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09.08.2018 – The EPA Early Career Psychiatrists Committee is pleased to announce that applications for the next Gaining Experience Programme are open !

The programme offers Early Career Psychiatrists (ECPs) short observership placements in various institutions across Europe, allowing them to broaden their clinical, research and teaching knowledge, and become familiar with different mental health systems in Europe.

Interested ECPs have until 17 September 2018 to apply.

For more information on the selected institutions and programme requirements, please visit the dedicated webpage.


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21.06.2018 – The EPA joins the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics in opposing the U.S. immigration policy that separates children from their parents.

This is inhuman and likely to have a profound and negative life-long impact on the mental and physical health of those involved. 

The positive outcome following vibrant, worldwide protest demonstrates the importance of raising our voices to stop cruel and inhuman practices.

The EPA Executive Committee



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Patient organisations join the EPA

logo homepageThe EPA is very pleased to announce that patient organisations GAMIAN (Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks – Europe) and EUFAMI (European Federation of Association of Families of People with Mental Illness) have joined the EPA Board as ex-officio members. 

The inclusion of these key patient and carer organisations will further strengthen the EPA’s important relationships with its partner organisations, and help continue its work in supporting mental health patients, their families and their carers.



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In Memoriam: Per Bech 1942-2018

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It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of former EPA President Professor Per Bech, who passed away on 9 May 2018.

The EPA extends its deepest sympathy to his family and friends, and will be forever grateful for his numerous contributions to the field of psychiatry.
In tribute to Prof. Bech, former EPA committee members Prof. Marianne C. Kastrup and Prof. Wolfgang Rutz have prepared an obituary to further honour his life and accomplishments.



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10.04.2018 – The EPA is very pleased to announce that applications are open for the 8th edition of the EPA Summer School

Organised in Strasbourg (France) from 6-9 September 2018, the Summer School will once again focus on the topic “ABCs of Psychotherapy.” 

Led by a renowned faculty, the scholars will be able to interact on a diverse range of topics such as systemic therapy, psychodynamic practice and neurosciences, or cognitive behavioural therapy. Moreover, simulation sessions will also be part of the programme, to offer a safe and realistic environment to practice skills needed in clinical work. 

The EPA Summer School is tailored for psychiatrists who are either trainees within 2 years of completion of specialist training and who reside in a country that forms part of the WHO Europe region.

Deadline for applications has been extended: 7 May 2018
More information on how to register at

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01.03.2018 - The EPA is very pleased to reveal the topic for its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): “Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy”!

This 4-week online course, starting on 9 April, is designed for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, and is free to access for all those interested.

Through mini-lecture videos, demonstrative role-plays and interviews with international experts, the course covers the varieties of CBT, their evolution, the application of CBT to various disorders, its key clinical features and the place of this important therapy in psychiatry today.

More information on how to register at


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EPA MOOC_logo16.02.2018 - The EPA is thrilled to announce that an exciting online project is in the works!

During the past year, the Committee on Education has been working on developing the EPA MOOC, an online training and e-learning programme tailored for psychiatrists and mental health professionals.

Now in the final stages of completion, the online course is set to go live in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned for more information coming up, or visit us at the EPA booth in Nice!


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Title page image: Dr. Stirling Moorey gets ready for his close-up during filming at the EPA Strasbourg office in December 2017.


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The EPA subscribes the statement of the World Medical Association

31.01.2018 – In a statement released on 30 January 2018, the World Medical Association (WMA) has ”expressed its grave concern over the arrests of leaders of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA).” Representatives of the TMA were detained after publicly voicing opposition to war, citing a desire to curb the “physical, psychological, social and environmental health problems” caused by continued military conflict. 

The EPA, as a strong proponent of universal values and human rights, fully supports the WMA’s statement. 

In a letter addressed to the President of the Psychiatric Association of Turkey, EPA President Silvana Galderisi, on behalf of the EPA Executive Committee, expressed her sympathy to colleagues in the TMA, and her readiness to assist in initiatives undertaken in support of Turkish psychiatrists and medical doctors. The Psychiatric Association of Turkey is a National Psychiatric Association Member (NPA) of the EPA. 

Many other EPA NPAs strongly supported the statements by the EPA and the WMA. The list of the supporting NPAs can be found below:

  • Armenian Psychiatric Association (Prof. Armen Soghoyan, President, Prof. Khachatur Gasparyan, Secretary General (Acting President), and Marietta Khurshudyan, CEO)
  • Association of Neurologists, Psychiatrists and Narcologists of Ukraine (Prof. Petro Voloshyn, President, and Prof. Nataliya Maruta, Vice-President)
  • Association of Psychiatrists of Spanish Association of Neuropsychiatry (Dr. Mikel Munarriz Ferrandis, President)
  • Austrian Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (Dr. Christa Rados, President)
  • Azerbaijan Psychiatric Association (Prof. Fuad Ismayilov, Secretary for International Relations)
  • Croatian Psychiatric Association (Prof. Vlado Jukic, President)
  • Czech Psychiatric Association (Prof. Pavel Mohr, President Elect)
  • Danish Psychiatric Association (Dr. Torsten Bjoern Jacobsen, President)
  • French Congress of Psychiatry (Prof. Philippe Courtet, Official Representative)
  • French Federation of Psychiatry (Dr. Jean-Jacques Bonamour Du Tartre, President, and Prof. Gisèle Apter, Board member)
  • German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (Prof. Arno Deister, President, and Prof. Andreas Heinz, President Elect)
  • Hungarian Psychiatric Association (Dr. Károly Molnar, President, and Prof. Tamás Kurimay, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee)
  • Independent Psychiatric Association of Russia (Dr. Yury Savenko, President)
  • Israel Psychiatric Association (Prof. Zvi Zemishlany, Secretary of Foreign Affairs)
  • Italian Psychiatric Association (Prof. Bernardo Carpiniello, President)
  • Lithuanian Psychiatric Association (Prof. Alvydas Navickas, President)
  • Maltese Association of Psychiatry (Dr. Etienne Muscat, President)
  • Polish Psychiatric Association (Prof. Agata Szulc, President)
  • Portuguese Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health (Prof. Joao Marques-Teixeira, President, and Dr. Pedro Varandas, Vice President)
  • Romanian Association of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (Prof. Catalina Tudose, President)
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists (Prof. Wendy Burn, President)
  • Russian Society of Psychiatrists (Prof. Nikolay Neznanov, President)
  • Serbian Psychiatric Association (Prof. Dusica Lecic-Tosevski, President)
  • Slovak Psychiatric Association (Dr. Ľubomira Izakova, President, and Dr. Livia Vavrusova, Past President)
  • Swiss Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (Dr. Pierre Vallon, President)


To view the original statement issued by the WMA, please visit the WMA website



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ID-100390820 (1)08.12.2017 - One of the goals of the EPA Early Career Psychiatrists Committee is to provide support and encouragement for those in or entering the field of psychiatry. With the Book Challenge Project, the ECPC is asking for your help to create a reading list for trainees, early career psychiatrists, and even those just interested in psychiatry, with works that were inspiring and influential to you.

To know more about this project and how to participate, please follow this link.


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30.10.2017 – EPA President Silvana Galderisi addressed the following message to all EPA leaders, members and supporters in the most recent Newsletter from October 2017:

prof. Silvana GalderisiDistinguished Colleagues, Dear EPA Members,

My message is aimed to highlight the main achievements and challenges of the first 10 months of intense work as EPA President.
I will start with the European Congress of Psychiatry. The EPA has improved the scientific quality, visibility and impact of the Congress, has increased the number of participants and stimulated the participation of colleagues from countries outside Europe, including lower-middle income countries. In fact, in Florence, the largest ever number of participants, included 22% from outside Europe and, among them, a large number of attendees from lower-middle income countries (e.g. Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Pakistan).
The EPA is increasingly promoting the balance between genders in EPA committees, courses and congress sessions. In addition, the “EPA Pascal-Boyle Prize of €10 000 for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in Working to Improve Mental Health Care in Europe” will now be awarded every year during the European Congress of Psychiatry. The prize is aimed to publicly acknowledge and increase awareness of the outstanding achievements by women working to improve mental health care in Europe.
The EPA leaders and the Council of NPAs have been working closely together in order to pursue important goals of the EPA strategic Action Plan 2017/2018. In particular, four working groups have been created: “Identity of Psychiatry”, “Mental Health in the Work Place” “Mental Health at Schools” and “Ethical Code in the Communication with Stakeholders”.  Their deliverables will be proposed for endorsement by all NPAs and by the EPA Board, before planning a wider dissemination. In addition, to enhance the role of the EPA as “service provider” for the NPAs, a Task Force has been created to identify the needs of NPAs in terms of information and communication with the EPA, to facilitate their access to EU policy documents and grant opportunities, and to disseminate information relevant to best practices in the field of mental health care. Within this frame, a new EPA newsletter tailored to NPAs’ needs and interests will be launched in early 2018.
As to the challenges, the EPA has faced the need to respond to the report of the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health (A/HRC/35/21). A letter of response was addressed to the UN Special Rapporteur, in which great concern and disappointment was expressed for the image of psychiatry and psychiatrists emerging from the document, together with the wish to establish a constructive dialogue and work together for the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health for everyone. The EPA has not been alone in this endeavor, and other Associations have reacted in a similar vein.
Dear EPA Members, distinguished Colleagues, I have been through 10 months of intense work. The EPA Board, Council, Standing Committees, Section Chairpersons and Staff of the Administrative Offices have provided invaluable contribution. Much has been done, but a lot remains to be done. Your participation, support and collaboration will make it possible.

Silvana Galderisi
EPA President


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