The 3rd Management Committee - Meeting and Training School of TREATme
The members of TREATme have gathered during the 3rd MC meeting and Training school in Nicosia, Cyprus, from September 13th to 15th 2018.
The venue of the three-day event, visited by 33 researchers and professionals from 22 countries, was the University of Nicosia and it was hosted by Dr. Yianna Ioannou. The gathering, which was organized by Working group 2, namely Professor Svenja Taubner and Dr. Yianna Ioannou, comprised of meetings – core group, management committee, and working groups, the training school and the public lecture.
On the first day the welcome remarks were given by the University Of Nicosia Rector, Professor Philippos Pouyioutas, and the Action Chair, Professor Randi Ulberg. Management Committee Meeting was led by Professor Ulberg who reported on the updates of the Action. The Action counts 51 members of the Management Committee and 29 substitutes from 29 countries. By the end of January 2019, working groups will meet separately to work on the current tasks and the next MC meeting will be held in Poland in September 2019. The organization will be carried by Professor Fredrik Falkenström and Working group 3.
The updates on approved STSMs and Conference grants in the current grant period were given by STSM & ITC Coordinator Dr. Jana Volkert. The reports on the working group status of activities were given by WG leaders and vice-leaders: Professor Stig Poulsen as a leader of WG1, Professor Svenja Taubner as a leader of WG2, Professor Fredrik Falkenström as a leader of WG3, Professor Celia Sales as a vice-leader of WG4, and Professor Celia Sales, in lieu of Vice-Leader Professor Stefanie Schmidt, for WG5.
On of the main results of this MC meeting was the discussion and formation of the White Paper as a response to the current course of planning the future research funding by European Union. TREATme members have observed the missing field and therefore propose to the EU research funding programs the solution: in line with the Action’s aim and ROAMER priorities, the White Paper that is appealing to the following EU research funding program to include calls for studies on individualized treatment and/or prevention for young people. Proposed by the Core Group, the MC members agreed to sign The White Paper: Input to the Upcoming European Health Program which is now being disseminated to the EU funding programs and stakeholders.
The first day of the event was ended by public lecture on Psychotherapy for Antisocial Youth in Europe given by Professor Svenja Taubner from Heidelberg University. In a two-hour address, Professor Taubner presented cutting edge research on conduct disorder and mentalization-based treatments which are conducted by her and her team at Heidelberg University.
The second day of the event started by Training school and continued with working group meetings. The training school topic was on Reference Manager Systems. Eleni Vousoura and Jana Volkert introduced the reference manager Mendeley to be used for systematic reviews of research on moderators and mediators in youth psychotherapy treatment.
Working groups 1 & 2 are working on systematizing the knowledge on specific markers and putative mechanisms of change in treatment of mental disorders in young people. In line with the training school, WG1 continued working with reference manager in the afternoon session. Starting from finding studies on moderators of psychotherapy outcome for young people, the searches have been completed, and the pairs of raters for the in- and excluding references have been set. Simultaneously, the WG2 has focused on examining inter-rater reliability for different results of chosen studies.
WG3 discusses Age Customized Process and Treatment Measures and, according to the plan of TREATme Activities, will start its work officially in the next grant period. The preliminary planning and the organization of the next training school and MC meeting were the focus of their work.
WG4, Age customized research designs, focuses on digital psychotherapy and participatory research designs. The three systematic literature review are planned and one has already started. The WG4 activities also revolved around conducting consultations with clinicians, researchers and young people. WG4 will have a training school on customizing psychotherapy designs for young people in the fourth grant period of the Action.
WG5 had confirmed new leader Professor Stefanie Schmidt who was now absent, therefore Professor Celia Sales has led the activities of Dissemination of Results and Communication with Stakeholders which aims at reaching a broad audience across Europe and including stake holders in the Action’s mission. So far, the updates and materials are being provided on Facebook, Twitter and on TREATme Website. WG5 has also sent out a newsletter, and organized symposia at conferences. The next steps will be to form a Youth Advisory Board, collect information on stakeholders, and organize stakeholder workshops.
The third day working groups started their work at University of Nicosia in the morning and continued the afternoon session at Grecian Bay hotel in Ayia Napa, the town on southeast coast of Cyprus. As the hard work ended, TREATme members enjoyed the local food at a tavern in the beautiful coast of Cyprus.
For more information on Training Schools: See video from TREATme member Patricia Moreno (url)