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ABOUT MMH 2017

A floating feeling is commonly shared by most of us who have left our home to travel and continue our life somewhere else. Our roots are removed from their current soil and stay floating between two worlds. Will it ever be possible to put down our roots again?


Mental health and migration is a highly relevant topic in our current social and political context. The aim of this congress is to increase awareness and sensitivity about the importance of promoting mental health under the migratory context. For that purpose, this meeting provides the opportunity to present, meet and discuss academic work and psychosocial and communitarian intervention bringing it to public attention. The main emphasis of the day will be the exchange and discussion of different theoretical models, current conceptualisations and techniques which guide the professional approach and intervention into this social phenomenon.

This international interdisciplinary meeting was conceived 6 years ago in order to provide a space where professionals from all around the world involved in the psychosocial area of migration could exchange and discuss the following topics:

  • Social and stress factors influencing migrants’ mental health and well-being.
  • Diagnosis and psychological intervention currently applied.
  • Experiences and results from psychosocial, social, and volunteer interventions.

At the congress, new ideas and perspectives will emerge, which will surely have an impact in the professionals’ praxis as well as in our personal perception and relation with the phenomenon of migration or, in other words, with all those who left, moved and changed “home”.

 

Programme


8:30 〉 REGISTRATION OPENS

9:00 〉 INAUGURATION

Welcoming speech from “Bezirksamt Pankow”

Luca Pandolfi – Professor of Urbaniana University of Rome

Noemí Alcalá – Xochicuicatl e.V. Latin American Women Association

9:30 〉 LECTURE

“Migrating in the 21st century. The Immigrant Syndrome with chronic and multiple stress – The Ulysses Syndrome” Joseba Achotegui. General Secretary of Transcultural Section of the World Psychiatric Association. Barcelona (Spain)

10:00 〉 SESSION 1: STRESS, SOCIAL FACTORS AND MENTAL HEALTH IN CURRENT MIGRATION

SESSION 1.1

“Mental Health support in Japanese Psychiatric clinic”. Yu Abe. Meijigakuin University, Department of Psychology. Tokyo (Japan)

“Geopolitics: conflict, insecurity and the migrant crisis”. Albert Persaud. Co-Founder & Director, The Centre for Applied Research and Evaluation – International Foundation (CAREIF). (United Kingdom)

“Hostility, anger, mistrust and biopsychosocial wellbeing of refugees, asylum-seekers and immigrants: a review and a study proposal”. Maria José Rebelo. Clinical psychologist. PhD Candidate at Comillas Pontifical University. Madrid (Spain)

“Syndrome of Migrants with Extreme Migratory Mourning Impact (Ulysses Syndrome) in Latin Americans living in London”. Nancy Liscano, Teléfono de la Esperanza. (United Kingdom)

SESSION 1.2

“Losing God… The inclusion of the loss of ‘religious experience’ on the Ulysses Scale – Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary experiments”. Luca Pandolfi. Anthropologist. Professor of Pontifical Urbaniana University of Rome. (Italy)

“Construction of a measurement questionnaire of cognitive schemas on the migratory process – MP-MCSQ”. Leticia Marin. Transcultural Psychologist, specializing in Schema Therapy and REBT – SAL Solidarietà con L’America Latina. Rome (Italy)

“Mourning the Homeland, Settling in Place”. Maria Elena Ferrer Harrington. Executive Director, Humanamente. New York (USA)

“The Iceberg of Immigration: save me a place”. Danijela Belosevic, social worker, and Lucía Ferri, psychologist. Caritas Migration Service. Berlin (Germany)

SESSION 1.3

“Effects of the economic crisis on the migration process of Bolivian and Venezuelan women in the city of Valencia, Spain”. Norma Aguilar and Eleonora García. Venenval solidarity, Venezuelans in Valencia. Valencia (Spain)

“Vicarious Illegality: The Spillover Effects of ‘Illegality’ on Mexican-origin Women’s Stress and Mental Health”. San Juanita García. Department of Sociology. University of California. Riverside (USA)

“Language Acquisition and Integration – Language as the Key Element to Shape Life in Germany”. Svenja Arenz. MA Student of Social and Cultural Anthropology and Language Teacher. Xochicuicatl e.V. and Freie Universität. Berlin (Germany)

“Psychological disorders associated to traumatic experiences in women confined in Idomeni Refugee Camp”. Marta Guarch-Rubio and Antonio L. Manzanero. Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

11:30 〉 COFFEE BREAK

12:00 〉 SESSION 2: DIAGNOSIS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTION IN CURRENT MIGRATION

SESSION 2.1

“Community participation in mental health care in Syria”. José López-Rodas. Psychiatrist. Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia. Lima (Peru)

“Persistent pain in refugees and asylum seekers, refugees and migrants: The embodiment of suffering”. Andreia Negron. MD, Internal Medicine, Medical Anthorpology, Pain Management. London (United Kingdom)

“Racism & Mental Health in Migration Population”. Eben Louw. MSc Health Psychology. Psychological counselling centre for victims of far-right, racist and antisemitic violence (OPRA), ARIBA e.V. Berlin (Germany)

“A multiprofessional psycho-social Treatment Programme for Survivors of Torture and War-traumatized Refugees”. Sabrina Schmelzle. Specialist in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. Centre: Überleben. (former Berlin Treatment Center for Torture Victims, bzfo). Outpatient Department for Survivors of Torture and War-traumatized Refugees. Berlin (Germany)

SESSION 2.2

“Ulysses Syndrome in migrant children and adolescents”. Dori Espeso. Institut Asisténcia Sanitária. Girona And University of Barcelona. (Spain)

“Description, background and evaluation of the WIRwerden program. A research-based intervention supporting the social integration of refugee children in primary school“. Laura Trölenberg. Freie Universität. Berlin (Germany)

Psychotherapy through psychosocial activities to face anger: the clinical case of a not accompanied foreign minor. Simonetta Bonadies, psychologist and psychotherapist, and Dr. Alberto Polito, psychologist. (Italy)

“Gift and debt in the everyday process of educational and psychological care-giving for isolated foreign youth in France. A psychoanalytical perspective”. Arnold Castelain. Groupe SOS Jeunesse service l’agenda mineurs isole’s e’trangers Paris. (France)

SESSION 2.3

“Exploring the effectiveness of a creative writing intervention to promote refugees’ integration and wellbeing”. Agata Vitale. Senior Lecturer in Abnormal/Clinical Psychology. Bath Spa University. (United Kingdom)

“From idealization to reality: family reunification of Latin-American migrant women with their children”. Maylet Osorio. Intercultural psychologist. (Belgium)

“The place of language in the psychoanalytic framework”. Alessandra Mongardi. Refugee Therapy Centre. London (United Kingdom)

“Strategies for coping with stress in the migration process: The experience of working in Hamburg with Spanish speakers and Latin American people”. María Teresa González Osorio, Psicóloga y directora del Espacio Internacional de Psicoterapia y Orientación, and Andrea Caballero Romero, Medical School Hamburg. Hamburg (Germany)

13:30 〉 GENERAL DEBATE

14:00 〉 LUNCH AND POSTER SESSION

“Exiled Survivor’s guilt and activism: the case of Syrian civil social activists in Berlin”. Elisa Sanz

“Importance of Mixed Methodologies in the Study of Immigrant Mexican Youth”. M.L. de Leon Siantz, L. Brazil-Cruz and R. Manzo

“Perceived causes of depression in Farsi-speaking migrants and refugees from Iran and Afghanistan living in Germany”. Dipl. Psych. Mahan Mobashery

 

15:00 〉 SESSION 3: PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS WITH MIGRANTS AND EXPERIENCES

SESSION 3.1

“All walls do fall and the end…”. Luigi Leonori. President of  ‘Mental Health & Social Exclusion’  network –  SMES-Europa. Brussels (Belgium)

“Immigrants living in the homes of elderly person”. Renato López. Sociologist and researcher specializing in management of health. (Switzerland)

“Homeless and mentally ill – between stigma and health risks of sleeping rough”. Petra Schwaiger. Project manager and social worker at Project “Frostschutzengel plus” – GEBEWO Soziale Dienste. Berlin (Germany)

SESSION 3.2

“Neutral language and mental health. Do migrants feel migrants?”. Francesca Ronchin. Journalist (Italy)

“Characteristics of psychotherapies with people without a secure residence permit”. Katharina Stahlamann. Medibüro. Büro für medizinische Flüchtlingshilfe Berlin. (Germany)

“Intercultural competence from nursing”. Maribel Isabel Pagola Pascual. Nurse specialized in psychiatry, University Hospital Donostia. (Spain)

“Migration of Families, Mediation and MiKK”. Michael Ford. MiKK e.V. InternationalMediation Centre for Family Conflict and Child Abduction. Berlin (Germany)

SESSION 3.3

“From the elaboration of the migratory mournings, towards the self social constuction of global citizenship: a responsibility of all of us”. Leticia Reyes Sánchez. Head of Psycho-socio-family eco-pedagogy programme- ONG Families du Monde. Brussels (Belgium)

“Survivor’s guilt and activism in exile: the case of exile Syrian civil society activists in Berlin”. Elisa Sanz. Psychologist. MA in Globalisation and Development Studies. Maastricht University. Aachen (Germany)

“Beyond the grief and trauma relieved”. Juan Pimienta, Head of Metropolitan Police Ibero-American Association Scotland Yard (Member of S.A.M.U.R.A.I). London (United Kingdom)

“Theater as a tool for the migration processing”. Darinka Ezeta. Berlin (Germany)

16:30 〉 GENERAL DEBATE

17:30 〉 CLOSING LECTURE

“Challenges of transcultural psychiatry in today’s world”. Rachid Bennegadi. President of the of World Association of Social Psychiatry. Paris (France)

“La ventanilla de salud mental’ (The window of mental health)”. Dr. Alejandro Rivera Becerra. Head of Chancery. Embassy of Mexico in Berlin (Germany)

18:15 〉 CLOSING CEREMONY AND ASSEMBLY OF ATHENA NETWORK

Presentation of the Athena Network Publication “The International Journal of Migration and Mental Health from Psychosocial and Communitarian perspective”

Organizing Committee Berlin 2017 and Brussels 2018.