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16th International Trainer Seminar (ITS)

Save the date!

The 16th International Trainer Seminar (ITS) 2015 will take place 19-22 August 2015 in Wiesbaden, Germany, in the WIAP Academy, Luisenstrasse 28.

A first announcement with all relevant information will be sent out to all trainers of Positive Psychotherapy soon.
Please save the date!

We are looking forward to welcoming our trainers in Wiesbaden again this summer!


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 January 20 and 21st 2015 in Wiesbaden.

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


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!


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

News from China

Our Master trainers Gabriela Hum and Pavel Frolov travelled to China in August 2014 to complete the latest Master Course seminar and refresh old and make new contacts in Beijing.


It was a very fruitful and positive encounter. All Master Course examinees passed the exams! Congratulations from WAPP!


The trainers also met with professionals of the psychotherapy field and possible future organizers of trainings in Positive Psychotherapy aiming at different target groups. We are very thankful for this opportunity and the chance to keep up our work in this important country.


Please see more pictures of the China travel on our WAPP facebook site.



International Regional Symposium on PPT, Istanbul

The International Regional Symposium "œInner and outer conflicts of ours: Resolution with Positive Psychotherapy",

organized by Dr. Rukiye Hayran, successfully took place at the Isik University in Istanbul on 20-22 June 2014.


We wish to thank the organizing team, the lecturers, participants and guests for making this a special and very informative encounter! Thank you for your contributions and for constantly spreading and improving our method!


We hope to see you all again in Antalya in November 2014!



Catherine and Hamid Peseschkian's visit to Romania

Between 9 - 10 of June 2014 Romanian Positive Psychotherapy Association (RPPA) was honored to have Hamid and Catherine Peseschkian as guests in Cluj-Napoca, the birth-town of PPT in Romania.


There were several events organized for psychologists, medical doctors, psychotherapists from Transilvania. On 9 of June RPPA and Eurosan Medical Center organized an evening of Positive Psychotherapy, where Hamid Peseschkian presented the concept of psychovampires and talk about how we can deal in a positive way, with energy thieves in our lives.


It was also a good opportunity to launch the 2 new book of Positive Psychotherapy: Psychovampires (translated into Romanian language) and Maxim Gongharov's book: Conflict Operationalization (English language). 10 of June was a special day when Hamid and Catherine met a group of around 50 business people and talk about psychovampires and their influence in our lives.

Romanian Summer School 2014

The 7th Romanian Summer School took place on 16 - 21 June 2014


Many thanks to all participants, the international trainers Arno Remmers, Richard Werringloer, Ekaterina Ovcharek, and Liana Don for their contributions, and to Gabriela Hum for her organizing this special event!

21st IFP World Congress of Psychotherapy in Shanghai

"Psychotherapy Contributing to Global Health"


21st World Congress of Psychotherapy organized by the IFP (International Federation for Psychotherapy),

9-11 May 2014, Shanghai, China


We wish to thank our Positive Psychotherapy group, Maxim Goncharov, John Sutton, Leon Lee, Theo Cope (see photo from left to right), for participating in and presenting at this important congress!

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 € plus shipping costs (7 €).


1st International Conference On Transcultural Psychiatry

The DTPPP organizes the


First International Conference on Transcultural Psychiatry in Central European Countries

24. 4. – 26. 4. 2015

in Gdynia / Poland


Hamid Peseschkian and Arno Remmers are members of the conference organizing committee. WAPP is furthermore represented at the conference by several lecturers presenting Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy topics.


Please click here for the preliminary program.


For more information please see the congress website.


There will be a preconference seminar "Family values and norms and psychosomatic symptoms  in the concept of Positive Psychotherapy" on 23 April 2015 at University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sopot, Polna 16/20, offered by Ewa Dobiala and Stefan Mennemeier.

Please find seminar information and abstract here.


Reality And Prospects of Psychotherapy, Applied Psycology And Counseling in the Conditions of Crisis

Professional Psychotherapeutic League of Russia and Russian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education Center «Logos»


This congress is going to take place in Yalta, from 28 to 29 of April, 2015.


Please click here for the flyer with more information.

Second page of flyer.

20th Congress of the EAP in Athens, Greece

The European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) announces its 20th Congress:


20th Congress of the EAP in Athens, Greece from 19 - 21 June 2015

The main topic of the Congress will be "Gender and Psychotherapy"


Please click here for the official 1st announcement

or find more information about the congress on its official website.http://wcp2014.com/



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


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.

Twentieth Anniversary of Bulgarian Association

The Bulgarian Association of Positive Psychotherapy (BAPP) celebrates its 20th anniversary in the year 2013.


In the course of the anniversary year the Association has organized a conference with the title: "Twenty years Bulgarian Association of Positive Psychotherapy - traditions and presence"


It took place in Varna from 7 to 9 June 2013 and was a great success. Many national and international participants came to discuss, teach, learn and celebrate. Thank you for your contribution!



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.

IJP Newsletter 2012

Please click here to find the latest Newsletter 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.