The ESCAP congress usually takes place every two years. Due to the Corona pandemic, we had to postpone the congress planned for 2021 which then took place from 19 to 21 June 2022 in Maastricht in the south of The Netherlands, close to the German and Belgian borders - under the responsibility of the Dutch ESCAP member: the child and adolescent faculty of the NVvP, the Dutch Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Especially after the restrictions of the Corona pandemic, the congress was a great opportunity to come together face to face again. The scientific programme was excellence and the congress was a platform for exchanging new ideas and networking.
Youth participation: “Don’t talk about us without us.”
Policy Debate at the ESCAP 2022 congress
A youth delegation was invited to participate at the ESCAP Congress 2022 which took place in Maastricht. Following the congress, Amélie Galladé, a member of the Swiss Youth Delegation, and Matthias Köster, child and adolescent psychiatrist, reflected on the experience. In their dialogue, they are highlighting the importance of involving young people in discussions and policy making in the mental health arena. Read it here.
Tobias is going to focus his talk on pharmacotherapy in disruptice disorders such as ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder, here he briefly expands on this and talks of the importance of prevention before the need for treatment.
Professor Bernadka Dubicka, one of the keynote speakers at the ESCAP 2022 congress in Maastricht, speaks to ESCAP Past President Stéphan Eliez about today's challenges for child and youth mental health and possible ways on how to address them.
Bruno Falissard is a clinical Professor of child and adolescent psychiatry and Director at Centre de Recherche en Epidemiologie et Santé des Populations, Paris, France. Bruno kindly gave us an interview before and after the congress.
Marit is keen to explain and discuss further with attendees in Maastricht about her many European projects that focus on trauma in children and adolescents, and the initiatives that will help more and more children and adolescents get the mental health care they need.