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A brief history of SPR-Europe

The history of SPR-Europe started with a meeting held in Trier (Germany) in 1981, the "1st European Conference on Psychotherapy Research". The conference proceedings have been edited by Minsel & Herff (1983; Frankfurt). In these initial years, the structure of the European regional chapter was not defined in a very formal manner; everything was more a matter of personal initiatives. SPR has two regional chapters in Europe, the (continental) European chapter and the UK chapter. This has historical reasons as two early SPR conferences took place in Great Britain at a time when only a very small number of non-British Europeans attended.
An important step towards founding the European chapter was the SPR international conference organized in Ulm (Germany) in 1987, during which the European chapter was established. This led to the formal election of Winfrid Huber (Belgium) as chapter president. In the following years, the European chapter has grown to become one of the larger chapters of SPR, and certainly the most diverse in terms of nationalities and languages spoken by its members. SPR-Europe has organized several regional conferences as well as, in various countries, tutorial workshops and summer schools on psychotherapy research.



Total membership (June 2017): 389

  • Regular members:228
  • Students:135
  • Retired members: 26

Total membership (June 2016): 450

Total membership (June 2015): 378

Total membership (June 2014): 452

Total membership (June 2013): 370

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