european psychiatric association

Forensic Psychiatry

Section committee

GOETHALS Kris , Chair
VAN LIER Ellen, Co-Chair
SCHILTZ Kolja, Secretary
TORT HERRANDO Vicente, Councillor

Section mission

This Section's mission is to:

Promote high quality care for mentally disordered offenders through improved standards of assessment, the development of effective interventions and an increase in research activity in the field of forensic psychiatry.

Section objectives

  1. To raise awareness of forensic psychiatry amongst members of the EPA, other professionals and the general public
  2. To increase and disseminate knowledge in the field of forensic psychiatry
  3. To promote collaboration amongst member of the EPA, between forensic psychiatry and other subspecialties and between the Section and other organisations with similar interests
  4. To promote and support research relevant to the field of forensic psychiatry
  5. To enhance our understanding of mechanisms underlying offending and violent behaviour in individuals with mental disorders, including biological, psychological and social factors
  6. To increase our understanding of effective interventions to improve outcomes, including mental health and offending outcomes and quality of life in mentally disordered offenders
  7. To raise standards of assessment and treatment of mentally disordered offenders in psychiatric and criminal justice settings, e. g. through the development of guidelines and position statements
  8. To compare legal frameworks, policies, models of service delivery and training within Europe
  9. To support teaching initiatives on forensic psychiatry within Europe
  10. To raise awareness of ethical issues in the practice forensic psychiatry
  11. To represent the needs of forensic psychiatrists who are members of the EPA

Annual reports

Future Activities


Ghent Group Summer seminar on forensic psychiatry and psychology in Europe - Annual summer seminar
Ghent Group Summer seminar on forensic psychiatry and psychology in Europe - Annual summer seminar
05 August 2024 - 09 August 2024 / Seeon Monastery, Bavaria, Germany
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(Seminar on Forensic Psychiatry in Europe for consultants and experienced trainees)

The Ghent Group Summer Seminar has been founded in 2010. Its aim is to improve internationally coordinated training of experienced trainees and consultants in forensic psychiatry in Europe. A main focus of it was ab initio to bring together colleagues from forensic psychiatry from across Europe to work together on a specific topic for one week in a nice and beneficial environment. It is intended that thereby interpersonal bonds are created while immersing in a specific topic and understanding the differences between the national forensic psychiatric as well as the judicial systems with regard to the specific topic of the seminar. It is intended to not only theoretically think about treatment related and political issues regarding the respective topic but to get in-depth scientific input through talks by experts, apply previous and freshly acquired knowledge in small workgroups as well as role-play, and discuss nationally specific as well as international implications with experienced colleagues.


Ghent Group Meeting
Ghent Group Meeting
19 September 2024 - 21 September 2024 / Antwerp, Belgium
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