Violent and aggressive behaviour is a complex phenomenon of great importance in society as well in clinical psychiatry. According the Framework Guidelines for addressing Workplace Violence in the health sector by the WHO/ICN/ILO/PSI violence has become a global problem crossing borders, work settings and occupational groups. It is stating clearly that violence at work as a long forgotten issue has dramatically gained momentum in recent years and is now priority in both industrialised and developing countries. 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.
Since the first congress in 1992 in Stockholm, we have had two other successful congresses in Stockholm (2001) and London (2003). The 4th European Congress will be held in Vienna Austria at the Otto Wagner Hospital, which was built between 1904 and 1907 as the lower Austrian federal county charity for people with nervous and mental diseases Am Steinhof in a Pavillion-System and it got its final form by the famous Austrian architect Otto Wagner. The church of the institution The church of St. Leopold is the main example of the Viennese Art Deco Style, and a visit to this church is therefore part of the program.
The purpose of the congress is to promote and disseminate current knowledge within relevant areas of the recognition, assessment, prevention, treatment, interventions, after the event interventions, and therapeutic safety management of violence in mental health care within clinical psychiatry. The congress offers therefore plenary lectures (keynotes), concurrent lectures, symposia, workshops and poster presentations. These biennial congresses are organised also with the aim to offer researchers, health care practitioners (psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, and other professionals) managers, educators, developers, theorists, and others the opportunity to present their work, to exchange information, to network, and to promote international collaboration.
We would therefore like to invite you to submit your work in this field in the form of an abstract to the chair of the scientific committee. We also invite you to a social program to enable personal contact, understanding and friendship among colleagues in the field.
Looking forward to seeing you in Vienna,
The Organisation Committee
Harry Stefan, RN, MSc (Wiener KAV)
Hans Fleury, RN, SPV, Dipl. Gestaltterapeut (Connecting)
Nico Oud, RN, N.Adm, MNSc (Oud Consultancy)
On behalf the scientific committee
(Ass.) Prof. Dr. Tom Palmstierna (Sweden) (chair scientific committee)
Prof. Dr. Henk Nijman (Netherlands) (co-chair scientific committee)