Since its foundation in 1934, the International Federation for Psychotherapy organized 22 world congresses, mostly in Europe and Asia. The 23 rd World Congress of Psychotherapy will take place in Africa for the first time, namely in Casablanca, Morocco, rom 9 to 11 February 2023.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken the challenge to organize this congress face-to-face. This is due to the fact that 75% of the total population of Morocco has been vaccinated so far, including a third jab for millions, and it is constantly in progress. The Omicron wave spreads the virus more rapidly, but seems to give less severe clinical situations.
The Director General of WHO announced that 2022 will represent the end of the pandemic, and many scientists around the world consider that coronavirus will become endemic with seasonal variations, and that it will become the “new normal” to live with. It is time to have our congress in person again! Moreover, the pandemic, that lasted so far more than two years, showed very clearly the necessity to address mental health difficulties and disorders, including with psychotherapeutic tools. The theme of the World Congress is “Psychotherapy and World Mental Health 2023”. A superb scientific programme is being constructed on current challenges for psychotherapy worldwide, including innovations in our field, and the paths ahead of us.
The scientific committee is led by César Alfonso, USA, Tom Craig, UK, Fiammetta Cosci, Italy and Gisele Apter, France. Casablanca is an appealing city to visit with many beautiful spots, not to mention other Moroccan cities that are worth the visit (Marrakech, Fes, Essaouira,…). The National organizing committee, led by Nadia Kadri and Hachem Tyal, along with the professional congress organizer Realize Events, are preparing a nice social and cultural programme.
I do hope that in February 2023, we will have both a world free of Covid-19 and a very successful world congress. Please disseminate the news. See you in Casablanca in 2023!
Prof. Dr. Driss Moussaoui
President, International Federation for Psychotherapy
President, 23 rd World Congress of Psychotherapy