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We are delighted to share our progress so far with you on EACLIPT and update you on some exciting events. The European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment (EACLIPT) was founded in 2017 and represents clinical psychology’s academic and scientific interest at a European level. For more information please see www.eaclipt.org or follow us on twitter @eaclipt.
The EACLIPT Board is keen to bring more clinical psychologists together to collaborate, exchange views and improve psychological research and practice in the long term. We recognise the importance of representing clinical psychologists at all stages of their career and are particularly interested in engaging young clinical psychologists with the organisation to help shape its future.
To spearhead this initiative, we are seeking to recruit eligible candidates for the position of ‘Young Clinical Psychologists’ Representative’, who will be people under age 35 or those who qualified in the last 5 years, either in the clinical or research field. The successful candidate will be involved in a range of activities undertaken by the EACLIPT Board. To apply for this position please contact Dr Jenny Guidi (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Young clinical psychologists are also most welcome to become EACLIPT members, attend EACLIPT congresses, participate in poster presentations as well as symposia, submit research papers to Clinical Psychology in Europe (CPE), the official academic journal of the European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment.
Together with other mental health organisations (i.e. GAMIAN) we are initiating a joined effort to request MEPs for their support for an EU level mental health strategy. As part of this, we would like to ask you, as an EACLIPT member, to contact your local MEP to prioritise this issue. You can use the included template letter at the end of this newsletter. If you contact your local MEP please could you let us know so we can keep a record of our efforts. You can find your local MEP here. The results will be discussed in the European Journal of Clinical Psychology.
The EACLIPT will be represented with a joint symposium at the top event of international psychology, which takes place every four years. Its title is: Clinical Psychology in Europe. It will include presentations from our members Agnieszka Popiel (Poland) on the status of psychological treatments of mental disorders; Omer Van den Bergh (Belgium) on bodily symptoms in psychopathology; Winfried Rief (Germany) on open science, open publication in clinical psychology; and Andreas Maercker (Switzerland) on European network research in the area of traumatic stress. All EACLIPT members attending the 32nd ICP Congress are invited to use this EACLIPT event as a networking opportunity. For more information, please see: www.icp2020.com
Thank you for reading our newsletter, please spread our work and get in touch with ideas and suggestions!
Very best, The EACLIPT Board
MEP LETTER TEMPLATE - ADD LOGO OF ORGANISATION HERE
Brussels, X November 2019
Dear X MEP,
Re: support for an EU-level Mental Health Strategy
On behalf of (ADD NAME OF ORGANISATION), I write to ask you for your support to re-launch specific and dedicated EU-level action on mental health, with the aim to prevent mental ill health and ensure the best possible and appropriate treatment, care and support for those affected and their loved ones.
As an organisation (ADD MISSION OF ORGANISATION), we were extremely pleased with the previous Commissions’ explicit attention to mental health, as demonstrated by the 2005 Mental Health Green Paper, the 2008 European Mental Health Pact and the 2013 Joint Action on Mental Health. These initiatives added credibility to the Commission’s own motto, i.e. ‘no health without mental health’, recognising the inextricable link between physical and mental health.
However, since the 2016 adoption of the European Framework for action on Mental Health and Well-being, resulting from the Joint Action on Mental Health, and since the work of the Mental Health Compass - monitoring progress on the Framework’s implementation - came to a halt, no specific action has been taken on mental health. Instead, the Commission has opted to address mental health as part of its overall activities in the field of chronic disease.
This clearly does not suffice.
This is why we were delighted to note the recent Council Conclusions which specifically invite the Commission to come forward with a comprehensive Mental Health Strategy; this should include specific initiatives on mental health as well as to take account of the impact on mental health in other (health) policy areas.
Our organisation, in cooperation with many others, is keen to see a positive and swift response on the part of the Commission. There are precedents for this type action: the EU Mental Health Strategy could take the existing Action Plans on cancer, rare diseases and disability as a model.
We hope to be able to count on the support of the European Parliament in these efforts. Therefore, the MEP Alliance for Mental Health, currently supported by 26 MEPs, has developed a short statement, calling on the Commission to take action as a matter of urgency, which can be found here.
We sincerely hope that you will feel able to endorse this statement; your support is crucial if progress on this issue is to be made. At the bottom of the statement, you can find a link to endorse it.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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Dear members of EACLIPT,
We are delighted to share our progress so far with you on EACLIPT and update you on some exciting events. For instance, we provided further representation at the EU parliament.
The European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment (EACLIPT) was founded in 2017 and represents clinical psychology’s academic and scientific interest at a European level.
The first official European congress on clinical psychology and psychological treatment of EACLIPT was held on 31 Oct - 02 Nov 2019 in Dresden, Germany. We would like to thank prof. dr. Philipp Kanske and his team for organising this high-quality conference. For more information and reports of the conference please check the website or follow the hashtag #EACLIPT2019.
During EACLIPT 2019 the members present elected the new president of EACLIPT, prof. dr. Claudi Bockting. We are excited about the time to come under her leadership and would like to thank prof. dr. Andersson for his strong commitment and leadership over the last 2 years.
We have three new junior board members who were elected during the EACLIPT members meeting this October. Please warmly welcome prof. dr. Jenny Guidi, dr. Colette Hirsch, assoc. prof. dr. Martin Debbanné.
EACLIPT was represented by prof. dr. Claudi Bockting at the special interest group on Advocating for a comprehensive EU level action programme on mental health at the EU parliament 16/10/2019. The meeting was chaired by T. Zdechovsky (MEP), Member of the group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) and vice chair Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. Our statement and a meeting report are provided below.
EACLIPT Statement at EU Parliament:
Psychological interventions are not only effective treatments and cost effective for most mental health problems and conditions, they are self-empowering interventions.
Even more so psychological interventions have sustainable effects. That is, research increasingly showed not only short-term effects but also long-term effect of brief psychological interventions.
This is of high importance because most mental health conditions have a recurrent/chronic course. Even more so, sustainable health care systems should include a mental health focus. Given that there is no health without mental health. Emphasize was given on the effect and sustainability of psychological interventions for mental health conditions, but also the empowering effect. Therefore, scale up of these interventions is crucial.
Therefore, there are two two priorities:
Unfortunately, as described in a nature paper, the research on psychological intervention is largely under-supported and underreported. So, facilitating substantial research funding on psychological interventions is crucial.
Thank you for reading our newsletter and please spread our work.
As you know, we are keen to bring more researchers together to collaborate, exchange views and improve psychological research in the long term.
We would also be thrilled to hear from you with any views you have on this organisation and how you think it should develop. Feel free to get in touch.
The EACLIPT Board
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We are delighted to send on our first EACLIPT newsletter. The European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment (EACLIPT) was founded in 2017 and represents clinical psychology's academic and scientific interest at a European level.
Thus far, we have represented clinical psychology at senior policy level at various fora across Europe and we are now affiliated with international organisations such as the World Health Organisation. EACLIPT was also mentioned in a final report by the EU parliament.
We are sharing the following exciting updates for this year:
Kind regard, on behalf of all board members EACLIPT,
Gerhard Andersson (SWE; President), Winfried Rief (GER), Céline Douillez (FRA), Thomas Ehring (GER), Andreas Maercker (CH), Claudi Bockting (NL), Roman Cieslak (POL)