For the third time in ESCAP’s 30 years long history, we met in a Nordic Country for the 20th International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. More than 1,600 delegates from 57 countries from across the world enjoyed the long summer evenings and Danish hospitality in Copenhagen which has been ranked by the Monocle survey as the 'most livable’ city for 2021 and 2022. Important criteria in this survey are safety/crime, international connectivity, climate/sunshine, quality of architecture, public transport, tolerance, environmental issues and access to nature, urban design, business conditions, pro-active policy developments and medical care. Furthermore, the ability to transform and renew itself. This Copenhagen has done among other things by building new biking and pedestrian bridges. One of them being the Circle Bridge by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliason - inspiration for the congress logo.
The scientific programme of the three day congress was outstanding:
We learned of the latest research results, got to know the newest evidence-based treatments and listened to the newest creative initiatives for cooperation with families, patient organizations, and other sectors. Both ESCAP and The Danish Child and Adolescent society (BUP-DK) have long been active lobbying and participating in the public debate for better conditions for children and adolescents with mental problems. Thus, the title: Next generation Europe - a balancing act between clinical, research and political demands.
Attachment and resilience
Mental health interventions in schools and preventative measures in general
Early experiences related to the body and illness coping with symptoms
Sleep disorders and their treatment in children with neurodevelopment disorders
Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy for pediatric anxiety: Current status and future directions