Thematic Fields

Professional education in the field of mental health

Topics for discussion:

1.1 Various models and concepts of mental health

Philosophy of education in the field of mental health. Philosophy and psychiatry. Mental and psychological health – definition of concepts. Mental health as a spiritual value. Mental health and bioethics. Ethical aspects of psychiatry. Psychiatry and anti-psychiatry. An interdisciplinary approach to the study of the psyche. Psychic norms and pathology: theory and practice. History and ontology of mental illness. Reductionism in the field of mental science and neuroscience: the "new phrenology" and neurological mythology. Mental health in the light of postmodernism and post-postmodernism. The problem of the subject in psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy. Philosophy of mind and mental health. Spiritual and/or religious aspects in psychoeducation. What counts, what is important, what is the focus in professional training and post graduate education.

1.2 Neuroscience and clinical psychiatry

The biopsychosocial model of mental disorders and neuroscience. Neuroscience and biological psychiatry. Biomarkers of mental disorders. Neuroscience and a cluster approach to the classification, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Neuroscience in the structure of the modern postgraduate education in psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy. Opportunities and prospects of integration of modern neuroscience achievements in clinical psychiatry and psychotherapy. Interaction of neuroscience and psychiatry as part of an interdisciplinary research of mental health problems.

1.3 Psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy as part of integrative educational process

National postgraduate educational strategies in the field of psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy. International classifications of mental disorders from the standpoint of professional education. Standards of diagnosis, treatment and education in modern clinical psychology and psychiatry. Clinical assessment scales of mental condition and their role in medical and educational processes. Psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy in terms of unity and continuity of the treatment and diagnostic and educational processes. Social Psychiatry in Mental Health Education. How to speak to the sane part of each person even if they have psychotics or neurotic diseases. Psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy and general medicine as a single educational platform. The variety of psychotherapeutic areas and psychotherapeutic education. Age, gender and cultural aspects of psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy in the light of modern professional education. Ethical and legal aspects of interdisciplinary education and interaction in the field of mental health. Psychological and psychiatric forensic examination from the standpoint of interdisciplinary interaction and professional education. Encouraging joint activity between experts in different fields and forming a therapy group.

Education in the system of prevention of mental disorders and promotion of mental health values

Topics for discussion:

2.1 Continuous education as part of the human life cycle

National and supranational government programs to educate the public in the field of mental health. Legal educational programs. Preventive educational programs for children, adolescents and youth (prevention of chemical and non-chemical addictions, suicides, teenage aggression, difficulty in the child's adaptation to the foster family, educational process deficit, deviant behavior, etc.). The uniqueness of each child and how to adapt the education on this reality. The philosophy aspect of education to allow the children to think by themselves. The new technologies in the fields of promotion, prevention, counseling and treatment by means of social media and eHealth technology to especially reach the young generation via internet. Graduate school counseling programs. Training life skills coaches. Graduate family therapy programs. Prevention of psychosocial problems in families with infants and toddlers. Increasing the level of personal adaptation of children and adolescents. Inclusive education. Mental health education and women. Education in the field of mental health as part of professional activities. Prevention of stress, depression, professional burnout. Factors causing incapacity, disability, early retirement of the working population. Role of education in the formation of a full-fledged family. Education in a foster family. Prevention of divorce, domestic violence. Honor killing. Pre-marital counseling. Civil marriage. Migration processes. Prevention of the consequences of armed conflicts and acts of terrorism, natural disasters, transport accidents, epidemics and pandemics of socially significant diseases. Prevention of panic disorders, phobias, anxiety disorders, borderline and hysterical disorders, suicide attempts, etc. Role of education for in vitro fertilization participants. Psychiatric (psychotherapeutic) support of surrogate pregnancy and delivery. Prevention of mental disorders in the elderly. Prevention of dementia. Social adaptation of the elderly through education. Prevention and management of alcoholism and substance abuse. Suicide prevention.

2.2 Information support of the educational process

Role of the media in the field of mental health. Improving mental health literacy. Availability of information on mental health values for the population. Age-appropriate mental health educational books, TV shows, animations, Computer games, theatres, psychodrama, online social networks, etc. De-stigmatization measures. Shaping the idea of the mentally ill in society. Raising public tolerance to persons with mental disorders. Ethical principles. Myths about psychiatry and the mentally ill. Educational programs for the media. Responsibility of journalists. Institutional forms of interaction with journalists on stigmatization issues. Popularization of information about the achievements of modern psychiatry and specialists. Raising the prestige of psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy. Increased interaction of psychiatrists with the media. Press attaché institutes in psychiatric institutions. Interference with private life. Information regarding the professional activities of psychiatrists. Role of culture in educating the population on mental and spiritual health issues. Promotion of a healthy lifestyle as a basis of the mental health of each individual and the population as a whole.

2.3 Non-medical organizations in the educational activities on mental health

Role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the prevention of mental disorders in various population groups. The financial support system for NGOs. Informing the population about the risk factors for mental and psychosomatic disorders. Distributing educational pamphlets in subway stations, schools, cinemas and other public places. Putting mental health educative quotes on billboard across the cities. Volunteer involvement in the field of mental health. Methods for the development of volunteer initiatives. Public-private partnerships in the prevention of mental disorders. Socially responsible business programs in the field of mental health. Corporate business programs in the field of occupational safety.

Education in the treatment and rehabilitation system

Topics for discussion:

3.1 Education in the structure of a single treatment and rehabilitation process

National and supranational approaches to educational technologies. Successful regional initiatives to address issues related to integrated services which aim at both recovery and social inclusion. Scientific research in the field of psychoeducation. Psychoeducation in the treatment process. Psychoeducation in general medicine and psychiatry. Compliance therapy in general medicine and psychiatry. Informed consent of the patient in psychiatry and psychotherapy. Family approaches to psychoeducation. Psychoeducation in the system of psychosocial rehabilitation of persons with mental and psychosomatic disorders. Psychoeducation and training of social behavior skills. Continuity of psychoeducation in the structure of the treatment and rehabilitation process. The "recovery" concept. Psychoeducation and bioethics. Legal aspects of psychoeducation. Professional training and retraining in the system of work rehabilitation and employment of persons with mental disabilities. Psychosocial rehabilitation and social adaptation of persons with mental disabilities.

3.2 Education for people with cognitive impairment and development disabilities

Socially significant mental disorders: international and national strategies. Educational aspects of autism within the concept of the human life cycle. Autism and inclusive education. Autism and applied behavior analysis. Psychoeducation of parents of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Training of stress-management skills. Training of self-help skills. Public education on autism issues. Ethical and legal aspects. Multi-professional teams of professionals working with autistic people: professional education and the fostering of meaningful interaction. Training of volunteers, working with autistic people. Programs of social and cultural rehabilitation, occupational therapy and employment. Preventing stigmatization and encouraging the families to seek professional and social help.

3.3 Education and dementia. Dementia of the elderly in terms of psychoeducation and social education

Risk factors for dementia. The need for prevention, treatment of dementia and care. Early diagnosis of the disease. Programs to raise awareness about dementia. The role of primary health care and social service specialists in the early diagnosis of dementia. Training programs for health and social workers on the prevention of dementia as well as the medical and social care for patients with dementia. Prevention of stigmatization. Protective factors regarding the development of dementia. Nationwide approaches that provide a comprehensive response by the healthcare system, social protection, and non-profit organizations to individuals with dementia and their families. Encouraging strong family bonds as a protective factor for better prognosis.