World Council for Psychotherapy (WCP)
The World Council for Psychotherapy is an 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 from about a hundred countries. During recent years the World Congresses for Psychotherapy were organized in Austria, Argentina, China, Australia, South Africa, and France. In 2020, the honor to host the IX World Congress on Psychotherapy was given to the Russian Federation.
The main objectives of the World Council for Psychotherapy are the promotion of Psychotherapy on all continents (based on the Strasbourg Declaration on Psychotherapy in 1990), to improve the conditions of patients, to cooperate with national and international organizations to improve crisis management and peacekeeping, and to unify world training standards. Members are both psychotherapists and organizations.
The World Certificate for Psychotherapy (WCPC) is only awarded on the basis of recognized 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.
President of the WCP is Professor Alfred Pritz. The WCP Board consists of the leaders of modern psychotherapy from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.
Within the World Council for Psychotherapy successfully works it’s Youth Section under the chairmanship of a Russian psychotherapist Ekaterina Makarova.
The World Council of Psychotherapy aims to serve the interests of psychotherapy and wide audience ensuring the high standards of psychotherapeutic training and practice.