Detailed Scientific Program

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Time CET
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STREAM 1 STREAM 2
11:30-12:45 INTERSECTIONAL SYMPOSIUM 1:
Impact of Covid-19 on mental health of forcibly displaced people, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers

Chairs: Afzal Javed (UK), Meryam Schouler-Ocak (Germany)

Speakers:
Marianne C. Kastrup (Denmark): Review from the available literature on the occurrence of Covid-19 among vulnerable populations: Dates and facts
Meryam Schouler-Ocak
(Germany): Covid-19 and its impact on the mental health of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
Afzal Javed
(UK): Recommendations to reduce the risk of developing mental health problems of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
Q&A’s
INTERSECTIONAL SYMPOSIUM 2:
Intercultural and Systemic Models of Psychological Trauma and Recovery

Chairs : Les Spencer (Australia), Dihan Wijewickrama (Australia)

Speakers:
Les Spencer (Australia): Intercultural Keyline - First Person Intercultural Research Methodologies in Psychological Wellbeing Recovery
Maria Baxevanou (Greece): Healing Trauma Through Arts & Ancient Greek Ceremonies
Allen Myers (USA): Healing Trauma Through Community Sense-making and Visioning the Future
Dihan Wijewickrama (Australia): Towards an evolutionary-developmental model of psychological trauma
Q&A’s
12:45-12:55
BREAK
12:55-14:15
OPENING SESSION

Welcome
Afzal Javed (UK), President WPA, President of the Congress
Thomas G. Schulze (Germany / USA), Chair of the Scientific Committee
Dimitrios Ploumpidis (Greece), President Hellenic Psychiatric Association, Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee

Welcome Address
Zoe Rapti (Greece), Greek Deputy Minister of Health, responsible for Mental Health

Opening lectures
WPA’s Action Plan and current pandemic
Afzal Javed (UK), President of the World Psychiatric Association & Honorary Associate Clinical Professor, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, UK

Key note address
The impact of COVID-19 on mental health

Devora Kestel (Switzerland), Director, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland

Thanks
Danuta Wasserman (Sweden), President elect WPA
 
14:15-14:30
BREAK
14:30-15:45
STATE-OF-THE-ART SESSION 1:
Creative Arts Therapies and Sport Therapy in times of major global crisis

Chairs: Radwa S. Abdelazim (Egypt), Iris Bräuninger (Switzerland) - to be confirmed

Speakers:
Radwa S. Abdelazim (Egypt): Dance Movement Therapy versus Dance Fitness Sport Therapy in counteracting Covid - to be confirmed
Iris Bräuninger (Switzerland): Dancing though the experience when tested positive for Covid: The impression of a student - to be confirmed
Q&A’s
INTERSECTIONAL SYMPOSIUM 3:
Challenges of psychotherapeutic work with seriously traumatized patients - An intersectional symposium of the WPA Psychotherapy Section and ECP Section

Chairs: Amir Hossein Jalali Nadoushan (Iran), Kateřina Duchoňová (Czech Republic)

Speakers:
Fatma Swilem (Egypt): Mental disorders and psychotherapy with female victims of human trafficking
Goran Mijaljica
(Sweden): Mental health services for persons with war and torture related psychological trauma
Andriy Haydabrus
(Ukraine): The impact of war and captivity on human mental health
Luca Giorgini
(Italy): How is possible to overcome severe traumatization? Psychological resilience in victims of torture, war refugees and victims of natural disasters
Q&A’s
15:45-15:55
BREAK
15:55-16:55
PLENARY LECTURES 1

Chair: Afzal Javed (UK)

George Christodoulou
(Greece): Disasters as Traumatic events: Their psychological impact on a global scale
Athanassios Fokas (UK): Psychological Trauma within the Continuum of Unconscious - Conscious Processes
Q&A’s
 
16:55-17:05
BREAK
17:05-18:20
STATE-OF-THE-ART SESSION 2:
COVID, pandemics and mental health- special aspects

Chairs : Joost den Otter (South Sudan), Aikaterini Zolota (Greece)

Speakers:
David Baron
(USA): COVID and mental health - to be confirmed
Siroos Mirzaei
(Austria), Thomas Wenzel (Austria): COVID- Reaching the elderly, prisoners and other risk groups in the context of Public mental Health - to be confirmed
 
To be confirmed

Q&A’s
INTERSECTIONAL SYMPOSIUM 4:
Promoting mental health and resilience in individual and collective trauma

Chairs : Dusica Lecic-Tosevski (Serbia), Michel Botbol (France)

Speakers:
Dusica Lecic-Tosevski (Serbia): Lessons on transgenerational transmission of trauma and resilience
Michel Botbol
(France): How today's psychoanalysis can contribute to the treatment of psychotrauma?
Chrysi Giannoulaki
(Greece): Art as a step that leads to restoration of the self
Nikolaos Tzavaras
(Greece): Can art really promote mental health

Discussant:  Nikos Christodoulou (Greece/ UK)
Q&A’s
18:20-18:30
BREAK
18:30-19:45
INTERSECTIONAL SYMPOSIUM 5:
Adverse early life experiences and their impact on physical and mental health

Chairs: Angelos Halaris (USA), Ute-Christiane Meier (UK)

Speakers:
Ute - Christiane Meier (UK): Maternal and neonatal vitamin D status as a potential risk factor for adverse infant health outcomes
Mafalda Corvacho
(Portugal): The Unbearable Heaviness of Transgenerational Trauma
Madhura Samudra
(India): To study association of childhood psychological trauma with eating disorders in medical students of India
Paraskevi Bali
(UK): ADHD-Childhood Maltreatment: Which comes first?
Q&A’s
INTERSECTIONAL SYMPOSIUM 6:
COVID-19 and Addiction Medicine: Perspectives from Network of Early Career Professionals in Addiction Medicine (NECPAM) members

Chairs: Florian Scheibein (Ireland), Ramyadarshni Vadivel (New Zealand)

Speakers:
Gayatri Bhatia (India): Managing Substance Use Disorders in Covid-19 times: experiences from a Drug Treatment Centre
Laura Orsolini (Italy): Practical tips and essential tools for Addiction ECPs in the era of COVID-19 pandemic
Ramyadarshni Vadivel (New Zealand): Bridging the digital gap - Telepsychiatry and the way forward
Tanya Maiti (India): Telepsychiatry; Obstacles and potentials for community de addiction programmes: experience from a LAMIC country general hospital set up
Q&A’s
19:45-19:55
BREAK
19:55-20:55
INTERSECTIONAL SYMPOSIUM 7:
Women who survived serious human rights violations and the need for (forensic) evaluation & follow up

Chairs : Lilla Hardi (Hungary), Joost Jan den Otter (South Sudan)

Speakers:
Thomas Wenzel (Austria): Serious human rights violations torture and the new Istanbul Protocol: A global perspective
Joost Jan Den Otter
(South Sudan): Serious human rights violations torture and the new Istanbul Protocol: A global perspective
Birgit Völlm
(Germany): Forensic psychiatry and documentation of serious human rights violations
Q&A’s
INTERSECTIONAL SYMPOSIUM 8:
Threatens to the Dignity of Older Adults with Mental Disorders during COVID-19 epidemic

Chairs: Carlos Augusto De Mendonca Lima (Switzerland), Horacio Firmino (Portugal)

Speakers:
Carlos Augusto De Mendonca Lima (Switzerland): Mental health in old age and COVID-19: Threatens to the older adults’ human rights in Switzerland
Gonçalo Santos
(Portugal): The COVID-19 impact on mental health of people living at the community with and without the infection
Horacio Firmino
(Portugal): The COVID-19 influence on mental health and quality of life of a health care population
Q&A’s

Friday, December 11, 2020

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STREAM 1 STREAM 2
11:30-12:35
ORAL PRESENTATIONS SESSION 1:
Zooming in on gender and stigma aspects of mental health

Chair: Tanay Maiti (India)

Speakers:
OP1.1 Natalia Semenova (Russia): Violence against women in Russia: Toward a greater understanding of the issue
OP1.2 Supriya Davis (India): Knowledge and practices related to menstruation among tribal adolescent girls
OP1.3 Pratishtha Singh (India): Postpartum Depression, anxiety, acute stress and post traumatic stress symptoms in mothers of neonates admitted in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
OP1.4 Aravind Vaithiyam (India): Stigma of drug treatment in internet addiction with depression
Q&A’s
ORAL PRESENTATIONS SESSION 2:
Cultural and ethical aspects of mental health

Chair: Aikaterini Zolota (Greece)

Speakers:
OP2.1 Fahimeh Saeed (Iran): Strategies to reduce disease-related stigma during covid-19 outbreak in Iran
OP2.2 Cokorda-Bagus-Jaya Lesmana (Indonesia): Behavioral effects on post-traumatic stress disorder clinical symptoms using spiritual hypnosis assisted therapy
OP2.3 Tarun Yadav (India): Correlates of stress, psychiatric comorbidity and future suicidal risk in attempted suicide cases of a semi- urban population in Northern India
OP2.4 Mafalda Corvacho (Portugal): Compulsory treatment among immigrants and its underlying ethical dilemmas
Q&A’s
12:35-13:05
BREAK
13:05-14:20
STATE-OF-THE-ART SESSION 3:
Psychological trauma: Mechanism and Consequences

Chairs: George Christodoulou (Greece), Dusica Lecic-Tosevski (Serbia)

Speakers:
George Chrousos (Greece): Chronic Stress and Inflammation Syndrome: Psychologic and Physical Manifestations
Agorastos Agorastos
(Greece): Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: State-of-the-Art and Beyond

Discussants: Thomas Wenzel (Austria), Nikos Christodoulou (Greece/ UK)
Q&A’s
INTERSECTIONAL SYMPOSIUM 9:
Overcoming early life trauma-Central and Eastern Europe experiences

Chairs: Olga Kazakova (Belarus), Kateřina Duchoňová (Czech Republic)

Speakers:

Olga Kazakova (Belarus): Intersectional cooperation working with persons with early life trauma in Belarus
Orest Suvalo
(Ukraine): Early life trauma in Ukraine: History of traumatization and actual war
Nikita Bezborodovs (Latvia): Reforming the child and adolescent mental healthcare system in Latvia
Kateřina Duchoňová
(Czech Republic): Early life trauma as a risk factor for psychosis in the Czech Republic

Discussant: Kavitha Kolappa (USA)
Q&A’s
14:20-14:30
BREAK
14:30-15:30
PLENARY LECTURES 2

Chairs: Thomas G. Schulze (Germany/USA), Meryam Schouler-Ocak (Germany)

Duarte Nuno Vieira
(Portugal): Human rights; Prisons; Torture and ill-treatment
Sherri Kraham Talabany
(Iraq): Comprehensive mental health and psychosocial support services to survivors of violence in Iraq
Q&A’s
 
15:30-15:40
BREAK
15:40-16:55
STATE-OF-THE-ART SESSION 4:
Syria, factors in trauma and support- State-of-the Art of problems and interdisciplinary solutions  

Chair: Jihad Alabdullah (Germany/ Syria)

Speakers:
Thomas Wenzel (Austria): The WPA ESPRI project and the need for an interdisciplinary approach
Mohammed Abou-Saleh (UK/ Syria): Mental Health in the Syrian conflict
Q&A’s

16:55-17:05
BREAK
17:05-18:20
INTERSECTIONAL SYMPOSIUM 10:
Prostitution - Violation of human right to physical and mental integrity - what can we do?

Chairs: Meryam Schouler-Ocak (Germany), Thomas Wenzel (Austria)

Speakers:
Meryam Schouler-Ocak (Germany): Introduction to the topic with available data and facts, the Prostitute Protection Act
Stephan Alder
(Germany): Impact of dissociation in context of prostitution
Thomas Wenzel
(Austria): Prostitution as a human rights violation - what impact can it have on mental health?
Anna Schreiber (Germany): Rooms and psychological backgrounds of sex for sale: Experience of an affected psychological psychotherapist
Q&A’s 
INTERSECTIONAL SYMPOSIUM 11:
Mental health stories of the COVID-19 pandemic

Chairs: Peter Morozov (Russia), Nikos Christodoulou (Greece/UK)

Speakers:
Olga Karpenko (Russia): The consequences of COVID-19 on mental health: review of conducted studies
Eugenia Triantafyllou
(Greece): The Psychological impact of the Coronavirus disease (Covid­19) outbreak and its effect on quality of life of the general population in Greece
Konstantinos Fountoulakis (Greece): Self-reported changes in anxiety, depression, suicidality and conspiracy theories during the COVID-19 lockdown
Daria Smirnova (Russia): Mental health and conspiracy theories during the COVID-19 pandemic: Russian experience - to be confirmed

Discussant: Dusica Lecic Tosevski (Serbia)
Q&A’s
18:20-18:30
BREAK
18:30-20:00
ORAL PRESENTATIONS SESSION 3:
Creating healthcare environments in times of unseen and ever shifting needs

Chair: Laura Orsolini (Italy)

Speakers:
OP3.1 Rita Facão (Portugal): Managing Mental Health in pandemic times OP3.2 Ioannis Morres (Greece): Daily-life physical activity, trait anxiety and obesity. An ongoing accelerometer study
OP3.3 Natalia Semenova (Russia): On gender-sensitive recommendations for psychosocial treatment of schizophrenia
OP3.4 Shipra Singh (India): Violence towards medical professionals in India: A growing concern and its aftermath
OP3.5 Janaina Mauricio (Portugal): Life after loss: How psychosocial intervention can help the survivor
Q&A’s
ORAL PRESENTATIONS SESSION 4:
Psychological trauma across the lifespan

Chair: Nikolaos Nikolaou (Greece)

Speakers:

OP4.1 Kalliopi Panagiotopoulou (Greece): The impact of the childhood psychological trauma experienced in a family with a member suffering from mental health disease. Preventive strategies 
OP4.2 Maliha Ansari (India): Correlates of internet gaming among violent and non-violent game users and comparison of their psychological well-being with non-gamers in a university student population
Q&A’s

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Time CET
(UTC +1)
STREAM 1 STREAM 2
11:30-12:30
INTERSECTIONAL SYMPOSIUM 12:
The role of Preventive Psychiatry in Disasters

Chairs: George Christodoulou (Greece), Dusica Lecic Tosevski (Serbia)

Speakers:
Peykan Gokalp (Turkey): Violence against women as a global pandemic
Dusica Lecic Tosevski
(Serbia): Comorbidity in PTSD
Helen Millar
(UK): Managing a Psychiatric service during a Pandemic: An NHS Scotland experience
Q&A’s
INTERSECTIONAL SYMPOSIUM 13:
Human Rights, Migration and Mental Health

Chairs: Michaela Amering (Austria)

Speakers:
Stelios Stylianidis
(Greece): Refugees and Trauma: A holistic approach. The experience of EPAPSY's psychosocial interventions in Greece
Meryam Schouler-Ocak
(Germany): The rights and needs of children in the context of migration
Michaela Amering
(Austria): Empowering women and girls in humanitarian crises
Q&A’s

Discussant: Stelios Stylianidis (Greece) 
12:30-12:40
BREAK
12:40-13:55
STATE-OF-THE-ART SESSION 5:
Genocidal environments and the mental health impact on minorities

Chair: Joost den Otter (South Sudan)

Speakers:
Tuerkan Akkaya(Austria): Refugee Children in Host countries and war areas - to be confirmed
Reem Alksiri (Austria & Syria), Thomas Wenzel (Austria): The Ismaili, Uighurs, and other persecuted groups, the concept of group factors and a complex genocidal environmental impact on mental health
Q&A’s

13:55-14:05
BREAK
14:05-15:20
ORAL PRESENTATIONS SESSION 5:
COVID-19: Psychological, emotional and physical well being

Chair: Mariana Pinto Da Costa (Portugal/UK) - to be confirmed

Speakers:
OP5.1 Sowmya Amudalapalli (India): Assessment of depression, anxiety, stress and alcohol dependence among Indian migrant workers during COVID-19 crisis
OP5.2 Alkesh Patil (India): State of Mental Health of caregivers on the frontline during the pandemic COVID 19 in Medical College and Tertiary care centers of Maharashtra
OP5.3 Ester di Giacomo (Italy): The influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on psychiatric admissions and delusional symptoms
OP5.4 Nishtha Gupta (India): Impact on mental health of healthcare workers during the covid-19 pandemic
Q&A’s
ORAL PRESENTATIONS SESSION 6:
Mental, somatic, and biological aspects of trauma

Chair: Theodoros Koutsomitros (Greece)

Speakers:
OP6.1 Evangelos Karanikas (Greece): The Psychological Trauma-related Oxidative Stress and Inflammatory implications
OP6.2 Yanhua Xu (Switzerland): Backtracing persistent biomarker shifts to the age of onset: A novel procedure applied to white blood cell counts in post-traumatic stress disorder
OP6.3 Jibril I.M Handuleh (Ethiopia): Clinical presentation of Somali refugee patients at Psychiatry Services in Borama, Somaliland: Somatic and psychological manifestations of Somalis with lived conflict experiences
OP6.4 Nikola Jovanović (Serbia): Connection of D personality type and the level of physical activity in patients with DM type 2
OP6.5 Richa Tripathi (India): Substance use and psychological trauma
Q&A’s
15:20-15:30
BREAK
15:30-16:30





INTERSECTIONAL SYMPOSIUM 14:
Bio-psycho-social correlates of Preventive Psychiatry

Chair: Helen Millar (UK)

Speakers:
George Chrousos (USA/Greece): Biological Psychiatry
Agorastos Agorastos
(Greece): Early life stressors and associated risk factors
Nikos Christodoulou
(Greece/UK): Treatment of persistent physical symptoms in primary care
Q&A’s
INTERSECTIONAL SYMPOSIUM 15:
Digital health solutions during COVID19 Pandemic: Traditional Service with Modern Approach

Chair: Thomas G. Schulze (Germany/USA)

Speakers:
Davor Mucic (Denmark): Lessons from the COVID19 and its impacts on the future of (e)-mental health - to be confirmed
Nikolaos Gkouvas (Greece): Home digital health services During COVID19
Nikolaos Nikolaou (Greece): AI and other tech components that helped During COVID19
Q&A’s
16:30-16:40
BREAK
16:40-17:30
INTERSECTIONAL SYMPOSIUM 16:
Cross-paths of preventive psychiatry, trauma and art

Chair: George Christodoulou (Greece)

Speakers:
Stelios Krasanakis
(Greece): The effect of the exhibition of the Prinzhorn collection in Greece - to be confirmed
Michel Botbol (France): Art, trauma, prevention
Q&A’s
INTERSECTIONAL SYMPOSIUM 17:
Multi-cultural perspectives on urbanization and domestic migration 

Chairs: Meryam Schouler-Ocak (Germany), Thomas Wenzel (Austria)

Speakers:
Meryam Schouler-Ocak (Germany): Domestic migration and mental health
Mazda Adli (Germany): Stress and the City - the impact on mental health
Akiyama Tsuyoshi (Japan) – to be confirmed
Q&A’s
17:30 -17:40
BREAK
17:40-19:10
Special Panel
“COVID-19: The biological disaster of our Century: Trauma caused, measures taken, lessons learned”

Chairs: Afzal Javed (UK), Danuta Wasserman (Sweden) Panelists:

Panelists:

George Christodoulou (Greece), Dusica Lecic-Tosevski (Serbia), George Chrousos (Greece), Laura Orsolini (Italy), Frances Adiukwu (Nigeria), Konstantinos Fountoulakis (Greece), Madhura Samudra (India)

Closing remarks:
Thomas G. Schulze (Germany/USA), Edmond Pi (USA), Dimitrios Ploumpidis (Greece)