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Symposium: on crisis disaster and trauma psychology – lessons learned from the European countries


May 24th 2024 9.00 – 13.00 hrs.

The Symposium is organized by the Dutch Association of Psychologists (NIP) and the Standing Committee Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology of the European Federation of Psychologists Associations (EFPA).

Please join us for this inspiring symposium for psychologists from all over Europe!

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We will bring experience and expertise from the different European Countries on a diversity of topics: psychosocial support for the Ukrainian refugees, Syrian refugees in Turkey, the psychological support for the victims and survivors of the mass shooting at Charles University in Prague, experiences from Finland and Cyprus, treatment of complex PTSD and training clinicians in skills for prevention of suicide.


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8.30 – 9.00      Arrival and registration

9.00  – 9.10      Welcome and opening

9.10 – 9.30       Anna Hudson MSc ‘How can we better train clinicians in suicide prevention skills? Investigating suicide prevention on the clinician level

9.30 – 9.50      Petros Stathakos MA ‘Welcoming Ukrainian refugees in Berlin: Lessons learned from an emergency psychology perspective

9.50 – 10.10   Yaryna Andrushko PhD ‘From Crisis to Strength: the experience of forced Ukrainians in the USA’ (online)

10.10 – 10.30   Questions and discussion

10.30 – 10. 50  Coffee Break

10.50 – 11.10   Stepan Vymetal PhD ‘Psycho-social Support after Mass Shooting at Charles University in Prague December 2023 – lessons learned

11.10 – 11.30  Anthi Loutsiou PsyD ‘Pathways to Strengthening Psychological Resilience after Crisis, Trauma and Disaster in Cyprus: Perspectives from Theory, Research and Practice’

11.30 – 11.50  Ferdinand Garoff MA ‘Crisis in Finland: Observation and Lessons learned

11.50 – 12.10  Questions and discussion

12.10 – 12.30   Selin Tekin PhD ‘Facilitating Post-Disaster Psychosocial Support Process with Socioecological Approach and Social Identity Approach: Strategies that TPA used in the aftermath of the 6th February Earthquake in Turkey’

12.30 – 12.50  Sjef Berendsen ‘Intensive treatment of (complex) PTSD in 8-4 days combining EMDR, Prolonged Exposure, Therapist Rotation and Sports & Movement: 75% loss of diagnosis….’

12.50 – 13.00 Closing Remarks


NIP-Member € 25,-.

SPS-NIP Member € 15,-.

Non-Member € 125,-.

Participants residing outside the Netherlands have the opportunity to attend the symposium online.
Online attendance is free of costs.


Location, date and time

May 24th 2024 9.00 – 13.00 hrs.

La Vie Meeting Center. Utrecht, The Netherlands.



Applied for accreditation by FGzPt for KP/KNP.



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