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Activity Report

1. Section's Meeting, July 13, 2006
During the WPA Congress in Istanbul a meeting of the section was held.

1.1 In this meeting new section's officers were elected: Prof. Dimitris Anagnostopoulos from Greece, as Chairman (replacing Prof. Barry Nurcombe) and Prof. Iris Manor from Israel, as Secretary (replacing Prof. Dimitris Anagnostopoulos). They will keep their duties until next WPA World Congress in Prague, 2008. Also in this meeting, there was an acknowledgment of all the efforts and the services which Prof. Barry Nurcombe offered for the benefit of the section and a great thank you to him was expressed. Also the wish that Prof. Nurcombe will continue to contribute to the section's work as an ex-officio advisor was expressed.

1.2 Concerning the section's scientific activities suggestions to participate in the following Congresses were made:

1.2.1 WPA Thematic Conference "Coercive Treatment in Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Review" Dresden, Germany, June 6-8, 2007.

Proposed symposium on the issue "genetics and child psychiatry"; Organizing: Dr Iris Manor; e-mail: Dan100@netvision.net.il

1.2.2 "13th International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry", Florence, Italy, August 25-29, 2007.

Proposed symposium on the issue "the attitudes of the community towards child psychiatry practice"; Organizing: Dr. Milica Pejovic; e-mail: mpejovic@EUnet.yu

1.2.3 "XIV. World Congress of Psychiatry", Prague, Czech Republic, September 19-25, 2008.

Proposed symposium on the issue "on adolescence"; Organizing: Dr.Dimitris Anagnostopoulos; e-mail: danagnos@otenet.gr

1.2.4 In order to increase the awareness to the section several suggestions were made:            

1.2.4.1 To place a note about the section in the WPA website.

1.2.4.2 To present a statement of our latest activities on the issue of the difficult child, (symposium and workshop in the WPA Congress at Istanbul) in the WPA Bulletin

1.2.4.3 To contact child and adolescent psychiatrists in every country we are related to, as well as having "communication days" with the psychiatrists of the country in which the congress is taking place.

1.2.4.4 There was a suggestion to organize a CME day at every meeting we will attend. Such a day might help to get funding for the attending members and for this purpose an application to the pharmaceutical companies should be done.

1.2.4.5 The collaboration with the other sections of the WPA was discussed extensively. Also the need for collaboration between the section and the other associations with common goals (e.g. IACAPAP, ESCAP) was stressed.

1.2.4.6 Finally it was realized that the mail list was incorrect and names were missing. There is a need to create a new mailing list.

2. Section's contribution to WPA International Congress 2006, "Psychiatry: Uniqueness and Universality", July 12-16, 2006; Istanbul, Turkey

2.1 Concerning the scientific part of our contribution there were two activities on the issue of "The Difficult Child": A symposium and a workshop. Both of them were very successful. There were participants, colleagues, from Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus, Morocco, Tunis, Serbia, Greece, Brazil, Bulgaria, Thailand, France, and Australia. Especially during the workshop a very fruitful discussion emerged which covered, not only the concept of the difficult child, but also issues such as the different state child mental health policies, the different needs and trends in child psychiatry training among the various countries and finally a very interesting exchange of ideas took place concerning which must be the priorities of the section work.

Also two very important key lectures were given the one by Prof. Myron Belfer on the issue "Child Mental Health: Unique Needs and Universal Challenges" and the other by Prof. Sam Tyano on the issue "The inside baby"

2.2 From the administrative perspective the section's presence in Istanbul was very constructive too. The section's meeting was held and also the section (Prof. Anagnostopoulos and Prof. Manor) participated in the meeting of the WPA Section Chairs. In this last meeting among other issues by Prof. Miguel Jorge, Secretary for the Sections, the need for re-evaluation of the sections' work, the need for triennial action plan of the sections and the need for closer collaboration between the sections was stressed.

3. Future Scientific Activities - Sections' Collaboration

3.1 Except for the suggested scientific activities in section's meeting in Istanbul, there will be one more participation of the section in 15th European Congress of Psychiatry in Madrid (March 17-21, 2007). There a symposium will be held in collaboration with the section of preventive psychiatry on the issue "mental disorders during the life span".

3.2 Also in collaboration with the sections of preventive psychiatry, ADHD and infant psychiatry a symposium is being prepared on the issue "psychopathology from the infancy to the adulthood". This symposium will be submitted to "XIV World Congress of Psychiatry", Prague, Czech Republic, September 19-25, 2008.

4. Future educational activities - "CME day"

With regard to the proposal that the section should organise collaborations with the local national child or/and adult psychiatric associations, as an independent child and adolescent psychiatric scientific event in parallel with the WPA meetings, I would like to clarify the following:

4.1 This activity does not substitute the obligation of the Section to contribute to WPA meetings and congresses.

4.2 This activity has the aim to offer continuous medical education opportunities to all the child mental health professionals in the specific area and not only to those who attend the WPA meeting

4.3 We could build a plan, which could depend on different many lecturers covering the main issues of child and adolescent psychiatry

4.4 Through this activity we could activate almost all of our resources in expertees.

4.5 The focus of this activity should be on the countries and areas where our specialty is underdeveloped.

4.6 For this activity the section should promote the collaboration with other associations with common goals (IACAPAP, ESCAP, UEMS, AACAP, ISAPP)

4.7 This activity should be financed; possible sources might be EU, donors, pharmaceutical companies. In the beginning the funding should be by the hosts (travel expenses and lodging etc.) and only when the WPA will have enough resources of its own, it would fund these courses.

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