Thematic Fields

Prevention of mental disorders to promote the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents

Topics for discussion:

1.1 1.1. Mental health in the context of prenatal and postnatal care for mothers and newborns.

Prenatal, perinatal and environmental risk factors. Pathology of pregnancy and childbirth, premature birth as an important risk factor for subsequent mental and general developmental disorders in children. Early diagnosis of developmental disorders and early intervention. In vitro fertilization. Quality medical and psychological assistance to women during pregnancy and childbirth as a guarantee of good mental and overall health of the future child. Parenting skills training programs. Medical and social services for mothers and children in the postpartum period. Social support for single mothers. Psychosocial and legal assistance to women subjected to violence or sexual harassment.

1.2 Mental health in preschool children.

Pedagogy, psychology, pediatrics, neurology and child psychiatry: interdisciplinary interaction. Pre-school education and upbringing. Speech therapy and defectological diagnostics. Prevention and correction of psycho-speech development disorders. Family and child mental health. Factors affecting mental health. Social competence as a key characteristic of some mental disorders. Early childhood psychosocial development. Nutrition and early childhood development. Physical, cognitive and socioemotional development. Adverse childhood experiences: interaction with mental disorders. The impact of the early parental care on the child mental health. Social development: the role of play. Early temperament development.

1.3 Mental health in school-age children.

Pedagogy, psychology, pediatrics, neurology and child psychiatry: interdisciplinary interaction. Outpatient observation and services for children in the context of mental and overall health. Individual development and external environment at-risk factors. Pre-school, school and family education: interaction and integration in the context of mental health and development. Interactions of teachers, parents, and peers in the school setting. Educational environment, including factors affecting mental health. Training programs for teachers to preserve student mental health. Professional burnout of teachers. School programs for promoting mental health and life skills education in schools and self-education. Learning difficulties. Measures to prevent bullying and harassment. Management of disruptive behaviors. Perfectionist attitudes and the emotional maladjustment. Suicidal ideation: symptoms, prevention and resources.  Prevention of anxiety disorders and depression. Prevention of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). Domestic violence and psychological and psychotherapeutic services for children and their families.

1.4 Adolescent mental health.

Family and adolescent mental health. Suicide, deviant behavior, dangerous leisure and illegal actions: prevention strategies. Predictors of adolescent depression and suicide. The role of the media in adolescent depression and suicide prevention. Hotlines for adolescents. Chemical and non-chemical addiction. Eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, compulsive overeating, bulimia nervosa). Maladjustment, dysfunctional behavior, bullying and harassment, psychological and actual abuse at school: prevention strategies and psychological assistance. Types of adolescent aggression. Interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of angry and aggressive behavior in adolescents. Sex education. Sexual and reproductive health. Emotional and behavioral disorders in adolescents. Suicide and interpersonal violence: prevention strategies. Internet addiction. Academic achievement and social acceptance. Stress resistance. HIV/AIDS prevention strategies. Development of the peer-to-peer approaches for adolescents.

Treatment and Rehabilitation for the Mental Health and Well-Being of Children and Adolescents

Topics for discussion:

2.1 Modern approaches to the diagnosis of mental disorders and mental development disorders in children and adolescents.

An integrated approach to the diagnosis of mental disorders in children and adolescents. Evidence-based medicine and child psychiatry. Early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and other mental disorders. Genetics and genomics in the early diagnosis of mental disorders and mental developmental disorders in children and adolescents. Neurobiological studies of the etiopathogenesis of mental and behavioral disorders in childhood and adolescence. The role of social factors in the etiopathogenesis of mental disorders and mental development disorders in children and adolescents. Biomarkers of mental and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents. Experimental psychological studies and their role in the diagnosis of mental disorders and mental development disorders in childhood and adolescence.

2.2 Child psychosomatics: the intersection of pediatrics and child psychiatry.

Pediatrics and child psychiatry: problems and prospects of interaction. Clinical and epidemiological studies in child psychosomatics. An interdisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of child and adolescent psychosomatic disorders. The role of primary care in the diagnosis and treatment of in child and adolescent psychosomatic disorders. Co-morbidity of mental and somatic disorders in childhood and adolescence. Biological and psychosocial factors in the diagnosis and treatment of in child and adolescent psychosomatic disorders. Psychotherapy in child and adolescent psychosomatic disorders.

2.3 Pediatric psychopharmacology and child psychotherapy.

An integrated approach to the treatment of mental and behavioral disorders in childhood and adolescence. Psychopharmacological research in child psychiatry. Efficacy and safety of psychopharmacological treatment in childhood and adolescence. Voluntary consent to psychopharmacotherapy in childhood and adolescence. Approaches to psychotherapy in childhood and adolescence: individual, group and family psychotherapy. Psychotherapy of children and adolescents in inpatient and outpatient settings.

2.4 Psychosocial rehabilitation.

Features of psychosocial rehabilitation of children and adolescents. Group methods. Family forms of psychosocial intervention. Individual psychotherapeutic techniques. Formation of parental commitment to treatment. Interdisciplinary and intersectoral approaches: ensuring comprehensiveness and continuity of treatment. Integrative approach: interaction with the primary health care network, non-medical institutions, including pre-school and school, and specialized institutions for culture, art, physical culture and sports. Giftedness in children with psychiatric experience. Integrating sports in the system of psychosocial rehabilitation. Applications of expressive arts, art therapy and outsider art.

2.5 Autism spectrum disorders and other developmental mental disorders.

Primary prevention of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other mental development disorders in children and adolescents. Early diagnosis. Complex psychosocial rehabilitation programs for children and adolescents with ASD. Drug therapy and non-drug treatment of ASD and other mental development disorders in childhood and adolescence. Multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, treatment and psychosocial rehabilitation of ASD and other mental development disorders. Outpatient observation of children and adolescents with mental development disorders. Inclusive education of children and adolescents with ASD and other mental development disorders. Use of tutorship. Group and family psychotherapy, and other types of psychological assistance for parents of children and adolescents with mental development disorders.

2.6 Childhood disability.

Statistics of childhood disability due to mental illness. Clinical examination of children with mental disabilities due to mental illness. Treatment and psychosocial rehabilitation of children with disabilities due to mental illness. Disability containment and socialization of children with disabilities. Social security of children with disabilities. Psychological and social support for family members. Disabled children in boarding schools. Prevention of social orphanhood. The role of the state, business and society in improving the quality of life of children with mental disabilities.

The Mental Health and Well-Being of Gifted Children

Topics for discussion:

3.1 Intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of gifted children.

Gifted identification. Early childhood signs of giftedness in varied fields of special abilities. Specific problems of mental imbalance in the emotional-volitional sphere. Giftedness and talent development in the educational setting: mental health challenges. Academic results and giftedness. Asynchronous development: social and emotional challenges. Learning needs. Dysgraphia. Speech problems. Social adaptation of gifted children. Psychological risks. Behavioral, social, and emotional problems. Developmental challenges. The role of parents and caregivers in saving mental health and well-being of gifted children. The role of educators in saving mental health and well-being of gifted children and their families. National policies in gifted children mental health support. Cultural differences in giftedness: mental health approach.

3.2 Gifted children: challenges for psychiatry.

Advanced gifts and emotional problems. Elevated intensity and activity levels of gifted children and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: challenges for diagnosis. Unrecognized disorders. Intellectual precocity and learning disability: challenges for diagnosis. Gifted child’s intensity and strong opinions and oppositional defiant disorder: challenges for diagnosis. Depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, social isolation and feelings of alienation, aggression, and drug use issues of gifted children.

The Mental Health and Well-Being of Children and Adolescents in Difficult Life Situations

Topics for discussion:

4.1 Mental health of children and adolescents from families who are refugees, IDPs (internally displaced persons) and migrants.

Special needs in mental health services. Availability of mental health services. Factors predicting distress or disorder. Psychosocial aspects of children and adolescents’ responses to their exposure to war, insecurity, violence and terrorism. Factors contributing to resilience. Personal and social sources of resilience. Emotion regulation, parenting, and social support as resilience support sources. Acceptance by the communities to which children and adolescents who are refugees, IDPs, and migrants return. Interventions addressing the needs of children from families who are refugees, IDPs (internally displaced persons) and migrants. Diagnosis and prevention of stock-outs of mental health care services. Treatment of mental health disorders. Prevention and treatment challenges. Mental health awareness-raising programs among refugees, IDPs and migrants, including children, adolescents and their families. Mobile medical and non-medical community units for mental health care. Psychological support. Mental health promotion and awareness building in the community for creating favorable environment for refugees, IDPs and migrants, including children, adolescents and their families. National mental health control programs and community-based interventions. Identifying and measuring protective factors.

4.2 Mental health of children without parental care.

Factors provoking the development of various forms of psychological and mental disorders, including fears, insecurity, resentment, feelings of rejection, dependence on unfamiliar people and facing unstable or dangerous external circumstances. Emotional, behavioral and mental disorders, including loss of self-esteem, depression and suicide, withdrawal, anger and aggression, impaired intellectual and cognitive activity and development.

Psychological and social interventions to mitigate and compensate for the loss of parents. Foster and adoptive parents or guardians: mental health challenges. Living environments in orphanages or boarding schools: mental health challenges. Specialized training for foster and adoptive parents or guardians, teachers and counselors. National mental health control programs and community-based interventions. Identifying and measuring protective factors.

4.3 Mental health of children and adolescents affected by armed and transnational conflicts, environmental and technological disasters, and natural disasters in humanitarian crises.

Psychological, medical, social, legal and economic results of conflict or natural disasters. Access to medical care, quality education, adequate nutrition and protection: mental health challenges. Risk of disease, violence and exploitation. Vulnerability to physical, mental and sensory impairment and disability-related problems. Protective processes contributing to resilient mental health outcomes in children and adolescents. Protective interventions at the individual level. The role of attachment relationships in mental health care. The role of caregiver in mental health care. The role of the family in mental health care. Social community-based support: impact on mental health. Cultural and community influences. National and supranational policies and programs to provide access to education, preserve families; prohibit participation of children and adolescents in military conflict; ensure safe evacuation from zones of military conflict and environmental and technological disasters. National mental health control programs and community-based interventions. Identifying and measuring protective factors.

4.4 Mental health of children and adolescents imprisoned in juvenile correctional facilities.

Social, economic and cultural conditions affecting the juvenile delinquency. Main causes of offenses and crimes. Physical, developmental and mental health needs of youth offenders. Needs assessments approaches. Substance abuse and psychiatric disorders in youth offenders. Prevention and treatment of behavioral disorders (conduct disorder (CD). Prevention and treatment of anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), and affective disorders. Comorbidity across psychiatric disorders. Therapeutic detention: provision of therapeutic care. Differences in the rates of disorder: by gender, by race and age. Preventive measures for violence, delinquency, injuries, suicides in juvenile correctional facilities. Programs addressing personal development and improving social conditions for juvenile delinquents: impact on mental health. Types of mental health services provided through the correctional health care systems. Interventions and patterns of risk in adolescent mental disorders prevention. Legal mandates on mental health programs for juvenile correctional settings. Standards of mental health care for juvenile facilities.

The Impact of Physical Activity and Sport on the Mental Health and Well-Being of Children and Adolescents

Topics for discussion:

5.1 The effects of physical activity and sport on child and adolescent’s mental health and well-being.

Relationship between physical activity and mental health. The types and levels of physical education: dimensions of mental health. The psychomotor development of children and adolescents: impact on mental health. The role of physical activity in treatment of depression and anxiety. Physical activity in child age and adolescence: impact on development of healthy lifestyles. Relationship of physical activity with control of weight. Relationship between physical activity and psychological interventions. Stress-related mental health disorders and physical activity. Physical activity for social competencies development: impact on mental health. Physical activity: self-esteem and emotional resilience. Correction of the deviant behavior by means of physical activity. Types of physical activity and assessment of the level of mental and physical health of children and adolescents for sports. Sport for all and professional sport: psychological and medical approaches. Psychology of physical activity. Negative factors of sport, leading to mental health problems. The relationship of sport achievement with anxiety in young athletes and their parents. The relationship of perfectionist attitudes with deviant behavior in young athletes and their parents. Challenges associated with training with young athletes. Doping in sport.

5.2 Adaptive sport and physical activity as a rehabilitation tool for children and adolescents with mental health disabilities.

The role of physical activity in the management of mental health diseases. The effects of adaptive sports and physical activities in children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. The effects of adaptive sports and physical activities in children and adolescents with intellectual and special psychological needs. Adaptive sports and physical activities: impact on physical fitness, self-esteem, and social competence of children and adolescents with special mental health needs. Factors affecting participation in physical activity and/or sports of children and adolescents with mental disabilities: physical, psychologic and emotional barriers. Adaptive sports and physical activities in the educational settings. Adaptive sports and physical activities in the special rehabilitation settings. Cerebral palsy children: adaptive sports and physical activities. Parental and social factors: influence on a child with a mental disability to participate in physical activity. Benefits of physical activity and adaptive sport: social integration, peer acceptance, cognitive development, and achievement.  Methods of control and psychological support for Paralympic athletes. Athletes with Down Syndrome. Mental support of athletes with congenital and acquired pathology. Sports of persons with intellectual disabilities in the Paralympic movement. Special Olympic movement. Sports and functional classification of athletes with intellectual disabilities.

The Impact of Culture and Art on the Mental Health and Well-Being of Children and Adolescents

Topics for discussion:

6.1 Relationship between culture & arts and mental health.

Culture as a social and a psychological concept. Similarities and diversities in cultures. Culture and ethnicity. Influence of culture on a society. Integration of cultural programs into the healthcare systems. Culture and its influence on emotional health. Cultural activities and personal development. Cultural and personal identity. The role of cultural activities in raising awareness of mental health issues. Tangible and intangible heritage and traditional knowledge and skills: contribution to the development of opportunities and healthy development and adaptation to society for children and adolescents. Accessibility to arts activities for children and adolescents. The arts curriculum in the educational setting. Correlation between culture and enhanced ability to learn. Art as a means to relieve stress and depression. Art’s means to boost self-esteem. Digital technology as aid for access and inclusion into cultural practice for children and adolescents. Children’s books and cognitive development, emotional maturity, and harmonizing. Aesthetic and artistic education, literature, theater, music, visual arts, photography and cinematography, circus, design, media, visiting museums, cultural sites and libraries: impact on mental health and well-being of children and adolescents.

6.2 Mass Media impact on mental health.

Which mental health topics remain in the margins and which of them enjoy the high priority in the Media. Mental health information market overview: supply and demand. Stakeholders of information (journalists, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, people with mental disorders and their family members, NGOs, and others): the quality of information. Media profiles of psychiatrists, psychotherapists, clinical psychologists and other specialists in mental health. Mental health policy for a Media: its presence or absence. Legal and ethical aspects. Educational programs for the Media: areas of responsibility. Formation of the need to maintain mental health: promoting psychiatric literacy. Availability of information on the mental health values. Promoting the relevance of mental health: are the Media responsible for it? Stigma and discrimination: improving the public perception of people suffering from mental disorders and people with features of mental development. Increasing tolerance towards people with mental disorders: ethical aspects, social and economic effect. Interference in privacy. Stigma and discrimination: improving the public perception of psychiatric services and psychiatrists. Publicity for achievements of modern psychiatry and other mental health areas: increasing the demand for mental health services. The media role to access supportive communities. Strategy for the development of a favorable information environment on mental health issues: plan of actions. Mental health enabling information environment development strategy: route plan.

6.3 Art therapy in treatment and rehabilitation practice.

The prevalence of certain mental illness in certain cultures and/or communities. Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicide rates: connection with cultural and social factors. Cultural diversity: diversity of patients’ choice on the methods to cope with mental illness. How does the culture affect point of view in mental health? Artistic basis of art therapy for development of the creative personal identity. The culture of patients and practitioners. Cultural competencies for mental health treatment. The role of culture and arts in changing stigma to mentally ill. Types of art-therapy. Artistic opportunities for mentally ill. Music therapy: professional and educational standards. Art works by people with mental disabilities as a means for destigmatization. Impact of art-therapy on the quality of life of patients with borderline mental disorders. Outsider Art.

The Role of Education in the Mental Health and Well-Being of Children and Adolescents

Topics for discussion:

7.1 Training of medical specialists.

Child and adolescent psychiatry. Pediatric care and child psychiatry. Training of primary health care providers, including pediatricians and pediatric neurologists. Supplementary education and advanced training in the field of child and adolescent mental health for child endocrinologists, oncologists, dentists, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists and allergy specialists, rheumatologists and cardiologists, gynecologists and urologists and others.

7.2 Training of non-medical specialists.

Training in the field of child and adolescent mental health for specialists working in educational institutions, including school psychologists, counselors and advisors, teachers, speech therapists, heads and members of the administration of preschools and schools. Training of specialists working in social protection institutions, including defectologists, social workers, tutors, educators of residential care institutions, specialists in the field of psychocorrection and psychotherapy, heads and members of the administration of social protection institutions. Training of HR specialists for organizations including where parents work, in the preservation child and adolescent mental health. Training of employment service specialists who are involved in employing people with mental disabilities. Training of expressive art therapists, including specializations in music, movement and dance, theater, arts and crafts, and folk crafts. Training of representatives of state and local government bodies in the preservation of child and adolescent mental health. Training journalists in child and adolescent mental health. Gifted and talented education.

7.3 Training of non-specialists.

Psychoeducation for recipients of benefits, their family members and caregivers. Training of guardians (adoptive, foster families) in the preservation of child and adolescent mental health. Teaching parents to preserve the mental health of their children. Training of employees of non-profit organizations, voluntary associations, volunteers in the field of child and adolescent mental health.

7.4 Inclusive education, including problems and modern models.

Theoretical and philosophical underpinning towards inclusive education. Inclusive education approaches at international and national level. Special needs students: individualized education approach. Equal opportunities for all learners: methods to achieve the goal. Diversity of educational needs and requirements of learners. Inclusive schools. Inclusive classroom. Different styles and rates of inclusive education. Framework of inclusive education: curricula, community-based organizational arrangements, teaching strategies and resources. Inclusive education: discrimination challenges. Inclusive education: learner and teacher support at school level. Involving and consulting with parents.

Legal, Economic and Policy Frameworks Concerning the Mental Health and Well-Being of Children and Adolescents

Topics for discussion:

8.1 Rights of children and adolescents associated with mental health.

The national and super national strategies for the mental health of children and adolescents. The right to education as a universal and fundamental human right. Inclusive education policies. The right of every child to the standard of living. The right of every child to have an access to the services of the health care system and means of disease treatment and health restoration. International law and national policies and models of child and adolescent mental health. National strategies and policies for individual development as well as of the external environment at a young age, as a factor in preventing the risk of mental disorders. National strategies and policies for providing mental health services to the most vulnerable child and adolescence groups. National strategies and policies for preventing young people suicide. Targeted motherhood and childhood protection strategies. National strategies and policies to address the need for medical and social services throughout the life cycle of a person, including infancy, childhood, and adolescence. National strategies and policies for ensuring early intervention and assistance to children and adolescents with mental disorders through the provision of evidence-based and community-based psychosocial rehabilitation services. National strategies and policies to promote the cognitive, sensorimotor and psychosocial development of children and to facilitate a healthy relationship between children and their parents and/or carers. Child protection system at the primary level. Legal regulation associated with the needs of children whose parents suffer from chronic mental disorders.

8.2 Primary medical and child psychiatric care: integration prospects, organizational and legal aspects.

Law and legislation: the main provisions and achievements of psychiatry and related sciences. Mental health legislation: harmonization and patient rights. Biological, environmental and socio-economic aspects of primary medical and child psychiatric care. Current trends in the development of the legal doctrine on mental health. Legal aspects of voluntary consent to the provision of mental health care for children and adolescents. Forced hospitalization and inpatient treatment of minors in psychiatric hospitals. Conditions of detention of children and adolescents in psychiatric hospitals. Joint treatment of mother and child in psychiatric institutions. Use of irreversible treatment methods in childhood and adolescence. Representing the interests of children during hospitalization and throughout their stay in psychiatric institutions. Quality of mental health care for children and adolescents in inpatient and outpatient conditions. Child psychiatric care in the structure of "community-based" psychiatry. Primary medical and child psychiatric care: integration prospects, organizational and legal aspects. Legal capacity of young persons suffering from mental illness. Young persons under special disability. Legal capacity and exercise. Legal procedures for identification capacity of young persons suffering from mental illness. Surrogate motherhood and mental health of the child: legal aspects. Protection of the rights and legitimate interests of those with limited capacity and incapacity. Diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation problems associated with child mental disorders. Medical interventions for children and adolescents with mental illness. Problems associated with medical care to the mentally ill children. Provision of medicines for children and adolescents suffering from mental illness.

8.3 Legal protection of mental health in the educational setting.

Educational legislation and mental health of participants of educational relations. Risk factors for student mental health. Problems relating to legal protection of student mental health. Psychological and pedagogical support of students. Control and supervision in the context of student mental health. Inclusive education: legal aspects. Prevention of professional burnout in the educational setting: legal aspects. Diagnosing signs of mental accentuation in schoolchildren through Internet and social networks: legal aspects.

8.4 The right of children and adolescents with mental disabilities to engage in physical culture and sports

Adaptive sports as an important component of a treatment and rehabilitation process for people suffering from mental disorders. Requirements for regulation and organization of sports competitions with participation of people with mental health needs. The role of the state in improving the legislation on special Olympic sports. Adaptive sports use in the governmental and non-governmental, medical and non-medical settings.

8.5 Criminal insanity and mental health.

Children and adolescents who are charged with a criminal offence and who are suffering from a mental disorder: legal aspects. Mental health and sanity. Insanity in the Russian and international criminal law. Limited sanity and its criminal and legal meaning. Investigation into personality typologies of adolescent offenders. Investigation into personality typologies of sexual offenders. Release from punishment due to the mental illness. Criteria for the pronouncement of forced treatment as a penal sanction.