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International Conference EASPD and SOUS
Under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr Danilo Türk
24 in 25 May 2012, Ljubljana, Slovenia




Conference Languages: English – Slovenian – German - French

What is the relationship between intellectual disability and mental health? Is dual diagnosis still a useful
concept? How do we move forward in the light of the UNCRPD?
The conference will explore these issues, sharing examples of good practices and creating opportunities to
exchange and develop expertise.

Thursday 24 May 2012

08.30 – 09.30
Registration for the conference

09.30 – 10.00
Official Opening

  • Valerija Bužan Ph.D, Director CUDV Draga, President of the Community Assembly, SOUS
  • Franz Wolfmayr, President of EASPD
  • Emir Okanović , service user

10.00 – 11.30

Scene setting
What is the relationship between intellectual disability and mental health-How do we move
from “diagnosis” to support?

Chair: Fabrizio Fea, Vice- president of EASPD

  • Prof. Antony Holland Ph.D, The Cambridge Neuroscience Community, UK
    What is Dual Diagnosis?
  • Prof. Anton Došen M.D. Ph.D, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, NL
    Knowledge and best practice- the state of play
  • Marco Bertelli Ph.D., CREA- AMG Research and Evolution Centre Firenze, IT
    Next steps: what are the developments/challenges?

Q & A: 5 min

11.30 – 12.00
Coffee break

12.00 - 13.00

Day-to-day life?

Chair: Valerija Bužan Ph.D, Director CUDV Draga, SOUS

  • Emir Okanović , service user, SI
    Perspective of a user
  • Paula Domingos, National Coordination for Mental Health, Ministry of Health Portugal
  • Maria Nyman & Nace Kovac, Mental Health in Europe
    Policy Perspective  

Q&A - 5 min

13.00 – 14.00

14.00 – 15.30

15.30 – 16.00
Coffee break

16.00 – 17.00

Legal status, legal capacity … a real challenge
Chair: Jože Primožič, Zveza Sonček

  • Maths Jesperson, Supported Decision Making   
  • Sándor Gurbai, MDAC - Mental Disability Advocacy Center, HU
    Legal capacity, need for guardianship?

Q&A -5 min

Friday, 25 May 2012

9.30 – 11.00

Issues of Diagnosis, treatment and person centred support
Chair: Drs. Jelke Van der Valle, Center VAL, CR

  • Steve Moss Ph.D., King’s College London, UK
    Improving diagnosis and formulation of mental health problems: Theoretical challenges and practical suggestions.
  • Trude Stenhammer – Wyatt, SOR Foundation, Norway
    Person centred treatment & practice: reducing behaviour concerns
  • Andrej Kastelic M.D., University Psychiatric Hospital Ljubljana, Slovenia
    The importance of comprehensive treatment through all life periods   
  • Martina Dennerlin, Deutschen Snoezelen Lehr und Ausbildungsinstituten, DE Treatment /
    support / rehabilitation: Snoezel rooms
  • Lieve Dekempeneer, De Lork, BE
    Person centred support: Challenges for organisations and staff

Q&A 5 min

11.00 – 11.30
coffee break

11.30 – 13.00

13.00 – 14.00

14.00 – 16.00

The way forward
Chair: Phil Madden, Vice-President of EASPD

14.00 – 15.30
Round table workshop with all chairs, speakers and conference participants.
The discussion will revolve around the results of the workshops and plenary sessions, with a particular focus on some main questions & bottlenecks concerning the content of the second day of the conference

15.30 – 16.00
Conference Declaration – Outcomes of the Conference: Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General EASPD
Closing by Franz Wolfmayr, President of EASPD & Valeria Buzan, President of SOUS


1) Psychotherapy vs psychotropic medication – finding a balance in treatment
Chair: Fabrizio Fea - EASPD

  • Andrej Kastelic M.Sc. - psychopharmacology
  • Prof. Anton Došen M.D. Ph.D. – Integrative treatment approach

2) Assessment tools: screening and prevention
Chair : Luk Zelderloo - EASPD

  • Lah Damjana & Lah Aleksandra, CUDV Dornava
  • Steve Moss Ph.D., King’s College London

3) Staff training – getting the basics right
Chair: Franz Wolfmayr - EASPD -

  • James Churchill, ECC
  • Dr. Jelke Van Der Valle, Centar Val: Dealing with challenging behaviour and aggression

4) Family support and Community Based Support
Chair: Alenka Golob M.Sc – CUDV Draga

  • Lieve Dekempeneer, De Lork – Community based support and family involvement
  • Dr. Gertraud Assmann , Caritas Linz – "To start even earlier" -
    Preventive counselling and support for families as a way to avoid complex disabilities

5) Strategies to reduce behaviour concerns and enhance the quality of Life
Chair: Emir Okanovič – Zveza Sonček

  • Séverine Recordon-Gaboriaud, Unapei
  • Marco Bertelli Ph.D., CREA- AMG Research and Evolution Centre Firenze

6) Alternative therapy
Chair: Carmen Duarte -  EASPD

  • Bernadette Grosyeux , Centre de la Gabriel -  Art as therapy
  • Martina Dennerlin, Deutschen Snoezelen Lehr und Ausbildungsinstituten,
    DE - snoezel room: treatment & therapy

7) Strategies to reduce behaviour concerns for people learning disabilities and mental health problems in Poraka

  • Vasilka Dimoska, Poraka (FYR MK)


Saturday, 26 May 2012

11.30- 13.00 General Assembly