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Training Components

Theoretical training at the CPP Mannheim comprises of at least 600 hours of theory and practice oriented courses, offered as lectures, case seminars and workshops. There are at least 200 hours of basic knowledge in child and adolescent psychotherapy and about 400 hours of in-depth knowledge of psychotherapy focusing mainly on “behavioral therapy".

Practical work comprises of a total number of 1,800 hours. At least 1,200 hours of these are performed in a hospital authorized for advanced child and adolescent psychiatric training (Section 2 Paragraph 2 No. 1 KJPsychTh-APrV). It is recommended to start with practical work relatively soon after starting training.

Practical work is performed as internships in hospitals and other facilities cooperating with the CPP, recognized by the Stuttgart Governing Council for this part of the training or fulfilling the criteria to be recognized according to PsychThG (Paragraph 10 No. 4).

Experiences that cover a sufficient spectrum of psychological disorders of different severity have to be guaranteed by institutions to the training participant, including acute and chronic courses.

Written agreements between the CPP Mannheim and various cooperating institutions facilitate the distribution of participants to sufficient available traineeships of practical work. Practical work traineeships are allocated to cooperating hospitals, outpatient clinics and offices in direct agreement of trainees and the head of the cooperation facility, respectively. The studies management office of the CPP Mannheim must always be consulted before starting to work in a facility.

Child and adolescent psychotherapists in training are supported by subject- specific supervisors, the heads of clinic and departments, as well as experienced graduate child and adolescent psychotherapists or doctors.

The aim of this training component is for training participants 

  1. to acquire knowledge and experience in acute, subsiding and chronic symptoms of a variety of psychological disorders during practical work,
  2. to take part in diagnostic and treatment procedures of at least 30 children and adolescents for a longer period of time while including relevant reference persons.

Activities and accomplishments are documented by training participants and have to be proven to the CPP Mannheim. These documentations need to be case-related, including the indication of contents and duration).

Cooperating Facilities

Practical work II (Section 2 Paragraph 2 No. 2) encompasses an additional 600 hours within six months, and is performed in a psychotherapeutic or psychosomatic care facility of children and adolescents recognized by social security (as a rule, statutory health insurance), in the office of a physician practicing child and adolescent psychotherapy or in the office of a child and adolescent psychotherapist. Several cooperating institutions have an agreement with the CPP Mannheim for offering traineeships of practical work II.

Cooperating Facilities

Practical training is based on „behavioral therapy“. The aim of this training component is to acquire practical competences in diagnostics, indications, conceptualization of cases, problem solving and treatment planning, conducting programs, the formation of an effective therapist-patient-relationship, the evaluation and documentation of progress and results by considering scientific knowledge, and respecting ethical and legal necessities.

Completion of at least 600 therapy hours of 50 minutes each must be proven for practical training, i.e. conducting one’s own psychotherapy sessions. Treatments are compensated by statutory medical insurance in the outpatient clinics of the CPP Mannheim, namely CPP Mannheim at ZI or Otto-Selz-Institute of Mannheim University.

Supervision takes place after about every fourth session. Training participants can choose their supervisors themselves from the list offered by the CPP Mannheim.

In total, at least 150 hours of supervision have to be taken by the training participants. Supervision hours are conducted in the form of individual supervision (50 units), and group supervision (100 units). Group supervision takes place with no more than four participants.

The Institute's Supervisors staff


A total of 120 hours of personal behavioral therapy experience distributed over three years must be proven. It will be focused on topics such as social learning, relationships from a personal-biographical perspective, personal plan structures and emotional experiences. Most of the personal experience is conducted in a large group with all of the participants from a training year. A smaller part of personal experience (40 hours) will be offered in the form of modules. In this way, it is possible to meet a variety of personal experience trainers and to choose topics of personal interest.

Every personal experience workshop is led by a personal experience trainer. Exercises usually take place in small groups and pairs. Therapeutic experiences and behaviors during practical training are thereby integrated into the therapeutic case work of participants.

Individual personal experience is possible as well but cannot be covered by CPP Mannheim study fees.

Personal experience trainers are designated as supervisors by the training committee (management committee). Personal experience may not be proven to directors to whom there is a business or other dependency relationship. Personal experience trainers do no participate in examinations.

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