10th International Congress of the Academy for Psychotherapy and Counseling (APS)

June 5-8, 2019 in the Congress Centrum Würzburg.

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Psychotherapy und Counselling in a Digitalised World

Dear Participants,
Dr. med. Martin GrabeEveryone knows the phrase “digital revolution”. However, many people have the feeling that it does not have a lot to do with them.
There are two reasons: First of all, if digitalization is done well, it is “smart”. A manufacturer that wants to market a new technical product will only be successful if it functions intuitively and if it has an immediate “reward factor”. That could be the intelligent coffeemachine with which one receives a fresh cup of coffee by pressing a single button, or the tailgate that opens with a kick of the foot. Social media is only a few clicks away, so that even the grandmother with little technical knowhow can “whatsapp” with her grandchildren.
The other reason that is not so obvious is due to the fact that people in our age-group were born into the digital world. Intelligent devices, digital communication, a vast number of offers of digital games equally define our living space with people, animals, trees and furniture. We are “digital natives”.
Until we consciously take time to think about it, we often do not notice the extent to which we are unavoidably involved in the variety of networks in the digital world that have developed around us in the past 20 years. We no longer have control over where our shopping behaviour, our movements, and relationships are recorded. We no longer know which interests steer the news that reach us. Many attempts at manipulation land directly on our displays.
And, at the same time, all of us want to continue to use our cellphones. We also know: if we want to save the earth’s climate, it will only happen through a network of digital control of our use of energy.
That raises questions that do not appear in the classical therapy and counselling education.
What are the technical possibilities – today and in the near future?
What about the individual responsibility if strong external machine intelligence would like to make decisions for us?
How can we help people whose life has, to a large extent, slipped into the virtual world, e.g. the addiction to computer games?
How can we counteract the „post-truth“ thinking, the manipulative forming of opinions, the global elimination of opposition?
How can we use all the new possibilities in the best sense in psychotherapy and counselling - whether with communication possibilities or training programs?
The Christian faith can have a special influence. In a sense, Christians have always been people who have consciously lived in a parallel world. Jesus describes it with this sentence: “The kingdom of God is in your midst.” According to the Christian faith, this kingdom, this power and God’s capacity encompasses everything, also the extensive digital world. What can be said about digitalization from a theological viewpoint of the aspects of Christian hope?
We invite you to dig deep into these questions with us – and consequently to be motivated, and to once again take hold of the therapeutic and counselling work with open eyes.
And because this is the 10th APS-Congress, we would like to celebrate this anniversary with you.

In the name of the planning team
Dr. Martin Grabe
Chairman of APS

Congress Program

Congress Program (PDF file, 0,5 MB)

General Congress Information

Participant Group Pay until 15.12.18 Pay until 31.03.19 Pay after 01.04.18
Standard 198.00 Euros 228.00 Euros 258.00 Euros
Students and Unemployed 99.00 Euros 114.00 Euros 129.00 Euros

Members of APS: 20.00 Euros reduction on all fees
For students under 30 years of age: 49.00 Euros (without further reductions)

Registration Process:
  • One completed registration form for each participant (online or paper)
  • You wil receive further information regarding payment of the registration fees with the registration confirmation.
  • Money transfer on the APS account should be made together with the registration: Evangelische Bank eG(EB) IBAN: DE46 5206 0410 0000 0088 77; BIC: GENODEF1EK1 Following reference must be included: APS-Congress, Surname, Given name, Place of residence, by online-booking the participant-ID that you will receive. Online-bookings can be paid with PayPal (that would make the last point irrelevant).
  • Do not forget to book a room, as only a limited number are available.

Day Guests
On Thursday, June 6, and on Saturday, June 8, it is possible for day guests to attend the congress. The day tickets (€80 on Thursday, and €40 on Saturday) can be purchased with cash at the box-office. It is not necessary for day guests to register in advance.
Tickets for the Culture Evening on Friday for the concert “Toccata – from Bach to Pop” with Dieter Falk & Bank, can be purchased at the evening box-office. The price is €12.

A handling fee of €40 will be charged if you would like to cancel your registration before May 5, 2019. There will be no reimbursements for cancellations after this date. Please note: Should you have booked accommodation, the cancellation regulations agreed upon for the place of accommodation apply.

Congress Office and Telephone
During the entire congress our congress office in the lower foyer in the congress center is open for you. During this time we can be reached per telephone: 0931 3053 750.
Otherwise we can be reached at our office.

We do not offer childcare because this service was hardly used in past congresses.

A bookstand with books from our speakers will be available during the entire congress.

Organizations, associations and institutions from the psychotherapy and counselling fields are welcome to present their work on a stand in the large foyer in the congress center. We do not charge stand fees, but we would like you to advertise the congress in your publication or as a flyer insert with your circular letter.
The stands are 2 x 3 m and include two exhibitor tickets for the price of the respective price category of the time of registration.
If you are interested, please contact the APS office as soon as possible, and you will receive the information. Or direct: AusstellerService@AkademiePS.de