WASP World Congress of Social Psychiatry, Bucharest, Romania, 2019

Message from the President


Dear Colleagues,


We are delighted to invite you to the 23rd Congress of the World Association of Social Psychiatry at Bucharest October 25-28, 2019. As you know, this is a special occasion for all of us including our member societies, social psychiatrists and mental health professionals all over the world to meet together and engage in scientific deliberations. As you know, we are coming to Bucharest after our highly successful 22nd World Congress at New Delhi-2016.


The theme of the Congress, “Social determinants of mental health and access to care” is contemporary and relevant.  It reflects our concern for mental health in this age of globalization, commercialization and the merging of boundaries between nations. Despite rapid advances in all fields, enough attention has not been devoted to the social determinants of mental health. And access to care remains severely limited in most parts of the world including high income countries. Our world is changing as never before, which has profound implications for mental health. We are sure, the deliberations of the Congress will give us newer insights into the emerging dynamics in all these areas.


WASP is one of the oldest global mental health organizations. Having been founded in London in 1964, UK by Dr. Joshua Bierer, now we have number societies from all parts of the globe. The Romanian Association of Psychiatry and the Romanian Association of Social Psychiatry are hosting this Congress. Let me thank them and especially Prof. Doina Cozman and Dr. Alexandru Paziuc for the invitation and for their hard work in organizing this event.


We will have four days of rich scientific programme with invited lectures, symposia, workshops, free papers and posters. There will be also be cultural events and get togethers which will be very entertaining to you and families.


Let me specially thank my fellow members of the EC Prof. Rachid Bannegadi (President Elect), Prof. Fernando Lolas (Secretary General), Marianne Kastrup (Treasurer)  and our advisors Prof. Eliot Sorel and Prof. Tom Craig. Our PCO PROevents and Conference and its leaders Dr. Theodor Badiu and Alina Puscas deserve our special appreciation.  


Hearty welcome, once again!


Prof. Roy Abraham Kallivayalil

President, World Association of Social Psychiatry

Vice- Principal, Professor & Head, Dept of Psychiatry,

Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences,Tiruvalla, Kerala- 689 101,  India
Web www.wpanet.org  www.waspsocialpsychiatry.com





XXIII World Congress of Social Psychiatry Scientific Partners:














July 22, NEWS:

Meet our plenary speakers:

Professor Rachid Bennegadi (France)

President Elect, World Association of Social Psychiatry
Medical Referent of the Françoise Minkowska Institute, Paris, France

TOPIC:  Address by President Elect

July 18, NEWS:

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, NEWS:

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, NEWS:

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, NEWS:

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, NEWS:

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, NEWS:

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, NEWS:

Abstracts submitted for WASP 2019

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

July 3, NEWS:

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, NEWS:

Deadline for early bird registration has been extended to July 31st

All abstract submitters should receive their notifications before July 15.

June 29, NEWS:

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, NEWS: 

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, NEWS:

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. 

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