Board Meeting, Belgrade, 7 June 2018

Prevention and Promotion Board meeting - Belgrade / Serbia the 7th June 2018 at the premises of the Serbian Psychological Association

Present: Britt Randi Hjartnes Schjødt Norway , Yiota Dimitropoulou, Greece, Margarida Gaspar de Matos (Convener, on Skype), Portugal, Irena Stojadinovic Serbia, Tony Wainwright, UK

1) Welcome address, introduction of members

Margarida attending by Skype – hello everyone😊

2) General Information

Tony spoke about his EFPA work

Board of Ethics: For our glossary – we can have a look at the one from Board of Ethics that is in the final stages of development. Tony will liaise with Miguel Ricou who led on this.

Following the Amsterdam conference, Tony and colleagues have established a ‘wish to die’ group examining the role of psychology in Euthanasia. Tony has a paper in press with Miguel Ricou on this topic in the European Psychologist.

Board of Human Rights and Psychology: The convenor will be asking to re-establish the task force on refugees as this is an issue for many groups. The Board is working on a text book for psychology and human rights education and is editing a special issue of the European Psychologist that will come out next year.


Margarida: In Portugal they have a national meeting of EFPA workgroup members in front of EFPA-meetings. A good idea for us all.  

Margarida still working with Dream Teens – seeking funding.

Portugal NA: Reducing salt – how can this be supported by psychologist influence? There was some discussion about this and the relative benefits of whole population versus targeted approaches. Useful to consider most effective ways of doing this but agreed a multifaceted approach would be needed.


Yiota: Now back in Greece, at the Department of educational psychology. Focus of work is promotion and prevention for children in school settings. Many projects and lots of collaboration with local agents. Cyber bullying – she will share with the board. Also projects connected to the Olympic arrangement (children from the street).


Bibi: Still special adviser for “Minister for health and care” in Bergen- arguing successfully 5 mill EURO into prevention last 3 yrs, 2,5 mill in a bundle last week for childcare, also bringing this important work closer to the health perspective. Bibi will try to write something around this psychologist adviser role.    

Executive committee – Norway NA: Prevention for children and adolescence (not clinical individual work) – Bibi will try to get some of the articles from this strategy translated.


Irena: Now also member of SC on trauma, crisis and human rights. Also here the   

refugees is a main topic. Trainings standards – they see that even if it’s different crises, it’s often similar actions. In general collaboration between work groups is wanted by the Board of Promotion and Prevention , and there are some immediate opportunities as Tony is a member of two other groups and Irena is a member of the SC on Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology.


Irena’s work: in an NGO – “PIN” - with only psychologists – research and practice, refugees main target. New project: support groups for diabetes. Email address for Norwegian psychologist working in this field for a decade (Jon Haug)


3) EFPA summer Semester was held in the UK and details can be found here


4) Update of group projects

- Students' survey (Irena and Bibi)

60 responses so far from 16 countries, without any nagging – that’s great! Now its summer break. New effort in September. Is a text book possible – based on this survey? Introduction (translated from NPF material). Results, discussion and consequences/follow up. Publisher: Routledge or Hogrefee or Sage might be relevant and possible. Yiota will look for other textbooks already available on this topic.


- Prevention guidelines (Tony / Margarida)

Statement/position paper, a “sharper” paper is wanted – two sides of A4 approximately.

Adults (Tony and Vita) children and adolescence (Margarida and Bibi) – toward the end of Oct, prepare for Dec). Work out a final document together, with a combined introduction of both chapters. 

Aim to develop a template that will be standard format for all guidance documents.


- Behavioral economics (Tony/ Lieven)

A coworking process that ended. Tony will follow up. Introduction, research/references, challenges and best practices. Put this topic into the workplan?  


- Publications (Margarida)

Tony is asked to write an abstract for the paper that we have submitted and asked to send this to Sabine together with a photo from todays meeting, to be published in an EFPA news letter. A summary of the Board’s work together with our meeting with the Association of Psychologists of Serbia will be sent together with photographs and the abstract later,  if the paper is accepted for publication.


- State of art – Board Plan - 2018/ 2019 (Margarida)

We worked our way through the work plan – this and the table will be updated by Tony.


5) Board Participation at ECP 2019 Moscow (Margarida)

The board wants to arrange a symposium in Moscow with the following working title: “Promotion and prevention in educations and training (Irena/Bibi and others tba). Public policies and behaviour economics (Margarida)”. Some members were not able to commit to attending at this stage.


To be submitted in November is title and 5 lines – later all of the speakers will have to make an abstract of each presentation (350 words ), later also a more detailed abstract of the whole symposium.


6) New projects and proposals (all Board members)

Population/big data – how to engage (or educate) psychologists in this kind of work.


From Vita: Find one or two common challenges for the board every year. Like social inequality, diversity, poverty, migration and brain drain, violence etc.

The boards job: to come up with suggestions for actions/interventions.

Margarida will make a map/model that can be communicated to those not here today.  


7) How to involve NA in order to increase Board members attendance and active participation? (brainstorming)

Many of the working groups have the same problem as BPP. We as a group is trying to get around that and several measures was discussed:


Email from Vita to Margarida earlier:

I see a few reasons for low response:

- our national association is hardly supportive in the work in this board; the value of the board seems not to be recognised (maybe also not enough within EFPA)

- as corresponding member I hardly get the funding, if I would want to, I would need to know much in advance about it and it would be easier if it was linked to some other event (maybe congress, symposium)

- I think it is also hard because there is still no common framework of our board or at least activities are so widespread to different areas of work

- a common project would be a great thing to do, then it could tie us together. But, it is very hard to make something like that, thinking we work in such different environments

- More online sessions would be actually a great way to overcome as a first step.


Margarida’s response to Vita and to the board today:

Perhaps we can have 2 types of strategies

1) to press NA and EFPA and try to add value to these meetings and preferably add them all to a scientific meeting

2) find ourselves a common project perhaps reducing the scope of our intervention to 1-2 focus ( e.g  public policies and behavioral economics/ and psy training in prevention) what do you think?


Further discussion in the board:

Not clear to new members what the scope/work of the board is. Information of the boards purpose and former, ongoing work in the board, enquire about new members interests, work and engagement can be helpful. We made a list – who’s going to contact who:   

Denmark: Bibi

Belgium: Tony

Croatia: Irena

EFPSA: Irena

Iceland: Bibi

Slovakia: Yiota

Spain: Margarida

Netherlands: Tony

Germany: Tony

Switzerland: Tony


The mission of the board will be found at the website EFPA – under “introduction”. Also

Guidelines for board participation (Tony will make a draft). Corresponding members can be contacted before meetings in order to connect, update them and investigate their engagement and ideas.   

First: Sabine will be asked to update the full member list. Italy and Check Republic have none now. When we have a full list the today present board members will call the members and try to follow up directly. 


8) Next meetings

Next SKYPE meeting: October 25th 2018 at 4 pm (GMT+1)

Brussels 5th or 6th December 2018

SKYPE - end March 2019

ECP 2019 – July 2nd– 5th 2019 in Moscow

9) Extras

Collaborate with other boards – how? Topics? World days?

Margarida will bring forward a discussion at next convenors meeting: suggest to establish a way/method of collaboration (when, how, whom)


Informal Exchange meeting with the Serbian NA.

9 members from the Serbian NA joined our meeting. We exchanged thoughts and experiences and had an interesting discussion about challenges for the profession.  It was interesting to note that several topics were common, although the solutions and actions often are different.