Working Group

The Working Group on the Professional Competencies Project was a sub-committee of the European Training Standards Committee (ETSC) of the EAP. It had five members:

  1. Traudl Szyszkowitz: Austria: (then) Chairperson of ETSC: EAP Individual Member; Contact here
  2. Renèe Oudijk: The Netherlands: Co-Chairperson ETSC: Contact here
  3. Courtenay Young: Scotland, UK: Member ETSC: EAP Individual Member: Contact here
  4. Peter Schulthess: Switzerland: Member ETSC: President EAGT & Swiss Charter for Psychotherapy: Contact here.
  5. Ansis Stabingis: Latvia, also SFU: EAP Individual Member: Contact here.
The Working Group started work in April 2009 and was 'disbanded' in July 2013, with the completion of Phase 1: the acceptance of the Core Competencies of a European Psychotherapist.

Literature Review

For a summary of the 'Literature Review', please click here.
To have a look at the extensive 'Literature Review' that we have been consulting (Oct 2010 - July 2011), please click here (to download as a PDF file), or here (to see as an .htm file).
If you wish to help us to extend this Literature Review further into other areas and other languages, please contact us. We hope that our Participants from non-English speaking countries can really help here, by advising us what has been written on this topic elsewhere and suggesting relevant content from such literature in their country and language.

Draft Core Competencies

From these inputs, we devised a draft set of Core Competencies. These draft Core Competencies were what was originally on the website, in the various Domains. In order to get proper feedback on all these (draft) Core Competencies, we devised a set of Practice Analysis Survey (PAS) forms that 'Particpants' could use to feedback their opinions on the importance, relevancy and the frequency that they used these Core Competencies. This gave us 43 complete sets: in all, over 500 forms. Responses were received from 20 different countries; 6 different EWOs; 4 different NAOs; 13 different institutes and 19 different individuals.

PAS Forms Analysis

We then found two graduates of a Masters (M.Sc.)programme in Psychotherapy Studies at Glasgow University: Zsofia Anna Utry (Hungary) & Robin Finnie (Scotland) who were willing to analyse all these forms. In Nov-Dec 2012, they completed a Quantitative (Statistical) Analysis [see here] and a Qualitative (Thematic) Analysis [see here] of these PAS forms.

Expert Panel

We then (Dec 2012) appointed an Expert Panel, consisting of: Distinguish Research Professor Emeritus Leslie Geenberg (University of York, Toronto, Canada); Dr. Jaap van Lakerfeld (Head of PLATO, Social Sciences Research Dept. of University of Leiden, Netherlands; and Dr. Ken Evans, (Past-President of EAP & Visiting Professor Psychotherapy University South East Europe); to look at these results and report back to the Working Group and the EAP Board. They assessed them and made recommendations towards a final set of "Core Competencies" that could be recommended to the EAP Board. Their reports are available here.

Revised Core Competencies

To see the 'Revised' Core Competencies (Feb. 2013) - prior to adoption at the EAP's AGM in Moscow in July 2013 - together (in a PDF document) please click here.
The Working Group's last report (Feb 2013) to the EAP Governing Board is here.

The final set of "Core Competencies" - the revised set plus a relatively few minor chnages - was accepted at the EAP's AGM in Moscow in July, 2013. You can access it here as a PDF download.

Professional Competencies Working Group Meetings

What was done:

Project Process Report:

(Feb. 2013) We were in the end stages of Phase 1: the process of developing and defining the (draft) Core Competencies. We produced PAS forms for all the 13 Domains (in July 2011). They are available on this website. We are also always interested in any inputs or corrections to any of the website pages. We have developed a List of Particpants - currently about 100 people, about 50% individuals and 50% representatives of psychotherapy associations and institutes!
We developed a 'Practice Analysis Survey' (PAS) as the best way to 'test out' participants' opinions of these draft Core Competencies (for more information about this, click here) and you therefore should be able to 'participate' meaningfully in these surveys, now! A percentage of the Participants have started filling in the PAS forms and have thus got some Gold Stars! We also really liked your comments and suggestions and we put most of these up on a special page here. About 1/3 of the Participants have started the PAS forms and more than 25% of the Participants have finished the PAS forms for all 13 Domains (about 43): Well Done! You all got 3 Gold Stars. We are grateful that a reasonable number of PAS have been completed by the end of August 2012. This (PAS) stage of the Project ended on 1st September 2012.
We then found two graduates (of an M.Sc. Psychotheraputic Studies in Glasgow [see above]) and (in Dec. 2012) we finished the Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of these PAS forms.
We then appointed an Expert Panel (see above) to use these analyses, and with all your comments and their own expertise, they suggested some amendments and necessary changes to the Core Competencies. They sent in their reports (here) in Jan 2013 and the Working Group has now reported to EAP Board for February 2013 in Vienna (here).
We then adopted the Core Competencies in their final form (see here), in Moscow, in July 2013.

This was the end of Phase 1. (See here).

Phase 2:
After July 2013, your help will become essential (you are the 'experts' for this 2nd phase) and we can start to work on identifying the additional 'Specific' Competencies for the various methods and modalities within psychotherapy, and also any competencies 'specific' to (or required by) any particular country:
This is Phase 2 of the Project (for more information about Phase 2, see here). (NB: Some of these dates in this section have been changed as certain delays have affected the Project.)

At a similar time, from Oct 2013 to about mid-2014 (hopefully), we will inviting small specialist groups to work on the more 'Specialist' Competencies: this will be Phase 3. (see more information here).

Working Group on Professional Competencies: