Co-sponsored by
World Psychiatric Association

Under the patronage of
European Psychiatric Association

Psychiatric Association of Bosnia-Herzegovina

University Clinical Center Tuzla, Department of Psychiatry

Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Educational part

These sessions will provide state of the art knowledge in the field and will provide an opportunity for a dialogue between participants and lecturers. The Congress will also include:

Academic EPA CME courses 

1. “Complexity of posttraumatic reactions”, Tanja Frančišković, Rijeka - Zagreb, Dolores Britivić, Split; Jasna Grković, Rijeka, Croatia. (Course will be held in Croatian language)

Background: Our knowledge in many aspects of posttraumatic reactions is growing-so are the questions that need to be answered. Today the field of psycho-traumatology is spread from neuroscience through clinical issues to the social sciences.
The structure of the course: Within the three presentations we would like to put the focus on chronic and long-lasting consequences of psycho-traumatization addressing new understanding of neurobiological factors and psychological background as well as treatment possibilities.
The impact of posttraumatic stress disorder on family is often neglected but very important issue in the rehabilitation process and understanding the trans-generational transmission of trauma.
The presentations themas are the following:

  • Dissociation and posttraumatic reactions
  • Facing complex PTSD-what can be done in therapy? 
  • Family and posttraumatic disorder spectrum 
The aim of the course is to present advances in the field and to discuss some open questions and doubts that still exist. 
Tanja Franciskovic

Tanja Frančišković, PhD,MD, Full Professor is the Head of Department for Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine, Medical School, University of Rijeka, director of Regional Centre for Psychotrauma Rijeka and Department of Psychological medicine Psychiatry Clinic KBC Rijeka. She is also a group analyst with the educator degree in group analisys within the Institute of group Analisys Zagreb, Croatia.

Dolores Britvić
Dolores Britvić
, MD, PhD, Assistent Professor is director of Regional Centre for Psychotrauma Split, of the Clinical Hospital Centre, Split from 2003 on, and head of Department for Psychological Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Split. She is trained psychotherapist and group analyst with the educator degree of the IGA Zagreb.

Jasna Grković
Jasna Grković
, MD, PhD, is the head of Day Hospital in Center for Psychotrauma Dept. of Psychiatry, Psychiatry Clinic KBC Rijeka and is an assistant prof. with the School of Medicine University of Rijeka, Croatia.

Andrea Raballo

2. “Psychosis-proneness: clinical assessment of vulnerability”, (Course will be held in English).

Course Director: Dr. Andrea Raballo, Italy/Denmark

Educational objectives: The course will offer a panoramic view of key psychopathological concepts for the clinical assessment of vulnerability to psychosis, with specific emphasis on their translational value in real-world practice and decision making.  
Course description: We will explore the theory and practice of the main international early detection programs focusing on the clinical staging of psychosis and related notions (e.g. high risk mental states, subthreshold positive and negative symptoms, and anomalous subjective experiences). This overview will be integrated by illustrative video-clips portraying prototypical prodromal presentations as they occur in “real-world” clinical settings.
Course Methods and Material: The main focus will be on participatory, problem-based learning through interactive discussion of clinical video-vignettes. This will be backed by conceptual maps and practical tips for implementing suitable assessment strategies in different clinical settings, thereby improving diagnostic appropriateness.
Detailed information about the EPA CME Course by Dr. A. Raballo you can find on

WPA Workshop

Partnerships for better mental health worldwide: WPA recommendations on best practices in working with services users and family careers”, Michaela Amering – Austria, Afzal Javed – UK, Helen Herrman – Australija, Saeed Farooq-Pakistan-UK. 

The structure of the workshop.
The World Psychiatric Association constituted a Task Force headed by Helen Herrman during the last triennium and invited service users and family carers to join in its work as members, recognizing their essential contribution to improving mental health in any country. The resulting recommendations for the international mental health community on best practices in working with service users and carers have been approved unanimously by the World Psychiatric Association General Assembly in September 2011 together with an addition to the Madrid Declaration on Ethical Standards for Psychiatric Practice.

In the proposed workshop at Tuzla, Helen Herrman/Australia, Task Force chair, will describe the work of the Taskforce and the recommendations. Michaela Amering/Austria, co-chair of the Task Force and Chair of WPA Section on Public Policy & Psychiatry, will introduce the Trialogue concept and practice, which allows communication and exchange between users of services, their families and friends, and mental health professionals on equal footing beyond role stereotypes. Afzal Javed/UK, WPA Secretary for Sections, will highlight the ethical context of this work and its impact on the Madrid Declaration on Ethical Standards for Psychiatric Practice.

It is expected that these discussions will generate a dialogue by presenting an overview on the local history and actual situation regarding to the user and carer movement and partnership work.

Following the invitation of the Congress, representative members from groups of service users and families and friends alongside mental health professionals will partake in the workshop.

The workshop aims to serve as a platform for addressing topics of common concern and partnership approaches as well as suggestions for future participatory efforts.

The number of participants is limited. It is needed to decide for one or both of the courses and/ or workshop upon registration. The cost of each course or workshop per participant is 20 € / 40 BAM. The courses or workshop can be registered and paid along with registrationand Congress fee only. Registration for EPA CME Courses are only available to registered participants of the Congress.