European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy

International Academy of Mental Health and Integrative Psychotherapy

11th European Congress
of Integrative Psychotherapy

6-8 October, Tbilisi 2023

Hybrid Format

Human Rights, Connections and Diversities

In the Field of Psychotherapy

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Abstract Submission deadline is July 31

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Dear friends and colleagues,

We are honored and pleased to invite you to the 11th European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy congress, organized with the Georgian International Academy for Mental Health and Integrative Psychotherapy. It will be a hybrid congress in which those who choose to attend live can also look forward to experiencing the beauty of Georgia and meet in person. The main themes of social responsibility, connection and diversity play an essential role in our current world. As humans, we face incredible challenges in dealing with significant ecological change, the threat of war and pandemics. We live in a world where people are fleeing violence or financial inequality—a world of fear, loneliness and social exploitation. We, as psychotherapists, have an essential task in this. How can we deal with a social, political, environmental, cultural and economic context that influences our psychotherapeutic work? How can we recognize the impact of this different dimension on the client-therapist relationship, and how can we develop ideas about how to manage this and integrate them into our therapeutic practice? With these questions and many more, we anticipate a three-day congress in which we will seek for answers, introduce new approaches, facilitate panels that discuss similar topics from

different angles, offer experiential workshops to put theory directly into practice, etc. Our congress will open dialogue between different approaches, in which integration plays an important key role. This will be a congress with a focus on relational approaches, which see connection in diversity as one of their core values. The fact that we live in a changing world, although it brings uncertainty, also offers hope and creative possibilities. I am convinced it will be a fruitful congress, and I look forward to meeting you there.


Bruno van den Bosch

President of the European Association of Integrative Psychotherapy


Dear friends, colleagues, my beloved people, I have had the pleasure and honor to be your host and to speak on behalf of the host country of the 11th International Congress of Integrative Psychotherapy. For us Georgians, as the old proverb says, “the guest is from God!”


Integrative psychotherapy as the dialogue platform between modalities in the beginning of the 21st century is ready to bear and process a very deep and multifaceted narrative: Human Rights, Connection and Diversity. It is symbolic that this is happening here, in Georgia, in a small, very beautiful country with an ancient culture that went through a lot of hardship throughout the centuries, in the country on the border of Eastern and Western civilizations which created its independent, unique pieces of art and left huge cultural heritage. Georgian civilization dates back 1.7 -1.8 mln years.


Connection and diversity between nations, languages, cultures, different scientific fields, valid psychotherapy approaches, different individuals, creates an universal unity and this ever-changing world requires quick and accurate response from us, and to realize this, the main human right: freedom of choice and individual will is required. 


We stand on the guard of mental health, on the guard of the proper functioning of those basic systems which are responsible for performing the main role for prosperous human life. Each psychotherapy session is a mini life scenario, which prepares an individual to perform his own life scenario. How to conduct it, and what will help us to implement a successful practice? How is professional fairness integrated in the therapeutic process itself? This is just a small list of questions that we will try to answer during our congress.



My dear colleagues, at the verge of the dialogue of countries, in Georgia, we are waiting for you for an intermodal dialogue.



Maia Begashvili

Academic head of the International Academy of Mental Health and Integrative Psychotherapy, national delegate of the European Association for Psychotherapy in Georgia

Keynote speakers


Social Responsibility and the Knowledge Base of Psychotherapy; Priority and Integration

Dr Heward Wilkinson (MSc Psychotherapy, Leeds, 1992; D. Psychotherapy, Middlesex, 2011; UKCP Reg. Integrative Psychotherapist from 1994; Fellow of UKCP and EAIP and Honorary Member, EAP)

has a literary, theological, and philosophical background before becoming a psychiatric nurse, nurse teacher, and then psychotherapist full time. He has also been Chair of the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College of UKCP for a total of 8 years and is Vice President of EAIP.

He believes that the foundations of psychotherapy lie more in history and philosophy than in science.


Personal and Social Freedom and Responsibility

Founder director of the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling and the Existential Academy in London

Philosopher, counselling psychologist, existential therapist and international author and speaker

Author of the books - Rising from Existential Crisis: Life Beyond Calamity with PCCS books, Paradox and Passion (Wiley, 2nd edition, 2015) and Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness (Sage, 2009)


The Strategic Approach: A Unifying Perspective in Integrative Psychotherapy

Oana Maria Popescu is a trainer and supervisor in integrative psychotherapy, integrative child psychotherapy and expressive psychotherapy, holder of the European certificate for psychotherapy and specialist in hypnotherapy. She is the co-chair of the membership committee and training standards officer for the European Association of Integrative Psychotherapy – EAIP, secretary of the European Interdisciplinary Association for the Therapy of Children and Young People – EIATSCYP, a direct member of the European Association of Psychotherapy – EAP, of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration – SEPI, , the International Society of Political Psychology – ISPP, the American Psychological Association -APA and the European Association of Hypno-Psychotherapy- EAHP.

Oana Maria Popescu is the founding president of the Association of Integrative Research, Counselling and Psychotherapy - ACCPI. She is a member of the Editorial Board for the European Journal of Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy. She published numerous books, among which „Integrative Strategic Psychotherapy. Volume 1. Theory and practical applications”, „Integrative Strategic Psychotherapy. Volume 2. Adult psychopathology”, „Integrative Strategic Psychotherapy. Personal development workbook”, „Integrative Psychotherapy Manual”, „Common Factors in Psychotherapy. The integrative strategic perspective”, „Approaches in Integrayive Psychotherapy”, „Supervision in Integrative Psychotherapy”, etc.

Maša Žvelc, PhD

Emotional and physiological regulation in psychotherapy supervision

Psychotherapists face their clients’ trauma and absorb emotional and physiological distress during psychotherapy sessions. Often, they cannot regulate these traumatic and dysregulated states and bring them to supervision. One of the vital aims of supervision is to transform dysregulated states into balanced states of mind with regulated emotions and physiology. Mindful awareness and self-compassion are significant processes which promote regulation. Emotional and physiological regulation improve the quality of supervision and psychotherapy practice, promote care for practitioners and prevent burn-out.

Maša Žvelc, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Primorska and a director of the Institute for integrative psychotherapy and counselling, Ljubljana. At the Institute, she has a psychotherapy and supervision practice and leads courses in integrative psychotherapy and supervision.
She is the co-author of two books, published by Routledge: Mindfulness and compassion in integrative supervision (2023), and Integrative psychotherapy: A mindfulness- and compassion-oriented approach (2021).


Congress Agenda

6 October 2023   15.00-17.00 Opening of The Registration   17.00 – 19.00 Opening of the Congress
7 October 20238 October 2023
10.00 -11.00 Keynote Speaker 1 Heward Wilkinson   Social Responsibility and the Knowledge Base of Psychotherapy; Priority and Integration10.00 – 11.00 Keynote Speaker 3 Maša Žvelc Emotional and physiological regulation in psychotherapy supervision
11.00 – 11.15 Presenter 1 Sabina Zijadić Husić, Mirela Badurina, Azra Arnautović Mental Health in Crisis: The Role of the Psychotherapeutic Training Institute in Building an “Interdisciplinary Network of Experts”11.00 – 11.15 Presenter 6 Milena Karlińska-Nehrebecka The derived supervision model of Integrative Systemic Psychotherapy (ISP) as an attempt to increase the effectiveness of supervision in clinical practice
11.15 – 11.45 Coffee and Networking11.15 – 11.45 Coffee and Networking  
11.45 – 12.45 Keynote Speaker 2 Emmy Van Daurzen   Personal and Social Freedom and Responsibility11.45 – 12.45 Keynote Speaker 4 Oana Maria Popescu                  The Strategic Approach: A Unifying Perspective in Integrative Psychotherapy
12.45-13.00 Presenter 2 Anano Niauri   Organizational Culture, Ethics and Social Responsibility in the field of Psychotherapy12.45 – 13.00 Presenter 7 Marine Begashvili   The Impact of trauma on Drug Addiction: A Comprehensive Analysis
13.00 – 14.00 Presenter 3 Courtenay Young   What Actually Works in Psychotherapy13.00 – 13.40 Presenter 8 Courtenay Young   The International Journal of Psychotherapy (IJP) (Participants will receive IJP Articles online “package”)
14.00-15.00 Lunch break13.40-14.40 Lunch break
15.00 – 15.15 Presenter 4   Nino Kobakhidze   Integrative Psychotherapy 4 Step Synthetic Model14.40-14.55 Presenter 9   Elena Burduladze   Post Traumatic Growth
15.15-15.30 Presenter 5 Maryam Salmanian Evaluating the Effectiveness of Spiritual Psychotherapy on Attachment to God Among Adolescents with Conduct Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial14.55 – 15.10 Presenter 10   Parandis Pourdehghan   The Relationship of Parental Personality Disorders with Ofspring Eating Disorders at Childhood and Adolescence Age
15.10 – 16.40 Workshop 1 Vesna Petrovic   Use of Imagination and Visualization in making connections15.10-16.40 workshop 2 Corolina Chiriac   The transformative potential of Inspiration in integrative pschotherapy15.30. – 17.00 Workshop 3 Oana Maria Popescu & Corina Elena Antoaneta Levu Happy and Unhappy Relationships – What Makes Things Work15.15 – 16.50 workshop 4 Valentina Mihaela   The imprint of cultural diversity on expressing and dealing with emotions in music therapy
  16.40 -18.00 Closing Ceremony
20.00 Dinner (Optional, Not included in Congress price)

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