Election of a new Board of Directors 2020-2022

Candidates 2020

Candidates for the WAPP Board of Directors 2020-2022

Many suitable persons have been nominated! Altogether we had 28 nominations for members from 11 countries, of who 22 are ready to candidate for the WAPP Board Thank you for nominating them and showing them your trust and respect. Some nominated persons – unfortunately – could not take the task. So if you don't find the persons you have nominated in the attached list, please don't worry. We did not forget them; they just could not candidate for personal reasons.

The election will only be possible by electronic vote this time.

Our members will get an email from our “Election Runner” with an election link and a voter ID (election invitation).
You can only vote with this election link and the voter ID.
Only full members and institutional members of WAPP, who have paid their current membership fees (at least until 2019), are permitted to vote.

When you are the representative of an institutional member (Center or Association) you will get a second email with a voter ID to give your vote for the institutional member as well.

Election period will start when you receive the “Election Runner” email and ends on 16 August 2020.

Trademark registration in the USA

Registration USA

We are happy to share with you the good news that our trademark “Positive Psychotherapy (PPT after Peseschkian, since 1977)” has been registered in the USA on 23 June 2020 with the registration no. 6,082,225.

This is an important achievement for our method and the protection of its name.

“Positive Psychotherapy (PPT after Peseschkian, since 1977)” has been registered in the European Union and Switzerland in 2016 in German and English with the registration numbers 014512578 and 014512537. The registration is in progress in Russia and Ukraine with the application numbers 2020714578 in Russia and 57170/3M/20 in Ukraine.

21st International Trainer Seminar (ITS)

ITS 2020 register now

Due to the coronavirus pandemic it will be changed from offline to online.
It aims at all trainers and candidate-trainers of Positive Psychotherapy and on its second day at everyone interested.

It will take place 22-23 August 2020 via Zoom. Save the date!

The ITS will be split into two parts:

  • Saturday, 22 August 2020, will be for trainers and candidate-trainers only. There will be lectures, workshops and self-discovery groups.
  • Sunday, 23 August 2020, will be open for everyone interested, with presentations, lectures and plenary meetings.

The WAPP annual member assembly will take place in the evening of 22 August 2020.

We will have plenum sessions and individual presentations. They will be held in English language. So now is the time to

  • a) improve your English and
  • b) think about topics you would like to present at our first online ITS.

From now on you may send us your abstracts. A scientific committee will check them and inform you. Make your topic short and interesting – comparable to our short talks at the last World Congress.

More information will follow soon.

Please contact us, if you have any questions.

By German law we are obliged to add the following note on sponsoring to our program and conference flyers:

“Die Inhalte der Fortbildungsmaßnahme sind produkt- und/oder dienstleistungsneutral gestaltet. Potenzielle Interessenkonflikte des Veranstalters, der wissenschaftlichen Leitung und der Referenten werden in einer Selbstauskunft gegenüber den Teilnehmern offen gelegt. Es gibt keine Sponsoren. Die Gesamtaufwendungen der Veranstaltung werden über die Teilnahmegebühren gedeckt und vom Verband in Eigenleistung getragen. Die Gesamtkosten belaufen sich auf etwa 500 EUR.
The contents of the congress are product and service neutral. Potential conflicts of interests of organizers, scientific manager, and lecturers will be laid open to the participants. There is no sponsoring. Total costs of the event are covered by the participation fees and in own contribution of the association. The total cost for the association are approx. 500 EUR.”

PPT YouTube Channel

YouTube channel

We have an official YouTube channel you don't want to miss.

And if you have your own video(s) related to Positive Psychotherapy, please sent them to us at the Head Office.
We check the contents and will be happy to upload your video there, too.

Improve your professional competencies!


If you are at home these days, use the time of quarantine or exit-lock to improve your psychotherapeutic competencies: read our new and older PPT books, write articles, or prepare presentations, improve your theory knowledge. We are all working in a health care sector, no matter if as therapist, counsellor, teacher or supervisor. After and during this crisis your competencies will be needed – probably more than before.
Use this time-out for your professional self-improvement.

Take care of yourselves!

In Memoriam

Peseschkian Manije

Dear colleagues and friends,

With grieving hearts, we have to convey to you that on 3rd March 2020 the “mother” of Positive Psychotherapy, Mrs. Manije Peseschkian, left this mortal world. Since August last year she did not feel well, but it was very important for her to participate at the World Congress in Kemer. A few weeks ago, she was diagnosed with cancer and the last weeks she spent with her family and close friends at home. Her last message was:

Dear family and friends,
2020 marks my 80th year on planet earth. I enjoyed this journey immensely having been able to travel all 5 continents and seen more than 70 countries and territories. You personally have been an important part in the accompaniment of my life journey for which I am infinitely grateful. Now the time has come to start the longest journey of my life. A few months ago I reserved a ticket for my last venture to the Divine kingdom.
Yours Manije

She was buried in the same grave as her husband and founder of Positive Psychotherapy at the Wiesenbaden-Sonnenberg cemetary.

Now, the torch has been passed on to all of us to follow her footsteps and to continue to work for a better and more peaceful world.

With loving greetings,

Hamid Peseschkian and family

New book: Positive Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Psychology

6P book

After 2 years of intensive work, the first book worldwide which combines positive psychology, positive psychotherapy, and positive psychiatry, has been published. 49 authors from 13 countries and 5 continents. The eBook version was published in January 2020, and you can download the introduction and the abstracts free of charge.

Now, let us promote the idea of this book of “Positive Mental Health”.

Springer website with access to free downloads

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47 Centers and Cooperations Worldwide

The World Association for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy is growing

In January 2020 we have 47 Centers and cooperations worldwide in 15 countries:

1. Yerevan, Armenia
2. Varna, and other cities in Bulgaria
3. Chengdu, China
4. Shenzhen, China
5. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
6. Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
7. Jimma, Ethiopia
8. Tbilisi, Georgia
9. HZPP Hamburg, Germany
10. WIPPB Herford, Germany
11. Paritätische Akademie Wuppertal, Germany
12. Pristina, Kosovo
13. Riga, Latvia
14. Nicosia, North-Cyprus
15. Wroclaw, Poland
16. Brasov, Romania
17. Bucharest, Romania
18. Cluj, Romania
19. Tg. Mures, Romania
20. University Arkhangelsk, Russia
21. CPP Russia Khabarovsk, Russia
22. “Positum 705” Khabarovsk, Russia
23. Krasnodar, Russia
24. “Positum23” Krasnodar, Russia
25. Moscow, Russia
26. Ufa, Russia
27. “Olgu” Ankara, Turkey
28. Izmir, Turkey
29. Istanbul, Turkey
30. Istanbul “Positum Education, Consultancy and Health Services”, Turkey
31. Kocaeli, Turkey
32. UIPP Cherkassy, Ukraine
33. Simferopol, Crimea
34. Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
35. Kiev „New Kiev“, Ukraine
36. Kiev „New People“, Ukraine
37. Kiev “Center for Personality Development POSITUM”, Ukraine
38. Kiev “Positum“, Ukraine
39. Kiev „Terra Balance“, Ukraine
40. Kostiuk Institute of Psychology (Ukraine) – agreement signed in Jan 2020 (new) -
41. Odessa „Dao“, Ukraine
42. Odessa “Odessa Positum”, Ukraine
43. Odessa, Ukraine
44. Odessa at SUIPPM, Ukraine
45. Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University, Ukraine
Newest Centers:
46. Gostivar, North Macedonia
47. Blagoveshchensk, Russia

We are proud to have reached the mark of 1400 members in January 2020, 1410 to be precise.

Many thanks to all our active members, trainers, center managers, practitioners and interested followers!

Positive Psychotherapy Award 2019

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Dr. Sheyda Rafat receives the Positive Psychotherapy Award 2019

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.

7th World Congress for Positive Psychotherapy 2019

Congress HP Messias

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!


New EAP EAPTI logo

EAPTI logo

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.

Research Project on Humanistic Psychology

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.

EAP Newsletter


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.

IFP Newsletter


The International Federation for Psychotherapy (IFP) frequently issues a newsletter.

Please click here for the latest version of May 2020, 05/20
Version January 2019, 01/19
Older IFP newsletters

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.

WPA Newsletter


Below please find the June 2020 issue of World Psychiatry (impact factor: 34.024, 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.

Registration of Positive and Transcultural Pedagogy

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.

Click here for the registration document and certificate

Our Method's Trademark Registration

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!

Foundation of the Month

Stiftung des Monats

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.”

Click here for the official press release – in German language

New release of Nossrat Peseschkian's books

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
Positive Psychosomatics

First mobile application on Positive Psychotherapy

Mobile App

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.