Welcome Message


imageOn behalf of the organising committee and the Malaysian Association of Psychotherapy, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the World Psychotherapy Conference Asia 2015. This is the first time the conference is being held in Sarawak and Malaysia, although Malaysia is not new to hosting international counselling and psychotherapy conferences; we hosted the very successful World Group Psychotherapy Conference recently for example.

It is my anticipation that this conference is going to be greatly successful as well because of all of you here. Counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and other mental health professionals have travelled across the region and the world to be here share and exchange therapeutic, clinical and research ideas on counseling and psychotherapy.

I am grateful to the committee of the World Council for Psychotherapy to have chosen the Malaysian Association of Psychotherapy to host this important conference in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Kuching is the ideal place to host this conference because of a number of important factors:

Malaysia contains the rich blend of the different cultures in Asia. And Kuching, Sarawak epitomises that with not only the long history of the Malay, Chinese, Indian cultures that you will find here but also 22 other indigenous Borneo tribes that have coexisted here for hundreds of years, each with their own languages and social relational systems which reflect the environment we find themselves in.

Malaysia is also the bed of exciting development of new professionals with up to 10000 graduates from Psychology related degrees emerging each year.

Malaysia is therefore the ideal place to explore, collaborate and develop new therapeutic, clinical and research ideas in the field of counselling and psychotherapy for the Asia and worldwide.

The mysterious disappearance of MH370 has also puzzled people the world over and with that more than ever we need psychotherapy to help people to cope with stress and the uncertainties of living.

These are some of the issues that this conference will address and I am so delighted that you can join and collaborate in this project.

Dr. Edward WengLok Chan
D.Phil.(Psy), M.Sc.(Learning), B.Sc(Psy)(Hons)

Chair, 8th ICWCPA
President, Malaysian Association of Psychotherapy