October 31







October 28

WASP Bucharest Declaration on Social Well-being and Mental Health Evidence Informed Policies


 Download here this historical landmark





October 28

Congratulations to our E-Poster winners




THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SELF-ESTEEM AND SELF-STIGMATIZATION IN PSYCHOTIC DISORDERS - Cristina Bredicean, Sorin Ursoniu, Simona Tamasan, Ileana Stoica, Alexandra Riviș, Ion Papavă, Vlad Negrila, Adrian Culici, Cătălina Giurgi-Oncu (Romania)




Tudor Nirestean, Adina Maris, Gabriela Buicu, Doina Cozman (Romania)





October 18

World Association of Social Psychiatry




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October 16 Online registration extended to October 20!
(midnight, local Romanian time)





October 14 Read the full interviews of Professor Roy Kallivayalil and Professor Eliot Sorel from the Journal 
(click on the photo)





October 12 WASP FULL BROCHURE, including index of authors
available now





October 8

World Association of Social Psychiatry







October 5

World Association of Social Psychiatry




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available now






September 23 EACCME® Accreditation  


The 23rd Congress of the World Association of Social Psychiatry, Bucharest, Romania, 25.10.2019- 28.10.2019 has been granted 25 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).




September 18




A Proceedings Book will be published after The 23rd World Congress of Social Psychiatry and will be available in electronic format. After the publication, it will be sent to ISI Thomson Reuters – Clarivate for evaluation in order to be indexed in CPCI. This indexation can take up to one year from the moment of the publication of the Proceedings Book.





September 16




Almost 450 abstracts will be reunited under an electronic Abstract Book that all the participants can find on a mini-CD in their congress bag. The Abstract Book will be under ISBN (International Standard Book Number - ISBN 978-973-0-30437-4), issued by the National Library of Romania. Join us in Buhcarest and get access to this amazing collection of knowledge. 




September 13


Message from the Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee -
Prof. Eliot SOREL (USA)







September 9

Don't miss one of our symposia:


Chairs: Sorin Cace (Romania), Mălina Voicu (Romania)




1. Mental Health in Older Romanians. A social exclusion problem? - Iuliana Precupetu (Romania), Marja Aartsen, Marian Vasile

2. Active aging, subjective health and wellbeing: on how engagement with society shapes subjective health and wellbeing among seniors - Ioana Ramia (Romania), Mălina Voicu

3. Concern for promoting a healthy working environment: steps towards preventing burnout - Simona Stănescu (Romania), Sorin Cace

4. Challenges for mental health status in prison environment - Simona Ilie (Romania), Cristina Tomescu




September 4

The detailed Scientific Program is available.

We give many thanks to all the speakers and their effort to make this congress a memorable one. 




September 2

The WASP Early Career Psychiatrists Fellowship Program is chaired by  WASP President, Professor Roy KALLIVAYALIL (India). For 2019, the WASP EC has awarded 25 Fellowships to  Early Career Psychiatrists, from all parts of the word aided by a generous grant from Past President Professor Tsutomu SAKUTA, (Japan).

  Professors Norman SARTORIUS (Switzerland) and Eliot SOREL (USA)  will lead an interactive Master Class for Early Career Psychiatrists at the WASP 23rd Congress in Bucharest (October 27, 3-5 pm)  on Climate deterioration and violence: Can social psychiatry help ? This Master Class is exclusively for Early Career Psychiatrists Fellows only.



August 30 The 23rd WASP Congress Scientific Program highlights are now available  

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August 29

Don't miss one of our symposia:


Chair: Eugenio M. Rothe (USA)

Discussant: Andres J. Pumariega (USA)




1. The Refugee Crisis in Greece: Mental Health Context - George N. Christodoulou (Greece), Nikos G. Christodoulou (Greece)

2. Mental Health Issues and Support System for North Korean Refugees in South Korea - Tae-Yeon, Hwang (South Korea)

3. The Plight of Internally Displaced Refugees in Sri-Lanka - Jayan Mendis (Sri Lanka)

4. Treatment Interventions for Refugees in the United States - Eugenio M. Rothe (USA)





August 27

Don't miss one of our symposia:


Chairs: Michael Sadre-Chirazi-Stark (Germany), Solomon Rataemane (South Africa)




1. Managing workplace stress in the South African context: application of conflict management strategies - Solomon Rataemane (South Africa)

2. “We want you!”  Reflections about psychological stress in modern workplace - Karsten Groth (Germany)

3. Importance of healthy self-leadership and its underlying neuroscientific and psychological principals - Kerstin Liesenfeld (Germany)

4. Implementation of mental health assessment measures in the workplace: WAPR International Certificate - Michael Sadre-Chirazi-Stark (Germany)




August 12

Meet our speakers:

Dr. Alexandru Paziuc (Romania)

President of the Association of Social Psychiatry in Romania, affiliated with the World Organization of Social Psychiatry.

Former Director of the Psychiatric Hospital in Campulung Moldovenesc

Former Director of the Suceava Public Health Authority

Head of the Psychiatric section at the Psychiatric Hospital in Campulung Moldovenesc

TOPIC: Psycho-Social Rehabilitation - Between Theory and Practice





August 7



Message from the President of WASP and the President-elect








August 5

The WPA Conflict Management & Resolution Section will be contributing the symposium on Dying with Dignity: Global Perspectives, co-chaired by Professors Eliot SOREL, USA & Joseph VARGHESE, India at the 23rd World Congress of Social Psychiatry in Bucharest, ROMANIA this October. The Section will also hold its business meeting at the same congress reviewing its activities to date and since its founding in 1990 as well as plan for its 30th anniversary celebration, 1990-2020 at the WPA World Congress in Bangkok in 2020.






August 1

Meet our speakers:

Professor Eliot Sorel (USA)

Chair, Access to Care Committee, American Psychiatric Association

CoChair Scientific Committee Social Determinants of Health  2019

World Congress

GWU School of Medicine & School of Public Health

Founder Conflict Management Section World Psychiatric Association

Founder Global Mental Health & Psychiatry Caucus APA

Chair of the Theme Symposium: The Social Determinants of Health & Access to Care





July 31

CMCR Section business meeting at the World Congress of Social Psychiatry, Bucharest, October 2019.



The Conflict Management and Conflict Resolution section will be organizing a business meeting for all its members at the 23rd WASP, World Congress of Social Psychiatry in Bucharest.


Date     - 26th October 2019, Saturday

TIme    - 11:30 pm to 1 pm

Venue  - Orhideea I Room


The CMCR Sections scientific contributions to the congress includes the symposium on  "Dying with Dignity: Global Perspectives" and the symposium on “Access to care” by the Young Health Professional Track at the congress.


We look forward to seeing you at the congress. Please let us know if you are interested in attending the business meeting of the Section.


Looking forward,


Dr Arun Enara

Secretary, CMCR Section




July 30

Meet our speakers:

Professor Silviu Zancu (Romania)

Associate professor “POLITEHNICA” University from Bucharest – Faculty of Aerospace Engineering since 1986, PhD in Aerodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering. 

Professional Coach, executive and life.

Mental Coach, working with athletes. Mental Coach of S. H. (2008,2017)

NLP Master Practitioner, EANLP, ARONLP, vice president of Integrative NLP Association Bucharest

Practitioner in Process Communication Management and Process Therapy.

Ex tennis player, Tennis Coach

TOPIC: Mental Health & Superior Performance: Lessons Learned from Tennis




July 29

WASP Election Notification 2019 - click here for more information


Dear Colleagues,

In my capacity as the President of World Association of Social Psychiatry, I am inviting nominations for the elections scheduled on 26 October 2019 in Bucharest, Romania  during the WASP General Assembly. The positions open for elections are:

  1. President-Elect
  2. Secretary General
  3. Treasurer

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Best wishes,



Prof Roy Abraham Kallivayalil

President, World Association of Social Psychiatry  




July 25

Meet our plenary speakers:

Professor Roy  Abraham Kallivayalil (India)

Vice- Principal, Professor & Head, Dept of Psychiatry, Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Tiruvalla, India

President , World Association of Social Psychiatry (2016-19).

Secretary General, World Psychiatric Association, Geneva (2014-2020)

Honorary Chair and Professor (Magister ad Honorem), Milan School of Medicine, Italy

President, National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMH), India

Member, Editorial Board, ‘World Psychiatry’ Journal

TOPIC:  Presidential Address  




July 22

Meet our plenary speakers:

Professor Rachid Bennegadi (France)

President Elect, World Association of Social Psychiatry

Prof Honoris Causa Sigmund Freud University :Vienna.

Medical Referent of Sigmund Freud University: Paris. France

Vice-president of the French mental Health League.Paris.France

Past Medical Referent of  Minkowska center Paris France

Honoray Fellow WPA

Past President of the TPS-WPA

Past President of Migrations Santé France

TOPIC:  Address by President Elect - The digital era and its imprints on self - consciousness: Psycho - social - anthropological aspects. 




July 18

Meet our plenary speakers:

Professor Rakesh Chadda (India)

Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry & Chief, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 

TOPIC:  Teaching Social Determinants of Health in Undergraduate & Graduate Medical 




July 15

Meet our plenary speakers:

Professor Marianne Kastrup (Denmark)

Chief physician at the Knowledge Center for Transcultural Psychiatry, Copenhagen, Denmark
WASP Treasurer 

TOPIC:  Access to Care for Displaced Persons, Migrants & Refugees: European Perspectives




July 11

Meet our plenary speakers:

Professor Tsutomu Sakuta (Japan)

President and Prof. of Japan Health Sciences University
President of Japan International Cultural Exchange Foundation
Chief Editor of International Medical Journal (IMJ)

TOPIC:  Psychiatric Hospitalization in Japan: Recent Trends






July 8

Meet our plenary speakers:

Professor Fernando Lolas Stepke (Chile)

Professor at the University of Chile and Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Studies in Bioethics of the same university

Honorary Member of the Chilean Academy of Medicine and the Mexican Academy of Bioethics. International Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association

Secretary-General of the World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP)

TOPIC:  Ethical quandaries and mental health: a proposal for analysis 





July 5

Meet our plenary speakers:

Professor Oye Gureje (Nigeria)

Professor of Psychiatry and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, Neuroscience, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Professor Extraordinary at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Past President of the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria and of the African Association of Psychiatrists and Allied Professions.

TOPIC:  Social changes and the mental health and wellbeing of the elderly: results from the Ibadan Study of Ageing





July 4 

Early Career Psychiatrist Fellowship Award

We are very happy to announce 25 WASP Bucharest Early Career Psychiatrist Fellowship Awards. This include five special Awards.  Our heartiest Congratulations to the winners!


See who the WINNERS are. Click HERE!




July 3 

Abstracts submitted for WASP 2019


Click here for country repartition - almost 50 countries submitted abstracts for this world event





July 3 

Meet our plenary speakers:

Professor Tom K J Craig (United Kingdom) 

Emeritus Professor of Social Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College, London
Past President World Association of Social Psychiatry

TOPIC:  Love, hate and indifference: the power of social relationships in the cause, prevention and cure of mental disorder





July 1

Deadline for early bird registration has been extended to July 31st
All abstract submitters should receive their notifications before July 15. 





June 29

Meet our plenary speakers:

Professor Norman Sartorius (Switzerland) 

The first Director of the Division of Mental Health of WHO,
Former President of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA),
Former President of the Association of European Psychiatrists (EAP) President of the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes and a member of the Geneva Prize Foundation having been its President 2004-2008.

TOPIC: Are the current paradigms of work against stigma obsolete?





June 26

Meet our plenary speakers:

Professor Mohan Isaac  (Australia) 

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UWA Medical School, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Consultant Psychiatrist in charge of the “Early Interventions in Psychosis” (EIP) Team and the “Assertive Community Treatment” (ACT) Team at Fremantle Hospital, Fremantle, Australia.
Visiting Professor of Psychiatry National Institute of Mental health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India

TOPIC: Mental health in developing countries during the past 50 years: Lessons for the future





June 23

Meet our plenary speakers:

Professor Helen Killaspy  (United Kingdom) 

Professor and Honorary Consultant in Rehabilitation Psychiatry at University College London and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust in the UK.

TOPIC: Addressing the ongoing marginalisation of people with complex mental health needs. 





June 20

Meet our plenary speakers:

Professor Gabriel Ivbijaro (United Kingdom) 

Visiting Professor of Population Mental Health, NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal

Honorary Visiting Fellow, Bradford University School of Management, UK

Medical Director, The Wood Street Health Centre, London, UK

TOPIC: Stigma and social distance for schizophrenia in psychiatrists, general practitioners and service users as a barrier to universal health





June 17

Meet our plenary speakers:

Professor Driss Moussaoui (Morrocco)

Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine of Casablanca, Morocco.
Past-President, World Association of Social Psychiatry President, International Federation for Psychotherapy

TOPIC: Psychological Help in Rural Areas: What can we do?





June 13

Meet our plenary speakers:

Professor Debasish Basu (India)

Professor of Psychiatry, Drug De-addiction & Treatment Centre, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India

TOPIC: From the Rat Park to Romania, via Vietnam and Iceland: An exploration into the social determinants of substance use and addiction





June 11

Meet our plenary speakers:

Professor Boris Cyrulnik (France)

Professor of human ethology at the University of South-Toulon-Var

TOPIC: Resilience of children in wars





June 8

Meet our plenary speakers:

Andres J. Pumariega (USA)

Professor and Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Florida
Former President, American Association of Social Psychiatry

TOPIC: Acculturation, Cultural Identity, and Mental Health: Implications for Post-Modern Youth





June 5

Meet our plenary speakers:

Professor Afzal Javed (United Kingdom)

President Elect World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
Past President World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR)

TOPIC: Involving Patients, carers & families in the treatment programmes: Some emerging priorities in current psychiatric practice





June 3 Professor Doina COZMAN, Chair of the 23rd WASP Congress National Organizing Committee has started her Romanian Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Association (RPPA) Presidential mandate, 2019-2022, at the conclusion of the RPPA national congress held recently in Sibiu, Romania. Congratulations!  

June 3 Professsor Daniel DAVID will be delivering the 1st Joshua BIERER Memorial Lecture, Psychocultural Profile of ROMANIA and Its Implications for the Mental Health Field at our WASP congress this October.  He has been honored recently with the Elisabeth Pilkington RATIU Mental Health Award at the Babes Bolyai University in Cluj, ROMANIA. This prize was established by Mr. Nicolae RATIU, Chair of the RATIU Family Charitable Foundation in London, UK, and Professor Eliot SOREL in memory of Mr Ratiu's mother who was a mental health professional in London, England and a pioneer in mental health promotion.  




June 3 At the request of colleagues from throughout the world we are extending the abstracts submission deadline until June 15th and also the Early Bird Registration deadline by June 30th  

Don't forget to send your abstract by June 15th!




May 27

In a historic meeting at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC in April 2018, the Government of Canada together with the World Bank Group (WBG), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) advocate for Global Mental Health inclusion in  Global Health and the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda. 


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May 22

For GROUP REGISTRATION (more than 5 people)we offer a 20% discount from the official rates and for SINGLE REGISTRATION, but paid on spot (cash or card), we offer a 10% discount from the official rates only at the National Romanian Psychiatry Congress in Sibiu, 29th of May - 1st of June.

DON'T MISS this rare opportunity! See you in Sibiu! Look for our logo near the Registration Desk in Ramada Sibiu Hotel. 




May 21 For GROUP REGISTRATION (more than 10 people) please contact us at we offer a 20% discount from the official rates.     



May 15

The Romanian Academy is now our Scientific Partner. Welcome to WASP 2019




May 13

"Professor Daniel DAVID, Pro-Rector at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA, will deliver the 1st Joshua BIERER Memorial Lecture at the 23rd World Association for Social Psychiatry (WASP)  Congress. Dr. BIERER, a British psychiatrist of Romanian origins established the WASP in London UK, in 1964 thus this year we will celebrate its 55th anniversary. The topic of Prof DAVID's lecture will be Romania's Psychocultural profile and its implications for mental health."




April 30

Deadline for submitting abstracts, e-posters, workshops and symposiums has been extended to May 31st!

  Click HERE for more information!



April 19 Read the interview with Prof. Dr. Roy Abraham Kallivayalil on the challenges of social psychiatry in the journal.   Click HERE to read the full article 



April 17 Professor Norman Sartorius was selected for the prestigious award "Yves Pelicier Prize". His lecture:  Are the current paradigms of work against stigma obsolete?  will be of great interest at the WASP2019 Congress.  



March 18 Professor Doina COZMAN, President-Elect of the Romanian Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Association, will do a Master Class on Preventing Youth Suicide in Europe at the XXIII World Congress of Social Psychiatry, in Bucharest, Romania, October 2019                    



March 5

Professor Vincenzo Di Nicola of Montreal, Canada, Dr. Lavinia Duica of Sibiu, and Dr. Roxana Stoean of Bucharest, Romania have been appointed to co-chair the Young Health Professionals Track's (YHPT) Scientific Posters Jury at the XXIII World Congress of Social Psychiatry.

                    Don't forget to send your abstract by March 31st!



February 20 We cordially invite colleagues participating in the WHO initiative on community-based mental health services that promote human rights and the recovery approach to present their project at our World Congress of Social Psychiatry in Bucharest, Romania, this October 25-28, 2019                     Click HERE for more information!



February 18

 Young Health Professionals Track (YHPT) at the 23rd WASP Congress in Bucharest being organized.  

  Click HERE for more information!



February 8 We welcome our first 15 registered participants from Germany, Chile, India and Romania  



February 5 Mme. N. Louise Bradley, President of Canada's Mental Health Commission is now a confirmed speaker at the XXIII World Congress of Social Psychiatry in Bucharest in October, 2019. She will also do a workshop with Professor Eliot Sorel on Canada's Mental Health Commission and how to adopt this innovative model globally.  



January 30 The distinguished Medical University "Victor Babes" of Timisoara has accepted our invitation to be a scientific partner with us at the XXIII World Congress of Social Psychiatry in Bucharest, this October  



January 25 Make sure you check out the Scientific Committee   



January 25 OECD Health at a Glance Europe 2018 just released and relevant to our Social Determinants of Health/Mental Health & Access to Care Congress, in Bucharest 25-28 October 2019  

  Download more information from here




January 16 Check out the National Organizing Committee   



January 8

ROMANIA's three leading Universities are now our scientific partners




       January 5   Registration is now open!  



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