The «European Semester of Psychology» was invited to Switzerland in the first half of 2017 when the Federation of Swiss Psychologists (FSP) played host to this platform for European exchange on psychology in training, research and practice.
A guest in Geneva, Zurich, Berne and Lucerne
The «Board of Scientific Affairs» and the «Standing Committee on Psychology & Health» held their ordinary meetings in Zurich in February. In March, the «Board Psychology and Human Rights» convened in Geneva, the second largest United Nations centre, with interested FSP members. Together, they visited the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and found out more about two projects: the «QualityRights» initiative of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse of the World Health Organization (WHO), and the «Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture» of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The potential cooperation options between the EFPA Board and the organisations visited were also put to discussion.
An EFPA Standing Committee organised a joint symposium with the FSP in Berne in May on «Crisis and Disaster Psychology – Lessons Learnt from European Countries». The 27 participants, including 14 FSP members, shared their experiences of psychological care of people in emergency and crisis situations. Switzerland's approach to coordinated psychological emergency assistance was one of the topics which sparked particular interest.
Finally, the EFPA management bodies met in Zurich in May. Attendees of the EFPA Executive Council and the EFPA Presidents’ Councils enjoyed the subsequent tour of Central Switzerland led by Peter Sonderegger, Co-President of the FSP.
The English-language website
www.european-semester.ch represented the central communication platform for the «European Semester of Psychology». The FSP also took advantage of the platform
to publish ten portraits of psychologists originating from the book «Vielfältige Psychologie.
30 Berufe - 30 Portraits.» (Versatile psychology. 30 professions - 30 portraits), which will be published in the autumn by the Hogrefe publishing house to mark the 30th anniversary of the FSP. The FSP helps to gain greater recognition for the job profiles and expertise of psychologists among the various stakeholders, thereby strengthening the professional group.
From Berne to PragueIt is now the turn of our Czech colleagues. The theme for the second half of the year will be «On the Borders of Psychology and Beyond». The focus will be on the World Psychological Forum from 20 to 22 September in Brno.