Recap EFCAP Keep Connected Meeting – May 20, 2021

The first EFCAP Keep Connected Meeting was a great success! Nearly seventy colleagues from over ten different countries attended the meeting. Following a warm welcome by EFCAP President Prof. Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen, expert by experience Paul Gelissen introduced the EFCAP 2022 youth exchange. Raf Hamaizia gave an inspiring talk on his work as a group expert by experience lead at Cygnet, UK. Next, it was time for the first part of the informative and interesting interview with Prof. Tonia Nicholls on adverse childhood experiences and trauma informed practice. Prof. Nicholls discussed several seminal studies on the subject and provided concrete examples of trauma informed practice. After a short break, the second part of the interview commenced. The interviewer, dr. Ed Hilterman, did not only ask questions but the audience also chipped in during the Live Q & A. In case you could not attend our Keep Connected Meeting, or just want to see it again, we have good news for you. A recording of the entire meeting is available below.


The meeting was a great opportunity to keep connected and to get inspired. Moreover, it promises a lot for the upcoming EFCAP congress.  We are looking forward to the 2022 EFCAP congress in Eindhoven and hope to connect with you then once again!


The 2022 EFCAP organising committee

Part of the program
Word of welcome and introduction by prof. Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen
Youngsters’ contribution
First part of the interview with dr. Ed Hilterman and prof. Tonia Nicholls
Second part of the interview with dr. Ed Hilterman and prof. Tonia Nicholls
Wrap-up and introduction of EFCAP 2022 by prof. Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen
*Central European Summer Time

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.

Professor Chijs van NieuwenhuizenCongress president
President of EFCAP


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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.

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