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Berlin – The Federal Council on the Reform of the Education of Psychotherapists was finally adopted at today's session of the Federal Council, passed by the Bundestag on September 26. This will allow universities and similar universities to offer their own psychotherapy program starting in the 2020 winter semester.
It will split into a three-year bachelor's and a two-year master's degree, which ends with a statewide exam. The study should be practically and theoretically qualified in such a way that a license can then be obtained which should provide the content and structures of the study throughout the country.
Thereafter, psychotherapists and other healthcare professionals will receive training in specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents or adults and in the psychotherapy procedure. They can then register with the doctor and apply for enrollment in statutory health insurance (SHI).
"After 15 years of discussion, this is done. In the future, psychotherapists will be granted a post-graduation degree designed by the profession," said Dietrich Munz, president of the Federal Psychotherapy Chamber (BPtK). The reform has benefited primarily the mentally ill, who can still be trusted to receive first-rate, scientifically sound psychotherapy care, whether they need help in an outpatient or hospital setting.
"We've been waiting a long time for this day – the law is a turning point for us," said Barbara Lubisch, national president of the German Association of Psychotherapists. Starting tomorrow, rules on continuing education and other new regulations will be worked on. "But today we look forward to thanking everyone who initiated and supported the law," Lubisch said.
The reform has been the subject of heated debate. While they were greeted by psychotherapists, the medical associations and the German Medical Association (BÄK) spoke critically. They demanded "urgent improvements" to the law.
The Legislature did not focus on addressing real-world problems in pre-training psychotherapists, as well as child and adolescent psychotherapists. Instead, the law leads to far-reaching and for the secure supply of diseased patients problematic change, he said.
In addition to the regulations on psychotherapy training, the law contains provisions of Social Code V which refer to provisions that are not part of the reform of education but that constitute reform of psychotherapy care.
These include, in particular, supplements for short-term therapy, the introduction of quality assurance measures and the subsequent termination of the application and screening process, as well as the allocation to the Joint Federal Committee (G-BA) to develop new guidance for the professional care of the severely ill with complex treatment needs. . © PB / equilibreplus.com