IFP 2018 NVP

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The International Federation for Psychotherapy (IFP) has invited the Dutch Psychotherapy Association (NVP) to organize the 22nd World Congress of Psychotherapy. It will be held on 7, 8 & 9 June 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

At a time of considerable divisions in psychotherapy, we would like to stress the importance of toleration and respect for opposing views while we also continue to seek common ground. Therefore, we have chosen as the theme:


The NVP, founded in 1930, is proud to welcome psychotherapists from all over the world to our country. For the congress the NVP has invited scholars and experts from a variety of theoretical perspectives to serve on the Scientific Committee and develop a program that will be interesting from a scientific as well as a clinical perspective. The program will give scholars and experts the opportunity to share ideas and experiences relating to theory, development and research in psychotherapy.

The congress will be held in the Beurs van Berlage, right in the heart of Amsterdam. This landmark red brick building was opened in 1903 and is named after its designer Hendrik Petrus Berlage (1856-1934), a prominent and influential Dutch architect. It has had a distinguished past, originally as the home of the Amsterdam Stock Exchange until the early 1980s and later as the location of important events, including the current Dutch king Willem-Alexander and queen Máxima Zorreguita civil wedding ceremony. The building now serves as a popular conferen­ce venue. The Beurs van Berlage is located in the oldest part of Amsterdam, close to Dam square and Central Station

We are delighted to invite you to this beautiful location for the World Congress and look forward to giving you a warm welcome in Amsterdam on 7, 8 & 9 June 2018.
Nel Draijer, chair NVP
Paul Emmelkamp, president IFP