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  Welcome Address

It is a special pleasure to welcome psychiatrists, basic and clinical neuroscientists,social and behavioural scientists as well as any professional involved in mental health to a joint congress event consisting of the World Psychiatric Association Thematic Conference on Intersectional Collaboration: “The Multidisciplinary Facets of Psychiatry,” the “4th European Congress of the International Neuropsychiatric Association: Overlap and Integration in Neuropsychiatry” and the “First Interdisciplinary Congress on Psychiatry and Related Sciences”. These congresses are organised jointly by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), the International Neuropsychiatric Association (INA) and the Hellenic Society for the Advancement of Psychiatry and Related Sciences (HSAPRS); moreover, they are being co-sponsored by the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) and supported by the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR), the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy (EABCT) and the European Family Therapy Association (EFTA).

Furthermore, 8 WPA Sections as well as 30 National Scientific Societies and Professional Groups are contributing to the core programme with many lectures, symposia, workshops, special sessions and a round table. Having been honoured through the active engagement of so many respectable scientific organisations, our main aim is to promote the interface and interaction among various disciplines as they relate to Psychiatry.

The joint congress you will be attending is hosted by HSAPRS. It actually represents a continuation of a series of biennial congresses which had been regularly organised by HSAPRS since 2004 under the rubric “Psychiatry and the Neurosciences”. While the four previous congresses had already a quite wide scope, it became evident by its organisers that the thematic spectrum, which should cover relevant interdisciplinary aspects of Psychiatry, is much larger indeed. In fact, an impressive coverage of a wide range of congress topics has been achieved, encompassing the following main thematic domains: Addiction Psychiatry, Child-Adolescent Psychiatry, Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapies, General Psychopathology and Nosology, Geriatric Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, Psychiatric Education and Profession, Psychiatry and Neurosciences, Psychiatry and Other Medical Specialties, Psychiatry and Social Issues, Psychiatry and Arts-Humanities, Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies, Psychopharmacology and other Biological Treatments, Psychosocial Interventions and Prevention Strategies, Suicidology, Systemic Family therapies, Women’s Mental Health. It is noteworthy that more than 90% of the total number of the scientific sessions in the core programme pertain to two or more of the above thematic domains; thus, the main purpose of the congress for interdisciplinary interface and interaction is adequately served. Besides, participants with a special interest in a certain thematic domain will be able to attend a session pertaining to this specific domain, almost throughout the four days of the congress.

The congress has been designated 24 CME Credits by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) of UEMS, as well as 24 CME Credits which have been independently provided by WPA. Also all congress participants will be offered a one – year provisional INA membership status, which includes all related membership privileges, free of charge. In addition, those who will attend at least three scientific sessions every congress day will be provided by HSAPRS with 40 educational units for acquiring awareness in interdisciplinary issues related to mental health (reaching 200 units leads to partnership in the “Forum on Psychiatry and Related Sciences”).

In view of the above, we are counting on your active participation through the attendance of the highly interactive sessions of the congress. Such an active participation on your part will be greatly appreciated indeed. The hosts shall spare no effort in making your participation scientifically rewarding and meaningful and your stay in Athens as enjoyable as possible. We are confident that you will carry pleasant memories of this occasion.

Pedro Ruiz 
WPA President  

Michael Kopelman
INA President 

Constantin Soldatos
HSAPRS President