Margarete Haaß-Wiesegart

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Margarete Hermine Haaß-Wiesegart is a behavior therapist and systemic couple and family therapist. She is a member of the Council of the International Federation for Psychotherapy and a founding member and honorary president of the German-Chinese Academy for Psychotherapy .


Haass-Wiesegart came from 1976 to 1978 and 1982/83 a scholarship from the DAAD to the Peking University . From these stays a collaboration with Chinese psychologists and psychiatrists developed. To counter the lack of attention given to psychotherapy in clinical practice in China and the lack of specialist staff, she set up a training program with Professor Wan Wenpeng, then Vice President of the Psychiatric Clinic in Kunming. In 1988 the first German-Chinese symposium for psychotherapy took place in Kunming. Further events followed in 1990 in Qingdao and in 1994 in Hangzhou. Almost all of the major psychiatric institutions in the country attended with representatives.

In 1995 she was a founding member of the German Chinese Academy for Psychotherapy (DCAP), of which she was president for 14 years. She has been Honorary President of DCAP since 2010. As president of the DCAP, she and Prof. Wan Wenpeng organized the first multi-year training program in China in behavioral therapy, systemic family therapy and psychoanalytic therapy.

To date, over 1200 Chinese psychiatrists and psychologists have been trained in various therapy schools in the German-Chinese training programs (Zhong De Ban, Chinese German Class). Over 110 German teaching therapists came to China through the programs and congresses. This German-Chinese collaboration has resulted in study visits by Chinese psychologists and doctors in Germany, long-term lectureships for German teaching therapists in China and Chinese-German research collaborations. As part of her involvement in the DCAP, she was co-organizer of various congresses in China and Germany.

Because of her longstanding commitment, the development of psychotherapy in China is associated with her name.


  • 2009: Prize of the China Association for Mental Health and Shanghai Jiaotong University for the exceptional contribution to the development of psychotherapy in China
  • 2011: Cross of Merit on Ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany


  • "Zhong De Ban" or How Psychotherapy Came to China. History and analysis of an intercultural adventure - Heidelberg: Carl-Auer-Systeme-Verlag, 2011 (together with Fritz B. Simon and Zhao Xudong)

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