Board Meeting, Brussels, 29 February 2014

Notes from the 1st meeting, Board of Prevention and Intervention, EFPA

Brussels, Feb.19th 2014.


Robert Roe (first half - EFPA), Tony Wainwright (UK), Rifkat Mukhamedrakhimov (Russia), Roman Gabrhelik (Chech R), Isabel Fernandez (Italy), Francisco Labrador Encinas (Spain), Guna Svence (Latvia) and Bibi Schjødt (taking minutes - Norway).


Patricia Göttersdorfer (Austria), Nady van Broeck (Belgium), Damir Lucanin (Croatia), Panayiota Dimitropoulou (Cyprus), Philippe Grosbois (France), Marcus Rautenberg (Germany), Aina Fraas Johansen (Norway), Laurentiu Mitrofan (Romania), Vlasta Zabucovec (Slovenia), Heloisa Martino (Switzerland), William Frazer Steel (EFPSA), VictorJ Rubio (EAPA), Matthias Ziegler (Liaison to board of Scientific Affairs).

(all corresponding members in italic)


1. Opening

2. Welcome and introduction

3. EFPA and Boards

4. Board P&I: Background, remit and earlier work

5. Members, convenor & modus operandi

6. Work plan 2014

7. Calendar and place of meetings 2014

8. Agenda for next meeting

9. Closing

Opening, introduction and general orientation.

The President of the EFPA, Robert Roe, gave the Board a warm welcome. He explained how important the Boards work is for the EFPA: The Board is expected to deliver plans and show examples on how to make psychology useful - apply psychological competence, share psychology - at an earlier stage for troubled people and also in a life context. 

He emphasised the gap between the research and evidence base associated with areas of psychology associated with prevention, group and population-based interventions – public health approaches – and the focus on one to one work. His slide showed:

•    Psychological knowledge and professional competence have grown impressively during the past decades.

•    As a result, psychology has a huge potential to help understanding and alleviating human problems in society.

•    However, the psychological profession as a whole has developed autonomously and gravitated towards health care, in particular individual mental health care.

•    The result is a significant and growing mismatch between what society needs and what psychology offers.

The Board has been established to close this gap and to articulate these approaches to work alongside the traditional individual clinical treatment after mental health problems are evident. 

As he also had in one slide:

•    The reorientation chosen by EFPA in 2010 places a strong emphasis on the need for prevention, next to various forms of intervention.

•    It does not make sense for European psychology to continue focusing on therapeutic interventions while largely ignoring prevention. 

•    On the contrary, prevention should be expanded where possible, it should be comprehensive and include all of psychology’s specialization areas, and it should be developed in relationship with corrective interventions. 

The President also presented the EFPA (organization, strategies etc), and gave a background for the Board of P&I (BPI), remit and earlier work – as presented in “Report 2013 of the Board of Prevention and Intervention” (H. Martino, 2013). This report will be useful for the new Board and Heloise was congratulated for delivering this helpful work. 

Robert Roe’s presentation is available on the Board of Prevention and Intervention Forum . To find out how to log in to this see below:

To get access to community forum: (problems - Contact Ivana/HO

Please find below instructions how to register by the EFPA community forum.

Procedure to use the forum;

1.       To use the EFPA forum, you go to and then 'register' (top menu - right corner)

2.       You fill in the required fields and choose your username (must be between 8 and 20 chars long and use only alphanumeric characters)  and password (between 6 and 10 characters)

3.       You will get an automatic reply confirming your registration.

4.       Then you go to  again, but this time you choose 'login' with the username and pass word you have chosen when registering.

You will have access to the forums that are related to the EuroPsy and others.

Members & convenor.

The members were presented, and the President helped the Board with the nomination of a Chair. It was most appreciated that Tony Wainwright agreed to be put forward for the position of Convenor and this was confirmed at the EFPA Executive Committee. His experience from the former Board will be very useful for our further work. 

Modus Operandi: 

The BPI will be engaging in tasks and topics proposed in the “Annex 2, Terms of reference” (2013). The Board will deliver/communicate as follows:

Deliver an annual report of the Boards work.

Communicate with other Board members through EFPA community forum, Skype/Adobe Connect

Meet two times a year in Brussels.

Communicate when needed with the liaison/Head Office. 

The convenor of BPI meet with convenors from other Boards and Committees of EFPA annually (next: June 2014). 

Meet biannual at ECPA – hopefully with a board symposium (next Milan 2015)

(Initial) work plan 2014/tasks:

Regarding communication:

We will develop the minisite allocated to the Board 

⇒    Roman will edit the website and give technical support to the Board members (can also be assisted from the HO). 

⇒    Roman will organize web assisted meetings. Less than 5: Skype, more than 5: Adobe Connect. Roman will give instructions when needed. 

Regarding the main topics/issues for the Board:

There was a wide-ranging discussion concerning definitions and meanings so that we could be clear that as a group we understood each other. In his presentation, Robert Roe had made the point that 

The Board felt the need to define prevention and intervention into a broader framework, including the importance of promoting good health and wellbeing as well as preventing problems. The Board also discussed the importance of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention (see Robert Roe’s slides). One area which many Board members felt would be critical is early childhood intervention as this would be a way of preventing later problems.  

The other discussion point concerned the levels of the system in which either prevention or intervention was focused. Some examples would be:

•    Individual

•    Family

•    Community

•    Region

•    Country

•    Whole population

We also considered the need to: 

•    Identify areas of practice:  For example - Education, health, social/welfare, work, elderly, addiction 

•    Describe: How apply the evidence-base on psychological approaches at the different levels. 

•    Propose: The tools that are available for these evidence-based approaches to be used.  

•    Describe: The competence psychologists may need to develop to undertake this work. 

Bibi shared some slides to facilitate the dialogue on these issues. 

⇒    The slides from Bibi are available on the Forum.

In order to propose or design preventive programs:

•    We have to investigate: What are the common threats, what are the basic health issues?

•    We have to prioritize: Where to start? What priority, and what to work on (this Board)

•    The time-perspective: lifespan, specific needs as live emerge, WHEN to do the work?

•    Risk factors and priorities vary from country to country – what are the risk factors according to our countries national surveys? 

Roman introduced the Board to the EQUS standards which have been developed in the field of addiction ( see for some related examples) 

Outline of key tasks:

Task 1: Material for the minisite to be sent Roman. This will include your own and your own member association details together with any other material you think will be useful for others to see online.

Task 2: Map what is currently being done in other boards which relates to prevention and intervention Tony and Tor

Task 3. To outline the methodology of prevention and intervention - including risk factors, common threads Tony and Rafak

Task 4. Prevention and intervention in the fields of  mental health and addictions -  Isabel and Roman

Task 5: To develop guidance on how to expand psychologists knowledge and skills to in this field. BiBi and Gunna.

Task 6: The public health implications of iatrogenic effects in health and care systems - Paradigms and practice. Tony 

Task 7: Assessment issues in prevention and intervention - Francisco

Calendar and place of meetings 2014

We discussed changing weekday for meeting in Brussels, but decided to hold on to Wednesday, for different reasons. Next meeting will also be arranged at 

⇒    EFPAs Head Office, Brussels, on Wednesday, May 28th, 10am – 4 pm.

o    Note May 29th is a Holiday in Belgium and some other countries

Agenda for next meeting:

Minutes of the last meeting

Actions taken 

Web sites & communication


Matters arising

Further work plan, dates and tasks