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EFPA Expert Conference:PSYCHOLOGY FOR HEALTH - Contributions to Policy Making

1 Mar 2012

The aim of this conference is to highlight findings from psychological research and to demonstrate how psychologists can add to the work of other experts in safeguarding and promoting the health of European citizens.

September 20-21, 2012 Brussels, Belgium

Thanks to the broad scope of psychological research and their close collaboration with other professionals in schools, businesses, communities, and health care institutions, psychologists are in a unique position to contribute to the improvement of physical and mental health in Europe.

A particular emphasis is put on the role that psychology can play in developing healthy life styles, the early discovery of health risks, and various forms of prevention.

This conference will bring together experts from various areas of psychology, offering different but complementary perspectives on promoting health and reducing illness, with the purpose of sharing insights and experiences with policy makers and formulating policy statements as well as recommendations for future policies at the European and national level.

We expect 250 participants, including key actors from European institutions and EU Member States, the health sector, and NGOs, particularly those involved in the EU’s Health Programme.

The conference is part of the “Psychology for Europe” initiative (2011) by which the European Federation of Psychologists Associations aims to raise the visibility and impact of psychology as a broad and potent field of science and professional activity that can bring substantial benefit to Europe, socially and economically.


Areas of expertise that will be covered

1.       Health promotion via behaviour change: life style, addiction and health

2.       Life-long learning and health: what school psychologists can do

3.       Enhancing the prevention and early treatment of mental ill-health: depression and suicide

4.       Employment, working conditions and stress: from research to practice

5.       Managing serious illness: focus on patients and care-givers

6.       Health inequality in times of crisis: alleviating the impact of unemployment and poverty

7.       Health improvement through physical activity: lessons from sport psychology

8.       Psychological contributions to healthy ageing and longevity

The programme will also provide room to address other health issues, such as the behavioural immune system, medically unexplained symptoms, and social violence.


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