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.
YOUNG CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGISTS’ REPRESENTATIVE
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.
CALL TO ACTION - CONTACT YOUR EUROPEAN MEP FOR A EU MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY
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.
EACLIPT SYMPOSIUM AT THE 32ND INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF PSYCHOLOGY IN PRAGUE 2020
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
MEP LETTER TEMPLATE - ADD LOGO OF ORGANISATION HERE Brussels, X November 2019
Re: Support for an EU-level Mental Health Strategy Dear X MEP, 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. Yours sincerely,