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Dear colleagues,

London is a world city. It is diverse and vibrant, which makes it very appropriate for the EFPT members from more than 35 countries to meet and work together.

This year we want to focus on “Making links”. For the past 22 years EFPT has been stimulating connections between psychiatric trainees, who have worked together to improve training and consequently mental healthcare across Europe.

This year, we want to expand the links to students, patients, carers, academics and healthcare leaders.

There are many examples of good practice and exciting initiatives across Europe and we want to highlight those during the e-poster session and excellence awards.

The scientific day will be combined with the International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and there will be plenty of networking opportunities.

I hope to see you soon.

Welcome to the EFPT Forum 2014 in London!


Marisa Casanova Dias

EFPT President 2013-14

and on behalf of the Local Organizing Committee


Registration open NOW!!! check:

London Forum website

Please visit this website regularly for information on the event and registration.








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 The Federation represents and serves trainee associations amongst Europe.


The 21st European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees Forum was held from June 11th to 15th in Zurich, Switzerland 



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EFPT Exchange



Deadline for the EFPT Exchange Programme is 28 June 2013 

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Exchange Programme - new application period



EFPT Exchange Programme 2013 application period will open on 1st November and close on the 7th December 2012 17.00 GMT
Please, read the description of vacancies and prepare the documents in advance:
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European Congress for Social Psychiatry


European Congress for Social Psychiatry Social psychiatry at the age of Neurosciences 





Special registration price for EFPT members and special sessions for trainees. Contact us for details!!!

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EFPT talks at 20th EPA Congress in Prague


EFPT representatives are having a symposium at the 20th EPA Congress in Prague!!! 

European Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry:

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities identified by the Child and Adolescent Trainee representatives of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees

?Session Date: 06.03.2012
Session Time:  10:00-11:30
Chair: Prof Sue Bailey, President, Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK

Co- Chair Dr. Florian Riese, President Elect, European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees.



1.      Dr. Stephanie Colin (FRA)Training in CAP in the noughties in Europe - Different Systems, similar challenges

This session will look at: What are the official european recommandations on CAP training? How are the training policies determined? Role of EFPT and UEMS. What is EFPT? How EFPT CAP group has developed, what they do, why we are keen to involve trainees from all countries

2. Dr. Elizabeth  Barrett (IRL) ––How we know what we know now about training in Europe?  Current opportunities for European Trainees.
This session will look at: EFPT CAP Survey 2009- 2010. The 2010-11 EFPT Survey of  CAP Training in Europe. This survey collected data from 34 countries, 28 of whom provided full data-sets in the following domains: structure and organisation of training; training quality and content; and working conditions and recruitment. Statistical analysis was performed on the data to achieve overall rankings of CAP training quality. Developing national and international surveys. Creating new opportunities and information on Trainee led initiatives and Opportunities for CAP trainees with European Organisations.
3. Dr.. Julian Beezhold, (UK). What Trainees in Child Psychiatry and General Psychiatry need to know about Training in Europe
This session will focus on recent updates from the International Trainee Burnout study of relevance to trainees. 

4. Dr. Lucia Pacherova (CZK)-  Current endeavours to consolidate the evidence base around training in Europe
This session will focus on: Ongoing work of the EFPT CAP group around psychotherapy, transitions and looking at medical student exposure to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
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ECNP School on Child and Adolescent Neuropsychopharmacology - EFPT competition

Dear EFPT friends,
We are happy to announce you this opportunity we received from the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology. EFPT will have the privilege to be one of the societies that are allowed to nominate a psychiatric trainee for the ECNP School on Child and Adolescent Neuropsychopharmacology. The School will be held in Venice (Italy) on February 19-24, 2012. The selection of the person nominated by the EFPT will be based on a competition in which the EFPT Board will evaluate a brief version (two pages) of the Curriculum Vitae of the applicant, with particular reference to the educational background and publications in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and to the activities carried out inside national and international psychiatric trainees’ associations. Since the deadline for application to the School is on December 1, we ask you to send all the applications by November 25, so that the Board can evaluate them and decide on the nominated person during the Board meeting that will be held on November 26. This is also to allow all the persons that will not be nominated by EFPT to apply again for the school, directly through ECNP channels. Please find more information on the competition in the attached announcement and on the ECNP school on CAP neuropsychopharmacology  at and in the attached provisional programme.
                                Best wishes to all of you,
                               On behalf of the EFPT Board
Domenico Giacco                                           Olga Paravaya
EFPT President                                             EFPT Secretary General
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19th EPA Congress in Vienna: EFPT has its own Symposium


 19th EPA Congress in Vienna: EFPT has its own Symposium 

Tuesday 15.03.2011 16:15-17:45  ECP Lounge
Symposium 3 - Training in psychiatry around Europe: hot issues and possible solutions (ECPC - EFPT) 
Alexander Nawka, Brussels, Belgium
Amit Malik, London, UK
European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees: visions for the future
A. Nawka1,2, M. Rojnic Kuzman1, D. Giacco1, P. Wuyts1, M. Simmons1, G. Favre1, N. Bausch Becker1
1European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees, Brussels, Belgium, 2Department of Psychiatry, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
There are significant differences in psychi­atric training across Europe. In the light of the current direction of Europe (without borders with free movement of workforce) it is inevitable to harmonize at least basic standards of psychiatric education across Europe. Ideally by working in partnership with relevant national and international bodies (European Union of Medical Specialists, Board of Psychiatry - UEMS, European Psychiatric Association - EPA and European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees - EFPT). A qualitative data analysis on the most important challenges of psychiatric trainees across Europe, carried out by the EFPT in 2009, revealed several interesting findings which might be of interest not only for trainees, but for all involved in the process of psychiatric education. As the most important issue trainees reported the imperfect structure of the training programs and problems with implementation of new ones. That is why new training programs based on a competency based framework are being developed lately in number of countries (e.g. United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands). However, not only the structure of the training and its implementation remains an issue, trainees are concerned also with topics related to working conditions, insufficient training opportunities, lack of supervision, funding and availability of psychotherapy courses, etc. Based on these findings EFPT will undertake specific actions which in cooperation with other organizations shall lead in the future to better postgraduate training opportunities in Europe. 
Psychiatry training in Europe: implementation and evaluation of training programs
M. Rojnic Kuzman1,2, D. Giacco1, P. Wuyts1, M. Simmons1, G. Favre1, N. Bausch Becker1, A. Malik3, E. Barrett4, A. Nawka1
1European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees, Ixelles, Belgium, 2Psychiatry, Zagreb University Hospital Center, Zagreb, Croatia, 3Hampshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, UK, 4Dept of Liaison Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, National Children's Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland
Training schemes in psychiatry are developed and evaluated by national education policy makers in the majority of European countries. However, the requirements that a training program in psychiatry should meet are also defined on the European level in a form of recommendations by the Board of Psychiatry - European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). 
Recently, the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (EFPT) which represent trainees from more then 30 European countries, reported data pertaining to the structure of training programs and to the evaluation of training programs in 30 European countries. Whereas in the majority of European countries the structure of training programs and methods of assessment of trainees' competencies are partially compatible with one another and with the existing recommendations at the European level, the quality assurance of training programs varies significantly among countries. Regular evaluations of training programs and mentors, however, contribute to the proper implementation of training programs and help that the theoretical training principles are followed through in practice. As quality assurance of training schemes is an important mechanism how to improve the delivery of training programs, it should gain more focus by responsible authorities who structure the psychiatric training on the national and international European level.
Information technologies in psychiatry
G. Favre1,2, N. Bausch Becker2, D. Giacco2, A. Nawka2, M. Rojnic Kuzman2, M. Simmons2, P. Wuyts2
1Suicidal Adolescent Crisis Unit, University Hospitals of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, 2European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees, Brussel, Belgium
Even if technology and information are omnipresent, they rarely meet harmoniously. Either the lack of sufficient means prevents good information to reach its target or the technology is too complex to integrate flawlessly in the daily workflow.
The use and misuse of information technologies (internet, email, e-learning, social networks) has recently significantly increased among psychiatrists and patients and the changes in behavior of communication and seeking informations are real challenges.
Using the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees network, the self-questionnaires concerning the usage of information technologies and the local patients-therapists communication were distributed among psychiatric trainees of 31 European countries.
A review of the results of this study, as well as recommendations about netiquette and useful websites for psychiatrists and scientists will be presented in detail.
The European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees' Psychiatric Resident - Industry Relationship Survey (EFPT-PRIRS)
S. Jauhar, European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees Research Group
Sackler Institute of Psychobiological Research, Institute of Neurological Sciences, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow, UK
There is no doubt that, in the modern era, psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry have a relationship, though the nature of this is not universally well defined. Given that psychotropic medication is widely prescribed (ranking 3rd and 4th in US sales in 2007), and the role of the pharmaceutical industry in medical education has come under scrutiny, it is worth noting that the relationship between the industry and psychiatry trainees has not been studied in great depth.
Our Pan-European research group, composed exclusively of psychiatry trainees from at least 18 different countries, as part of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (EFPT) has sought to study this in a systematic fashion. I will present preliminary findings of our survey, PRIRS (Psychiatric Residents-Industry Relationship Survey) which is currently taking place. 
It is also hoped that this will facilitate a discussion amongst those attending the session, on the role of the pharmaceutical industry in psychiatric training, education and in general. 

D. Giacco
Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Naples, Italy
Introduction: The recent reforms of mental health legislation occurred in most European countries, together with the continuous advances of technologies and the development of research in all the domains of psychiatry have deeply modified the role of mental health professionals with consequent changes in training needs for early career psychiatrists. The competencies required to psychiatrists today include not only the knowledge of the advances in neuroscience, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and social psychiatry, but also the ability to understand the different clinical and social needs of the patients. Young psychiatrists report a gap between their knowledge and the skills required during the first years of their job. 
Aims: The European Psychiatric Association-Early Career Psychiatrists Committee, in cooperation with the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees, conducted a survey among European young psychiatrists and psychiatric trainees, aimed at evaluating difficulties and perspectives related to psychiatric training residency. 
Methods: 86 respondents completed the Psychiatric Training Questionnaire, a multiple-choice and self-reported questionnaire, which evaluates: 1) satisfaction with training received; 2) self-confidence in theoretical and practical skills included in psychiatric training curriculum; 3) educational opportunities received during training. 
Results: Respondents were almost equally split between trainees (54%) and young psychiatrists (46%). Seventy per cent of them were completely or partially satisfied with training received. Early Career Psychiatrists reported higher levels of self-confidence in clinical psychiatry (98%), psychopharmacology (69%) and emergency psychiatry (61%), whereas the most problematic areas were forensic psychiatry (64%) psychotherapy (61%) and child and adolescent psychiatry (57%). 41% of respondents was not assigned a tutor for clinical activities, 73% of them could not rely on a dedicated supervisor for training in psychotherapy and 58% had not the possibility to use a log-book to record the competencies acquired during training. Only 37% participated in exchange programs; all early career psychiatrists who had this opportunity found this experience very useful for their professional growth. 
Conclusions: Standards of training in psychiatry in Europe are generally satisfactory. However, our results highlight the need to: 
1) upgrade training in some areas, such as psychotherapy, forensic psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry; 
2) guarantee an adequate clinical supervision; 
3) spread the use of log-book; 
4) improve the opportunities for exchange programs.

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Constitution signed



Dear all,
On behalf of the EFPT Board, I am delighted to inform you of the great
news - the EFPT Constitution was signed on 26th of February, 2010, in

Brussels and we have now officially become a NGO, pending the
blessings of the Belgian King!

This brings to an end of the long and arduous journey, which started
several years ago. I feel honored that this important point of the
history of the EFPT happened during my presidency. However, I would
like to remind all us of the story of the EFPT Constitution and to
thank all the people who made all this possible. The initial idea

about when our previous treasurer Tommi Väyrynen (Finland) looked into
options of obtaining EU funding and realized that to obtain this EFPT
will have to register as an official organization. This idea and
objective was strongly supported  by Julian Beezhold (Past President,
UK)  and Roberts Klotins (past-President, Latvia), who laid the
foundation for the registration process. The constitution working
group, especially Estelle Brenon (France), Sameer Jauhar (UK), Eva
Weiss (Austria) and Marie Bendix (Sweden) did a fantastic job in
building up the initial document and keeping us honest throughout the
process. Many colleagues in the French delegation, including Stephanie
and Laetitia must be thanked for guiding us through the many nuances
of the French language and the Belgian French culture of the notary.
Guillaume Favre (Switzerland) picked up this mantle in the final
stages and supported us with his skillful command over the French
language-especially during the signing in Brussels.   Two of my
predecessors,  Andreas Zachariadis (Past, President, Greece) and Kajsa
Norstrom (Past-President, Sweden) and their boards did a great job in
driving this forward.
 Finally, I would like to thank our immediate Past President, Amit
Malik (UK) who, along with his colleague,  Joanna Carroll from The
Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK has been the driving force behind
this hugely bureaucratic task and has gently (and sometimes, not so
gently!) guided all of us towards this final destination. He signed
the constitution on all our behalves in Brussels last Friday (picture
attached) and we are very grateful for his leadership through this

The registration and legalization of the EFPT will open a new chapter
for us, that I am sure will be filled with new opportunities. This
will obviously bring a lot of new tasks for us, but at the same time,
it will allow us to act more freely as the organization as we are: an
equal partner engaged with other professional associations in shaping

educational and mental health care policies in Europe.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Dubrovnik, our first
extraordinary assembly,

Best regards,
Martina Rojnic Kuzman, M.D., Ph.D.

President of the EFPT

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Country Reports - 2009


2009 Country Reports are available in the website. If your country report is not listed, please contact the IT secretary.

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Working towards registration...


The board has now been working with the statues, e.g. “Articles of Association” according to Belgium law. The procedure has taken longer time than we expected due to the process has been quit complicated and we wanted as accurate draft as possible.

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The Young Psychiatrists program at the 16th European Congress of Psychiatry, (April 2008 Nice, France)
provides a unique opportunity for recent graduates to enjoy networking events and attend sessions designed specifically for their position.

This year’s Young Psychiatrist’s program is entitled “Visions in European Psychiatry for Young Psychiatrists and Trainees”.


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