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Culture and Psychotherapy Special Interest Group

The Interest Group on Culture and Psychotherapy aims to promote awareness and advance scientific understanding of (a) the social and cultural contexts of psychotherapy, (b) their influences upon therapeutic processes and outcomes, and (c) their role in shaping the varied forms that psychotherapies have taken both in contemporary and in traditional societies. We believe all forms of psychotherapy and all forms of psychotherapy research inevitably have cultural and social aspects and that examining these aspects will deepen and improve our understanding of psychotherapy in general.

Members of the interest group are interested in topics such as

  • social, ideological, cultural, and value aspects of psychotherapy
  • language and psychotherapy
  • religion and psychotherapy
  • cultural minorities and psychotherapy;
  • population migration (intra- or inter-national) and psychotherapy;
  • psychotherapy and various cultural concepts and rules about self and intimate relationships

Founding year of the interest group


Activities of the interest group

The aim of the interest group is to establish an official forum within SPR to support continued discussion and stimulate research on the foregoing and other related issues. Intended activities include (a) promoting research panels, workshops and discussion groups at annual international and regional SPR conferences, (b) maintaining a page on the SPR website in order to inform members and other interested persons about these activities, (c) to encourage collaborative research on topics related to issues of culture and psychotherapy among members, and offer preliminary web-based reports of their findings, and (d) to develop contacts and liaisons with other scientific and scholarly organizations with similar interests.


Reports on the Psychotherapeutic Profession

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Steering Group

to be elected


Shigeru Iwakabe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences
Ochanomizu University
2-1-1 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 112-8610, Japan
Tel. 81-3-5978-5780
Fax. 81-3-5978-5780
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