Promoting interchange between clinicians to facilitate shared learning. This is the objective of professor Claude Bursztejn, taking the lead in ESCAP's clinical/care division. Bursztejn is planning to structure the development of clinical quality within ESCAP, powered by an executive committee. He has already defined a concrete programme with eight points of focus.
Read about professsor Bursztejn's programme.
In his editorial, Dr Luis Augusto Rohde shows the way to revisit the relevance of family variables in child and adolescent mental health. View the latest issue of ECAP Journal, published on 20 November.
No strength without unity
“Within European child psychiatry there’s an increasing recognition for this old Irish saying”, says Dr Brendan Doody (Trinity College, Dublin). Read more.
A Utah research team found more proof for the relation between pregnancy weight gain and autism-related disorders. There article was published in the November issue of Pediatrics journal. Read more.
Venue near Madrid Airport
European child mental health professionals are blocking their calendars for 19–23 June 2015. The Spanish Society AEPNYA has now chosen a venue: the Congress Palace in Madrid's Barajas district will host ESCAP 2015.
View the venue.
Two important studies on ADHD treatment make “what we once thought worked, more limited and questionable.” Dr Emily Simonoff and Dr Eric Taylor, professors at King's College London, call for a more informed discussion and deeper insight in the different types of attention problems.
More about ADHD research or read the Eric Taylor interview.
How to use what we know
The President of ESCAP, Professor Ruud Minderaa, looking back at a very successful conference in Dublin last summer, points out the importance of the implementation of knowledge. Read the interview or view the latest Presidential Newsletter.
Dutch Knowledge Centre
It may seem unusual: a breakdance performance to announce newly developed protocols for treatment and diagnosis in child and adolescent psychiatry. The Dutch Knowledge Centre launched a viral video campaign showing five B-Boys to draw attention to the completion of a special project, regarding five new evidence based protocols.
Read more or view the protocols.
UCL study, Pediatrics Journal
“Disruptions to sleep, especially if they occur at key times in development, could have important lifelong impacts on health”, says Professor Yvonne Kelly (University College London), commenting on her recent study. Irregular bed times could undermine brain maturation and the ability to regulate certain behaviours. Read more.
Personality disorders in youths
Delegates at the Dublin Congress may have heared them speaking: a group of young European researchers has set up a survey concerning the diagnosis of personality disorders (PDs) in youths. Participating takes no more than fifteen minutes.
Read more or participate.
Decentralisation of youth care may have certain advantages, but the Danish experience proves that this transition also carries serious risks for children's welfare. This warning was written by the Dutch Children's Ombudsman to the Netherlands' parliament on October 8th 2013. A new 'Youth Act' is about to be approved and will include municipal governmental responsibility over child and adolescent psychiatry – similar to the situation in Denmark. Dutch professionals strongly oppose against the new law. Read more.
Get to know ESCAP members
Sharing knowledge starts with getting acquainted. The publication of profiles of the national activities in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry could be an excellent run-up towards the exchange of knowledge. All ESCAP member countries are requested to upload their profiles.
Read more or write a country profile.