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 1996. 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.

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

  • WAPP is represented by a Board of Directors and a President. 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.

Honorary Members of WAPP

The World Association for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy (WAPP) honors its outstanding and most engaged members with the merit of Honorary Membership.

The honorary membership has only been granted three time so far.

Honorary members of WAPP are:

Prof. Dr. Raymond Battegay (1927-2016)
Basel, Switzerland
Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst
Professor in ordinary at the University clinic in Basel
awarded in 2010


Arno Remmers, MD
Büdingen, Germany
Medical doctor, psychotherapist, private lecturer and supervisor at the Wiesbaden Academy for Psychotherapy (WIAP)
awarded in 2018


Prof. Dr. Shridhar Sharma
Delhi, India
Emeritus Professor, National Academy of Medical Sciences, India · Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences

awarded in 2010


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).