Annual report 2012/2013

Executive summary: This report of the Board of Prevention & Intervention (“Board P&I”) presents an overview of the activities of this board in 2012/2013.

Introduction: The Board of P&I was established in 2012 for the following reasons: • The EFPA states a significant mismatch between societal needs and psychological offers: In several problem areas, as drug addiction, depression and suicide, psychology could and should do more. • The reorientation chosen by EFPA in 2010 places a strong emphasis on the need for prevention.


1. Activities requested by the EC:

• To monitor theoretical and practical advances in the field of prevention of individual and social problems and intervention.

• To develop standards and models for professional activities in the fields mentioned, transcending borders between the areas of practice.

• Focal point is the work of psychologists, considering multidisciplinary collaboration, with its potential and limitations.

• To liaise with the S-EAC for Psychotherapy on issues regarding the psychotherapeutic training of psychologists.

• The Board shall liaise and collaborate with several Standing Committees and other Boards, which deal with specific issues of prevention and intervention, to maintain highest possible standards.

2. Working Plan 2012-2013

2.1 Expected activities:

• Suggestions regarding the structure and mode of operation of the Board, with specific reference to sub-committees

• Suggestions regarding the psychotherapeutic training of psychologists in connection with the S-EAC for Psychotherapy

• Suggestions regarding EFPA’s future position regarding the recognition of and the collaboration with non-psychologists applying psychotherapeutic interventions.

2.2 Starting point

• At the first meeting on 18th September 2012, the board started charting work domain of the board, defining its role, and drafting a work plan. Heloisa Martino (Switzerland) was elected as convenor ad interim.

2.3 Activity: Elaboration of the Work Plan

Main goals of the work plan are:

• Defining the Board: By specifying board’s conceptions of prevention and intervention, and by inventorying and demarcating the problems to prevent.

• Promoting prevention expertise of psychologists: By developing ideas and procedures on how the psychologists' expertise in the field of prevention could be promoted. The aim is to meet the need of reduction of individual suffering and societal costs in all areas and to explore and open on this field of work for the coming generation of our profession.

• Exploring techniques in prevention: Starting point is the existing knowledge in the field of prevention. The board will try to assess its general structures, and screen the professional framework and existing national preferences.

• Standards: By establishing broad guidelines for European standards of psychological intervention

• Education / Training psychologists in prevention: By screening where and how psychologists are trained for prevention. A comparison of EFPA members' existing structures on training prevention should be done to provide the knowledge on how and where the training process could be advanced.

• Communicate the Board to psychologist profession: By establishing re-communication of the board’s work results back to the profession, especially through cooperation with EFPA members' organizations.

• Promote collaboration with other professions: The aim is sharing of knowledge and competences. The board will get in touch with possible partners on the european level.

• Translate research into practice and to stake holders: By setting general guidelines on the usability of research results. The stake holders' needs in the area of prevention is to be taken into account to further the acceptance and effectivness of prevention

• Definition of areas of prevention to focus on: By identifying specific areas where exemplary detailed considerations on prevention could be done. Exemplary in-depth considerations shall meet the criteria of modeling for other areas.

• Prioritize emergence of different sub-groups The board will liaise with other EFPA boards and groups (e.g. psychotherapy subgroup) on issues regarding the psychotherapeutic training of psychologists, with respect to the field of prevention.

2.4 Achievements

• “Work Plan”: Determination of the short-term goal(s): The board members started their work with the determination of the short-term goal to pursue at first: Defining the Board (see above, 2.2.1).

• At the 2nd meeting (Skype), the board decided that all board members make proposals about “Defining the board”, that is, all make concrete suggestions about the board’s conception of prevention and about definitions of terms (prevention, mental health etc.), as well as suggestions about the main problems to prevent, respectively the fields where prevention should be improved. The discussion about proposals will be carried out at the next meeting in person.

3. Report to the EC / GA:  This report was written by Heloisa Martino (Switzerland), convenor ad interim. All board members could comment on the report before its delivery to EC / GA. Deadline: April 30, 2013 Priority: High


1) 1st meeting (in person): 18.09.2012, EFPA office, Brussels

2) Skype meeting: 12.11.2012

3) Next meeting in person is planned for September 2013

Information & recommendations for GA & Member Associations: No particular information / recommendations.

Proposals for decisions by GA: No particular proposals.

Members of the group:

EC LIAISON: Tor Levin Hofgaard


Cyprus: Maria Karekla

Czech Republic: Roman Gabrhelík

Germany: Jean Baptiste Rossilhol

Norway: Geir Skauli

Serbia: Tamara D.Klikovac

Slovenia: Peter Janjusevic

Switzerland: Heloisa Helena Martino

United Kingdom: Tony Wainwright

EFPSA: Noemi Laszlo