"Developmental Psychiatry in a Globalized World"

ESCAP wishes to say Thanks to all those who attended the ESCAP 2019 congress

The ESCAP 2019 congress in Vienna, Austria was co-organized by the Austrian Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy (ÖGKJP), with the theme "Developmental Psychiatry in a Globalized World". ESCAP and ÖGKJP would like to thank all those who attended and delivered lectures, and all who supported the running of the congress. More than 1600 attendees came through the doors to explore the 7 keynote lectures, 18 state of the art lectures, 70 symposiums, poster sessions, special lectures and to network with fellow child and adolescent psychiatrists coming from all over the world.

Dickon BevingtonLucia ValmaggiaDay 1 of the ESCAP Congress in Vienna
We kicked off the morning with two very stimulating keynote talks. Firstly, Lucia Valmaggia on virtual reality, followed by Dickon Bevington on the AMBIT project. Many thanks to both. The afternoon saw Otto Kernberg take to the stage to talk about recent developments in psychoanalytic treatments.
The opening ceremony was a music-filled event with the Austrian Boys and Girls choir blessing us with their voices and Harpist Sophie-Theres Völkl gracing us with her creations. This was followed by a drink networking reception. For those unable to attend the congress, interviews with speakers and slides will be available after the congress.
Otto Kernberg

Sophie-Theres Völkl 

Day 2 of the ESCAP Congress

Hans SteinerTo start the day, Hans Steiner gave a talk on 'Bringing medicine to crime'. The day continued with 6 state of the art talks, 26 symposiums, posters and discussion sessions, and lastly a keynote talk by Michael Pluess on environmental sensitivity. 
Hundreds of congress attendees then made their way to the iconic Vienna Town Hall and were treated to a plethora of musical delights. Barbara Helfgott took to the stage with her voice and violin and got the crowd off their feet. 11-year-old Soley Blümel silenced the crowd with her mesmerizing piano performance, and Brigitta Karwautz lifted the roof with her powerful operatic voice. After, guests were invited to learn some Viennese Waltz steps. 
Thanks to all those who attended, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. 
Michael Pluess
Day 3 of the ESCAP Congress
Stephan Eliez and Dimitris AnagnostopoulosDay 3 lived up to the previous two days with lots packed into the day. Twenty-four symposiums were given throughout the day as well as 6 state of the art talk, one of which drew a lot of attention 'Asperger's children: The origins of autism in Nazi Vienna' followed by an interesting discussion podium. The special lecture by Thomas Niederkrotenthaler on 'Suicide in adolescents in the US after the release of "13 reasons why": Time series analysis and implications for prevention and policy' had attendees crammed into the room and excess listening from outside. The afternoon saw two keynote lectures; one by Franz Resch on 'New morbidity - changing risks in changing environments' and the other by Anke Hinney on 'The recent breakthrough into the genetic architecture of complex psychiatric disorders'. The day and congress came to an end, with final words by the congress president Andreas Karwautz at the closing ceremony. The end also marks eh end of the presdiency for professor Stephan Eliez who will hand the role over to Dr Dimitris Anagnostopoulos.
Herwig Czech, presenting at the Hans Asperger SOA
See you in Maastricht in 2021. 
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Plenary speakers Programme 

ESCAP General Assembly elects 5 new board members

ESCAP is pleased to announce 5 new elected board members that will start their role at the end of the 18th International ESCAP Congress. The ESCAP Assembly received a selection of candidates for these board positions and thank all applications from ESCAP member countries. After some discussion, the five new members were elected and announced on Saturday 29th June, in Vienna. The successful candidates are: Anne Marie Räberg Christensen - Denmark, Joerg Fegert - Germany, Konstantinos Kotsis - Greece, Manon Hillegers – Holland, Eniko Kiss – Hungary. Congratulations to all.
The 18th International Congress of European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Vienna, Austria, 30/06/2019-02/07/2019 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 18 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Is children’s mental illness “a family affair”?

Maria Melchior brings together three ECAP July articles in her editorial by discussing the influence of parental mental health on their children and adolescent mental illness. “Parents who have mental health problems may lack parenting self-efficacy, which leads to difficulties in finding adequate resources and skills to address the child’s needs”. This isn’t restricted to a certain disorder; extensive studies have shown that parental mental illness can impact the onset and course of various offspring disorders, such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, ADHD etc. This isn’t new, but as Maria summarises, these recent studies offer new risk factors that need to be factored into additional research on the intergenerational transmission of mental illness. Read the editorial.

  • ESCAP 2019 Vienna: president interview, registration & scholarships

    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. ESCAP is interviewing keynote and state of the art speakers about their upcoming lectures, check out the latest interviews. The congress is under the responsibility of the Austrian ESCAP member, ÖGKJP. Find out more on the official website.

  • ESCAP 2019 speaker

    Anke Hinney interview

    Anke Hinney is a professor of molecular genetics working in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. In her latest interview with ESCAP, she describes the techniques behind genome-wide association studies and how her research team are using them to screen DNA or genomes markers in patients suffering with eating disorders and body weight regulation disorders. Read more.


    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.


    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.