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Treatments in Psychiatry : An Update

In collaboration with the Italian Psychiatric Association

November 10-13, 2004 Florence, Italy

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      This Congress, which will take place in Florence from 10 to 13 November 2004, is designed to provide a comprehensive and high-quality update on all evidence-based treatments currently available for the various mental disorders. Many of the most renowned experts in the various treatment areas will be among the speakers. More than 5000 participants are expected. Simultaneous translation into Spanish will be provided for special and update lectures and part of the symposia. CME credits will be provided by the WPA, the American Medical Association and the relevant European and Italian bodies. The abstracts of all accepted presentations will be published in a supplement to World Psychiatry. An extremely attractive social programme has been organized for participants and accompanying persons. We provide here an outline of some ingredients of the Congress which have been already finalized. Further information can be found on the website of the Congress (

Mario MAJ, Chairman, Organizing Committee


1. Current treatment in psychosis: did it change the outcome? (A. Okasha)
2. Comprehensive diagnosis as a basis for integrated treatment and health promotion (J. Mezzich)


14 update lectures (45 + 15 discussion each) will be delivered by top worldwide experts.

1. The context of treatment in psychiatry (N. Sartorius)
2. Building up therapeutic alliance in psychiatric practice (A. Tasman)
3. The comprehensive management of schizophrenia (N. Schooler)
4. Early psychosis: detection and interventions (P. McGorry)
5. The comprehensive management of recurrent and chronic major depression (G.A. Fava)
6. Comprehensive long-term management of bipolar disorder (M. Thase)
7. Understanding and managing the consequences of violence and trauma (A. McFarlane)
8. Integrating pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy in the management of anxiety disorders (J. Gorman)
9. Evidence based management of dementia (A. Burns)
10. The multimodal treatment of eating disorders (K. Halmi)
11. The principles and practice of cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy (P. Salkovskis)
12. Psychodynamic psychotherapies: evidence-based and clinical wisdom (P. Fonagy)
13. Integration of services in community mental health care (G. Thornicroft)
14. The challenge of primary prevention in psychiatry (S. Saxena)



   36 high-quality symposia (each with no more than 4 presentations and at least 40 of discussion) will be organized. In each symposium, a facilitator will promote the interaction between the speakers and the audience. The presentations will be in part invited by the Scientific Committee and in part selected from those proposed no later than September 30, 2003 (see instructions on the last page of this announcement). A preliminary list of the symposia follows.


        1. The current management of personality disorders (Facilitator: P.J. Tyrer)
2. The contribution of neuroimaging research to clinical psychiatry (Facilitator: N.C. Andreasen)
3. Partnerships in mental health care (Facilitator: B. Saraceno)
4. The present and future of consultation- liaison psychiatry (Facilitator: F. Creed)
5. The evaluation of psychiatric treatments (Facilitator: M. Tansella)
6. Recent advances in pharmacogenomics (Facilitator: M. Ackenheil)
7. Epidemiology and prevention of suicide (Facilitator: J. Bertolote)
8. The future of pharmacotherapy for schizophrenia (Facilitator: W.W. Fleischhacker)
9. Prevention and management of substance abuse (Facilitator: A.H. Ghodse)
10. The future of psychotherapies (Facilitator: S. Bloch)
11. Psychotropic drugs and cognitive functions (Facilitator: A. David)
12. The present and future of rehabilitation in psychiatry (Facilitator: M. Farkas)
13. Advances in the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder (Facilitator: H. S. Akiskal)
14. The management of somatoform disorders and medically unexplained physical symptoms (Facilitator: M. Sharpe)
15. Understanding and managing comorbidity in psychiatry (Facilitator: G.B. Cassano)
16. The future of pharmacotherapy for mood and anxiety disorders (Facilitator: D. Baldwin)
17. Current approaches to autism (Facilitator: F. Volkmar)
18. New strategies in the management of sexual disorders (Facilitator: S.B. Levine)
19. Management of alcohol-related problems (Facilitator: K. Mann)
20. Cultural issues in mental health care (Facilitator: L.J. Kirmayer)
21. The current management of obsessive- compulsive disorder (Facilitator: J. Zohar)
22. Family interventions for mental disorders (Facilitator: I.R.H. Falloon)
23. The current management of panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder (Facilitator: C. Faravelli)
24. Gender-related issues in psychiatric treatments (Facilitator: D. Stewart)
25. Current approaches to sleep disorders (Facilitator: C.R. Soldatos)
26. Molecular genetics and genomics of psychiatric disorders: identification of novel drug targets (Facilitator: G. Racagni)
27. Management of mental disorders in old age (Facilitator: E. Chiu)
28. Diagnosis and treatment of attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (Facilitator: C.E. Berganza)
29. Ethical and legal aspects of treatments in psychiatry (Facilitator: D. Moussaoui)
30. Assessment and management of social anxiety disorder (Facilitator: D.J. Stein)
31. Combining medications in psychiatry: advantages and risks (Facilitator: H.-J. Möller)
32. Economic aspects of mental health care (Facilitator: M. Moscarelli)
33. Difficult children and adolescents: underdiagnosis and overdiagnosis of mental disorder and relevant treatment issues (Facilitator: S. Tyano)
34. New strategies for the care of the mentally retarded (Facilitator: N. Bouras)
35. The management of non-schizophrenic psychotic disorders (Facilitator: W. Gaebel)
36. Non-pharmacological somatic therapies in psychiatry (Facilitator: M. Fink)




Currently, 12 courses are scheduled, each with a duration of 3 hours. In each course, a world-renowned expert will interact with no more than 40 participants. A preliminary list of the courses follows.

1. How to organize a comprehensive community mental health service (Directors: G. Thornicroft, M. Tansella)
2. The psychiatrist in court (Director: J.E. Arboleda-Florez)
3. Management of the suicidal patient (Director: D. Wasserman)
4. Management of patients with a severe mental disorder and substance abuse (Director: R.E. Drake)
5. Treatment of mental disorders during pregnancy and post-partum (Director: I.F. Brockington)
6. The management of acute psychotic agitation (Director: D. Naber)
7. Implementing a cooperative or other enterprise run by psychiatric patients (Director: G.P. Harnois)
8. Ethical and legal issues concerning psychiatric treatment (Director: A. Carmi)
9. The principles and practice of interpersonal psychotherapy (Director: J.C. Markowitz)
10. Fighting stigma related to schizophrenia (Director: N. Sartorius)
11. Managing HIV-related neuropsychiatric and psychosocial problems (Director: F. Cournos)
12. Assessment of cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia (Directors: S. Galderisi, M. Davidson)
13. Relevance of phenomenological/ anthropological psychiatry to clinical practice (Directors: M.A. Schwartz, O.P. Wiggins)
14. The management of the difficult child (Director: S. Tyano)  

q       FORUMS


Currently, 6 forums are scheduled. Each of them will last 2 hours and consist of one formal presentation, a few commentaries and a free discussion. A preliminary list of the topics follows.

1. Training to psychotherapies: problems and perspectives (Coordinator: B. Martindale)
2. Interacting with the media about psychiatric treatment issues (Coordinator: H. Herrman)
3. The role of non-psychiatric professions in mental health care (Coordinator: J. Leff)
4. The organization of forensic psychiatric services (Coordinator: J.E. Arboleda-Florez)
5. The role of advocacy groups in supporting effective treatments in psychiatry (Coordinator: P.L. Morselli)
6. Resources for mental health care in low and middle income countries (Coordinator: S. Saxena) 


1. The educational challenge of improving the quality of psychiatric treatment (Section on Education in Psychiatry)
2. Conceptual and ethical issues in early diagnosis and treatment (Section on Humanities in Psychiatry and Section on Classification, Diagnostic Assessment and Nomenclature)
3. Predictors of response to therapies for eating disorders (Section on Eating Disorders)
4. Management of first episode schizophrenia (Section on Schizophrenia)
5. Current questions in the treatment of bipolar disorders (Section on Pharmacopsychiatry)
6. Hormones as treatments of affective disorders (Section on Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Section on Affective Disorders)
7. Diagnosing personality disorders: does it matter for treatment? (Section on Personality Disorders)
8. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in primary care (Section on Psychiatry, Medicine and Primary Care)
9. Treatment research on eating disorders (Section on Eating Disorders)
10. Stress, depression and cardiac events (Section on Conflict Management and Resolution and Sections on Womens Mental Health; Psychiatry, Medicine and Primary Care; and Occupational Psychiatry)
11. Intervention strategies for mental retardation: an integrative approach (Section on Mental Retardation)
12. Childhood sexual abuse: what to do now? (Section on Psychiatry and Human Sexuality)
13. Psychiatric issues in psycho-oncology: a challenge for the new millennium (Section on Psycho-oncology)
14. Spirituality, treatment and health (Section on Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry)
15. The use of psychoanalysis in todays urban mental health settings (Section on Urban Mental Health and Section on Psychoanalysis)
16. The role of the psychiatrist in the HIV/AIDS epidemic (Section on Urban Mental Health and American
Psychiatric Association)
17. Developing and implementing training in old age psychiatry (Section on Old Age Psychiatry)
18. Treatment of eating disorders in psychoanalytically informed psychiatry (Section on Psychoanalysis in Psychiatry)
19. Family functioning and family interventions in Axis I and Axis III disorders (Section on Family Research and Intervention)
20. Settings and techniques of intervention in emergency psychiatry: a comparison of different models (Section on Emergency Psychiatry)
21. The effect of disability pension policy on outcome from mental illness (Section on Public Policy and Psychiatry)
22. Psychopathology and treatment (Section on Clinical Psychopathology and Section on Psychopathology of the European Psychiatric Association)
23. Access to care impediments: African, American and European experiences (Section on Conflict Management and Resolution and Sections on Womens Mental Health; Psychiatry, Medicine and Primary Care; and Occupational Psychiatry)
24. Psychosis: meaning, mechanism and interpersonal consequences (Section on Psychoanalysis in Psychiatry and International Society for the Psychological Treatment of Schizophrenia and other Psychoses)
25. The relevance of neuropsychophysiological research to psychiatric treatment (Section on Psychophysiology)
26. Quality improvement: practice guidelines and suicide prevention (Section on Quality Assurance in Psychiatry)
27. Rehabilitation of torture victims and the problems of these victims from the psychiatrists viewpoint (Section on Psychological Consequences of Torture and Persecution)
28. Substance abuse and the family (Section on Addiction Psychiatry)
29. Violence against women (Section on Womens Mental Health)
30. Labour, law and disability (Section on Forensic Psychiatry)
31. Ecological changes, mental distress and therapeutic perspectives (Section on Ecology, Psychiatry and Mental Health and Section on Mass Media and Mental Health)
32. Depression associated with medical conditions in primary care and other settings (Section on Psychiatry, Medicine and Primary Care)
33. Psychiatry, law and ethics (Section on Psychiatry, Law and Ethics)
34. Well-being and quality of life in the 21st century (Section on Mass Media and Mental Health)
35. Updating suicidology (Section on Suicidology)
36. Violence: a man made disaster (Section on Psychological Consequences of Torture and Persecution)
37. Psychophysiological characterization of mental disorders: therapeutic implications (Section on Psychoneurobiology)
38. Topics of prevention: evidence and research (Section on Preventive Psychiatry)
39. Transcultural psychiatry in Europe: something is going on (Section on Transcultural Psychiatry)
40. Sexual health educational programme: an update (Section on Psychiatry and Human Sexuality)
41. Art and therapeutic communication (Section on Art and Psychiatry)
42. Psychoimmunology: evidence and perspectives (Section on Immunology and Psychiatry)
43. European psychiatry from 1800 to 2004: institutions, concepts and policies (Section on History of Psychiatry)
44. Positive and negative impact of new technologies in psychiatric sciences (Section on Informatics and Telecommunications in Psychiatry)
45. Biological correlates of disturbed sleep (Section on Psychiatry and Sleep Wakefulness Disorders)
46. Hormonal treatment of menopausal women (Section on Interdisciplinary Collaboration)
47. Common mental disorders in private practice (Section on Private Practice)


1. Perspectives on psychotherapy from the US (United States of America Zone)
2. Shared care for mental services (Canada Zone)
3. Administration of health services and educational programs in Latin America (Northern South America Zone and Mexico, Central America
and Caribbean Zone)
4. Mental health and psychiatry in Latin America (Southern South America Zone)
5. The European Union and its significance for psychiatric organizations (Western Europe Zone and Northern Europe Zone)
6. Interdisciplinary approaches to treatment of mental disorders: the experience of Eastern Europe (Eastern Europe Zone)
7. Psychiatry in Central European countries within the process of affiliation to the European Union (Central Europe Zone)
8. Community psychiatry in the Mediterranean region and the role of psychiatric associations (Southern Europe Zone)
9. Mental health services in North Africa (Northern Africa Zone)
10. Partnership in mental health care in Africa (Southern and Eastern Africa Zone)
11. Modern and traditional treatments in the context of a developing country (Western and Central Africa Zone)



Psychiatrists from all countries of the world are welcome to submit abstracts for these sessions (see instructions on the last page of this announcement).




Psychiatrists from all countries of the world are welcome to submit abstracts for these sessions (see instructions on the last page of this announcement).




Industries are welcome to propose satellite symposia and other events by contacting the Scientific Secretariat.




Congress venue and dates

The Congress will take place at the Congress Center of Florence, Italy, from 10 to 13 November 2004.


A commercial and non-commercial exhibition will be organized. Companies and organizations wishing to obtain information should contact the Organizing Secretariat.

Official language

The official language of the congress will be English. Simultaneous translation into Spanish and Italian  will be provided for update lectures and selected interactive symposia.

Continuing medical education

CME credits will be provided (details will follow in due course).


Hotel rooms with advantageous prices and of various categories have been booked for the Congress. Most of the hotels are at walking distance from the Congress Center. For further information please contact the Organizing Secretariat.

Accompanying person programme

Here is a tentative list of tours that will be organized for accompanying persons during the Congress period. The complete list, with costs, will be published in the preliminary programme. A professional, English-speaking guide will be available.

1-       Masaccio and churches in the Oltrarno area

2-       Florentine gardens

3-       Florentine hills

4-       Santa Maria Novella, the cloister and the pharmacy

5-       City centre

6-       Michelangelo's "David" and other early works

7-       Uffizi Gallery

8-       Siena and San Gimignano

9-       Pisa and Lucca




World Psychiatric Association -  INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS November 10-13, 2004 Florence, Italy

President of the Congress Ahmed Okasha

Honorary President Carlo Lorenzo Cazzullo

Organizing Committee : Chairman: Mario Maj / Co-Chairmen: Pedro Ruiz / Giorgio Racagni

Scientific Committee : Chairman: Juan E. Mezzich / Co-Chairman: Mario Maj

Scientific Secretariat

Department of Psychiatry
University of Naples SUN
Largo Madonna delle Grazie
80138 Naples, Italy
Phone: +39 081 5666502
Fax: +39 081 5666523

Organizing Secretariat

Newtours S.p.A.
Via Augusto Righi 8
50019 Sesto Fiorentino
Florence, Italy
Phone: +39 055 33611
Fax: +39 055 3361250




          Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to the Scientific Secretariat ( The deadline for receipt is September 30, 2003.

          Abstracts should be submitted in English. They should be no longer than 250 words. No figure or table can be included.

          The first line of the abstract should contain the title (capitalized); the second line should include the initial of the first name and the family name of each author; the third line should contain the affiliation(s) of the authors.

          Below the text of the abstract, please provide the following information on the presenting author: family name, first name, complete mail address, phone and fax number, e-mail address.

          Please specify whether your contribution is proposed for inclusion in a symposium, a new research session or a poster session. Please indicate at least two options.


Document Code PC.0016




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