The World Council for Psychotherapy is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with consultative status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
It was founded in 1995, has its headquarters in Vienna, and holds a World Congress every three years with more than a thousand participants.
The main objectives of the association are the promotion of psychotherapy on all continents (based on the principles in the Strasbourg Declaration on Psychotherapy in 1990), to improve the conditions of patients, to cooperate with national and international organisations to improve crisis management and peacekeeping, and to unify world training standards. Members are both psychotherapists and organisations. President of the WCP is Alfred Pritz.
The World Certificate for Psychotherapy (WCPC) is only awarded on the basis of recognised psychotherapy training and aims to encourage mobility within the profession. Each year, together with the city of Vienna, the Council awards the International Sigmund Freud Award for Psychotherapy.
World Congress for Psychotherapy
- 1996 Vienna.
- 1999 Vienna.
- 2002 Vienna.
- 2005 Buenos Aires.
- 2008 Beijing.
- 2011 Sydney.
- 2014 Durban.
- 2017 Paris.
- 2020 Moscow.
- 2022 Moscow.
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