2017 San Diego Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment

World's leading event on child abuse

San Diego Conference on child abuseThe 31st edition world's leading conference on child abuse and neglect – the San Diego Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment (January 29th - February 3rd 2017) – lives up to its reputation with a broad scope of lectures in the fields of prevention, treatment and research. Read the conference guide and recommendations for European mental health and youth care professionals. ESCAP Online will be reporting from the conference on our San Diego web pages.


ESCAP 2017 Congress

  • Congress theme: Transition

  • Congress theme

  • Congress programme


    Evidence-based assessment for intake, progress & outcomes

    The opening line of the first ECAP editorial of the year reads: "Mental health clinicians are under increasing pressure to provide evidence for the effectiveness of their services." Thomas M. Achenbach (University of Vermont, USA) continues saying that many treatments promoted as "evidence-based" do not turn out as therapeutically beneficial as one would want. The author brings up a number of possible causes for these disappointing results, and suggests that the assessment of intake, progress and outcome would deserve an evidence-base just as much as the treatment itself.
    View all contents of the ECAP January issue.


    Bernard Golse on joint therapies and interactive guidance

    Bernard Golse (AEPEA)The president of AEPEA (L’Association Européenne de Psychopathologie de l’Enfant et de l’Adolescent), professor Bernard Golse, will perform a state of the art lecture at the 2017 ESCAP Congress in Geneva. Golse will present together with professor Sylvain Missonnier (both Université René Descartes, Paris): Joint therapies parents/baby and interactive guidance: a move from a model to another one (differential indications, change factors) and will present his association. AEPEA is ESCAP's scientific sister society in nine European countries.
    Read more.


    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). 

  • 2017 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize: call for nominations

    Jacobs Foundation Research PrizeThe Jacobs Foundation calls for nominations for the 2017 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize. The prize, which is endowed with one million Swiss Francs, honors outstanding scientific contributions of scholars aiming at improving the development and living conditions of children and youth. Nominations are accepted until March 1st, 2017.
    Read more.


    ESCAP young investigators' workshop calls for participants

    The ESCAP Research Academy calls for participants for its next meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. The 2017 ESCAP Research Academy meeting will take place just before the ESCAP international congress (9-11 July, Geneva). The aims of the Research Academy's biennial meetings are to promote research excellence and collaborative work among young clinical scientists in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. Read more.


    Long-term effects of bullying

    Dieter WolkeBullying has underestimated long-term effects into adulthood on depression, anxiety disorder, increased self-harm, increased suicide, and psychotic symptoms.
    Professor Dieter Wolke (University of Warwick, UK) reveals the huge impact that bullying by peers and siblings can have on children's mental health. He will perform a keynote lecture at the ESCAP 2017 conference in Geneva. Read the interview in English, en français, auf Deutsch.


    Charman: study on reducing autism "very promising"

    Tony CharmanProfessor Tony Charman (King’s College London) says he aims “to make differences between trajectories and try to divert children from a pathway where they would possibly go on to develop autism, to a more typical outcome”. As a keynote speaker at the ESCAP 2017 Congress, Charman will present his “very promising” study on the effects of early intervention on reducing autism. Read the interview in EnglishFrench or German.


    "Double standard for access to mental health care"

    “Imagine if people with cancer or heart disease were told: ‘It’s not serious enough, come back later when it is worse’. We are talking about a massive double standard here between mental illness and somatic illness.”
    Professor Patrick McGorry (Melbourne, Australia) takes an activist point of view on the access of young people to mental health services. Specifically in their transition from youth to adulthood, adolescents with mental health problems often meet the care system at its weakest. McGorry will present a keynote lecture at ESCAP 2017, Geneva. Read the interview (English / français / Deutsch).



    "Dazugehören": immediate help for refugee children

    Jörg Fegert at ESCAP 2017 GenevaImmediate help for refugee children who need it and research into understanding their needs. These are two of the current missions of professor Jörg Fegert (Ulm, Germany), renowned specialist in child abuse and traumatisation. ‘Dazugehören’ (Being part of it) is the title of his keynote lecture at the March 2017 DGKJP Kongress (Ulm, Germany), and at the July 2017 ESCAP Congress (Geneva). Read the interview in English, French or German.


    World Awareness for Children in Trauma

    World Awareness for Children in Trauma (WACIT) has finished its second phase to a fundraising campaign on six continents in six weeks. The 6x6 traveled Greece, Turkey, Indonesia, Australia, USA, Brazil, Kenya and Tanzania. Professor Panos Vostanis (University of Leicester, UK) visited charities to train staff and volunteers in helping children in trauma. Training workshops were combined with sports events with the charities and children living in slums, favelas, disadvantaged communities, or who are homeless. Read his report. Professor Vostanis will also report on the WACIT 6x6 as a state-of-the-art speaker at the ESCAP 2017 Congres.


    Tourette syndrome: newest findings on treatment and pathophysiology

    At the ESCAP 2017 Congress in Geneva, Professor Pieter J. Hoekstra (Netherlands) will perform a state-of-the-art lecture, titled: Tourette syndrome: an update on newest findings on treatment and pathophysiology.
    Read the Pieter Hoekstra interview.


    Transition to adulthood and mental health problems: too hard to cope with

    Dr Eva Lindgren's most recent study shows that being a parent to a young adult with mental illness in transition to adulthood can be an unbearable burden. “Too hard to cope with.” Lindgren (Luleå University of Technology, Sweden) will present her findings from the nursing angle at the ESCAP 2017 Congress in Geneva. 
    Read the interview.

  • Fonagy: ESCAP Expert Article on borderline personality disorder

    Professor Peter Fonagy wrote an ESCAP Expert Article on borderline personality disorder in adolescence. This "research review with implications for clinical practice" was published in the November issue of the ECAP Journal.
    View Peter Fonagy's 100+ slides presentation, read the interview or watch his comments on video.


    "High level priority" for youth mental health research

    ROAMER research Roadmap
    The ROAMER consortium has published its important final recommendations on European mental health research. The end report (Roadmap) assigned the number one “high level priority” to “research into mental disorder prevention, mental health promotion and interventions in children, adolescents and young adults.” Read more.


    Prevention of suicidal behaviour in adolescents

    “The idea is to try and encourage adolescents and children to feel more free about asking for help”, says Dr Alan Apter of Schneider Children's Medical Center, Petach Tikva (Israel). Read the exclusive Alan Apter interview on ESCAP’s research pages, including abstracts and original presentations, backgrounds, and publications.

  • ESCAP Research Academy workshop