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(Section 3 of the PsychThG-APrV)

  • Theoretical training comprises at least 600 hours (200 hours of basic knowledge and 400 hours of immersion), offered as lectures, case seminars and workshops.
  • The knowledge acquired during the course of studies is deepened when the principles of psychotherapy are imparted. The basic psychotherapy seminars teach, for example, diagnostics and differential diagnostics, classification systems, medical aspects as well as the legal and ethical basic conditions of psychotherapy, developmental psychopathology, first therapeutic interview, exploratory methods and counseling techniques.
  • In more advanced training, mostly disorder-specific aspects are clarified by teaching both the theoretical background of many different mental disorders (diagnosis criteria and diagnostics, epidemiology, course and prognosis, disorder theory and models, treatment) and the practical approach in diagnostics and therapy through practical exercises in small groups, role plays, video material or live exploration of patients.
    In disorder-overlapping seminars, diagnostic processes and problem and behavioral analysis methods, motivational strategies and relation design, cognitive interventions in behavioral therapy, problem clarification and coping methods such as relaxation techniques, emotion-focused approaches or stress management, are taught.
    Seminars dealing with clinical practice procedures (e.g. introduction to practical training, statutory health insurance application, quality assurance and documentation) prepare candidates to practical training. An insight into other forms of therapy is provided in seminars about client-centered therapy, depth psychology techniques and psychoanalysis, group therapy, family- and partnership-oriented interventions, hypnotherapy and a lot more.
  • The training sessions take place in changing intervals, Friday afternoons or Saturdays all day.

The Institute's teaching staff (German version)

(Section 5 of the PsychThG-APrV)

A total of 120 hours of behavioral therapy personal experience distributed over three years, in which subjects such as social learning, relationships from the personal-biographical perspective, personal plan structures and emotional experiences in which the therapeutic process are emphasized, must be proven. Personal experience is conducted initially in a large group with all participants of a training year. The later phase of personal experience is conducted in small groups and focuses on the therapeutic experiences and behavior during practical training, before concluding once again with a reflection of personal further development during therapy training with the entire group. Individual personal experience is possible - although the latter cannot be financed through ZPP Mannheim tuition.

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

(Section 2 Paragraphs 1 & 2 of the PsychThG-APrV))

  • Practical work comprises a total of 1 800 hours to be completed at least in a period of 1 ½ years: We recommend starting with practical work relatively soon after starting training.
  • Practical work I (Section 2 Paragraph 2 No. 1) encompassing 1 200 hours within one year is performed in a hospital authorized for advanced psychiatric training.
  • Practical work II (Section 2 Paragraph 2 No. 2) encompassing additional 600 hours within six months is performed in a psychotherapeutic or psychosomatic care facility recognized by social security (as a rule, statutory health insurance), in the office of a physician active in psychotherapy or in the office of a psychological psychotherapist.
  • Practical work is performed as internship in hospitals and other facilities cooperating with the CPP, recognized by the Stuttgart Governing Council for this part of the training. During practical work I, trainees participate in the diagnosis and treatment of at least 30 patients, and a brief case documentation must be drawn up for each one of them. Depending on the cooperating facility, some of the practical work is paid, but in most cases it must be still performed free of charge.
  • Places are allocated to the cooperating hospitals, outpatient clinics and offices in direct agreement of the trainee with the head of the cooperation facility (German version). The Studies Management office of the CPP Mannheim must always be consulted before starting to work in a facility.

(Section 4 Paragraph of the PsychThG-APrV)

  • Completion of at least 600 therapy hours of 50 minutes each must be proven for practical training, i.e. conducting own psychotherapy sessions. One supervision should take place after every fourth meeting on average. A minimum of six completed treatments, of which at least two must be long-term and at least two short-term, must be conducted. Further provisions can be found in the study regulations of the ZPP Mannheim or the training and examination ordinance (PsychTh-AprV).
  • Each training therapy starts with a first interview of the patient - in which generally a person licensed to practice from CPP Mannheim management and the therapist participate - and continues with five probationary sessions before actual psychotherapy with the correspondingly approved contingent starts after application and assessment.
    The training therapies are conducted under the therapist in training's own responsibility but under the professional supervision of the outpatient clinic management and regular supervision. Full audiovisual documentation, structured written notes and psychometric records of the course of therapy ensure the quality of the training therapies and supplement the evaluation procedure.
  • Treatments are compensated by statutory medical insurance in the outpatient clinics of the ZPP Mannheim; therapists in training receive a share of the fee. Practical training starts at the earliest after passing the intermediate examination (see Examinations).
  • Supervisors recognized by the ZPP Mannheim and the Governing Council monitor practical training. Supervision takes place after about every fourth session.
    150 hours of supervision are available to participants for the 600 hours of practical training. The costs for supervision are payed by the participants themselves.
  • One supervision unit is 45 minutes long. Supervision hours are conducted in form of group supervision (100 units) and individual supervision (50 units). In them, the specific therapeutic process, i.e. the focus is on the benefit of the individual patient, the training process and the respective therapist in training.
  • Supervision dates are individually agreed upon with the supervisor. Group supervision takes place with no more than four participants.

The Institute's supervision staff (German version)


  • Adding the minimum number of hours of theoretical training, practical work I and II, practical training and personal experience, one gets 3 270 hours. Since 4 200 hours must be completed to reach the total number of hours, 930 hours remain, to be proven in form of so-called "supplementary studies".
  • To achieve this, additional theoretical hours, therapy sessions, supervisory units and external activities such as congresses, seminars, workshops, small group work, preparation and follow-up work of supervision and therapy sessions are considered. Attendance in these activities must be proven with the suitable certifications or records with lists of participants.
  • Participants can document these hours during the course of their training and continuously at the Studies Management Office of the CPP Mannheim so they are recognized.

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