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 enagage 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:














May 15 NEWS:

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

May 13 NEWS:

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, NEWS:

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

April 19, NEWS:

Read the interview with Prof. Dr. Roy Abraham Kallivayalil on the challenges of social psychiatry in
Psihiatru.ro journal.

Click HERE to read the full article

April 17, NEWS:
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, NEWS:
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, NEWS:
Professor Vincenzo Di Nicola of MontrealCanada, Dr. Lavinia Duica of Sibiu, and Dr. Roxana Stoean of Bucharest 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, NEWS:
We cordially invite colleagues participating in the WHO initiative oncommunity-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, NEWS:
Young Health Professionals Track (YHPT) at the 23rd WASP Congress in Bucharest being organized.  
HERE for more information!

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



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