The International Federation for Psychotherapy (IFP) is a worldwide, inter-professional, interdisciplinary and intercultural umbrella organization for psychotherapy. The original objective of the Federation was to promote psychotherapy within the field of Medicine. However, in the meantime psychotherapy has come to include a wide field of professions both in scientific research and in clinical practice. Accordingly, the IFP extended its objectives. To know more on IFP, visit the web page IFP offers to its members two newsletters per year. Please find below a sum up of the latest newsletter which was published in full at

The last issue of the IFP newsletter presents an editorial from President Driss Moussaoui which summarizes the news in IFP. The IFP Board is working on a new version of the IFP statutes, with some significant changes. It will be circulated to IFP member societies for comments in the few coming weeks and will be proposed to the General Assembly that will take place during the 23rd World Congress of Psychotherapy in Casablanca, Morocco from February 9 to 11, 2023. This World Congress is going to be an outstanding event and the first time IFP organizes a conference in Africa and in an Arabian-speaking country. You cannot miss it! Follow the event at! This is also the last President letter by Prof. Driss Moussaoui since his term will end in February 2023. We are really grateful to Driss for the immense job he did for the International Federation for Psychotherapy and we wish him great success for future projects!

Thereafter, Petrin Redayani Lukman, Chair of the Psychotherapy Section of Indonesian Psychiatric Association, nicely illustrates the many activities and initiatives of the Psychotherapy Section of Indonesian Psychiatric Association, which has been a society member of the International Federation for Psychotherapy since 2008.

Hachem Tyal, President of the Moroccan Association of Dynamic Psychiatry (MADP), comprehensively illustrates the aims and activity of the MADP, which is now one of the society members of the International Federation for Psychotherapy.

Paolo Migone, Coordinator of the Editorial Committee of the Italian “Consensus Conference on psychological therapies for anxiety and depression,” shows the proposal formulated in the framework of the Consensus Conference.

Then, César A. Alfonso, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, USA, gives details on the terrific programme of the 23rd World Congress of Psychotherapy which will be held in Casablanca, Morocco, from February 9 to 11, 2023. The theme of the World Congress is “Psychotherapy and World Mental Health 2023.” The Scientific Committee responsible for organizing the congress has close to 100 members from 38 countries. The conference will include 7 half-day courses specifically designed to improve the clinical skills of early career clinicians and trainees, 12 panel discussions where senior experts will debate controversial topics, and 7 plenary addresses by internationally recognized experts from Africa, America, Asia, and Europe. More details on IFP WCP 2023 Scientific Committee are also provided and available at

Finally, the IFP Board is proud to announce that Dr. Tobias Krieger (Lucerne, Switzerland) received the 2022 IFP Mid-Career Researcher Award. Congratulations Dr. Krieger! The call is now open for the Young-career Researcher Award, more details are available at!

The IFP Board wishes you a pleasant reading.

Fiammetta Cosci, MD, MSc, PhD

IFP Newsletter Editor