20-23 March 2023, Istanbul (Turkey), REGISTRATION is OPEN


Dear friends, dear colleagues,

We are delighted to extend our warm invitation to you for the upcoming 2024 WAPP International Conference on Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy, themed “Building bridges for mental health.” The event will take place from 20th to 23rd March 2024 in the vibrant city of Istanbul, Turkey, at the luxurious Lionel Hotel.

Conference Coordinates:

  • Date: 20-23 March 2024
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Theme: Building bridges for mental health
  • Website: istanbul2024.tilda.ws

Key Features:

  • Imagine over 200 psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors from more than 20 countries and 4 continents gather in the beautiful city of Istanbul.
  • Experience workshops, presentations, roundtables, transcultural hot topics discussions in a rich, interactive program.
  • Humanistic, psychodynamic & transcultural perspectives
  • 20+ CME/CPD credit points from the State Medical Chamber (Frankfurt, Germany)
  • Meet and learn from the leaders and trainers of Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy and other methods.
  • Combine the conference with a spring city-break in the fascinating city of Istanbul. Our program will include social and cultural experiences as well: historical city tour, gala dinner, music, and dancing.

Distinguished guests:

César A. Alfonso, MD, Professor

President of the World Federation for Psychotherapy.

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center (New York City, USA); Editor of the journal Psychodynamic Psychiatry; Visiting professor of many universities.

Dilip V. Jeste, MD, Professor

Founder of Positive Psychiatry;  Director, Global Research Network on Social Determinants of Mental Health and Exposomics; Former Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care, and Distinguished Prof. of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, University of California San Diego (USA); Past President, American Psychiatric Association.

Special guest: Angelika Goers, Singer, Jazz, Music, Speak & More

Special Conference Package per person: 585 EUR*

*Includes all transfers, shared accommodation in a double room, meals, and conference registration for WAPP members (reduced from 300 EUR to 100 EUR due to economic considerations).

Different packages are available on the conference website: istanbul2024.tilda.ws

Please do not book the hotel directly via booking websites or hotel website! You won’t have access to the above-mentioned conference offerings, such as airport transfer, gala-dinner, conference participation.


There will be a special daily conference fee for participants who do not stay at the hotel, plus registration fee.

Official language of the conference is English, but different translators will be provided for groups larger than 20 for the same speaking language attendees (examples: Ukrainian, Turkish, Russian, etc.).

We are confident that this conference will be a valuable opportunity for networking, learning, and contributing to the field of psychotherapy. We hope you will join us in Istanbul to make this event a success.