ISCH1302 - Newsletter July 2015
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Newsletter July 2015

COST Action IS1302

Summer started but before we figure ourselves laying in the sun under a palm tree with a nice cocktail, let´s see what has been going on within the Action the last 3 months. And, let´s take a look ahead to see what is being organised for the coming months.

Annual Conference


The 8th of October our Open Annual Conference will take place in Split, Croatia. The following key note speakers will present their recent findings on Patients, Research and Policy in LFPC:
- Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim Salize (DE)
- Ass. Prof. Tija Palijan, MD, PhD (HR)
- Dr. Matt Muijen, MD, PhD (DE)
- Ms. Sylvia Lammers, PhD (NL)
More details soon available here.

Training School 1


The first Training School of 2015 will take place this month (14-17) in lovely Koper in Slovenia. The Training School will be on "Quality of Life and Needs assessment in a Forensic Psychiatric Context". The main aim is to stress the importance of the concepts ´Needs´ and ´Quality of Life´ within (long-term) forensic psychiatric care and to give an incentive to the inclusion of these concepts in (future) research projects in forensic psychiatry in Europe. The program will consist of:
  • An introduction into the concepts of QoL and Needs,
  • Integration of both concepts in everyday forensic psychiatric practice,
  • The influence of Occupational Therapy on QoL,
  • How to do research in sensitive/challenging circumstances
  • Workshop with the focus of the Care Providers perspective on meeting Needs and optimizing QoL
  • Workshop about the involvement of the Carers on meeting Needs and optimizing QoL
  • Case Studies to apply the obtained knowledge
  • A visit to the Maribor Forensic Unit
The following 8 trainees will receive reimbursement from the COST Action: Gemma Escuder-Romeva (ES), Sandra Schel (NL), Ana Cristina Neves (P), Valentina Campani (IT), Slavka Hristovska (MK), Aldona Sileikaite (LT), Lorna McNally (I) and Sheena Foster (UK). Congratulations to you all! 

Training School 2 


The second Training School of this year will have place in Warwick, United Kingdom. It will primarily focus on best practice within long-term forensic psychiatric care in Europe. Experts from the UK and other EU countries will share their experiences of working in long-stay units and the challenges associated with working in such units. 


The three day Training School will be held between 2-4 September and participants can choose to soak into the varied culture over the following weekend. Day 1 of the school will comprise of best practice in long stay units, day 2 will focus on the challenges in conducting EU wide research, especially with a niche clinical group of individuals and the final day will provide an opportunity to form networks, indulge in case studies and apply knowledge gained over the first two days. The training school will also involve a visit to secure forensic services including both medium and low secure units. This will enable participants from other EU countries to compare it with systems within their own countries.



Last May Mareike Eckert, MSc, Junior Researcher of the Pompe Foundation Nijmegen (NL) completed a STSM of one week to the Central Mental Hospital Dundrum in Dublin, Ireland in the context of working group 1: Determination of patient characteristics. Read here about her experiences and the knowledge she has gained during her STSM.

Call for Blog Contributions


Our Action recently started a LFPC blog. The idea is to create a platform where topics related to LFPC can be discussed, where different stakeholders can express their visions and where interesting (research) activities can be presented. We aim to publish new contributions on a weekly basis and therefore your help is needed. 
  • Who? Anyone can send in their contribution as long as the topic is related to LFPC. The blog aims to have contributions from different stakeholders, e.g. clinicians, researchers, service providers, lawyers, politicians and/or (ex-) service users and their relatives.
  • How? By writing a small paper of approx. 750 words on the topic of your choice, taking into account to mention references. Your contribution will be reviewed in order to optimize its’ visibility for online search engines (Google) and be published upon your final approval.
  • When? There is no concrete deadline, but in order to be able to publish on a weekly basis we pursue to have a buffer of a couple of contributions that can be published immediately. So, don´t doubt and send in your interesting piece of work as soon as possible!

Are you interested in contributing? Click here to see some former contributions. If you have any questions or an interesting contribution, please contact the Actions´ dissemination manager (


... save the date for the next MC and WG meetings (7-9 October 2015) in Split, Croatia. But first...

... enjoy your summer holidays!

Best regards,
on behalf of the Core Group,

Ellen Vorstenbosch
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