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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.

The congress will be online in order for everyone to be able to attend. An online congress opens up a lot of new possibilities for interaction, exchanging knowledge and initiating new collaboration! Presentations are done from all over Europe through a video connection with plenty of opportunity for interaction. The online congress platform has many opportunities to meet each other in networking carrousels and one-on-one.

The abstract submission is reopened until 1 February 2022, we are looking forward for additional proposals for individual presentations, symposia, posters and product showcases.

You are very welcome to join us at the online EFCAP congress in 2022. 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.

PROFESSOR CHIJS VAN NIEUWENHUIZEN

Congress chair
President of EFCAP

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