28 Nov 2023

On-location Seminar in Cologne, Germany on March 14 & 15 2024

Municipal Responsibility for Community Mental Health

We are delighted to extend a warm invitation to you for our upcoming seminar, “Municipal Responsibility for Community Mental Health” to be held in Cologne, Germany, on March 14 & 15, 2024. This event promises to be an enriching experience, bringing together experts, professionals, and advocates in the field of mental health.

In the ever-evolving landscape of mental health care, this seminar will provide a unique opportunity to explore the distinct roles and relations of “Third Sector” agents, non-profit organizations, and municipalities within the German health and social system. Our focus will be on understanding the extreme complexity of legislation and organization at the federal, state, and municipal levels.

At this seminar, you’ll have the chance to gain insights into the ongoing reform in psychiatry, with a special focus on Cologne. Learn about the initiatives, partnerships, and developments that are shaping community mental care in different circumstances.
We encourage your active participation in discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities to share your experiences and insights with fellow professionals.

This seminar offers a unique platform for sharing experiences, gaining insights into ongoing reforms, and exploring models of community mental care. We encourage your active participation in discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities.

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* free of charge for the full participants of EUCOMS Network (paid members)

* 100 EUR participation fee for EUCOMS non-participants

Seminar Agenda

Wednesday 13th Arrival DayActivities from March 14 and 15 will take place at: FORUM Volkshochschule im Museum am Neumarkt, Cäcilienstraße, 50676 Köln 19:00 – Dinner for early arrivers

Thursday 14th

09:00 – 09:15Welcome speech N.N. (host) & René Keet (EUCOMS)
09:15 – 09:30User Involvement and Recovery Franz ReimeringBeirätekonferenz = service user organisation
09:30 – 10:00Community Psychiatry at Cologne Elisabeth Ostermann – Cologne Health Authority
10:00 – 15:00Site visits Small groups of 7-9 persons to enable mutual exchange (5 – 10 groups)
15:00 – 15:15 15:15 – 15:30Coffee at Museum hall Choir “Klanggarten SPZ Lindethal”
15:30 – 16: 00Impressions from the site visits What we have seen during the site visits
16:00 – 16:30Q & A
16:30 – 19:00Historical Walk through Cologne Gesundheitsamt, St. Maria im Kapitol, Groß St. Martin, Praetorium, City Hall, Cathedral, LVR (Grey bus memorial)
19:00Dinner Choice of restaurant depending on number of participants  

Friday 15th

09:00 – 09:20Community Mental Health Centers in a hospital-based care system Thomas Hummelsheim – Dachverband Gemeindepsychiatrie – Umbrella Organisation Community Psychiatry
09:20 – 09:40Organising reliable individual care for a defined catchment area in a fragmented system of social security Klaus ObertBundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Gemeindepsychiatrischer Verbünde BAG GPV – Nationwide Working Group of Community Psychiatric Associations
09:40 – 10:00Sozialpsychiatrische Dienste SpDi – The role of municipal social psychiatric services in community psychiatry Matthias Albers – Bundesweites Netzwerk Sozialpsychiatrischer Dienste – Nationwide Network of Social Psychiatric Services
10:00 – 10:20Q & A
10:20 – 10:40Coffee break
10:40 – 11:00Peer Support Mental Health Service – The Clubhouse Model Petra Nieuwlaat – Clubhouse Amsterdam
“Empowering the Community to offer work as integral part of its psychosocial services”  Confederation of European Social Firms, Employment Initiatives and Social Cooperatives CEFEC Moderated by Christiane Haerlin – Senior consultant of CEFEC

11:00 – 11:15Community based mental health settings and the important role of work inclusion by social economy actors Felicitas Kresimon – General Secretary of CEFEC, Trieste, Italy 
11:15 – 11:30Ukrainian social care home fights its way back into the community Robert van Voren – Head of FGIP, Vilnius, Lithuania  and Olena Protsenko, Ukrainian Expert on mental Health and human rights
11:30 – 11:45Best practice example of work in local communities in various parts of Europe Vasile Gafiuc – Project Manager of CEFEC, Suceava, Romania
11:45 – 12:15Q & A + Closing Remarks by Matthias Albers – Host & N.N. user/peer
12:15 – 13:00Lunch Break
13:00EUCOMS Board Meeting  

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