Panel Discussion 1. How different are third wave psychotherapies from traditional CBT?

Jian Lin Loo (UK); Iizax Ramirez (Mexico); Reham Aly (Egypt), Peter Steen (USA)

Some argue that the core practice of CBT does not need to be enhanced or supplemented. Panelists will debate this topic and discuss how DBT, ACT, and other interventions may differ from CBT.

Panel Discussion 2. Are cultural adaptations of psychotherapies necessary?

Farooq Naeem (Canada/Pakistan); Driss Moussaoui (Morocco); César A. Alfonso (USA); Debasish Basu (India), Samuel Cheng (Singapore)

There is emerging literature showing that psychotherapies that were created in Europe and USA can be delivered without adaptation in low- and middle-income countries with a robust effect and positive outcome. Panelists will discuss experiences with cultural adaptations.

Panel Discussion 3. Controversies about the delivery of early interventions after trauma

Ulrich Schnyder (Switzerland); Amir Hossein Jalali (Iran); Asher Aladjem (USA); Katerina Duchonova (Czech Republic)

The panelists will address how to better tailor and time interventions not to retraumatize those affected.

Panel Discussion 4. Can psychotherapy be meaningful with the terminally ill?

Guida da Ponte (Portugal); Marco C. Michael (USA); Asher Aladjem (USA); Anna Vasiljeva (Russia)

Panelists who are experienced caring for the terminally ill, persons with multimorbidities, and geriatric populations will discuss psychotherapy challenges and developmental milestones at the end of life.

Panel Discussion 5. What can psychotherapists learn from the social sciences?

Renato Antunes dos Santos (Brazil/Canada); Vincenzo Di Nicola (Canada); César A. Alfonso (USA); Josef Jenewein (Austria)

Panelists will describe mutual influences between psychotherapies and the social sciences, including anthropology, philosophy, sociology, history, and linguistics

Panel Discussion 6. Is psychoanalysis relevant in the twenty-first century? 

Hazli Zakaria (Malaysia); Hachem Tyal (Morocco); Tim Sullivan (USA); 

How can psychoanalytic theory inform clinical practice in places with low resources?

Panel Discussion 7. Should psychotherapy treat parents and children together or would it be best delivered separately?

Panelists will discuss clinical experiences with parent-infant and parent-child psychotherapy interventions worldwide.

Gisele Apter (France); Alexandra Harrison (USA); Miri Keren (Israel); Daniel Schechter (Switzerland)

Panel Discussion 8. Is there a place for religion in psychotherapy?

Constantine Della (Philippines); Warut Aunjitsakul (Thailand); Sylvia Detri Elvira (Indonesia); Chaimaa Aroui (Morocco)

Panelists from diverse religious backgrounds will debate the advantages and pitfalls of incorporating religion in the clinical practice of psychotherapy.

Panel Discussion 9. Changing paradigms in psychotherapy education

Mariana Pinto da Costa (Portugal/UK); François Ferrero (Switzerland); Andrés Fuenmayor (Venezuela/USA); Renato Alarcón (Perú/USA); S. Tavakoli (Iran)

Panelists, include a trainee, an early career clinician, and two senior expert educators, will discuss innovative pedagogical techniques.

Panel Discussion 10. Adolescents and psychotherapy-An impossible quest?

Gisele Apter (France); Michel Botbol (France); Véronique Delvenne (Belgium); Maureen Lyon (USA)

Panel Discussion 11. Should psychotherapy modalities be integrated or delivered separately in manualized forms?

Erin Crocker (USA); Maria Ammon (Germany); Mario Eduardo Costa Pereira (Brazil); Timothy Sullivan (USA)

Panelists will address questions regarding appropriateness of delivering psychotherapies in pure form, sequentially, or integrated in eclectic ways.

Panel Discussion 12. Is there a dose effect in psychotherapy? 

Thomas Craig (UK); Silvia Olarte (USA); Joseph Silvio (USA)

Panelists will debate arguments for and against long term psychotherapy treatments vs. time limited interventions.