The Positive Psychotherapy Award was established in 2000 during the 2nd World Congress of Positive Psychotherapy in Wiesbaden, Germany. Since then, 31 award winners have been honoured for their support and promotion of Positive Psychotherapy worldwide in the fields of training, education, publication and innovation.
This year, the Professor Peseschkian Foundation has honoured Dr. Sheyda Rafat in recognition of her continued support and achievements in the development of Positive Psychotherapy training in different countries.
Dr. Sheyda Rafat was born in Iran. After graduating from school, she spent some years living in Madagascar and then Turkey, where she graduated from university with degrees in psychology and education. Finally, she found her second home in Germany where she earned her PhD .
Thanks to her biography, Dr. Sheyda Rafat embodies transcultural experiences. She has given trainings in Positive Psychotherapy in many different countries.
The Positive Psychotherapy Award 2019 was handed over to Dr. Sheyda Rafat in a ceremony during the 7th World Congress of Positive Psychotherapy in October 2019.
We had a major PPT event in 2019!
7th World Congress for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy:
Anniversary Congress – Seminar Congress: 50 Years Positive Psychotherapy
“Health – Culture – Psychotherapy”
It took place in Kemer, Turkey, 6-12 October 2019
With 104 plenary and individual presentations and workshops it was one of our biggest events ever. We were happy to welcome about 340 participants from 24 countries.
We offered not only some new presentation formats like short-talks and express-talks, but also included social and community events, such as a Center evening, an excursion and a very special gala-dinner.
The next World Congress is planned for the year 2022. You don't want to miss it!
Many thanks to all participants, contributors, organizer team, and hotel staff, who made this event an enriching and fruitful experience!
Here are some presentations from lecturers and presenters of the Congress.
If you would like to share yours too, please contact the
The European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) revised its logo for European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institutes (EAPTIs).
The International Academy for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy (IAPP) and the Wiesbaden Academy for Psychotherapy (WIAP) are EAPTIs and are eligible to use this new logo.
EAPTIs may apply for the ECP (European Certificate for Psychotherapy) for their training graduates. Our international graduates of Positive Psychotherapy apply for the ECP via IAPP with the so-called “Direct Award” procedure. German graduates of the WIAP apply via WIAP. Please for more information about the ECP.
The EAPTI logo is foreseen for EAPTIs only and can be exclusively used for their training programs.
The following request has reached us concerning a research project with practitioners of humanistic psychology:
Researchers in the Psychology Department at Saybrook University are collaborating on a project to investigate important influences in humanistic psychology and its practitioners. Your organization, World Association for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy, is an important resource in the field of humanistic psychology. We hope you will consider assisting us by distributing the attached flyer for the research project.
The research project has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Saybrook University. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Louis Hoffman, PhD, is the contact person for this research. He can be reached .
The results of this project will be of interest to all who share a concern for the history, development, and practice of humanistic psychology. We appreciate your assistance in recruiting participants for this research project.
The European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) frequently issues a newsletter/member information.
The EAP wishes to involve as many organizations and individuals by asking for contributions. If you would like to add a report or article please contact the EAP
Here you will find the document providing all instructions about formatting of your contribution and the Newsletter Policy.
The International Federation for Psychotherapy (IFP) frequently issues a newsletter.
WAPP is a member of the IFP, which means that becoming a WAPP member makes you an IFP member automatically.
Please , if you have any questions.
The IFP website keeps you informed about their work and events.
Below please find the June 2018 issue of World Psychiatry (impact factor: 26.561, ranking no. 1 among psychiatric journals and among all journals included in the Social Science Citation Index):
All back issues of the journal can be freely downloaded from the PubMed system.
The Peseschkian Foundation is happy to share the good news that the term „Positive und transkulturelle Pädagogik nach Peseschkian“ (“Positive and transcultural pedagogy after Peseschkian”) in German language has been registered as trademark in the EU.
The Peseschkian Foundation offers advanced trainings for teachers using this term. To protect it they applied for official registration, which has now been granted.
Positive Psychotherapy (PPT after Peseschkian, since 1977) has now been registered as trademark in the United States of America (registration no. 1343592). The registration in the European Union has already been completed in 2016 (registration no. 014512578 and 014512537).
This is a big step for our method and for our Association. We are very happy to have finally completed this long and difficult registration process.
Congratulations to all of us, our trainers, Centers, members and all practitioners of PPT!
We are happy to share with you the good news that the Peseschkian Foundation (International Academy for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy, IAPP) has been honored with the prize “Foundation of the Month” of the German state of Hesse.
State Secretary Michael Bußer in his speech:
„The Foundation includes an 'International Academy for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy'. It bases on the conviction that every human being, every family, every society and culture has the potential to live in healthiness, equity and peace with each other. […] For its engaged and exemplary work we honor the Foundation and thank for its important contribution to the social cohesion.”
Positive Psychotherapy has entered a new area: the world of sports and wellbeing!
With the help of Maxim Goncharov our method has become the philosophical background of a program initiated by the adidas Academy in Moscow, Russia.
We are very happy and grateful for this new development!
Books by Nossrat Peseschkian released in a new Positive Psychotherapy Series
Five bestsellers of Positive Psychotherapy have been released in a new series and are available as paperback or ebook edition:
In Search of Meaning
Positive Psychotherapy of Everyday Life
Positive Family Therapy
Oriental Stories as Techniques in Positive Psychotherapy
WAPP board member Enver Cesko attended the 22nd Congress of the European Association for Psychotherapy in Zagreb, September 2016.
He represented the WAPP at different meetings, discussing several topics related to psychotherapy and its professional organization in Europe. Moreover, Enver Cesko held a workshop on Positive Psychotherapy.
The next EAP congress will take place on 19-21 October 2018 in Serbia.
WAPP board member Enver Cesko was invited to the Academy of Integrative and Humanistic Psychotherapy and Psychology in Antwerp / Belgium to give lectures on Positive Psychotherapy at Soursel City Hall on 23 September 2016.
The Ukrainian Association for Positive Psychotherapy (UAPP) and the Ukrainian Institute for Positive Psychotherapy (UIPP) organize their
1st Online Conference for Positive Psychotherapy on 12-18 October 2016
There will be webinars every evening from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
Several international speakers from, for example, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Poland have been invited already.
More information will follow soon.
This year's International Trainer Seminar (ITS) took place
It was a great success with 67 participants from 22 countries! Divided into four working groups, our trainers and candidate-trainers, as well as some Master Course participants, evaluated topics concerning the theory of PPT, supervision and self-discovery.
Different from former ITSs we had four guest lecturers, who offered inspiring talks, which the group participants deepend in their working groups.
Together with accompanying friends and family members we were a joyous group of 76 people on a boat trip down the Rhine river at our excursion day.
Many thanks to everyone, who added to this fruitful encounter!
2nd DGPP Summer Academy in Germany
On 29 June to 2 July 2016 the 2nd edition of the Summer Academy organized by the German Association for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy (DGPP) took place in Attendorn, Germany.
Almost 40 participants added to a fruitful and enriching encounter. Enver Cesko from Kosovo attended as special guest and international trainer. The DGPP was also very thankful for Mrs. Manije Peseschkian's participation.
Many thanks to the organizers and participants!
The 9th edition of the Positive Psychotherapy Summer School in Romania was a big success!
It took place 27 June – 2 July 2016 in Pianu de Jos, Alba, Romania, with the motto “Eros and magic in sexuality”.
More than 40 participants from different countries (though mainly from Romania) were there. International trainers taking part were Pavel Frolov from Russia and Arno Remmers from Germany.
Gabriela Hum and the Romanian Association for Positive Psychotherapy organized this event for the 9th time. It was a very intense and fruitful encounter.
Many thanks to the organizers and participants!
Ukrainian Trainer Seminar (UTS) 2016
The 3rd Ukrainian Trainer Seminar took place in Odessa, Ukraine, 3-5 June 2016. It was organized by the Ukrainian Institute for Positive Psychotherapy (UIPP).
15 trainers and candidate-trainers participated and had an effective, useful and friendly exchange.
WAPP thanks organizers and participating trainers for their engagement!
Dr. Maxim Goncharov has created and published a mobile application on Apple Sore called “POSITUM – life balance”.
It is designed to measure people's life balance and to receive explanations and recommendations. The users are also invited to take part in a global scientific research just by one click.
The App is available for iPhone and Android.
It is available in English and Russian language. Please directly, if you would like to help translate it to other languages.
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 18th and 19th 2016 in Wiesbaden.
Many topics concerning our trainings, certifications, publications, scientifc studies and future gatherings were consulted about.
In our March 2016 WAPP Newsletter we inform about their main decisions.