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Newsletter-2003#1

  1. The 4th Congress of the Japanese Federation for Psychotherapy Part 1
  2. The 4th Congress of the Japanese Federation for Psychotherapy Part 2

1.The 4th Congress of the Japanese Federation for Psychotherapy Part 1

The 4th Congress of the Japanese Federation for Psychotherapy was held in Tokyo on 25th and 26th January, 2003 at Kitazato Hall in Keio University Medical Department.

On Saturday 25th, following the welcoming address by Dr Tsutomu Sakuta of Keio University Department of Psychiatry, the opening presentation under the overall theme of the of "World Psychotherapy" was given by Dr Alfred Pritz, the General Secretary of the European Association for Psychotherapy and the current President of the European Association for Psychotherapy.

Titled "The International Development of Psychotherapy and Quality Control Through Training Certificates", Dr Pritz presentations covered topics and issues related to the development of world psychotherapy, ranging from Psychotherapy as a Profession and "Fields of activity of psychotherapists" to "Training", "Modalities" and "Organizing psychotherapy - psychotherapists organizations".

Dr Pritz also focused on the development of the European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP) and the collaboration between the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) and the Japanese Federation for Psychotherapy (JFP). Referring to the first contact between Dr Sakuta, the General Secretary of the Japanese Federation for Psychotherapy, and the EAP, Dr Pritz said, "there was a big majority in the EAP Board to deepen this relationship. It shows us that there is beyond cultural differences a common understanding of psychotherapy."

He went on to say, "For our patients we are giving some guarantee of seriosity in our treatment efforts and for the colleagues in other areas of the world an example they may step by in the future With the congruent diplomas, the EAP and the JCP, we are moving towards a world standard and this is very much so because of your, the Japanese colleagues, efforts".

2. The 4th Congress of the Japanese Federation for Psychotherapy Part 2

The signing ceremony between Dr Pritz as General Secretary of the EAP and Dr Sakuta as General Secretary of the JFP was held following a presentation on World Psychotherapy. This formalized the establishment of the relationship and collaboration between the European Association for Psychotherapy and the Japanese Federation for Psychotherapy. The names of the first Japanese psychotherapists to be awarded the Japanese Certificate for Psychotherapy (including doctors, psychiatrists and clinical psychologists) by the Japanese Federation for Psychotherapy were announced. Those who were present at the JFP 4th congress were presented with their Certification by Dr Pritz and Dr Sakuta.

Other topics presented during the 4th Congress of Japanese Federation for Psychotherapy included one on "Freud and Trauma" written by Dr Keigo Okonogi of Tokyo International University Institute of Clinical Psychology. Unfortunately, due to illness Dr Okonogi was unable to give his presentation in person. Another key presentation on "Childhood Trauma and Psychotherapy, Core issues on the Concept of Resilience" was given on Sunday 26th January by the psychiatrist Dr Satoru Saitou, the chairman of 4th Congress of Japanese Federation for Psychotherapy.

Dr Saitou focused on the concept of resilience and its implications and importance not only in the study of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) but also in the care of and when necessary treatment of people who have experienced traumatic life events. In the future, from the perspectives of treatment and prevention in trauma work, enhancing or possibly developing this resilience will become a keyword.

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