ICCPP publications

Hans-Werner Gessmann / Vishal Lohchab - Transidentity

In recent years, the problem of transsexualism has become more and more significant. Being in an interdisciplinary space, transsexualism is considered from the point of view of psychotherapy, psychodiagnostic, psychiatry, endocrinology, surgery, and sociology. At the same time, more research and practical attention it attracts, more complex it becomes. Assistance to transgender people is not a purely medical problem, but a social one. The search for a common methodological language, suitable therapy regimens, and social adaptation are key aspects of helping transgender people. This book presents modern ideas about the biological predisposition to transsexualism and discusses genetic concepts. For English-speaking specialists in the field of gender self-awareness and assistance to transgender people, the autobiographies of people experiencing gender incongruence given in the book. From these autobiographical descriptions, one can see the personal experiences of a person. This book not only gives the reader a complete and comprehensive understanding of the problems of diagnosis, therapy, and legislation about people with gender responses, but also allow one to feel the complexity and depth of the experiences of these people regarding their social life, acceptance of their identity, and future.

Kurt Guss - International Classification of Mental Disorders

The book is an introduction to psychiatry. The aim is to familiarize the reader with the structure of this science. It focuses on the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders. The publication will be of interest to students of medical and psychological professions as well as to readers interested in the problems of psychiatry. The book vividly presents the basics of diagnosis, classification and treatment of mental disorders. It describes the problems of organic and symptomatic disorders, disorders due to the influence of psychotropic substances, cases of schizophrenia and delusions, cases of affective disorders, neuroses, anxieties and compulsive diseases, psychosomatic disorders, problems of child and adolescent psychiatry, as well as diagnostic exercises. In addition to the basics of psychiatry, numerous clinical case studies will be presented.

Hans-Werner Gessmann - Introduction to Psychotherapies

Autogenes Training
Humanistisches Psychodrama

Hans-Werner Gessmann - Humanistic Psychology and Humanistic Psychodrama

You will get the book as pdf, when you click on the cover-picture!

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

psychodrama is particularly suitable as a method of psychotherapy not only for adults but also for children and adolescents to develop their personality and to change undesirable behaviour and experience.

It can therefore be used for prophylaxis in the sense of child protection as well as for treatment in the sense of child and youth welfare.

I gained my first experience with the work of deviant and delinquent children and adolescents between 1970 and 1980 as director of a state institution for the education of these adolescents. I began to modify the psychodrama for this particular use of therapy and to teach it internationally. During this time I worked, for example, in Switzerland with teachers from special schools for children with behavioural problems and education problems for further training, and since then I have also worked regularly several times a year in Greece in a training centre for psychotherapy.

It is important for me to tell you how important it is to work with humanistic psychodrama in the field of legal psychology. In many German prisons it is the standard group therapy method.

The question is asked again and again:

What is humanistic psychodrama compared to classical psychodrama?

The answer is given in the Ebook published today.

Kurt Guss - Psychical abnormalities

Professor Dr. Kurt Guss deals in his work with the disturbances of the so-called psychic elementary functions. Such disturbances are processes that strike us and often reveal a complex clinical picture behind them. General psychopathology deals with the systematics of such phenomena and is therefore both a psychological and a psychiatric discipline. In this work, disturbances of perception, consciousness, orientation, thinking, memory and language, among other things, are dealt with and illustrated to the reader by means of case studies.

Hans-Werner Gessmann - Lecture on Sigmund Freud's 1916 Interpretation of Dreams

In 1916 Sigmund Freud gave a lecture at the University of Vienna on “The Interpretation of Dreams”. He dealt with the topics: What is sleep and what happens during sleep? How can we interpret the content of dreams? How do we find a way to understand the symbols of dreams? In this book, Hans-Werner Gessmann discusses this lecture and its ideas while retaining Sigmund Freud’s original style of language and argumentation.

The book is part of the teaching and learning materials “Introduction to Psychoanalysis” for students. The text of the work was written in German and Russian. The book contains a DVD with video recordings in which Hans-Werner Gessmann reads with simultaneous translation into Russian about the “Einführung in die Psychoanalyse: Bericht über Präsentation von Sigmund Freud von 1916 über die Auslegung der Träume”.

Hans-Werner Gessmann - Subjective Disease Theories

This book deals with the problems of subjective theories of diseases in connection with the investigation of psychological causes of diseases and the therapy expectations of patients. The thesis describes the concepts of subjective disease theories, taking into account not only the description of the subjective crisis but also the biomedical point of view as well as psychological and social phenomena. A separate chapter is devoted to the investigation of subjective disease theories based on the coping of patients. In this paper, the results of modern research on subjective disease theories are compiled and the question of their effects on the handling of the disease and the health of the patient is presented. Studies on coping behavior show differences between patients at risk for heart attack and cancer patients.

The book is intended for practicing psychologists, psychotherapists, doctors, as well as for a wide range of readers. The publication is recommended for professionals who are interested in the development of psychological causes of disease and physiological functions of coping behavior of patients.

Kurt Guss - Psychological Disease Patterns Using Examples from Classical Russian Literature

The book examines the patterns of mental illness according to the International Classification of Mental Disorders (ICD-10). In the diagnosis and classification of mental illnesses, the author concentrates on research into perception, thinking, memory and language, using numerous examples from classical Russian literature.

The book is recommended for students of psychological fields, especially practicing psychologists, psychotherapists, diagnosticians and interested readers.

Jürgen Kriz - Self-Actualization


Personenorientierter Ansatz und Systemtheorie

Der Titel dieses Buches spiegelt das Schlüsselthema sowohl von Karl Rogers ‘persönlichkeitsorientiertem Ansatz als auch der modernen Systemtheorie wider. Das Problem der Selbstverwirklichung schafft eine Spannung zwischen dem linkshumanistischen Ansatz bei der Behandlung von Familiensystemen und der Gestaltpsychologie und liegt auch dem “modernen” systemischen Denken im Bereich der Naturwissenschaften zugrunde. Die meisten Menschen glauben an einen signifikanten Unterschied zwischen Motor und Mensch, verwenden aber immer noch kognitive Werkzeuge der mechanistischen Wissenschaft.

Zweck dieses Buches

Es besteht darin, den Leser mit Gedanken, Ideen und Metaphern zu versorgen, die ein besseres Verständnis für die Prozesse des Lebens und unserer Seele entwickeln.

Jürgen Kriz ist einer der wegweisendsten Denker auf dem Gebiet der humanistischen persönlichkeitsorientierten Psychologie. Dieses Buch vereint mehrere Werke, die auch in Übersetzung wunderbar präsentiert werden. Als Suchscheinwerferin beleuchtet sie den Prozess des Sehens unserer Welt, sei es ihre wunderbare Komplexität oder Vereinfachung, die sich auf Ordnung reduziert.
Godfrey Barrett-Lennard

Dieses Buch kombiniert auf mutige Weise die wissenschaftliche Theorie der Selbstorganisation mit einem persönlichkeitsorientierten Ansatz und bietet aus Sicht der interdisziplinären Systemforschung eine moderne Alternative zur mechanistischen Erklärung unserer Welt.
Jeffrey HD Cornelius-White

Jürgen Kriz, Professor für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie an der Universität Osnabrück und Gastprofessor an mehreren Universitäten in Europa und den USA. Er ist praktizierender Psychotherapeut, Leiter und Vorsitzender des wissenschaftlichen Beirats einer persönlichkeitsorientierten Gesellschaft in Deutschland (GwG). Kriz wurde für sein Lebenswerk mit dem Grand Victor Frankl, dem Wiener Stadtpreis, ausgezeichnet, der auf dem Gebiet der humanistischen Psychotherapie internationale Anerkennung gefunden hat.

Arist von Schlippe - Textbook of Systemic Therapy and Counselling I

The basic knowledge

Systemic therapy and counselling has not experienced any fundamental paradigm shift in the last twenty years, but numerous innovations in methodology and settings. It has tested itself in new fields of work, developed new ways of dealing with new problems, and dealt with basic research and other approaches to therapy and counselling. In addition to the historical, theoretical and practical basics, the authors take up these developments: Family, organisation and network are compared as social systems and systemic settings from (psycho-)therapy to working with larger systems to coaching, team and organisational counselling are presented.


The book offers the indispensable basic knowledge for students and practitioners in social work, education, health care and pastoral care as well as for people in management and management consulting.

The authors

Prof. Dr. phil. Arist von Schlippe taught clinical psychology at the University of Osnabrück for many years and now holds the chair for leadership and dynamics of family businesses at the University of Witten/Herdecke. He is a Psychological Psychotherapist and Teaching Therapist at the IF Weinheim – Institute for Systemic Education & Development.

Prof. Dr. rer. soc. Jochen Schweitzer is Professor of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital of Heidelberg where he heads the Medical Organizational Psychology Section. He is a psychological psychotherapist, child and youth therapist and teaching therapist at the Heim Stierlin Institute (HSI).

Adam Blatner - Foundation of Psychodrama - (German)

Foundations of Psychodrama was first produced privately in two editions in the mid-1980s as an intellectual complement to my other widely used text, Acting-In: Practical Applications of Psychodramatic Methods (re-published in 1996 in its 3rd edition by Springer). Springer also published the 1988 3rd edition of Foundations. In keeping with Springer’s policy of updating its texts, I’ve rewritten most of the book, adding much and taking out some, in the service of presenting a more specific rationale for the use of psychodramatic methods. Progressing from general perspectives toward specific implications, I’ve sought to construct a more logical sequence of ideas.

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In the 12 years since the last edition, a number of other books on psychodrama have been written, along with chapters in textbooks and journal articles. Reflecting on my past work along with these other contributions, I’ve sought to contemplate, refine, re-arrange, and develop further and at a deeper level not only the theory-or, actually, many sub-theories-which comprise this body of knowledge but also the philosophy that underlies the theory. To this is also added the experiences I’ve gained in doing psychotherapy, teaching, and consultation as an adult and child psychiatrist in a wide range of settings over the last 35 years.

Basic work of Classical Psychodrama according to J.L. Moreno by Peter Felix Kellermann Israel

Focus Psychodrama gives a comprehensive view of the theory and practice of psychodrama and systematically analyzes the necessary therapeutic aspects. It introduces the main themes associated with psychodrama and discusses the interpersonal, emotional, imaginal, the behavioral and cognitive elements.

More general definitions are proposed for the central psychodramatic concepts, reducing the existing confusion in some theories of psychodramatic techniques.

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The book examines the professional roles assumed by psychodramatists and discusses the interpersonal relationships that develop between participants in a psychodrama group.

Likewise, it examines the therapeutic value of catharsis, emotional abreaction, and the use of the ‘acting-out’ concept, and sets out how methods of ‘action insight’ produce profound learning experiences. It concludes with a discussion of problems of resistance and the importance of the concept and technique of closure in any psychodrama.

An appended process analysis checklist provides systematic help in assessing the professional skills of psychodramatists.

Pragmatic and solidly grounded in theory, Focus Psychodrama introduces readers to an effective, comprehensive alternative to traditional verbal therapies.

Vishal Lohchab / Hans-Werner Gessmann - Statistics

Introduction to important statistical tests of social sciences

Today Statistics are in education, research and the practice of social and behavioral sciences add up to a wider space. In short, Statistics set two learning objectives:

(1) to provide a thorough knowledge of scriptive and inferential statistical methods (objectives: to be able to carry out procedures; computational skills acquire; the appropriate process by dialect, etc.)

(2) State the prerequisites of logical and scientific theory and the basics of statistical analytical methods (goal direction: knowledge of the underlying models; insight into the possibilities and limitations of the user’s generation of 

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statistical methods; Discussion and criticism of methods; Experience in practical use) We believe that these learning objectives are particularly important and are rarely reached given the limited training time. This of course requires that a student be able to formulate formally correct data and use the data to analyze statistical methods; Because even the best test leads to the wrong conclusion if you get wrong use right test or use the right test but the test value is determined wrongly. However, in our opinion, it cannot be deduced that the student should know in detail what you need to know. It makes a lot more sense to proceed as an example in training, i.e., from data arrangement based on less and more frequently used procedures to a decision on hypo-thesis through calculations to explain in detail the syllabus of the statistical testing procedure. Exemplary free time can be used to strive to achieve the goals listed under (2). We aim to achieve these goals by taking into account the students’ subsequent professional practice for knowledge and experience with multiple testing procedures based on the professional field, focusing on the use of specialist literature and reading or writing themselves to plan with research ability and significant ability, and evaluate empirical studies.

The goals outlined in (2) can be set by the individual after completing the training furthermore can only be achieved by the professional with great effort – a lack of knowledge can lead to the “technical” problems of a process, more easily obtained or existing. Refresh your knowledge. These comments are part of our experience. Reflect in statistical and methodological training, should slightly brighten the background this book was created. We ask the reader to inform us about deficiencies and inadequacies so as to inform like this can eliminate in the next edition.

Delhi and Aichach, January 2022, Vishal Lohchab & Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Gessma