About the Congress


Romão de Sousa Foundation, in collaboration with the New University of Lisbon (Institute of Philosophy) and Évora University, is delighted to present the second International Mental Health  Congress of Romão de Sousa Foundation on the 21st and 22nd of October and three associated events, taking place in Estremoz and Évora (Alentejo, Central East Portugal) between the 17th and 25th of October 2016.


The theme of the Congress is “The Neurobiology -­­­ Psychotherapy­­­ - Pharmacology Intervention Triangle: weights, measures and controversies”.


In the 19th century, the Western World went through dramatic changes in the understanding of mental health and in provision of services. William Tuke (1732 - 1822) in the UK and Philippe Pinel (1745 - ­1826) in France were in the forefront of a humanizing movement known as “moral treatment”.

 

This humanization of services lost ground through the 19th and 20th centuries, giving rise to the maintenance and spreading of large mental health institutions where people suffering mental distress were severely separated/segregated from external reality and not given the rights of “normal” (adapted) people. A positive idea of asylum was replaced with segregation...


During the second world war, a number of British doctors started the Therapeutic Community movement in the UK, in many ways returning to the ideas of Tuke and Pinel. They observed that transforming the environment of the “mentally ill” would also dramatically change their condition. A number of similar movements spread through Europe and the US giving rise to a new understanding of mental illness, sometimes even contesting the term illness itself, and often attempting treatment without medication.


Alongside the growing therapeutic community movement and the humanization of services another dominant trend was rising: the “technologisation” of interventions based on value­free science. Whilst not the aim of that trend, it often dehumanized relationships. There is an implicit tension between “being-­with” (humanistic values) and “doing-­to” (technical expertise).


A “doing-­to” stance has often been rooted in psychiatric manuals like DSM or ICD which suggest the existence of objective states which are value­free and where concepts such as “autistic” or “schizophrenic” entered daily discourse and gained legitimacy. Increasingly we find ourselves in a “quick fix” culture dominated by a technical­-rationality model of science, a change nicely termed by some authors the “McDonaldization of society”.


How can Being and Doing co­exist in the service of patients and families? The relational paradigm and the scientific postmodern era arose at the same time that positivism and empiricism are growing. There are disparate movements of integration and sectarianism; important differences between affective and cognitive neuroscience; large gaps between theory and practice; contradictory evidence for and against “broken-­brain” models. Is it possible for science to go back to “the ordinary” and start being human again, acknowledging the impossibility of separating figure from ground?


Neurobiology can be significantly modified through medication and psychotherapy, but also through play and occupational therapy, and by diet and life style. The right weighting of the components of mental health, and the right measures of it, can only be known through secure and trustworthy therapeutic relationships, helping to give meaning to interventions. The establishment of epistemic trust within psychologically enabling relationships is perhaps the only non-controversial ingredient of change, as research and practice consistently confirm. From the 17th to the 25th of October 2016, these themes will be presented, debated and experienced within the Congress and associated events. We invite you to submit your work and to be part of this discussion!


João G. Pereira

Chair of the Organizing Committee



Thematic areas for submissions (Poster or Paper/Communication):

7+

days

A full week of training events.

48+

speakers

Engaging and experienced speakers.

6+

places

Four different venues.

Beautiful surroundings.

Program


21st October, 2016
8:30 - 9:30
Room A
Registration
9:30 - 9:45
Main Auditorium
Welcome
9:45 - 10:45
Room A
Parallel Sessions/ Group Psychotherapy, Therapeutic Communities and Group Analysis
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Main Auditorium
Parallel Sessions/ Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapies
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Room B
Parallel Sessions/ Family, Multi-Family and Systemic Therapies
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Break and poster presentations
 
11:15 - 12:15
Main Auditorium
International Presentation
Rex Haigh, Aldo Lombardo, Jan Lees, Veronica Bailey - Psychologically Enabling Environments - the therapeutic community tradition and legacy
12:15 - 13:15
Room A
Parallel Sessions/ Qualitative Research Methods
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Main Auditorium
Parallel Sessions/Psychopathology and Special Interventions
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Room B
Parallel Sessions/ Phenomenological, Existential and Humanistic Psychotherapies
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
13:15 - 14:30
Lunch
14:30 - 15:30
Room A
Parallel Sessions/ Cognitive Neuroscience and Neurobiology
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Main Auditorium
Parallel Sessions/ Attachment, Mentalization and Affective Neuroscience
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Room B
Parallel Sessions/ Philosophical Psychiatry
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Break and poster presentations
 
16:00 - 17:00
Main Auditorium
Keynote Address
Susan Mizen - The interface between brain and mind in personality disorder, the breakdown of the old biological / psychological divide and its implications for clinical practice
 
17:00 - 18:00
Room A
Parallel Sessions/ Experiential and Emotion Focused Therapies
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Main Auditorium
Parallel Sessions/ Pharmacology and Psycho physiology
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Room B
Parallel Sessions/ Quantitative Research Methods
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
18:00 - 18:30
Main Auditorium
Closing Remarks
20:30
Social Dinner
22nd October, 2016
9:30 - 10:30
Room A
Parallel Sessions/ Pharmacology and Psycho physiology
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Main Auditorium
Parallel Sessions/ Cognitive Neuroscience and Neurobiology
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Room B
Parallel Sessions/ Psychopathology and Special Interventions
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Break and poster presentations
 
11:00 - 12:00
Main Auditorium
Keynote Address
Albino J. Oliveira Maia - From Drugs to Brain Stimulation in the Treatment of the Troubled Mind
12:00 - 13:00
Room A
Parallel Sessions/ Qualitative Research Methods
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Main Auditorium
Parallel Sessions/ Family, Multi-Family and Systemic Therapies
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Room B
Parallel Sessions/ Quantitative Research Methods
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
13:00 - 14:15
Lunch
14:15 - 15:15
Room A
Parallel Sessions/ Attachment, Mentalization and Affective Neuroscience
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Main Auditorium
Parallel Sessions/ Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapies
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Room B
Parallel Sessions/ Group Psychotherapy, Therapeutic Communities and Group Analysis
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Break and poster presentations
 
15:45 - 16:45
Main Auditorium
Keynote Address
Martin Debanné - Mentalization and Psychosis: An Integrative Perspective
16:45 - 17:45
Room A
Parallel Sessions/ Experiential and Emotion Focused Therapies
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Main Auditorium
Parallel Sessions/ Pharmacology and Psycho physiology
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
Room B
Parallel Sessions/ Philosophical Psychiatry
(Speakers tba) - Comunication Title
17:45 - 18:15
Main Auditorium
Closing Remarks

Keynote Speakers


Parallel Sessions


Available soon

Call For Abstracts

Final Call

DEADLINE: 23rd OF May 2016

Please submit your abstract to congress2016@fundacaords.org

Venue


ESTREMOZ

CITY COUNCIL GROUNDS, CONGREGADO CONVENT, CITY MAIN SQUARE

 

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     Convento dos Congregados

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     Saturday Market

    Igreja dos Congregados

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    Igreja dos Congregados/ Main Auditorium

  • Salão Nobre da CME

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    Salão Nobre/ Parallel Sessions

Transport & Accomodation


BUS AND TRAIN TIMETABLE

Bus from Lisbon to Estremoz or Bus from Évora to Estremoz: http://www.rede-expressos.pt/default.aspx

Train from Lisbon to Évora: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/pt/consultar-horarios(Key metro/subway stations - Lisbon Airport and Oriente Train Station)

 

 

We are pleased to announce that Estremoz City Council (Câmara Municipal) will provide FREE transport from/to Évora and Lisbon. Please get in touch for more details: congress2016@fundacaords.org or +351 935 563 377

 


RECOMMENDED ACCOMODATION


Monte dos pensamentos-http://www.montedospensamentos.com/ Special prices for Congress and Events´participants (starting from 18 Euros per person in shared apartments) 
 

Scientific Committee


João G. Pereira (POR), University of Évora and Romão de Sousa Foundation (Chair)

Chris Evans (UK), East London NHS Trust and Nottingham University (Co-Chair)

Simon du Plock (UK), Metanoia Institute, London

Célia Sales (POR), University of Porto

Francisco Ortega Beviá (SPA), University of Seville

Isaura Manso Neto (POR), Portuguese Group Analytic Society

João Marques Teixeira (POR), University of Porto

Sofia Tavares (POR), University of Évora and Research Center for Psychology and Education

Maria João Carapeto (POR), University of Évora

John Gale (UK), International Network of Democratic Therapeutic Communities and CHT

Jorge Gonçalves (POR), New University of Lisbon and Nova Institute of Philosophy

Luca Mingareli (IT), Il Nodo Group and Associazione Rosa dei Venti

Adelinda Candeias (POR), University of Évora

Constança Biscaia (POR), University of Évora and Portuguese Psychoanalytical Society (SPP)

Dimitris Moschonas (GR), Open Psychotherapy Center and National Organization for Psychotherapy

Farrell Silveberg (USA), IFPE International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education

Organizing Committee


João G. Pereira, University of Évora and Romão de Sousa Foundation (Chair)

Cátia Ribeiro Alves, Romão de Sousa Foundation and SPPC

Tatiana Gil Ferreira, Romão de Sousa Foundation and SPPE

Chris Evans, East London NHS Trust and Nottingham University

Jorge Gonçalves, New University of Lisbon and Nova Institute of Philosophy

Cláudia Pedro, Romão de Sousa Foundation (Secretary)

Ana Rita Neves, Romão de Sousa Foundation (Co-Secretary)

Sara Prezado, University of Évora (Co-Secretary)

Inês Hipólito, Doctoral College Mind-Brain, University of Lisbon

Madalena Serra, Espírito Santo Hospital and Romão de Sousa Foundation

Registration


    • Professionals

    • BEFORE 05.07.16

      • Congress
      • 70€
      • Psychotherapy Training
      • 80€
      • Residential Training
      • 330€
      • Congress + Psych Training
      • 130€
      • Congress + Residential Training
      • 370€
      • Congress + Psych Training + Residential Training
      • 425€
    • Register
    • Professionals

    • AFTER 05.07.16

      • Congress
      • 100€
      • Psychotherapy Training
      • 100€
      • Residential Training
      • 390€
      • Congress + Psych Training
      • 180€
      • Congress + Residential Training
      • 460€
      • Congress + Psych Training + Residential Training
      • 530€
    • Register
    • STUDENTS

    • BEFORE 05.07.16

      • Congress
      • 55€
      • Psychotherapy Training
      • 70€
      • Residential Training
      • 280€
      • Congress + Psych Training
      • 115€
      • Congress + Residential Training
      • 310€
      • Congress + Psych Training + Residential Training
      • 365€
    • Register
    • STUDENTS

    • AFTER 05.07.16

      • Congress
      • 70€
      • Psychotherapy Training
      • 85€
      • Residential Training
      • 320€
      • Congress + Psych Training
      • 135€
      • Congress + Residential Training
      • 350€
      • Congress + Psych Training + Residential Training
      • 400€
    • Register



Registration payment should be made by bank transfer to:

NIB 000700000022411442723 (from Portugal) or IBAN PT50 000700000022411442723 (from abroad).

SWIFT CODE: BESCPTPL.

Cancelations will be accepted until 05th of June (50% refund) or 05th of August (25% refund).

Please complete the registration form  and send it together with proof of payment to congress2016@fundacaords.org.

For enquiries please send an email to congress2016@fundacaords.org

Training Events


17th/ 18th/ 19th October, 2016

Experiential Residential Training

Trainers: Rex Haigh, Jan Lee, Aldo Lombardo and João G. Pereira
Venue: Monte dos Pensamentos

 

The ‘Living-Learning Experience’ training is a three day experiential course for up to 24 participants, which has been taking place for twenty years - in the UK, Italy, Australia, India and elsewhere.

 

It is recognised by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in their quality standards for Therapeutic Communities www.communityofcommunities.org.uk, and in their ‘Enabling Environments’ award www.enablingenvironments.com.
It is run by ‘Living and Learning’, which is part of a social enterprise committed to combining the radical approaches of critical psychiatry, therapeutic communities, service user empowerment and ecological sustainability, www.growingbetterlives.org.  

 

They have established clinical ‘greencare’ groups as part of mainstream mental health services in the UK. ‘Greencare’ is a modified therapeutic community treatment, which is holistic and economically viable alternative to treatment with medication and hospitalisation. In this setting, sustainability is about promoting and maintaining mental health by connecting people to each other and to nature – helping people to see that there is a life worth living, and on a planet worth living on.

 

The staff for the course will include Rex Haigh, who leads the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ ‘Positive Environments’ work and is Professor of Therapeutic Environments and Relation Health at Nottingham University; Jan Lees, an experienced therapeutic community practitioner and researcher; Aldo Lombardo, an Italian psychiatrist who runs a therapeutic community for borderline personality disorder in Rome; and João G. Pereira, Clinical Director of Casa de Alba Therapeutic Community and Senior Lecturer at Évora University.

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23rd October, 2016

Romão de Sousa Foundation Advisory Board Meeting

 

 

Chris Evans

Simon Du Plock

Célia Sales

Isaura Manso Neto

Francisco Ortega Beviá

24th/ 25th October, 2016

Psycotherapy Lectures: Training course

APPLYING BASIC PSYCHOTERAPEUTIC THEORY IN CHALLENGING CLINICAL SETTINGS

Trainers: Chris Evans and Jo-anne Carlyle

Venue: University of Évora

 

 

"Between us we have trainings in CBT, family/systemic, group and psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapies.  The training event will be aimed at mental health workers who don't have a psychotherapy training but want to gain some skills rooted both in the relational “being with” and in the technical side of therapy."

Pre Congress

20th of October 2016


 

Transport to the various locations is kindly provided by Câmara Municipal de Estremoz


 

Unguided visit to Évora

Lunch in Évora (Buy your own)

Visit to Casa de Alba - Therapeutic Community in Mental Health from Romão de Sousa Foundation

Guided Tour to Estremoz (sponsored by "Câmara Municipal de Estremoz")

Wine Tasting and other experiences (Venue to be confirmed)

Social Dinner

21st of October 2016


Available soon

Partners


 

Contact


Address

Casa de Alba, Cx Postal 945
7100-630 São Bento do Cortiço
Estremoz . Portugal

Phone

+351 935 563 377