It is with great pleasure and pride that I share with you our program for the joint meeting of 22nd IACAPAP Congress and the 36th CACAP Conference. The overarching theme of the Congress is “Fighting Stigma; Promoting Resiliency and Positive Mental Health” and this is inflected throughout the program with its varied and distinguished keynote lectures and its more than 600 free papers, research symposia, academic perspectives, workshops, study groups and posters.
As all allied disciplines are represented in our Congress from some 70 countries, we are able to present a program that covers the broad based themes of IACAPAP to increase both awareness and prevention of mental health problems for children and youth around the world, and advocate for evidenced-based treatments which are both neuro-developmentally sensitive and trauma informed. These goals are facilitated by arranging the oral presentations into three broad themes of “General Child and Adolescent Mental Health”, “Psychiatric Disorders and Co-morbid Conditions” and “Principles of Treatment and Care”.
To facilitate networking and in-depth discussions with your colleagues on the pathology, psychology and politics of child and youth mental health issues, we have arranged the program into four time slots each day with keynote lecturers and 14 concurrent sessions in parallel together, and a variety of posters (new posters every day!) for your review and discussion with the authors.
I look forward to seeing you all in Calgary September 18th to the 22nd for the IACAPAP 2016 Congress!
IACAPAP 2016 Congress Chair
“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being”
– C. Jung
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