Let’s keep connected!
The Coronavirus pandemic and associated restrictions have severely affected us all. We sincerely hope that all of you and your loved ones are healthy and well. As you have undoubtedly heard, the biennial EFCAP congress that was due to take place in May 2020 has been postponed to May 2022. With the cancellation of the 2020 congress, a great opportunity to meet each other is also lost. EFCAP, however, greatly values the mutual exchange of knowledge and experiences within the EFCAP community. Therefore, the EFCAP 2022 organizing committee is proud to announce the first EFCAP Keep Connected Meeting. The meeting will feature an inspiring program and will take place on the evening (CET time zone) of Thursday the 20th of May 2021. In line with the congress theme, the youngsters themselves will kick off the meeting. Next, prof. dr. Tonia Nicholls will be interviewed about the advantages of patient-centred care in two Canadian forensic psychiatric centres. Our president, prof. dr. Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen, will chair the meeting and give a glimpse of our plans for EFCAP 2022. On top of it all: attendance is free!
Stay tuned for further details. We hope to greet you in May and let’s keep connected!
Youngsters’ position in forensic psychiatry: do we dare to change the rules?
In the last two decades, youth forensic psychiatry has developed significantly in research as well as clinical practice. Major progress has been made in, for instance, the imperative effects of childhood trauma, the importance of thorough risk assessment and -management and the predictive value of (early) life course trajectories.
In addition, we have learned a lot from biological and neurological studies pertaining to e.g. aggressive and impulsive behaviour. Finally, we gained more knowledge about the do’s and don’ts when using treatment protocols and standards.
Now it is time to reflect about our field of expertise from a complementary perspective, that is, of the youngsters themselves. Participation, ownership and being in the lead of treatment have been central topics in mental health in the last couple of years. Forensic youth psychiatry is now challenged by focussing on narrowing the gap between clinical expertise, research and the patient’s perspective.
By listening carefully to the stories that youngsters tell us and by being more aware of the needs they have, we will inject research and practice with new energy that will lead us (back) to the core of our profession: listening, clarification, confrontation and interpretation.
You are very welcome to join us at the EFCAP congress in 2020 In Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Let us break the rules together and tear down the walls between youngsters, treatment and research, finding an even more effective approach towards the rule breakers.
President of EFCAP
Accreditation will be requested
For the purpose of the international participants at:
The European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®)
For Dutch participants at:
Verpleegkundig Specialisten Register
Kwaliteitsregister V&V en Register Zorgprofessionals
FGzPt: Federatie van Gezondheidszorgpsychologen en Psychotherapeuten
NIP: Nederlands Instituut voor Psychologen
NVvP: Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychiatrie
Kwaliteitsregister Jeugd SKJ
EFCAP is the European Association for Forensic Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology & other involved professions, with members from countries in Europe as well as other countries. EFCAP was founded in 1997 at a notary’s office in The Hague (Chamber of Commerce number: 33298871).
On November 19th 1997 the Constitution of the EFCAP Association was adopted. Since 1997, no official changes have been made.