european psychiatric association

Cultural Psychiatry

Section committee

GRAEF-CALLIESS Iris Tatjana , Chair

TARRICONE Ilaria, Co-Chair

GAMBARO Eleonora, Secretary


Aims & Objectives

Section mission

The mission of the Section on Cultural Psychiatry is to promote the improvement of mental health services to immigrant and ethnic minority patients via the creation of a forum in which research, training, diagnosis, and treatment can be explored in a specifically European context.

Section objectives

  1. To create a forum which brings together professionals and others with an interest in the field to explore and develop the field of cultural psychiatry in a European context
  2. To promote, initiate, and carry out culturally competent research concerning the relationship between migration and mental health, ethnopsychopharmacology, psychotherapy, psychometrics, and other rela
  3. To promote the broad notion of cultural competence, particularly in the context of pre-graduate, graduate, and continuing education
  4. To stimulate recruitment into the field of cultural psychiatry and the cultural competence orientation
  5. To contribute to the quality of psychiatric research and mental health treatment by the promotion of the cultural psychiatry into all facets of psychiatry and psychology in Europe
  6. To forge alliances and partnerships with other sections and national and international associations dedicated to cultural psychiatry

Activities

Meetings/events

26th EPA Congress at 3 – 6 March 2018 in Nice, France

26th EPA Congress at 3 – 6 March 2018 in Nice, France
Description :
  1. Core Symposium

Organized by the “EPA Task Force on Needs of Refugee and Asylum Seeker Patients in Europe”

(with participation of section members)

 

Title: Forcibly displaced people and mental health in Europe: challenges and needs

 

Chair: Levent Küey, Turkey

Co-Chair: Marianne C. Kastrup

 

Speakers

 

  • Levent Küey, Turkey

Dimensions of the problem and the psychosocial context

  • Meryam Schouler-Ocak, Germany

Mental health consequences of forced displacement

  • Iris Tatjana Graef-Calliess, Germany

Traumas faced on the way

  • Marianne C. Kastrup, Denmark

Mental health services for asylum seekers and refugees

 

Date :
March 2018

26th EPA Congress at 3 – 6 March 2018 in Nice, France

26th EPA Congress at 3 – 6 March 2018 in Nice, France
Description :
  1. Symposium

Title: Resource-oriented approaches in the treatment of refugees

 

Chairs: Iris Tatjana Graef-Calliess, Germany

Meryam Schouler-Ocak, Germany

 

Speakers:

 

  • Cultural adaptation of minimally guided interventions for refugees: Chances and challenges

Eva Heim, Switzerland

  • Implementing scalable interventions for common mental disorders in response to the Syrian refugee crisis: first results regarding Problem Management Plus (PM+) programs

Marit Sijbrandij, The Netherlands

  • Implementing scalable interventions for common mental disorders in response to the Syrian refugee crisis: first results regarding Problem Management Plus (PM+) programs

Inge Missmahl, Germany

 

 

Date :
March 2018

26th EPA Congress at 3 – 6 March 2018 in Nice, France

26th EPA Congress at 3 – 6 March 2018 in Nice, France
Description :

Title: Suicidal behavior in the vulnerable populations: focus on migrants

Intersection symposium, organized by Section of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention, Section of Cultural Psychiatry

 

Chair and co-Chair:

Marco Sarchiapone, Italy

Meryam Schouler-Ocak, Germany

 

Speaker

  • Carla Gramaglia, Italy

Migrant’s suicidal behaviors: a transcultural perspective

  • Meryam Schouler-Ocak, Germany

Suicide attempt rates and intervention effects in women of Turkish origin in Berlin

  • Boris Polozhy, Russia

Ethnocultural peculiarities of suicidal behavior in multinational Russia.

  • Dinesh Bhugra, UK

Attempted suicide in west London, rates across ethnic communities

Date :
March 2018

26th EPA Congress at 3 – 6 March 2018 in Nice, France

26th EPA Congress at 3 – 6 March 2018 in Nice, France
Description :
  1. Organized by the “EPA Task Force on Needs of Refugee and Asylum Seeker Patients in Europe”

Title: ‘Mental health situation of forcibly displaced people in Europe: how do health/mental health organizations respond?’

(with members of the section)

 

Chair: MC Kastrup, Denmark

Co-chair: O Andlauer, UK

 

Presentations

 

  • Activities and initiatives of EPA - Levent Küey,Turkey
  • Activities and initiatives of WPA - Helen Herrman, Australia
  • Activities and initiatives of WHO - Domenico Giacco, UK
Date :
March 2018

26th EPA Congress at 3 – 6 March 2018 in Nice, France

26th EPA Congress at 3 – 6 March 2018 in Nice, France
Description :
  1. Organized by EFPT and Section on Cultural Psychiatry

Title: Asylum seeker and refugee mental health: training needs of psychiatrists

 

Chairs:

Ekin Sonmez, Turkey

Meryam Schouler-Ocak, Germany

 

Speakers:

  • Introduction

Meryam Schouler-Ocak, Germany

  • Developing training for psychiatrists treating refugees: Some reflections

Marc Hermans, Belgium

  • Developing training for psychiatrists treating refugees: Some reflections

Levant Kuey, Turkey

  • Psychiatry Across Borders: Insights from EFPT's survey on training needs

Iryna Frankova, Ukraine

  • Mental health needs in Immigration Removal Centres

Hugh Grant-Peterkin, United Kingdom

  • Reflections from the UK's Global Health Curriculum Group
Date :
March 2018

World Association of Cultural Psychiatry 5th World Congress 10 – 13 th October, 2018, New York

World Association of Cultural Psychiatry 5th World Congress 10 – 13 th October, 2018, New York
Description :

Symposium organized by WPA-TPS and Section on Cultural Psychiatry of EPA

 

Title: Dimensions and consequences of forced displacement

 

Chair: M. Schouler-Ocak, Germany

Co-Chair: L. Küey, Turkey

 

  •  
  • Simon Dein, UK

Migration, globalisation, forcibly displaced people and mental health

  • M. Schouler-Ocak, Germany

Gender- specific needs and expectations of refugees and asylum seekers

  • H.-J. Assion, Germany

Trauma - and stressor related disorders in refugees and asylum seekers

  • L. Küey, Turkey

Growing racism and discrimination against refugees and asylum seekers: What can be done?

 

Date :
October 2018

World Association of Cultural Psychiatry 5th World Congress 10 – 13 th October, 2018, New York

World Association of Cultural Psychiatry 5th World Congress 10 – 13 th October, 2018, New York
Description :

Migration & Dementia in Intercultural Contexts

Chair: Iris Graef-Calliess, Germany

 

Speaker

  • Iris Graef-Calliess, Germany

Migration and dementia: a challenge for mental health care systems in the future

  • Umut Altunoz, Germany

Caregiver burden of Turkish women giving care to their demented relatives – data fraom a qualitative study in Germany

  • Ilaria Tarricone, Italy

Care giving work and worsening of work conditions affecting migrants in 5 years before onset of psychosis – data from the EUGEI project

Date :
October 2018

DGPPN Congress 28th November – 1st December 2018

DGPPN Congress 28th November – 1st December 2018
Description :

Symposium organized by Section on Cultural Psychiatry of EPA and Section on Intercultural Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Migration of DGPPN

Title: Forcibly displaced people over Europe: challenges or excessive demands

 

Chairs: Meryam Schouler-Ocak, Germany

Co-Chair: Iris Graef-Calliess, Germany

 

Speaker

  • Meryam Schouler-Ocak, Germany

Dimensions of the problem and the psychosocial context

  • Levent Küey, Turkey

Mental health consequences of forced displacement: an update

  • Iris Tatjana Graef-Calliess, Germany

Traumas faced on the way

  • Marianne C. Kastrup, Denmark

Mental health services for asylum seekers and refugees

Date :
December 2018

30th July 2018, BolognaConference on gambling, sport and migration_ thinking 40 years after the Basaglia's law

30th July 2018, BolognaConference on gambling, sport and migration_ thinking 40 years after the Basaglia's law
Description :

Chair :

Ilaria Tarricone, Italy

Speaker

  • Brendon Stubbs, UK

Exercise-Based Interventions for People with Mental Illness: A Clinical Guide to Physical Activity as Part of Treatment

  • Joe Taylor, UK

I risultati di the wave project per la promozione a lungo termine di comportamenti di salute

  • Andrea Morri

Applicazione del progetto di promozione di attività motoria e comportamenti di salute nella realtà italiana

  • Meryam Schouler-Ocak, Germany

The needs of migrant, refugee and asylum seeker patients around the globe

Date :
30/07/2018

26th EPA Congress at 3 – 6 March 2018 in Nice, France

26th EPA Congress at 3 – 6 March 2018 in Nice, France
Description :

 

Section meeting at 5th March 2018;

10 members took part.

Topics were

Introduction of the members

Section report 2017 of the board of the section

Individual reports of section members

Key issues of importance/interest in the field of cultural psychiatry in the upcoming years

Activities for 2018

Planning of the next EPA congress 2019

Miscellaneous (e.g.Me too)

Survey: Attitudes about cultural psychiatry and psychotherapy - in process

Date :
05/03/2018

27th EPA Congress at 6 – 9 March 2019 in Warsaw, Poland

27th EPA Congress at 6 – 9 March 2019 in Warsaw, Poland
Description :

Date: on Monday, April 8th 2019,  09:30-11:00 am.

Location: EXPO XXI Warszawa, Prądzyńskiego 12/14, 01-222 Warszawa, Room 1

 

Participants (in alphabetical order):

Umut Altunoz (Germany), Eleonora Gambaro (Italy), Iris Tatjana Graef-Calliess (Germany), Carla Gramaglia (Italy), Marianne Kastrup (Denmark), Meryam Schouler Ocak, Ilaria Tarricone (Italy), Patrizia Zeppegno (Italy).

 

Meeting Agenda

  1. Welcome from the Chair
  2. Update about EPA- members
  3. Annual report 2018
  4. Recent activities, 2018
  5. Update about the Cultural group
  6. Future activities
  7. Section Board Election
  8. Any other business

Adoption of the meeting agenda.

1. Welcome from the Chair

The section meeting started with the welcome from the section chair, Meryam Schouler-Ocak, who resigns as chair having been elected as EPA Board Member.  Her mandate will run for 4 years, from 7th April 2019 to 2nd April 2023. Meryam Schouler Ocak, as EPA Board member, will support the cultural section’s activities because of the importance of refugees’ and migrants’ mental health problems, and the institutions’ involvement.

 

2. Update about section members

ALBASSAM

Ahmed

Saudi Arabia

ahmed.albassam@aol.com

ALLER

Doris

Italy

dorisaller@yahoo.it

ALTUNOZ

Umut

Germany

ualtunoz@gmail.com

BASSI

Mariano

Italy

mariano.bassi@ospedaleniguarda.it

BOKHAN

Nikolay

Russian Federation

nikolay.bokhan.tomsk.russia@gmail.com

BURIAN

Ronald

Germany

ronald.burian@gmx.de

CHAUDHRY

Homayon

Switzerland

chaudhry@gmx.ch

DUMITRU

Maria Magdalena

Romania

dumitru_magda2002@yahoo.com

EL NAWAWI

Mohamed

Switzerland

monawawi@gmail.com

FAWZY MOHAMED ABDELAAL

Mohamed

Egypt

fawzy_re29@yahoo.com

FIRDOSI

Muhammad Mudasir

United Kingdom

mudasirfirdosi@hotmail.com

GAMBARO

Eleonora

Italy

eleonora.gambaro22@gmail.com

GRAEF-CALLIESS

Iris Tatjana

Germany

calliess.iris@mh-hannover.de

GRAMAGLIA

Carla

Italy

carla.gramaglia@gmail.com

HEINZ

Andreas

Germany

andreas.heinz@charite.de

HERMANS

Marc H.m.

Belgium

marc.hermans1@telenet.be

HRISTOVA-IVANOVA

Penka

France

p.ivanova@ch-henriey.fr

IANCU

Iulian

Israel

ten.tniqezeb@1nailui

KASTRUP

Marianne

Denmark

marianne.kastrup@dadlnet.dk

KASZUBA

Marcin

Belgium

marcinkaszuba@hotmail.com

KÜEY

Levent

Turkey

kueyl@superonline.com

LEWIN

Jona

United Kingdom

lewinjona@gmail.com

MOLEIRO

Carla

Portugal

carla.moleiro@iscte.pt

MUCIC

Davor

Denmark

info@denlilleprins.org

ONRUST

Sladjana

Bosnia and Herzegovina

sladja33@yahoo.com

PATRICIE

Kollarova

 

patricie.kollarova@icloud.com

QURESHI

Adil

Spain

asfqureshi@gmail.com

REUS

Laura Emanuela

France

laura_reus@yahoo.com

SAATCIOGLU

Omer

Turkey

osaatcioglu@yahoo.com

SCHOULER OCAK

Meryam

Germany

meryam.schouler-ocak@charite.de

SOLIMAN

Amro

Egypt

dramrosoliman@gmail.com

TARRICONE

Ilaria

Italy

ilaria.tarricone@unibo.it

TATAR

Andreea

Germany

andreea_ivan23@yahoo.com

ULMAN

Anne-marie

Israel

anuma@zahav.net.il

VAHIP

Simavi

Turkey

simavi.vahip@gmail.com

VáSQUEZ-SUYO

María Isabel

Peru

isabelvasquezs@yahoo.com

VINAY

Anicet

France

anicet.vinay@gmail.com

VOLPE

Umberto

Italy

u.volpe@staff.univpm.it

ZEPPEGNO

Patrizia

Italy

patrizia.zeppegno@med.uniupo.it

 

Section members are currently 39; the most represented countries include Italy, Germany and Turkey; the European and worldwide distribution of section members (see the table above).

3. Annual report 2018

The annual report 2018 was shared (see the pdf attached for details).

4. Recent activities, 2018

Recent activities presented are among others:

  1. Conference on gambling, sport and migration_ thinking 40 years after the Basaglia's law (30th July 2018, Bologna);
  2. World Association of Cultural Psychiatry 5th World Congress (10 – 13 th October, 2018, New York);
  3. DGPPN Congress (28th November – 1st December 2018, Berlin).

5. Update about the section cultural psychiatry

One of the current objectives of the section on cultural psychiatry is to strengthen cooperation and sharing of ideas and projects of section members. Iris Tatjana Graef-Calliess, Ilaria Tarricone and Eleonora Gambaro will soon further update all section members about the next steps. In Italy, one national congress on the topic of cultural psychiatry was organized in Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy, in the end of last year  in collaboration with the NPAs.

 

6. Future activities

One focus of EPA section cultural psychiatry is to enhance every year new projects and events. In spring /summer 2020 there is planned a conference on mental health differences between migrants and native population, cultural mediators, outcomes, integration in Bologna. The congress will involve psychiatrists, social workers and other professionals.

Meryam Schouler-Ocak and Iris Tatjana Graef-Calliess presented the survey project initiated by the section, aimed at the collection of information on migrants’ access to mental health care across Europe.  

Ilaria Tarricone proposed a multicenter research project which includes the collection of data on migration and migrants’ acute psychiatric admission, with the objective to highlight migrants’ possible access problems to health services.

Next year it could be interesting to talk about the situation of refugees and asylum seekers in different European countries. 

 

7. Section Board Election

According to the EPA rules for section board elections, during the business meeting Iris Tatjana GRAEF-CALLIESS was elected as chair, Ilaria TARRICONE as co-chair, Eleonora GAMBARO as secretary of the section. All participants unanimously agreed. Hence, for the next two years, the board of the EPA- section cultural psychiatry will be as follows:

Chair, Iris Tatjana GRAEF-CALLIESS;

Co-chair, Ilaria TARRICONE;

Secretary, Eleonora GAMBARO.

8. Any other business

 Section members are encouraged to inform the Secretary about their new publications (articles published in journals, book chapters, i.e.) in the field of cultural psychiatry: we will be glad to share the information with section members, and to publish the authors’ presentation and/or comments on the EPA Extranet. In case the publication is open access, we can also forward it to everybody, if the authors agree.

Chair, co-chair and secretary will contact all section members via email to ask about their current research projects; the aim of this initiative will be to foster a greater collaboration and cooperation among section members, and the possible creation of research networks. Following this survey, section members may receive proposals to participate in ongoing research projects. As for all the other section activities, updates will be shared by email. Furthermore, Ilaria Tarricone and Iris Tatjana Graef-Calliess will inform also the other EPA Sections about what the EPA- section cultural psychiatry is doing in the research field. In the last year our section has already collaborated with other ones in the context of intersection or joint symposia; the aim of sharing our ongoing research projects with other sections will be to encourage also the possibility of intersection research.

- EPA Congress in Warsaw: there are already some plans about the activities to be proposed for the next EPA Congress in Madrid. Two intersection symposia (Suicidology-Cultural and Epidemiology-Cultural) will be proposed, and there are already contacts and agreements with Marco Sarchiapone and Carla Gramaglia from the EPA Section of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention. There is also the proposal of a  symposium on specific pathways of care for migrant populations or factors affecting immigrants' acculturation. The proposal for section symposium could be “Language barriers and integration between migrants and native populations (maybe thatwould be better for a workshop) or “Cultural bound syndromes or cultural impact on pathways of care” or “Language proficiency or linguistic proficiency as a protective or trigger factors?”. There was also proposed a collaboration with the EPA section gender, woman and mental health.

The deadline for submitting proposals for the EPA Congress in Madrid is May 14th.Therefore all section members are invited to send their ideas, including symposia proposals, talks to be included in a symposium, posters, etc., within April 30th so that the board of the section cultural psychiatry can assess them, and eventually share proposals with all section members before the established deadline of May 14th.

No other issues or topics for discussion were 

Date :
8th april, 2019

Other Section activities


Desciption :

EPA Task Force on Needs of Refugee and Asylum Seeker Patients in Europe

(with members of the section)

  • Organization of scientific sessions
  • Collaboration with other international organizations and other EPA bodies
  • Collaboration with other national / international organizations and other EPA bodies
  • Activities in process:
  • TF Position Paper
  • A critical review and a list of the current practice of e-mental health initiatives in Europe
  • In collaboration with the EPA-NPAs, a research on the relevant activities and needs of NPAs

 

Activities in EPA Task Force on Mass Violence

(with members of the section)


Desciption :

Cooperation and collaboration with:

Section of Transcultural Psychiatry of WPA
Section of Intercultural Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Migration of  DGPPN (German Association for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy)
German-Turkish Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosocial Health
German-Russian Association of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
German-Polish Association of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Italian Psychiatric Association (Migration’s Psychiatry group)
Section of Cultural Psychiatry of Turkish Psychiatric Association
Cultural CLP –SIG Group of the EPAM society
European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (EFPT)

 

Calendar of Future Activities

Calender of Activities for Future Years27th European Congress of Psychiatry in Warsaw, Poland on 6-9th April 2019

Calender of Activities for Future Years27th European Congress of Psychiatry in Warsaw, Poland on 6-9th April 2019
Desciption :

1.Symposium:

Title: Suicidal Behaviour in Immigrants, Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Ethnic

Minorities

Intersection symposium, organized by Section of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention, Section of Cultural Psychiatry

 

Chairs

Marco Sarchiapone, Italy

Meryam Schouler-Ocak, Germany

 

Speakers

  • Migrant’s Suicidal Behaviours: a Transcultural Perspective

Carla Gramaglia, Italy

  • Suicidal Ideation - Are Displaced People More at Risk?

Meryam Schouler-Ocak, Germany

  • Effects of Gender and Generation on Suicidal Ideation and Suicidal Risk in Migrants and Non-Migrants in Germany: Findings from a Household Survey

Marion Aichberger, Germany

  • Suicidal Behaviour Among Black and Minority Ethnic Groups in London

Dinesh Bhugra, United Kingdom

 

2. Symposium:

Title: A Humanitarian Disaster: Mental Health Needs of Forcibly Displaced People in

Europe

Organized by the “EPA Task Force on Needs of Refugee and Asylum Seeker Patients in Europe”

 

Chairs

Levent Küey, Turkey

Marianne C. Kastrup, Denmark

 

  • A Humanitarian Disaster: Forcibly Displaced People in Europe

Levent Küey, Turkey

  • Displacement Process: Traumas Faced on the Way

Iris Tatjana Graef-Calliess, Germany

  • Mental Health Consequences of Forced Displacement

Meryam Schouler-Ocak, Germany

  • Mental Health Services for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Marianne C. Kastrup, Denmark