ECAP February issue

"The pitfalls of universalism in child and adolescent psychiatry"

Can research be universally applied? That’s what we tend to try and do. However, Bruno Falissard addresses universalism and the caution we must take when applying it to child and adolescent psychiatry. He takes inspiration from two ECAP articles this month that pools data from different cultural settings and amalgamates into generic findings, just as many international studies do. But what can you take from these and other studies? Can you translate these findings to your own culture?

Falissard takes us on a journey, by making everything universal; we are humans, we are identical, we are a number, a statistic, but we are also different! How can we use the universal nature of these studies and apply their findings to the very different cases we see in child and adolescent psychiatry? Falissard states “we have just to be aware of it because there is a temptation to consider clinical situations as being universal, which would make obviously life easier for all of us…. there is a need for clinicians to be aware of the main cultural specificities of their patients and their patient’s families”.

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ESCAP 2019 Vienna congress - Interview with Dickon Bevington
At the 2019 ESCAP Vienna congress, we spoke with keynote speaker Dr Dickon Bevington post-presentation about mentalization and the AMBIT program for child and adolescent psychiatrists and allied professionals. We asked, what should these professionals keep in mind when working with 'hard to reach' youth?
 
 
 
 
It is never too early to start planning your future congresses. ESCAP is pleased to announce that our next congress will take place in Maastricht, The Netherlands on 27-29th June 2021. The ESCAP 2021 Congress theme in Maastricht will be: ‘Networks in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’. The congress website is up and running and more information will be added over the coming year. Check it out www.escap2021.eu
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
ESCAP first and second residential courses
The first ESCAP Research Academy residential course was held in Catania, Italy on 2-5th October. The course was a huge success consisting of 28 participants from 13 countries. As a result, the organisers are now launching the second residential course on the 'Assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents' in Catania, Italy on the 30th Sept to the 3rd Oct 2020. More information will be available soon, meanwhile, read the report from the first course here.   
 
 
 
  • Did you attend the meeting and want to recap on what happened? Or were you unable to attend but want to find out more? ESCAP have put together a small congress report to summarise the key events, lectures, and board meeting outcomes for everyone to appreciate.
    Click to read the Congress Report.
     
  • IFP WORLD CONGRESS

    Prof Kizilhan: the impact of extreme trauma and terror

    Prof KizilhanProfessor Jan Ilhan Kizilhan (University of Baden-Württemberg, Germany), psychologist and trauma expert, gave a keynote lecture on the damage of IS violence against Yazidi women and their community at the 2018 IFP World Congress of Psychotherapy in Amsterdam. He explained what happens when individual violence adds up with genocide and oppression over generations, and how he organized treatment for women and children, suffering from extreme trauma. Read more.

  • ALAN APTER INTERVIEW

    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.

  • LARGE SAMPLE STUDY

    High prevalence of mental disorders in Austrian adolescents

    A large sample epidemiological study to assess the prevalence of mental disorders in Austrian adolescents between 10 and 18 years has now been published in ECAP, the official ESCAP journal. The Austrian and British investigators conclude that "DSM-5 mental health disorders are highly prevalent among Austrian adolescents" and recommend that "early access to effective interventions for these problems is needed to reduce burden due to mental health disorders." Read the article (open access) or download the pdf.

  • Trilingual interview

    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 was the opening 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). 

  • 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.

  • Mood problems: the person-centred approach

    Professor Patrick Luyten (Leuven, London), pleads for a more person-centred approach of mood problems in young people, a greater focus on developmental factors and underlying vulnerability, and less parent blaming. Luyten was a keynote speaker at the 2017 ESCAP Congress in Geneva. Read the interview.