SFU is a unique institution that pioneered psychotherapy science as an academic programme and has thereby taken a lead in developing psychotherapy research. The emerging academic discipline of psychotherapy science is characterised by a state-of-the-art mixed methods design of qualitative and quantitative research that corresponds to the peculiarity of the research object. Keeping a balance between openness towards individual research interests and developing a coordinated approach in terms of a research profile is challenging in the vast area of open research questions in psychotherapy science.

Offering psychotherapy science as an academic discipline at SFU bridges the gap between psychotherapy science research and psychotherapeutic practice. This becomes evident in the close cooperation of research and teaching at the Faculty of Psychotherapy Science.

Since the SFU’s accreditation in 2005, a line of psychotherapy science research has emerged which, due to the SFU’s unique situation, opens the door for research across various psychotherapeutic methods that goes beyond method-specific effectiveness research and allows a differential approach to various treatment methods. In this context, the SFU’s psychotherapeutic outpatient clinic provides extensive qualitative and quantitative data. At the same time, psychotherapy training research is made available.

The research profile of the Faculty of Psychotherapy Science is defined along the following research lines:

  • Training research
  • Process-outcome research
  • Disorder-specific research
  • Trauma and disaster research
  • Fundamental psychotherapy science research
  • Research field psychotherapy and society
  • Research in children and adolescents psychotherapy and development
  • E-mental health (cross-faculty with the Institute of Psychosomatics of the Faculty of Medicine)
  • Psychosomatics (cross-faculty with the Institute of Psychosomatics of the Faculty of Medicine)

The Faculty of Psychotherapy Science hosts nine research institutes. You can find out more about their teaching and research activities, special offers for students, contact details etc. here.

Information on the core areas of research and all research projects is available in the Research Project Database.

Publications by the Faculty of Psychotherapy Science can be found in the Publications Database.

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