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Shanghai to host grand gathering for psychotherapists throughout the world


Themed “Psychotherapy Contributing to Global Health,” the 21st IFP World Congress of Psychotherapy is scheduled from May 9-11, 2014, in Shanghai.

The IFP Congress, to be located in the Everbright International Convention Centre, will offer a valuable opportunity for professionals from all countries to exchange ideas and enhance their expertise. Having hosted the 2010 World Expo, Shanghai has a very modern infrastructure and an attractive cultural atmosphere. Participants and accompanying persons will have numerous tourist options during their stay in Shanghai and in other areas of China.

The board of IFP has authorized the Committee of Psychotherapy and Psychological Counseling of China Association for Mental Health, one of the member organizations of IFP, as the local organizer. Other co-organizers and co-sponsors supporting the congress include Asia-Pacific Association of Psychotherapists German-Chinese Academy for Psychotherapy, Committee of Psychoanalysis of China Association for Mental Health and the Registration System for Clinical Psychologists of the Chinese Society of Psychology. Tongji University and the Shanghai Municipal Mental Health Centre also will be backing the event.

China has been experiencing historical socio-cultural changes for decades, and psychotherapy has found its new role in the radical process of modernization and globalization in China. After the issuance and implementation of the Mental Health Law of the People’s Republic of China, psychotherapy is now defined officially as an important human service. Therefore, China is embracing all forms of psychotherapy from other parts of the world that are helpful to the psychological well-being of the people while they are developing new models based on Chinese culture.

For more information, please visit www.ifpworldcongress.org/econtent.asp?id=129.

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