (WCPC)

Opportunity to receive the World Certificate for Psychotherapy:


The procedure for the application is as follows:


The World Certificate for Psychotherapy 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 write an e-mail to headofficeatworlspsyche.org and inform them that you are interested in the award of the WCPC. 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 364,-- (€ 350 WCPC + € 14 shipping) and has to be paid free of any charges for the WCP.


More details you will also find here.