Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the scientific committee we invite psychiatrists, practitioners, (psychiatric mental health) nurses, psychologists, health scientists, educators, trainers, researchers, managers, and policymakers engaged in the prevention, management, research into violence and aggression in mental health and intellectual disability settings to attend the 11th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry to be held in Oslo / LillestrÝm, Norway, 24 – 26 October 2019.

The first congress, held in 1992 in Stockholm – Sweden, was an initiative by Prof. BŲrje Wistedt, the head of one of the larger psychiatric clinics in Stockholm at Danderyd Hospital / Karolinska Institute. He and his staff organized the congress with him as chairman and Tom Palmstierna as his scientific secretary. The Congress was held at the Swedish Medical Association, attracted 120 delegates who attended a series of lectures and seminars.

The second congress in 2001 was organized by the Addiction Center in Stockholm and its head Prof. Stefan Borg and attracted 200 delegates. For the first time the Congress was a joint initiative with the European Violence in Psychiatry Research Group (EVIPRG) founded in 1997. Following the success of this partnership all subsequent Congresses were co-organised with EVIPRG with the aim of bringing the latest science of violence and aggression to clinicians, researchers and managers.

London in the Summer of 2003 was the venue for the third Congress organized by Tom Palmstierna and Gerd Nyman, supported by the Addiction Center and Prof. Stefan Borg and involved 185 delegates.

From 2005 the Congresses have been organized by Oud Consultancy & Conference Management, chaired by Professors Henk Nijman & Tom Palmstierna in close collaboration with EVIPRG. Since 2011 the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) co-sponsored the meeting. Since 2015 the European Network for Training in the Management of Aggression (ENTMA08) has been a collaborator in the organisation and delivery of the Congress.

In 2019 the congress will be held in Oslo / LillestrÝm - Norway. Since the first European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry the meeting has expanded rapidly in terms of the number of scientific contributions and participants. Some congresses were attended by about 600 participants from 36 countries worldwide.




In line with previous congresses in Vienna (2005), Amsterdam (2007), Stockholm (2009), Prague (2011), Ghent (2013), Copenhagen (2015) and Dublin (2017). All contributions to the 11th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry will be published in a “book of proceedings” reflecting the current state of knowledge about, and research into the prevention and management of violence and aggression in mental health and intellectual disability settings and the training and education of staff.

The 11th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry is co-organized by the European Violence in Psychiatry Research Group (EViPRG) and the European Network for Training in the Management of Aggression (ENTMA08), and will be a World Psychiatric Association (WPA) co-sponsored meeting. The 11th European Congress on Violence will focus strongly on clinically relevant and practically useful interdisciplinary scientific and practical knowledge with regard to interventions aimed at treating and reducing violence and aggression. The overall congress theme: “Unravelling and understanding violence in clinical practice” reflects our commitment to partnership working between clinicians, researchers, educators, service users and carers.

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 Oslo / LillestrÝm in 2019:

  1. Epidemiology and nature of inpatient violence against staff
  2. Epidemiology and nature of violence against patients / patients as victims
  3. PTSD & violence prevention and treatment
  4. Trauma informed care & practice
  5. Assessment of risk, prevention & protective factors
  6. Humane safe & caring approaches in and reduction of restrictive practices
  7. Neurobiological approaches and pharmacological therapies
  8. Psychological approaches & interventions
  9. Service users & family perspectives
  10. Race, gender, cross-cultural & ethnicity perspectives
  11. Ethical, human rights and legal perspectives
  12. Sexual offending violence
  13. Specific populations: forensics
  14. Specific populations: intellectually disabled / learning disabilities
  15. Specific populations: child & adolescent
  16. Specific populations: elderly / dementia
  17. Specific populations: community & ambulant care
  18. Training and education of (interdisciplinary) staff
  19. Application of new technology (media – social networks – information technology – e-learning – virtual environment)
  20. ENTMA08 presentations / contributions
  21. Other related themes


The congress provides a wonderful opportunity to network and establish contacts with a diverse community of colleagues engaged in this important area of work. Apart from the geographical diversity of delegates, the Congress program reflects multiple perspectives including clinical/service, organizational, educational, research and regulatory. In order to maximize the potential contribution of networking opportunities the conference will include social activities:

Oslo has the distinction of being the largest city in Norway and the third largest city in Scandinavia region. The city has long historical heritage as it was founded by the King Harald Hardrade in 1048. The city is full of landmarks and attractions which can be explored by various modes including boat, local trains, bikes and taxis. The City Hall is the venue where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded every year. If you want to experience the history of the town then head to Akershus Festning, a medieval castle and fortress, situated close the city center. The castle was built in 1299 and provides stunning viewpoints to the surrounding areas. Oslo is also well known for its museums such as Munch Museum and Nobel Peace Center.

Thon Hotel Arena is the conference hotel and is centrally located in LillestrÝm, right next door to the Norway Trade Fairs arena and a short walk to the train station. From the station, you can access both Oslo city centre and Gardermoen airport in just a little over ten minutes.

We cordially welcome you to Oslo / LillestrÝm – Norway in October 2019


Henk Nijman Tom Palmstierna Joy Duxbury Brodie Paterson

Prof. Henk Nijman, Prof. Tom Palmstierna (Chairs of the Scientific Committee of the 11th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry), Prof. Joy Duxbury (EViPRG) & Dr. Brodie Paterson (ENTMA08).

Nico Oud

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





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