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Course on Leadership and Professional Development of Young Psychiatrists
An activity of the ECPC was the course on Leadership and Professional Development of Young Psychiatrists that was held in Zagreb on 26-28 September 2014. The course was directed by Professor Norman Sartorius and Professor Sir David Goldberg, organized by the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes (AIMHP), and supported by the local organizing committee from members of the Croatian Section of Young Psychiatrists and Trainees - Croatian Psychiatric Association. The course was held under the auspices of the European Psychiatric Association.
The course was intended for trainees and early career psychiatrists, and covered topics of interest to this specific population of mental health professionals. In a friendly and close atmosphere participants from Austria, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia learnt theory and practical skills on how to write CV, how to make a presentation and a poster, how to write and read a scientific paper, how to make a project proposal and chair a session, as well as how to decide on ones priorities in life. The ECPC chair presented activities of the ECPC and the EPA and invited the participants to become active members of our association.
Course on Psychopathology and Clinical Practice
On 21-23 March 2014, the 2nd edition of the School on Psychopathology, organised by the EPA Early Career Psychiatrists Committee and the EPA Section on Philosophy and Psychiatry, took place in Florence (Italy). 23 early career psychiatrists from several European countries participated in the School, which was opened by Prof. Mario Maj, EPA former President, who welcomed the participants and indicated the future activities for early career psychiatrists in the field of psychopathology. Prof. Stanghellini chaired the whole meeting which was mainly focused on psychopathological dimensions of schizophrenia and affective disorders. Other teachers included Dr. Raballo and Prof. Parnas. Dr. Andrea Fiorillo, member of the EPA Committee on Education and former chairman of the EPA early career psychiatrists committee, organised the meeting and coordinated the scientific activities. Click here to view the School brochure.
Two scholarships of 1 000€ each were awarded by the EPA to school participants for the best essays on the topic “Excellence in psychiatry, how to teach and be trained in psychopathology?”. The Scholarship winners were Suzana Jonovska (Croatia) and Antonios Liolios (Switzerland).
Testimonial: "Your presentations have managed to articulate in a formal and scientifically rigorous manner what I have always sensed in a more intutive way during the contact with my patients; I am ever more conscious now of the need to bracket and let the person in front of me speak of his experience with time, space and body, the other and himself. [A]lso in this term of igniting discussion and further study, it has been a success. And it has also fuelled my thought about the pleasure taken in working in psychiatry, where daily tedium without a theoretical framework saps the intellectual pleasure and creates boredom where there should have been curiosity - this I think is an(other) argument of teaching psychopathology as a living element of the profession (and art) of psychotherapy. " Antonios Liolios