The EFPA European Semester is a well-established platform for knowledge sharing, networking and joint activities. Switzerland hosts the following meetings during the European Semester January-July 2017:

Crisis and Disaster Psychology - Professionals met in Berne on 19 May 2017

At the Symposium on Crisis and Disaster Psychology on 19 Mai 2017 which was jointly organised by the EFPA Standing Committee and the Federation of Swiss Psychologists (FSP) professionals from several European countries met to have an exchange on the lessons learned and experiences gained during crisis interventions in different contexts and cultural settings.

Fostering networking and exchange among professionals across Europe is a key objective of the “European Semester of Psychology”. The Symposium on Crisis and Disaster Psychology has made an important contribution towards this end.

Selected presentations are available for download:

Florian Stoeck: Sometimes things turn out differently than one thinks – impressions after Munich attack July 2016

Carol Cachet: The Swiss model or how can civilians help? From caregiving to peers, to specialists: how it works

Annamária V.Komlósi & Júlia Richter: Lessons learned from a Hungarian bus accident in Italy – the Hungarian point of view

Ingeborg Porkar Becker: Psychological interventions after a small-scale incident with large impact

Symposium on Crisis and Disaster Psychology

19 May 2017, Berne

The EFPA Standing Committee on Crisis and Disaster Psychology will hold its biannual meeting in Berne on 19 & 20 May 2017. Using the opportunity of having psychologists specialised in Crisis and Disaster Psychology from different European countries come together, FSP in collaboration with the EFPA Standing Committee is organising a half-day Symposium. The aim of the Symposium is to exchange on lessons learned during crisis interventions and the provision of psycho-social support in different European countries. With contributions from the Standing Committee Members and FSP members, we have been able to put together an interesting programme.

EFPA Meetings
Executive Council / Presidents’ Council,
03-05 May 2017, Zurich

Following the two-day management meeting of the EFPA Executive Council, EFPA President, Prof Telmo Mourinho Baptista, opened the Presidents’ Council Meeting held at the 25Hours Hotel in Zürich. At this biannual meeting, the presidents of EFPA members associations meet to discuss and exchange on upcoming events and activities, prepare the forthcoming General Assembly Meeting in Amsterdam and get an insight into psychology as a discipline in Switzerland – the hosting country of the European Semester and related meetings.

EFPA Board on „Psychology and Human Rights“ – 17-18 March 2017, Geneva

The EFPA Board on „Psychology and Human Rights“ – joined by a group of interested FSP members – met with international human rights organisations in Geneva. Having been formed in July 2015, the Board’s main activities are awareness raising and human rights education of psychologists. In these endeavours, the Board has established collaborations with the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

The Board used the opportunity of the “European Semester for Psychology” being hosted in Switzerland to extend its network for future collaborations. Meeting with Human Rights Officers from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the participants learnt about the work of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture that – since 1981 – has provided assistance to more than 630 organisations worldwide to help victims of torture to relieve their suffering and to build new lives.20170317_152921jpg

Mental health services have to meet the needs of people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities. However, the care provided is often of poor quality and does not respect human rights. In the meeting with representatives from the World Health Organisation’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, participants were introduced to the QualityRights Project initiated by WHO to unite and empower people to improve the quality of care and promote human rights in mental health and related services and discussed the role psychologists can play to support the project’s objectives.

The last visit at the Offices of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) was used to discuss mental health issues of migrants, the services provided by IOM for those who have left their countries of origin facing multiple risks in transition as well as in the host country where access to care and particularly psycho-social care is often limited by due to financial, cultural as well as legal barriers.

Fostering exchange, knowledge sharing and joint activities is the aim of the platform “European Semester of Psychology” hosted by the Federation of Swiss Psychologists (FSP) between January and July 2017.  In facilitating joint meetings of the Board on “Psychology and Human Rights” and FSP members with international human rights organisation, we could definitively make a contribution to this end.

  • Geneva
    Geneva - UN office site and host of the EFPA Board «Psychology and Human Rights» (Geneva Tourism)
  • Berne
    Berne - Capital of Switzerland - will welcome the Standing Committee on Crisis and Disaster
  • Zurich
    Zurich - Host City of several EFPA Meetings in 2017. (Photo: Zurich Tourism)
  • Geneva
    Geneva - UN office site and host of the EFPA Board «Psychology and Human Rights»
  • Berne
    Berne - Capital of Switzerland - will welcome the Standing Committee on Crisis and Disaster
  • Zurich
    Zuerich - Host City of several EFPA Meetings in 2017. (Photo: Zurich Tourism)

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