"Developmental Psychiatry in a Globalized World"


The ESCAP 2019 congress in Vienna, Austria is co-organized by the Austrian Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy (ÖGKJP). Online registration of delegates is now open and the deadline for abstract submissions is fast approaching, 6th December.

ESCAP 2019 Vienna Congress

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Research AcademyThe aim of the ESCAP Research Academy biennial meeting is to promote research excellence and collaborative work among young clinician-scientists in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. It will take place ahead of the Vienna 2019 meeting on the 28-29th June. Deadline for applications 30th November 2018.

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  • ESCAP 2019 Vienna: president interview, online abstracts and registration open

    ESCAP 2019 Congress
    The ESCAP Vienna congress president Andreas Karwautz provides us with two video interviews on the organisation of the event and reasons why you should come to Vienna, as if you need any more. Online submission of abstracts and registration of delegates is now open. The congress is under the responsibility of the Austrian ESCAP member, ÖGKJP. Find out more on the official website.


    Cooperation and exchange is key

    ECAP journal, June 2018 issue

    This issue has two very insightful editorials looking at the requirements of a successful transition from child and adolescent psychiatry to general psychiatry, concluding that cooperation is key; the second highlights the increased need for international knowledge exchange especially between neighbouring countries. View all contents of the new ECAP November issue.

  • ESCAP board members meet in Belgrade

    ESCAP board members were welcomed in Belgrade for their biannual meeting, and along the way introduced to DEAPS (Serbian association) members and the Faculty of Medicine dean and vice dean to discuss the current situation of child and adolescent psychiatry in Serbia. Johannes Hebebrand, head of the Research Division, also took a small Research Academy-type workshop addressing questions from 14 young clinicians-researchers child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, and medical students. Read the report.

  • #WMHD18

    Springer curated collection for World Mental Health Day

    To mark this year's World Mental Health Day Springer Nature author and editor Professor Roger Levesque has curated a special collection of journal articles and book chapters to focus on the #WMHD18 theme 'young people and mental health in a changing world'. From anxiety disorders, refugees, suicide to cyberbullying and transgender issues. Read more

  • Next ESCAP congress reveals preliminary programme

    The first announcement for the ESCAP 2019 Vienna conference included the line-up of keynote lecturer: Dickon Bevington (UK), Anke Hinney (Germany), Otto Kernberg (USA), Michael Pluess (UK), Franz Resch (Germany), Hans Steiner (USA), and Lucia Valmaggia (UK). Read more about the congress programme.
    Professor Otto Kernberg (USA)


    Psychotherapy: compulsory for every psychiatrist

    Professor Franz Resch pleads for a key role for psychotherapeutic skills in the psychiatric practice. “Psychotherapy must be a standard part of the training of every psychiatrist”, he says.
    View all of his arguments, or read the Franz Resch interview on adolecents at high risk. Resch is a keynote speaker at the 2019 ESCAP Congress in Vienna.


    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.


    Delegates' feedback to the Geneva conference

    Delegates at the 2017 ESCAP Congress in Geneva commented very positively to the event. Almost all (97%) of the respondents to the after-congress survey said to consider to visit the next congress in – 48% were already "quite sure" to attend the Vienna event in 2019. Apart from many compliments, the 2017 ESCAP audience also contributed a treasure of comments and ideas that will help ESCAP to match this excellent performance at the next congress. Critical remarks were aimed at the high number of parallel high quality talks, which made it hard to chose which session to attend.
    Read more about the survey outcomes.


    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.


    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.