German-Chinese Academy for Psychotherapy

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The German-Chinese Academy for Psychotherapy eV (DCAP) (also: German-Chinese Society for Psychotherapy ) is an association under German law. In close cooperation with Chinese partners in the DCAP, he promotes the development of psychotherapy in the People's Republic of China .


Although Sigmund Freud's works were first translated by Chinese intellectuals in the 1920s and 1930s, psychotherapy only became possible long after the Cultural Revolution when a high-income middle class that could afford such treatment increased in number and the individual became increasingly relevant has been. The rapid development of the People's Republic of China, which is not only taking place economically, but also in the cultural and family areas, overwhelms many people psychologically. The dramatic increase in the number of mental illnesses has meant that the treatment of the mentally ill is becoming increasingly important in China's public health system. The collaboration between Chinese and German psychotherapists from various therapy schools, which began in the 1980s, contributed to the development of psychotherapeutic treatment in China. Since 2012 there has also been a legal regulation on mental health in the PRC.

The DCAP was founded in Hamburg in 1996, and Margarete Haaß-Wiesegart became its first and long-standing President . The primary goal was to provide psychotherapy training for China. The curricula are based on the content and methods taught in Germany. Three-year courses in psychoanalytic therapy , behavioral therapy and family therapy are offered, which take place in two one-week block seminars per year. The first course with 138 participants began in 1997. This teaching model was new for China, took on a role model and has since been copied by other European groups that have made such an offer in China. The current president of the DCAP since 2015 is Wolfgang Merkle .

The work of the DCAP was recognized in Beijing in 2008 by the World Council for Psychotherapy for the long-term cooperation in the field of psychotherapy between Germany and China and for its contribution to the development of psychotherapy in China with the International Sigmund Freud Prize for Psychotherapy of the City of Vienna excellent.


In addition to the training offer, German-Chinese conferences for therapists are organized to exchange methods and experiences. There is no parallel organization in China to the German association.

The DCAP works closely with the department for psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy at the Freiburg University Hospital.

Today there is also a focus on psychosomatics . This also resulted in a publication. and a German-Chinese conference on this was organized.

The DCAP also awards grants for training and research in the field of psychotherapy in China and Germany. It also promotes the dissemination of teaching material and scientific knowledge on psychotherapy in both countries.


  • Alf Gerlach u. a .: Transfer of experience in a society in transition . In: Dr. med Mabuse. Journal for all health professions 222 (July / August 2016), pp. 39–42.
  • [1] Wolfgang Merkle, Gudrun Schopf, Andrea Wolf-Aslan: German-Chinese Training Course on Psychosomatic Medicine Shanghai Mental Health Center from 23rd to 27th March 2015 . In: German-Chinese Academy for Psychotherapy eV (Ed.): Circular December 2015, pp. 1–7.
  • Fritz B. Simon , Margarete Haaß-Wiesegart, Xudong Zhao: "Zhong De Ban" or: How psychotherapy came to China. History and analysis of an intercultural adventure . Heidelberg 2011. ISBN 978-3-89670-791-8
  • [2] Michael Wirsching: China activities in 2015 of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Freiburg University Medical Center . In: German-Chinese Academy for Psychotherapy eV (Ed.): Circular December 2015, pp. 8–11.
  • [3] Yaoyin Zhang, Kurt Fritzsche a . a .: Dysfunctional illness perception and illness behavior associated with high somatic symptom severity and low quality of life in general hospital outpatients in China . In: Journal of Psychosomatic Research 77/3 (September 2014), pp. 187-195.

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Individual evidence

  1. Gerlach, p. 39.
  2. Gerlach, p. 40.
  3. Simon, p. 241, note 46; Gerlach, p. 40.
  4. See "Projects" on the DCAP homepage .
  5. Simon, p. 133ff.
  6. ^ Message on the DCAP homepage .
  7. See “Projects” Congress 2011 , Congress 2007 , Congress 2001: International Congress for Psychotherapy: Dialogue between East and West , Kunming - all on the DCAP homepage.
  8. See "Projects" on the DCAP homepage .
  9. Merkle u. a.
  10. See "Projects" on the DCAP homepage
  11. See "Projects"
  12. Congress 2011 on the DCAP homepage.
  13. DCAP homepage: Objectives .