Section Board

Aims & Objectives

Section's mission

Historical background

The Psychopathology Section of European Psychiatric Association (EPA) is one of the oldest sections of the organisation. Formed by some of the founding members of EPA such as Prof. Peter Berner (Vienna), Prof. Nils Retterstol (Oslo), Prof. Pierre Pichot (Paris), as become very active in the following years by the actions of Prof. Michael Musalek (Vienna) and Prof. Stein Opjordsmoen (Oslo) youngest pupils of them and also members of the WPA Section of Psychopathology.

By this co-joint work with the WPA Section of Psychopathology, the Psychopathology Section of EPA soon has been enriched its memberships with people from all over Europe like U.K. (Andrew Sims, Ian Brockington, John Cutting), Italy (Arnaldo Ballerini, Giovanni Stanghellini), Germany (Christoph Mundt, Thomas Fuchs) and others that have cooperate intensively in the promotion of Psychopathology as a fundamental discipline of Psychiatry, in the eighties and nineties, when other emergent disciplines have almost given the idea that Psychopathology was a matter historic research.

Today Psychopathology has regain is role in Psychiatry and the Section is offering services and open membership to all who want to join the effort of putting Psychiatry aligns with its origins but also with future reflection.


The mission of EPA Psychiatric Section is to promote Psychopathology as a fundamental discipline of Psychiatry at the level of clinical conceptualisation, at the level of philosophical reflection on Psychiatry and at the level of the research support to all fields of Psychiatry.

Section's objectives

  1. Promote Psychopathology as a primordial discipline in clinical practice evaluation
  2. Develop Psychopathology on training programs throughout Europe
  3. Highlight the importance of Psychopathology in Clinical Research



25th European Congress of Psychiatry 2017


The Psychopatathology section had 2 Symposia in the 25th EPA Congress in Florence:

1) In cooperation with the section of Schizophrenia the Symposium "Schizophrenia and Clinical Psychopathology" chaired by Silvana Galderis

2) The Symposium under the title "Shame and guilt in Clinical Practice chaired by Michael Musalek

Both Symposia were very well attended with more than 100 participants


Venue: Florence

Date: 01/04/2017

Attendance: More than 100 participants in both Symposia

XVII World Congress of Psychiatry 2017


In the XVII World Congress the Psychopathology section had 2 Symposia: 1) "Delusions: psychopathologic and Philosophical reflections" chaired by Pedro Varandas and Martin Heinze 2) "Social Aesthetics in Psychiatry: the impact of atmospheres on psychopatologic diagnosis and treatment" chaired by Michael Musalek

Venue: Berlin

Date: 08/10/2017

Attendance: Both Symposia were very well attended with much more than 100 participants

Annual Seminar of the Section of Psychopathology


Topic of the Seminar in 2017 - Nature and Narratives of Delusions


Clinical Psychopathology section of WPA

Venue: Paris

Date: 08/12/2017

Attendance: About 30 participants


Presentations at non-section events

Other Section activities

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