World Association for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy (WAPP)

The World Association for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy is the international umbrella organization of Positive Psychotherapy. It consists of national associations, national and regional training institutes, centers, representative offices and individual members.

It was founded by Prof. Nossrat Peseschkian as International Center of Positive Psychotherapy (ICPP) in 1994. In January 2008, it was decided to re-name it to World Association for Positive Psychotherapy. In 2016 the term “transcultural” was added to underline the transcultural basis of Positive Psychotherapy.

WAPP promotes the theory, method and practice of Positive Psychotherapy. It is engaged in the training of postgraduate professionals in psychotherapy, family therapy and counseling all over the world.

In addition, WAPP organizes workshops, lectures, conferences and seminars pertaining to the different aspects of Positive Psychotherapy as well as transcultural exchange of theories, techniques and research.

The World Association for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy (WAPP) is registered as a non-profit-organization in Wiesbaden, Germany, since 1994.

The organization has more than 1,650 individual and organizational members in 35 countries.

  • As an officially registered non-profit organization, WAPP advocates the interests of Positive Psychotherapy worldwide.

  • WAPP is represented by a Board of Directors. They are elected every two years by the WAPP members and serve as a collective organ. They work on a voluntary basis and meet twice a year for personal consultation on all issues concerning Positive Psychotherapy and the work of WAPP.

WAPP and its affiliated institutions are members of the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP), the World Council for Psychotherapy (WCP), and the International Federation for Psychotherapy (IFP).