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:














June 13, NEWS:

Meet our plenary speakers:

4. 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, NEWS:

Meet our plenary speakers:
3. Professor Boris Cyrulnik (France)

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

TOPIC: Resilience of children in wars

June 8 , NEWS:
Meet our plenary speakers:
2. 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, NEWS:

Meet our plenary speakers:
1. 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, NEWS:

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, NEWS:

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.



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