Hélène Beutler (SSPPEA): "Transition must be on everyone's mind"

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Dieter Wolke (Warwick, UK)

The Swiss Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (SSPPEA/SGKJPP), organizer of ESCAP 2017, has now opened the congress registration. Co-president Dr Hélène Beutler expresses that: “this congress will allow clinicians and researchers, independent and institutional psychiatrists to find the answers that will enhance their daily involvement with children and adolescents with mental disorders. The experience of multi-dynamic change unites us – transition must be on everyone’s mind.” Read more about Transition, the ESCAP 2017 congress theme (English / français / Deutsch). View the congress pages, or go directly to the registration page.
SSPPEA congress organizer


  • Abstract submission

  • Congress theme: Transition

  • Congress programme

  • Keynote: Maria Melchior

    Growing up poor: a high-risk transition

    Maria Melchior, keynote at ESCAP 2017

    Inequality is related to the onset of mental health problems, confirms Maria Melchior, member of ERES, the prominent social epidemiology research team of the collaborating Paris universities. Melchior is a keynote lecturer at the ESCAP 2017 Congress about Social inequalities in children’s mental health. Read the interview in English, French or German and learn about her answers to the high risks of low socioeconomic status (SES). 

  • DEADLINE: 30 DEC 2016


    The 17th international ESCAP Congress in Geneva, Switzerland, is currently accepting abstracts. This major event on child and adolescent psychiatry will take place at the Centre International de Conférences Genève – CICG, from 9 to 11 July 2017. Deadline for abstract submission: 30 December 2016.
    Submit your abstract online.

    ESCAP 2017 Congress SSPPEA


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    Read the interview.


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