It is a great pleasure to invite you to the 5th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry. Violent and aggressive behaviour is a complex phenomenon of great importance in society as well in clinical psychiatry. Violence has become a global problem crossing borders, work settings and occupational groups. Within clinical psychiatry, violence is one of the major obstacles for effective treatment and rehabilitation, and with regard to health care workers, violence is the major occupational health hazard. Therefore a comprehensive institutional approach to this problem at all levels of the organization, as well as a national approach is needed.
Since the first congress in Stockholm (1992), we have had three other congresses in Stockholm (2001), London (2003) and Vienna (2005). The number of scientific contributions from the various European countries grew rapidly during these previous congresses, but also the number of contributions from outside Europe. Contributions in the coming congress in Amsterdam have expanded to workshops, lectures and poster presentations from not only Europe, but also from North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Canada, and Asia. The 5th European Congress will be held at the Congress Centre “De Meervaart” in Amsterdam - the Netherlands.
Traditionally, the Violence in Clinical Psychiatry congresses have a strong focus on practical, clinically relevant interventions aiming at reducing violent behaviour of psychiatric and forensic patients. The congresses are organised in close collaboration with the European Violence in Psychiatry Research Group (EVIPRG).
The purpose of the congress is to promote and disseminate current knowledge within relevant areas of the recognition, assessment, prevention, treatment, interventions, post incident care, and therapeutic safety management of violence in mental health care within clinical psychiatry. The congress offers 10 plenary lectures (keynotes), 72 paper presentations, 2 day-seminars, 15 workshops and ± 45 poster presentations. These biennial congresses are organised with the aim to provide researchers, health care practitioners (psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, and other professionals), managers, educators, trainers, developers, theorists, and others with the opportunity to present their work, to exchange information, to network, and to promote international collaboration. At the start (registration desk) of the congress you will receive the book of proceedings (± 500 pages), in which all the presenters of oral presentations will either publish a written version of their presentation or just an abstract, and also all the poster abstracts will be included.
We also would like to invite you to the reception at the city hall of Amsterdam on Thursday 25 October, and to join us at a special congress dinner cruise in the harbour of Amsterdam on Friday 26 October. The city of Amsterdam is adding a blend of history and culture with the dynamics of a trendy metropolis, and therefore offering the ideal opportunity for a enjoyable break before, during or after the congress.
Looking forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam,
Prof. Dr. Tom Palmstierna & Prof. Dr. Henk Nijman
Chairs of the Organisation Committee