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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 wrote an introductory guidebook for Psychotherapy Incoming trainees
  • We published “My identity as a psychiatrist psychotherapy” survey (European Psychiatry, 2017) and did an analysis of the EFPT country report about psychotherapy training.

Psychotherapy Guidebook

We wrote 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.

Download our EFPT-psychotherapy-guidebook with all the chapters.

Online version on pubpub

Please cite the book using the citation management in pubpub. For instance :

  • CORBO M, Abreu T. Cognitive Remediation Therapy. EFPT Psychotherapy Guidebook [Internet]. 2018 Nov 10; Available from:


  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness therapy
  • Client-Centered Psychotherapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Cognitive Remediation Therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Institutional Psychotherapy
  • Psychodrama
  • Family Therapy
  • Supportive psychotherapy

Analysis of country reports – 2018

EFPT Psychotherapy Survey-2017

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


Summerschools and online training opportunities

Please have a look on our page.

We developped a special program for the Beck Institute program.

Please contact for more informations.

We strongly support EPA psychotherapy summerschool and EPA MOOC about CBT.

1st EPA psychotherapy summerschool 2016


Useful Links

Current active P-WG members of 2018-2019 are:

Agnes Bene – Hungary
Asilay Seker – Turkey
Barbara Moura – Portugal
Chantelle Wiseman – UK
Charles So – France
Clément Dondé – France
Helena Kisand – Estonia
Jonas Montvidas – Lithuania
Kim Doan – France
Lina Matutyte – Laithuania
Milica Vezmar – Serbia
Oscar Soto – Spain
Pelin Su Sirin – Turkey
Petra Valentova – Czech Republic
Petra Soros – Hungary
Rita Leite – Portugal
Roberts Klotins – UK/Latvia
Ruth Harrison – UK
Satenik Sahakyan – Armenia
Selin Kiran – Belgium
Thomas Gargot – France
Voita Prasil – Czech Republic

Past Chairs

2010-2014 : Alina Petricean | UK

2015-2018 : Thomas Gargot | France

Current Chair : 2018 – : David de Freitas | Belgium

Past Co-chair

2015-16 : Ekin Sönmez | Turkey

2016-17 : Elin Cathrine Holiløkk | Norway

2017-18 : David De Freitas | Belgium

Current Co-chair : 2018- : Olga Sidorova | Latvia and Theodoros KOUTSOMITROS | Greece

Past members of the P-WG:

Thomas Gargot (chair, France), Ekin Sönmez (co-chair, Turkey), Tânia Abreu (Portugal), Milos Lazarevic (Serbia), Roberts Klotins (UK / Latvia), Petra Marinova (Bulgaria),  Rita Silva (Portugal), Nikitas Arnaoutoglou (UK/Greece), Alaraisanen Antti (Finland), Blazev Martina (Croatia), Cervetti Alice (Italy), Clément Dondé (France), 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), Diego Quattrone (UK/Italy), Sileikaite Aldona(Lithuania), Tomicevic Marko (Croatia), Veiksaar Peeter (Estonia), van Effenterre Aude (France), Vilgats Flo (Estonia), Zenger Maria (Finland), Zuppo Serena (Italy).