Europe is experiencing one of the most significant influxes of migrants and refugees in its history. Pushed by civil war and terror and pulled by the promise of a better life, hundreds of thousands of people have fled the Middle East and Africa, risking their lives along the way. More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggle to cope with the influx, and creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people.The vast majority arrived by sea but some migrants have made their way over land, principally via Turkey and the Balkan countries.

In a rapidly changing world, psychiatry faces numerous challenges. In response to these rapid societal changes, psychiatry needs to be prepared to meet the challenges of migration, acculturative change and acculturative stressors. Transcultural psychiatry focuses on the study of all these phenomena. In a rapidly changing world, the culture of psychiatry itself is also changing, from a more medically constricted perspective to a more inclusive scientific approach integrating the perspectives of the social sciences, public health and public policy, along with medicine and its related clinical disciplines.

That is why we invite you to learn about these developments and to discuss their implications in this conference – the Second International Conference on Transcultural Psychiatry in Central/North European Countries. We will discuss the characteristics of rapid culture change over the past two decades, theoretical and practical issues related to the mental health care for migrants, migrants’ access to appropriate mental health and social services, coping with stigma and social exclusion, intercultural marriage and its implications, culture change within psychiatry and health care more broadly, and a number of other related subjects.

The conference objective is to enable presentations by experienced researchers, clinicians and policymakers from a number of European countries, as well as those from countries around the world.

The long-range goal of the conference is the greater cultural integration of immigrants and refugees in all countries, along with the reduction of stigma related to migration and minority status in all countries.

  • Artur Broclawski (PL, DE)

  • Wieslaw J. Cubala (PL)

  • Krystyn Czerniejewski (PL)

  • Ewa Dobiala (PL)

  • Solmaz Golsabahi-Broclawski (A)

  • Anna Hakiel (PL)

  • Marianne Kastrup (DK)

  • Kees Laban (NL)

  • Stefan Mennemeier (DE)

  • Hans Rohlof (NL)

  • Ewa Staszewska (PL)

  • A. Umiecka (PL)

  • Ron Wintrob (US)


Programme Outline
Thursday, May 18 : Lectures and Workshops
Friday, May 19 : Lectures and Workshops
Saturday, May 20: Supervisions

What is scheduled so far
Snezhanka Dimitrova – positive psychotherapist, master- trainer of positive and transcultural psychotherapy, President of Bulgarian association of positive psychotherapy, Bulgaria Positum approach to misunderstandings between parents and adopted children of different ethnic origin. Presenting a case of psychotherapeutic practice.

Anna Hakiel- Master Applied Psychology, Master Positive Transcultural Psychotherapiest Berlin/ Krakow/ Wroclaw Shame as a crucial mediator in building therapeutic relationship, inclusive transcultural society and in peacebuilding processes. Case analyses of individual and group work with refugees living in Berlin. Workshop: Positive Psychotherapy’s application to work with Syrian refugees.

Ewa Dobiała- psychiatrist, certified psychotherapist of Polish Psychiatric Association; psychotherapist and trainer of positive and transcultural psychotherapy, Poland Migration and transcultural psychiatry in Poland. Workshop: Positive Psychotherapy and its application to multicultural family system.

Wiesław Cubała- psychiatrist, University Clinical Center – Hospital Medical University of Gdansk – Department of Mental Disorders and Neurotic Current issues in Polish Psychiatry- Updating the Situation

Marianne C. Kastrup – psychiatrist To what extent are ethical guidelines dependent on culture

Hans Rohlof- psychiatrist Psychotherapy with migrants

Stefanka Tomcheva – positive psychotherapist, master-trainer of positive and transcultural psychotherapy, Bulgaria Adolescent between the two shores. Presenting a case of psychotherapeutic practice.

Mimoun Azizi – psychiatrist, University Oldenburg Posttraumatic stress disorder as a result of war and flight: Development, maintenance and comorbidity – an overview

Kees Laban – psychiatrist, De Evenaar North Netherlands Centre for Transcultural Psychiatry Suicidal behaviour among asylum seekers in the Netherlands; prevalence, background and prevention.

Stefan Mennemeier – psychiatrist and psychotherapist, weight on positive and transcultural psychosomatics and psychotraumatology, Balint-Group Leader, Kassel
Workshop with Ewa Dobiała A: To make aware of the members personal view of human mankind B: exercises to support a resources focused view of human mankind Workshop Transcultural Balint-Group The concept of the 5 Basic affects under aspects of bonding stability and symptomcontrol within the transcutural positive Psychotherapy

Ibrahim Özkan – psychologist, Asklepios Kliniken Göttingen Workshop: Methods in trauma therapeutic works with migrants

Hürrem Tezcan-Güntekin – sociologist, Faculty for Public Health, Bielefeld University Dementia in Turkish migrant population in Germany and ethical challenges for medical and nursing care services

Joanna Ławicka- PhD in Special Education, therapist, President of “Prodeste” Foundation, Opole, Polska Workshop: A child with autism from the bilingual family and multilingual environment.

Iris Tatjana Graef-Calliess – Psychiatrist, Wahrendorff Clinic, Head of the Centre of Transcultural Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Hannover, Germany; chair research group Social and Transcultural Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany Challenges of mental health care of refugees

Maria Belz – Psychologist, Asklepios Clinic, Centre of Transcultural Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Göttingen, Germany Prevalence of mental disorders in a German refugee reception camp

Umut Altunoz – Psychiatrist, Wahrendorff Clinic, Centre of Transcultural Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Hannover, Germany Suicidality and other clinical characteristics of a refugee sample of a specialized outpatient clinic in Germany

Ibrahim Ozkan – Psychologist, Asklepios Clinic, Head of the outpatient department of Transcultural Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Göttingen, Germany Experiences with a speech reduced approach for emotional stabilization of traumatized refugees

Peter Kaiser – Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, Anthropologist, Specialist in Tropical Medicine; Senior Consultant of Malteser International, University of Bremen; Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration Baden-Wuerttemberg Usefulness of MHPSS approach in dealing with refugees in Germany

Abdelhak Elghezouani – Psychologist, Switzerland Toward a more comprehensive model of care for torture and ill treatment victims

Paula Ekster – Psychologist, Netehrland Workshop: Resilience-oriented treatment for refugee unaccompanied minor