During the past years, physicians as well as the medical community in general, have increasingly asked for proof of effectiveness in the sense of quality assurance for diagnosis and therapy within the framework of cost reduction in health service. Such examinations are to a great extent carried out in somatic and biological medicine therefore; psychotherapy faces a great challenge in this respect. On the basis of the extensive data pool of the effectiveness studies of Positive Psychotherapy, a user-friendly software program has been developed for clinics and private practices, which makes possible the analysis of all tests used. The program also offers the option to integrate further specific tests when they are needed. The results are presented in a chart form with an integrated standard area. They include inter-pretation aids, which are oriented – with regard to the content – to the instructions of the tests. The Circle for Further Education for Psychotherapy and Family Therapy ofWiesbaden conducted by Dr. Peseschkian has preparedan effectiveness study in thesense of quality assurance since 1974. The resultsof this study were presented anddiscussed.

The presentation included the following items:

·       Positive Psychotherapy Theory

·       Effectiveness Study

·       Quality Assurance Theory

·       A user friendly software program to
put all of this into practice

Dr. Peseschkian, the founder of Positive Psychotherapy and president of the ICCP, with his aim at acquiring “Quality Assurance“, was awarded the ‘Richard Merten Prize“ for 1997 (Germany‘s most respected Prize awarded for Quality Assurance in the field of Medicine).The prize is given out on an annual basis. A committee (Kuratorium) consisting of experts and medical professionals chooses the winner.