Symposium Ethics in Psychotherapy

Sunday: 25-Feb-2018

SFU, Vienna


8.30 – 9.00          Registration & Coffee

9.00 – 9.15          Introduction (Irena Bezic)

9.15 – 10.30       Tom Warnecke (UKCP- London) (Presentation and discussion)

                            Cat and Mouse –  The Ethical Crucible in Psychotherapy Practice”

We all want definitive answers and tell right from wrong. Ethical questions are context bound however and ethical perspectives necessarily reflect situational contexts, including for examples a person’s roles and responsibilities. Ethical principles and guidelines cannot free us from daubt. Such limitations may suggest impotency to some but paradoxically, these limitations are also a crucial source of ethical potency.

10.30 – 11.15       Marie Christine Soulie (SFU-Paris) (Presentation and discussion)

                       Teaching Ethics in Psychotherapy Training – What does this mean?”

Teaching ethics means to provide psychotherapists with tools to answer ethics and legal requirements.It mainly aims at helping the professionals to be able to cope with ethical dilemnas and make decisions. They should become able to find the appropriate solution to the circumstances they are facing, as no “ready-made response is available . It means that besides the knowledge of the rules (legal provisions and principles developped in ethics code), the training should focus on a case-based teaching and adapt to society evolution.

11.15 – 11.45       Coffee break

11.45 – 12.30       Margret Aull (ÖBVP-Innsbruck) (Presentation and discussion)

                        The professional ethics of psychotherapists

The Occupational code for psychotherapists must not neglect to a set of rules of ban and order – it  is indispensably to understand all those rules on the background oft the specific psychotherapeutic respect which it is a matter to protect.“ 

12.30 – 13.00      Snack lunch (provided by EAP)

13.00 – 14.00      Working in Small Groups:

  1. How are ethics in psychotherapy taught in your country?
  2. Examples of actual ethical issues in your country: please come prepared

Unethical behaviour of psychotherapists

How people can use ethical issues to sabotage professionals

  1. Specific topics:

How to discourage therapists from making clients dependent on them;

How to protect students reporting unethical behaviour in their psychotherapy training

14.00 – 16.00      Presentation of topics discussed in the small groups and discussion with lecturers and participants (Facilitator: Irena Bezic)

16.00 – 16.30      ‘Next Steps’: and Closing of the Meeting.


EAP will give a Certificate of (6 hours) CPD credits for the day.

Participation Fee:     70 € (for participants from Eastern Europe)

90 € (for participants from Western Europe)

10 € Deduction for Students:

10 € Early Bird’ reduction (before 1st January 2018)


Contact Organizer:  Irena Bezic (

Bookings to: EAP Head Office: Natalia Tereshchenko (

Fees paid by: Cash on Day; or Bank Transfer to ‘EAP Ethics’

Beneficiary European Association for Psychotherapy   

IBAN: AT684300035337340000


Bank: Volksbank Ost