Day 1 :
University Clinic of Lund, Austria
Susanna Mittermaier is a Psychologist and Author of the international bestselling book, “Pragmatic Psychology: Practical Tools for Being Crazy Happy”. As a Global Speaker, she offers a new paradigm on Psychology and Therapy called Pragmatic Psychology. She is educated in Sweden at the University Clinic of Lund, where she was mentoring the hospital staff, conducted neuropsychological testing and psychotherapy with patients and developed a new approach to psychology.
We often hear that children are the future. Are we doing what we can to empower children or are we doing what we can to make them fit in and be like we have decided they should be? Labeling and diagnosing has become one of the main tasks in psychiatry nowadays. What used to be difference is nowadays labeled as wrongness. What future are we creating with that? Are we embracing diversity or enforcing sameness? What else is possible? What if every wrong could be turned into strength and a resource? What if we celebrated diversity and learning how to use it to create a future that works? It is time for a new pragmatic approach. “Pragmatic” means doing what works. What works is asking for the possibilities in the seemingly impossible. The target with pragmatic psychology is with practical tools to empower clients to access their abilities rather than focusing on their problems. Pragmatic psychology is about what can be created when life is no longer about controlling behavior. Every problem becomes a possibility to change your life. This can results in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) patients being able to use their hyperactivity as a resource to create their lives; depression and anxiety being discovered as extreme awareness that no longer, being overwhelming and having to be defended against, can be used as source of creation; patients coming for anger management discovering their potency that was covered by their label; post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD ceasing to haunt clients and the potency slumbering all those years behind the victimizing story being accessed; and autism being acknowledged as a highly interactive and communicating group of people.
European University of Rome, Italy
Keynote: Resilience and psychological development: coping support technics with the positive psychology approach
Time : 10:40-11:20
Javier Fiz Perez is a Psychotherapist and Professor of Psychology at the European University of Rome, where he cooperates also as Delegate for the International Research Development. He is Co-Director of the Laboratory of Applied (Business and Health Lab). He graduated in Philosophy, Psychology and Social Bioethics, with a specialization in Executive Business Administration (EMBA) after the PhD. He’s a Member of the Advisory Board of the Academic Senate of the Accademia Tiberina. He is the Coordinator of the Scientific Committee of The International School of Economics and Ethics (Italy) and collaborates with the International Academy for Social and Economic Development (AISES) of which he has been Vice President for Spain and Latin America. He is also the Scientific Research Director of the European Institute of Positive Psychology at Madrid (IEPP), being also a Member of the Scientific Committee of Jacques Maritain International Institute. He is also a Member of several committees of scientific journals and the Director of the International Network for Social and Integrated Development (INSID). He has more than 150 national and international publications.
Stress is no longer a phenomenon that concerns adults exclusively. For this reason, we have decided to include teenage stress in our research. We have been submitting a survey on stress to a group of 671 teenagers with an average age of 16 years and seven months. The survey was focused on two different aspects: stress perception and stress causes. Family support coping questionnaire was also submitted. The main finding of this study is that 38% of the sample defined them as stressed, with no gender related differences. Subjects that consider themselves stressed indicate the causes as lack of time (31%) and excessive commitments (23%). Almost all the subjects say that school (48%), family (21%) and sentimental relationships (8%) are the main sources of stress. From the analysis of the open answers, it is clear that family and school expectations are the greatest sources of stress—even if significantly more so for females than for males. Subjects were asked to assess the level of stressed originated by finishing school and the need of choosing and planning their future. This finding is meaningful when measured up to the percentage of subjects that has stated to have already made the decision of what to do when they finish studying. As it is seen in the graphic (we asked the subjects to state if they had already decided what to do after school) the greatest levels of uncertainty are found in year IV. The intersection of these data does not seem, however, enough to explain levels of stress, as the high percentage of students who have decided should cause a significant reduction of stress in year V. Most likely, stress concerning the post high school choice is the non linear combination of two factors: on one hand, uncertainty regarding the choice, on the other hand, the immediacy of the event. Comparing stress levels amongst subjects that count on strong family support and subjects that count on scant family support there are significant differences. The subjects that count on strong family support seem to register lower average stress levels, regarding their post high school choices. Furthermore, this kind of support seems to reduce stress as the event comes nearer, facilitating the decision-making.
University of Innsbruck, Austria
Keynote: The effect of the C.O.M.E program for people with mental and/or drug disorders to live a more independent life
Time : 11:40-12:20
Nikolaus Blatter Past Professional experience (2002-2015): Psychiatric-hospital Baumgarnter Höhe in Vienna; homeless-shelter in Vorarlberg; Supervisor of a small-care-unit for homeless clients with mental illness and drug diagnoses; Professional experience: Since 2015 he/she is working as Psychologist in the Government of Vorarlberg, Department for Community Psychiatry and Drug help. Working topics: individual case planning, detection from unmet-needs especially the support from severe mental ill clients in various treatment-sectors (homeless, community psychiatry, drug…); participation in the creation of the Vorarlberger psychiatric- report. His/her research topics: as a PhD Student since 2016 to evaluate the home-treatment support in the federal state Vorarlberg; Detection of over-, under- and lack of supply in community psychiatry, drug help and adjacent areas (homeless, nursing…).
Since the 1980s the treatment-first paradigm has dominated the support of clients with mental and drug disorders in Austria. The access-threshold for social service was high for the patient, especially for client with pronounced symptoms whose support was difficult. This led to a considerable number of people who are affected by homelessness. As a result they get treated in the homeless treatment sector. In 2014 the policy of Vorarlberg (Austria) implemented the “psychiatry concept 2015-2025” which includes ten projects to improve the support of community psychiatry. “Psychiatric home care service” was one of these projects and started in 2015. The aim of this present long-term study was to evaluate the C O M E program which started in 2016 and included 52 probands. Our hypothesis was that the C O M E program enables clients to live a more independent life including permanent housing, decrease stays in hospital, improve a long-term mental stability and encourage them in the development of alternative assistance for mutual support. Moreover this support program should enable the caregiver in their daily work. The C O M E program is based on the theoretical foundation of housing first and treatment first. The abbreviation stands for: cooperation, observation, mutual-support and evaluation. A crucial part of the data collection is done by the assessment sheet which is scored at least one time a week. The data collection also includes report-data and medical history. Over a time-period of 42 weeks we found that continuous abstinence from drugs and alcohol is an important criterion for a better cooperation between client and caregiver. Abstinence is not a necessary requirement to get a care-giver-support in the C O M E program. Finally, it is necessary to keep the contact, even if the client denies the contact.