Psychotherapy – WG

Chair and Co-chair

Our working-group

The EFPT Psychotherapy Working Group (P-WG) is a group of  young psychiatrists and trainees from various countries in Europe who are interested in psychotherapy and its role within psychiatry.
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About P-WG

The Psychotherapy Working Group (PWG) is one of the permanent working groups of European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees. Our main activities are focused on:

  • Collaboration among European trainees independently and via their national associations
  • Rising profile of psychotherapy teaching in psychiatry
  • Improving training in psychotherapy for psychiatrists
  • International collaborative research
  • Annual work at the EFPT Forum where the physical meeting of our working group takes place and where ideas are born!


Communication of the working group throughout the year is maintained via e-mail. We would love to hear from psychiatric trainees. Please do not hesitate to contact us at

Psychotherapy Working Group statement

A working knowledge of psychotherapy is an integral part of being a psychiatrist and this must be reflected in training in psychiatry. All trainees should gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be competent in psychotherapy and be able to evaluate suitability for referral to specialist psychotherapists. In order to be competent, a basic knowledge should be gained in all relevant forms of psychotherapy and practical experience should be gained in at least one form of psychotherapy of the trainee’s choice.

Training in psychotherapy must include supervision by qualified therapists. A personal psychotherapeutic experience is seen as a valuable component of training. Relevant training authorities should ensure that time, resources and funding are available to all trainees to meet the above mentioned psychotherapy training needs.

Lisbon 1996, Tampere 1999, Napoli 2001, Sinaia 2002, Paris 2003, Istanbul 2005, Gothenborg 2008, 2009, Cambridge, UK (see all EFPT statement)


We have some projects on-going.

  • We published “My identity as a psychiatrist psychotherapy” survey
  • We are writing an introductory guidebook for Psychotherapy Incoming trainees

EFPT Psychotherapy Survey

Doctors have trusted us with their thoughts about psychotherapy training ranging from positive thoughts about psychotherapy as a part of psychiatrist’s identity to saying “…I don’t think psychotherapy should be the ‘core business’ of any psychiatrist”.Another response without mincing words has been: “Psychotherapy is essential; it’s 50% of the patient’s psychical work. I cannot be a complete psychiatrist without it. The turf war between psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral psychotherapies is stupid…”

I emphasize again – we can not link any responses to any actual respondent. We will approach all your responses thoughtfully and we will endevour to give proper voice to what you say. We appreciate that you care about the psychotherapy issue within our profession to tell us your thoughts. Likewise we are also glad to hear your thoughts if they are critical of psychotherapy. If you have specific ideas springing in your mind when filling the survey as to how we should improve the survey and perhaps how to analyse the data,

We are grateful to the respondent who not only has considered our work important, but also suggested an improvement: “This is an important survey. It is a shame that it includes quite a few typos.” We will look for those typos (having reviewed the form quite a few times already) and implement the corrections for the countries where we plan to launch the survey next – Britain, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Lithuania and others.

The responses, arranged by the approximate response rate, have come in from the following countries Malta, Sweden, Estonia, Romania, Israel, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzogovina, Albania, Belgium, Italy, France, Spain and Germany.

Ekin Sönmez  and Thomas Gargot presented the psychotherapy WG at the European Psychiatric Association Forum, Madrid 12-15 march 2016 during the symposium : Identity or Competency: How to train the modern day psychiatrist : Should all psychiatrists be skilled to practice psychotherapy? Slides here

Thomas GARGOT presented a poster during the EABCT (European Association of Behavior and Cognitive Therapies) congress, Stockholm, 2017


Authors :

Thomas Gargot, France
Ekin Sönmez, Turkey
Clément Dondé, France
Nikitas Arnaoutoglou, UK
Milos Lazarevic, Serbia
Petra Marinova, Bulgaria
Rita Silva, Portugal
David de Freitas Pereira, Belgium
Tânia Abreu, Portugal.
Diego Quattrone, UK
Roberts Klotins, UK

This article was accepted and will be published in European Psychiatry Journal.

Psychotherapy Guidebook

We planned to write a free e-book on psychotherapy in Europe. Trainees will find information about main kinds of psychotherapy, how to train and the point of view of a trainee concerning this kind of psychotherapy.

We defined the main kinds of psychotherapy we would like to cover and we are distributing the topics between us.

Some chapters are already written and on revision :

  • Institutional psychotherapy
  • Mindfullness
  • Client-Centered Psychotherapy
  • Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT)
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoeducation
  • Cognitive remediation
  • Supportive psychotherapy

Read the ebook with all revised chapters.

Current active P-WG members of 2015-2016 are:

Thomas Gargot (chair, France), Ekin Sönmez (co-chair, Turkey), Tânia Abreu (Portugal), Milos Lazarevic (Serbia), Clément Dondé (France), Roberts Klotins (UK / Latvia), Petra Marinova (Bulgaria),  Rita Silva (Portugal), Nikitas Arnaoutoglou (UK/Greece), Diego Quattrone (UK/Italy)

Past members of the P-WG:

Alaraisanen Antti (Finland), Blazev Martina (Croatia), Cervetti Alice (Italy), Fistonic Marina (Croatia), Hall Scott (UK), Jager Tibor (Hungary), Jancic Dragana (Serbia), Lalic Slavica Nikolic (Serbia),  Michal Raszka (Czech Republic), Mielimaka Michal (Poland), Murphy Louise (UK), Petricean Alina (UK/Romania), Plemenitas Anja (Slovenia), Rojnic Palavra Irena (Croatia), Samiotakis Georgios (Greece), Selma Pozderevic (Bosnia – Herzegovina), Sileikaite Aldona(Lithuania), Tomicevic Marko (Croatia), Veiksaar Peeter (Estonia), van Effenterre Aude (France), Vilgats Flo (Estonia), Zenger Maria (Finland), Zuppo Serena (Italy).

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