Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the scientific committee we would like to invite psychiatric clinicians, psychiatrists, practitioners, psychiatric mental health nurses, psychologists, health scientists, educators, trainers, researchers, managers, and policymakers engaged in the management, research, study or clinical treatment of aggressive behaviour of psychiatric patients and persons with intellectual disabilities and serious behavioural problems to submit an abstract and / or attend the 9th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry.

This time the congress will be held in Copenhagen - Denmark from the 22nd till the 24th of October 2015. Since the first European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry – which was held in Stockholm in 1992 - the congress has expanded rapidly with regard to the number of scientific contributions and participants.

Denmark is based in Northern Europe and is the smallest of the Scandinavian countries. The Kingdom of Denmark also has 2 autonomous provinces – the Faroe Islands and Greenland. The latter is over 500 times larger than Denmark but has 100 times less people. Denmark is well known for its strong welfare state, mixed market capitalist economy and has one of the most egalitarian societies in the world. Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark with over 1.1 million inhabitants and is one of Europe's oldest and most wonderful capitals.




Copenhagen is the premier capital of Northern Europe, and is Scandinavia's most fantastic city and the centre of the most dynamic region in Europe, the Øresund Region. The city is one of Europe's oldest capitals with a royal touch - the monarchy in Denmark is the oldest in the world. Originally a Viking fishing village founded in the 10th century, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the beginning of the 15th century. During the 17th century, under the reign of Christian IV, it became a significant regional centre. Since the completion of the transnational Øresund Bridge, Copenhagen has become increasingly integrated with the Swedish city of Malmö, growing into a combined metropolitan area. We wish you welcome and hope you will enjoy your stay in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen is a central location in Europe and has an efficient infrastructure, which makes it easy to arrive by train, bus, ferry, cruise ship or flight.

The 9th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry is co-organized by the European Violence in Psychiatry Research Group (EViPRG) & the European Network for Training in the Management of Aggression (ENTMA08), and with due reserve is a World Psychiatric Association (WPA) co-sponsored meeting. The 9th European Congress on Violence will focus strongly on clinically relevant and practically useful interdisciplinary scientific and practical knowledge with regard to interventions aiming at treating and reducing violent behaviour of psychiatric patients, forensic patients and severe problem behaviour in persons with intellectually disability. Hence the overall congress theme “Advancing knowledge – Transforming Practice”. Further also this time a debate “meeting of minds” regarding user participation

Approval of accreditation will be requested from the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) for the award of Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits, and from the International Council of Nurses (ICN) for the award of International Continuing Nursing Education Credits (ICNECs).

The broad multi- and interdisciplinary scope of the European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry is expressed in the various subthemes that will be addressed in Copenhagen in 2015:

  • Epidemiology and nature of violence
  • Role of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & violence
  • Trauma informed care & practice
  • Assessment of risk, prevention & protective factors
  • Examples of humane safe, secure, caring & recovery approaches in and reduction of restrictive practices
  • Neurobiological approaches and pharmacological therapies
  • Application of new technology (media – social networks – information technology – e-learning – virtual environment)
  • Advances in psychological therapies
  • Service users and family perspectives
  • Race, gender, cross-cultural & ethnicity perspectives
  • Ethical, human rights and legal perspectives
  • Sexual offending & violence
  • Specific populations: forensic
  • Specific populations: intellectually disabled
  • Specific populations: child & adolescent
  • Specific populations: elderly
  • Training and education of interdisciplinary staff

As was the case for the previous congresses held in Vienna (2005), Amsterdam (2007), Stockholm (2009), Prague (2011) & Ghent (2013) all contributions to the 9th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry will be collected in a publication “book of proceedings” reflecting the current state of knowledge about, and research on the prevention and treatment of aggressive and violent behaviour of psychiatric patients & persons with intellectual disability, and the training and education of interdisciplinary staff.

The congress is an unique opportunity to acquire knowledge, to learn, and to share innovative and best practice, ideas and experiences with colleagues from all over the world. Wherever you work, take this opportunity to break away from your daily routine, in order to discover new approaches and to get acquainted with the acquired and learned knowledge and the transformed practice. But most of all to network and to return home with new knowledge, insight, ideas and newly motivated to your work and colleagues.

We thus cordially welcome you in Copenhagen – Denmark October, 2015

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Prof. Henk Nijman, Prof. Tom Palmstierna (Chairs of the Scientific Committee of the 9th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry), Prof. Joy Duxbury (EViPRG) & Dr. Brodie Paterson (ENTMA08).


Mr. Nico Oud, MNSc, N.Adm, RN.
Congress Organiser





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