Congress Presentations

Keynote Address


Mentalization and Psychosis: An Integrative Perspective

International Presentation

Rex Haigh (UK), Aldo Lombardo (IT), Jan Lees (UK), Veronica Bailey (UY) and Shama Parkhe (IN)

Psychologically Enabling Environments: the therapeutic community tradition and legacy
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Keynote Address


Neuroscience, narcissism and the body: Some clinical implications


Deep Fried Nerves - Physician Burnout


Estudo Multidimensional da População Infantil e Juvenil com Perturbação do Desenvolvimento Intelectual Grave e Profundo do Centro de Recuperação de Menores D. Manuel Trindade Salgueiro


Music Therapy Experiences


A phenomenological approach to psychopathologies: schizophrenia and autism as intersubjective diseases


2º Congresso Internacional em Saúde Mental

Centenas de psicólogos, psicoterapeutas, médicos psiquiatras e outros profissionais da saúde mental, estiveram em Estremoz a discutir novos caminhos de solução para o desconforto social da perturbação mental.

Cerimónia de Abertura

José Romão de Sousa, João G. Pereira, José Robalo e Francisco Ramos fizeram as primeiras intervenções do Congresso.

Tatiana Ferreira, Ana Carvalho e Branca Sá Pires

As intervenções estiveram enquadradas nas Sessões Paralelas, com o tema «Phenomenological, Existential and Humanistic Psychotherapies».

Rex Haigh

Rex Haigh abordou o tema «Psychologically Enabling Environments: The therapeutic community tradition and legacy».

Dora Pereira e Ashok Bhattacharya

As intervenções de Dora Pereira e Ashok Bhattacharya estiveram enquadradas nas Sessões Paralelas, com o tema «Qualitative Research Methods».

Célia Sales e João Albuquerque

As intervenções de Célia Sales e João Paulo Albuquerque estiveram enquadradas nas Sessões Paralelas, com o tema «Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods».

Intervenção de Susan Mizen

Susan Mizen esteve no 2º Congresso Internacional em Saúde Mental onde abordou o tema «The interface between brain and mind in personality disorder, the breakdown of the old biological/psychological divide and its implications for clinical practice».

James Ashcroft e Inês Macedo

As intervenções de James Ashcroft e Inês Macedo estiveram enquadradas nas Sessões Paralelas com o tema «Pharmacology and Psycho Physiology».

Discurso de Encerramento - 1º Dia

João G. Pereira, Rex Haigh e Susan Mizen fizeram as observações finais do primeiro dia.

Susana Henriques e Jorge Gonçalves

As intervenções de Susana Henriques e Jorge Gonçalves estiveram enquadradas nas Sessões Paralelas com os temas «Cognitive Neuroscience and Neurobiology» e «Philosophical Psychiatry».

Albino Maia

Albino Maia abordou o tema «From Drugs to Brain Stimulation in the Treatment of the Troubled Mind».

Maria Centeno e Maria Nobre

As intervenções de Maria Centeno e Maria Nobre estiveram enquadradas no Congresso com o tema «Family, Multifamily and Psychoanalytical Psycotherapies».

Mário David e Albo Lombardo

As intervenções de Mário David e Aldo Lombardo estiveram enquadradas nas Sessões Paralelas com o tema «Group Psychotherapy, Therapeutic Communities and Group Analysis».

Martin Debanné

Martin Debanné esteve no Congresso, onde abordou o tema «Mentalization and Psychosis, an Integrative Perspective».

Patrícia Claudino, Jorge Gonçalves e Pablo Vidal

As intervenções de Patrícia Claudino, Jorge Gonçalves e Pablo Vidal estiveram enquadradas nas Sessões Paralelas com os temas «Experiential and Emotion Focused Therapies» e «Philosophical Psychiatry».

Discurso de Encerramento - 2º Dia

Albino J. Oliveira Maia , Jorge Gonçalves, João G. Pereira e Pablo Vidal fizeram as observações finais do segundo dia.


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



Keynote Speakers

  • Rex Haigh

    Professor Rex Haigh is an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist who has been fascinated by therapeutic communities since learning his psychiatry in one, as an Oxford medical...

  • Susan Mizen

    Dr Mizen is a Consultant Medical Psychotherapist and SAP Jungian Analyst. She trained at the Cassel Hospital in West London before becoming a Consultant at...

  • Martin Debbané

    Martin Debbané is Associate Professor and director of the Developmental Clinical Psychology Research Unit at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva...

  • Albino J. Oliveira Maia

    Albino Oliveira Maia completed a medical degree at Universidade do Porto, and a doctorate in neuroscience, developed at Duke University, under the supervision of Profs....

Committee of Honour

ÁLVARO CARVALHO, Diretor do Plano Nacional de Saúde Mental
JOSÉ MANUEL SILVA, Bastonário da Ordem dos Médicos
TELMO MOURINHO BAPTISTA, Bastonário da Ordem dos Psicólogos
JOSÉ ROBALO, Presidente da ARS Alentejo
LUÍS MOURINHA, Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Estremoz

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




2nd International Mental Health Congress

Conventos dos Congregados, Estremoz (map)

The ‘Living-Learning Experience’

Monte dos Pensamentos, Estremoz (map)

Psychotherapy Lectures: Training Course

University of Évora (map)

Transport & Accomodation


Bus from Lisbon to Estremoz or bus from Évora to Estremoz.


Free Transport

We are pleased to announce that Estremoz City Council (Câmara Municipal) will provide FREE transport from/to Évora and Lisbon.


Departure on the 21st of October at 06.45 a.m. from Marquês de Pombal, stop next to Parque Eduardo VII. Participants must arrive at 6.30 a.m. for departure at 6.45 without delay.
Return Journey – departure on the 22nd of October at 7p.m. from the Congress venue.


Departure on the 21st of October at 7.45 from Colégio do Espírito Santo, Universidade de Évora (main entrance). Participants must arrive at 7.30 for departure at 7.45 without delay.
Return Journey – departure on the 22nd of October at 7p.m. from the Congress venue.


Train from Lisbon to Évora
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Key metro/subway stations
Lisbon Airport and Oriente Train Station
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Recommended Accomodation

Monte dos pensamentos

Special prices for Congress and Events´participants (starting from 18 Euros per person in shared apartments).
Please ring +351 935 563 377 for reservations.