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First Announcement


Coercive Treatment in Psychiatry:

A Comprehensive Review

June 6 – 8, 2007

Dresden, Germany


Dear colleagues,

With great pleasure and deeply honoured we invite you to the WPA-co-sponsored Thematic Conference on

Coercive Treatment in Psychiatry:

A Comprehensive Review

which will take place in Dresden, Germany, from June 6 to 8, 2007.

The theme of the Conference is not only essential to psychiatry, but also ethically and historically sensitive, hotly debated and highly criticized by patients and relatives as well. Furthermore, it is under-researched and lacks clear definitions of best practice. At the moment, the most important finding in this human rights area of mental health care is the situation that significant variation exists worldwide as concerns different aspects of coercive treatment. This applies e.g. to mental health legislation, rates of involuntary admissions to psychiatric hospitals, mandated community treatment, and outcome research in this field.

All this collides with one extremely important international health political and professional goal: equality of health care opportunities. Particularly the last decade has seen an increasing focus on the consumer of mental health services and on the question whether psychiatric treatment can be considered successful if the recipients of such services are dissatisfied. A frequent and serious cause of negative feelings toward psychiatric treatment is being treated involuntarily, and thus being infringed upon in one’s human rights.

Therefore, it is the main objective of this Conference to provide the state-of-the-art in the different parts of this theme, and this will be done by plenary lectures, symposia, workshops, courses, and poster sessions. Thus, the Conference will address psychiatrists, and other mental health care professionals, specialists in public mental health and medical ethics, legal experts, patients and relatives and their organizations, and (mental) health politicians.

The Conference will be hosted in the City of Dresden. Located at the widening of the valley of the Elbe River, Dresden was chartered as a city almost 800 years ago, and it was the residence of the Saxonian princes and kings since the end of the 15th century. The cultural and economic highlights experienced by Dresden in the Baroque period and again during the period of industrialization in the 19th and 20th centuries met with a sudden end in the almost complete destruction of the city on the 13th of February in 1945. During the following 40 years being part of the German Democratic Republic, Dresden remained a wounded city, not fully rebuilt and characterized by dilapidation. After the German reunification Dresden got many vital impulses and is now the capital of the Free German State of Saxony, re-founded in 1991. An economic upturn and political stability is the background for Dresden to re-establish itself as a cultural and educational centre and a place of interest for tourists, offering highlights such as world-famous orchestras and art exhibitions as well as lovely surroundings (e.g. Saxonian Switzerland). The city hosts six universities with about 40.000 students, and several other research and education institutions.

The congress venue is the new Dresden International Conference Centre, located at the banks of the river Elbe near the old part of the City of Dresden with all its architectural and cultural highlights like Zwinger Palace, Castle, and Semper Opera. Modern architecture and highest standard of technical equipment provide all pre-conditions for successful scientific meetings, and create an atmosphere of hospitality and professionalism highly appreciated by attendees and sponsors.

We expect your contribution as researchers and clinicians across the world to contribute to the Scientific Program. This will turn the conference into an important and successful scientific event!

We look forward to welcoming you in Dresden!

Professor Dr. Juan E. Mezzich

President of the WPA and

President of the Conference

Professor Dr. John Monahan

Chairman of the Scientific Program Committee

Professor Dr. Thomas W. Kallert

Chairman of the Organizing Committee

Tentative Schedule

June 6, 2007, 10.00 am – 06.30 pm

June 6, 2007, 06.30 pm – Get-Together

June 7, 2007, 08.30 am – 06.15 pm

June 7, 2007, 08.00 pm – Congress Dinner

June 8, 2007, 08.30 am – 01.30 pm

Main thematic issues

  1. 1. Epidemiology of different modes of coercive treatment

  1. 2. Clinical issues like best practice or adverse effects of different coercive measures

  1. 3. Use of coercive treatment measures in special (mental) health care settings (e.g. forensic psychiatric settings, somatic emergency units etc.)

  1. 4. Outcomes of coercive treatment measures

  1. 5. Patients’, family members’ and providers’ views on coercive treatment

  1. 6. Mental health legislation regarding coercive treatment

  1. 7. Coerced treatment in the criminal justice system

  1. 8. Ethical aspects of coercive treatment

  1. 9. Cultural issues in coercive treatment

  1. 10. Research methodology in the field of coerced treatment

President of the Conference and of the WPA

Professor Dr. Juan E. Mezzich, New York, USA

Scientific Committee

Chair: Monahan, J., Charlottesville, USA

Co-Chair: Maj, M., Naples, Italy

Aldenhoff, J., Kiel, Germany

Amering, M., Vienna, Austria

Appelbaum, P., Worcester, USA

Becker, T., Günzburg, Germany

Bindman, J., London, United Kingdom

Bowers, L., London, United Kingdom

Burns, T., Oxford, United Kingdom

Dąbrowski, S., Warsaw, Poland

Dembinskas, A., Vilnius, Lithuania

Dressing, H., Mannheim, Germany

Gaebel, W., Düsseldorf, Germany

Hansson, L., Lund, Sweden

Hiday, V.A., Raleigh, USA

Hohagen, F., Lübeck, Germany

Jablensky, A., Perth, Australia

Kaltiala-Heino, R. Tampere, Finland

Karastergiou, A., Thessaloniki, Greece

Katschnig, H., Vienna, Austria

Kiejna, A., Wrocław, Poland

Kjellin, L., Örebro, Sweden

Leese, M., London, United Kingdom

Lidz, C.W., Worcester, USA

Möller, H.J., Munich, Germany

Müller-Isberner, R., Gießen, Germany

Nawka, P., Michalovce, Slovakia

Okasha, A., Cairo, Egypt

Poythress, N.G., Tampa, USA

Priebe, S., London, United Kingdom

Raboch, J., Prague, Czech Republic

Rössler, W., Zurich, Switzerland

Ruiz, P., Houston, USA

Sartorius, N., Geneva, Switzerland

Saß, H., Aachen, Germany

Schanda, H., Göllersdorf, Austria

Solomon, Z., Tel Aviv, Israel

Swartz, M.S., Durham, USA

Szmukler, G., London, United Kingdom

Tansella, M., Verona, Italy

Thornicroft, G., London, United Kingdom

Torres-González, F., Granada, Spain

von Cranach, M., Kaufbeuren, Germany

Zinkler, M., London, United Kingdom

Organizing Committee

Chair: Kallert, T.W., Dresden, Germany**

Co-Chair: Ruiz, P., Houston, USA

Becker, T., Günzburg, Germany

Felber, W., Dresden, Germany

Gericke, B., Dresden, Germany

Kiejna, A., Wrocław, Poland

Priebe, S., London, United Kingdom

Raboch, J., Prague, Czech Republic

Reichmann, H., Dresden, Germany

Salize, H.J., Mannheim, Germany

Schützwohl, M., Dresden, Germany

Spengler, A., Wunstorf, Germany

Steinert, T., Ravensburg, Germany

**Dresden University of Technology

Medical Faculty Carl Gustav Carus

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Fetscherstrasse 74

D-01307 Dresden, Germany

General Information

Congress Venue

Congress Center Dresden

Ostra-Ufer 2

01067 Dresden

website: www.dresden-congresscenter.de

Congress Organizer

INTERCOM Conference Service of the Dresden University of Technology

Mrs. Claudia Stolz

Zellescher Weg 3

D-01069 Dresden


Tel.: + 49 (0) 351- 4633 9097

Fax: + 49 (0) 351- 4633 7049 or - 6475 6903

Email: cstolz@intercom-dresden.de

website: www.intercom-dresden.de

For further information please see: www.wpa2007dresden.org


in collaboration with: German Society of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy

and Neurology Medical Faculty of the Dresden University of

Technology EUNOMIA-study-group (www.eunomiastudy.net)