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EACLIPT Update (December 2019)

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:

  • European dissemination of evidence-based cost-effective psychological interventions is of importance.

  • Research: invest substantially on research on innovative psychological interventions for partial response, non-response and relapse prevention for common mental health conditions.

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.

Very best, The EACLIPT Board

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