In cooperation with the Coordination Center for Mental Health of Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine

In the times of global challenges mental health becomes the most vulnerable part of our life experience. Feeling connected in such times is especially helpful to cope with traumatic circumstances. Participation is free, the number of online/offline places is limited.

Main objectives:

• to attract attention of Public authorities, civil Institutions, professionals, researchers and policy-makers to urgent problems of mental health and psychosocial support in Ukraine

• to provide a platform for dissemination of ideas and development of network of Community Mental Health researchers, practitioners and policy-makers

• to elucidate multi-disciplinary, transdisciplinary and multicultural aspects and solutions related to Community-based MHPSS

Congress audience:

Representatives\members of Amalgamated Territorial Communities

Civil Society, State and Professional Institutions

Academicians, Researchers, Experts

Specialists of healthcare services\healthcare development

Content (program):

We aim to focus on building and improving professional skills of specialists in Community Mental Health:

• Sharing of good practices in the field of Community Mental Health

• Seminar, workshops

• oral and e-poster presentations of research studies

In Partnership

Keynote Speakers:

Oksana Zbitneva

Head of the Coordination Center for Mental Health of Cabinet of Ministers of Ukrainе and Head of NGO «Barrier-Free»

Expert on social transformations, strategic communications specialist. Has a degree in philology and political science. Studied state and public management and administration. Experience in communications and political consulting, creation and management of PR- and GR-units, media process organization, running of reputation management campaigns. Senior positions in the media, civil service, non-governmental organizations.

Jan Pfeiffer

Jan Pfeiffer, born 1957, is educated as psychiatrist, psychotherapist, supervisor. He is working in the mental health field more than 40 years. For all this time he is involved in the protection of the rights of people with mental health issues and transformation of the system from institutional to community based. He was and still is one of the reform leaders in his country . He was also very much in involved internationally especially in new member states, but in Eastern Europe as such. Especially in Albania, Serbia, Moldova, Slovakia, and Slovenia for a longer period of time. He was the founder of NGO Focus. Built this organization from the scratch. Focus is now the largest provider of community care in the Czech Republic. Worked in Children High Level Group later Lumos (founded by J.K. Rowling)  facilitating mental health care system for children across Europe. Within the framework of the European Commission founded the European Expert Group on de-institutionalization in Brussels. Was a member of the Council of Europe CPT committee. Senior expert on deinstitutionalisation of Mental Health Europe. Consultant of Global initiative on Psychiatry, Board chair of Mental disability advocacy centre Currently still engaged in the process of mental health care reform in several countries, at the same time working in crisis team, Community mental health teams in CR. For his work in the field of human rights, he was awarded as a hero of the year by Time magazine in 2004.

Pětr Nawka, M.D.

Psychiatrist, psychotherapist and the expert of my own experience with mental health problems. I am the Chair of the Association for Mental Health Integra in Slovakia and I live and work in Slovakia and Germany. My main interest is in searching for and experiencing the generation/realization of our human mental health potential and a meaningful life through the tetralogue (relevant communication and partnership of four parts: first, people, who need to live a more integrated and less stigmatized life in their community; second, their families/friends/peers, third, professionals, and fourth, society from local community to the international level). The topic of my presentation is empowerment and recovery through peer-involvement in community mental health- network building

Dr. Joshua Kreimeyer PhD, LPC, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Dr. Joshua Kreimeyer is a Professor in the Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Colorado Christian University in Denver, Colorado. I'm also work at faculty at the Міжнародний Інститут Післядипломної Освіти in Kyiv. I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and served in the US Army as a Linguist and deployed to Kosovo (1999) and Iraq (2003). I have worked in community-based outpatient clinics, private practice, a residential drug and alcohol program within the US Bureau of Prisons, and several years as a Family Therapist within the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Also have been a part of advocacy efforts in the United States and Ukraine, for effective mental health services and access to care for military veterans and their families.

Thomas Weber

Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, head of the Institute for Neuropsychotherapy Vienna. Founder and international training director of Traumafokus® and Painfokus®, study director of pain therapy at the SysTelios Clinic in Germany (2016-2018), couples therapist, further training in pain psychotherapy at the German Society for Psychological Pain Therapy and Research (DGPSF), founding member of the German Society for Psychotraumatology and Violence Research (GPTG), founding member of the EAP (European Association for Psychotherapy), lecturer at various specialist institutions (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Ukraine) in the field of psychotraumatology and pain psychotherapy, member of the German Pain Society (DSG), lecturer of the German Society for Psychological Pain Therapy and Pain Research (DGPSF), book author of Traumafokus.

Dr. Alina Garbuz

PhD is Clinical Traumatologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant, Amen Clinics Certified Brain Health Coach and Professional Life Coach who runs her private practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her co-therapist golden retriever Nala. Dr. Garbuz specializes in PTSD, Complex Trauma, Attachment and Relational Trauma, Suicide and Traumatic Bereavement, Disaster Trauma and International Trauma.

Kseniia Voznitsyna

Founder and director of the Center for Mental Health and Rehabilitation "Lisova Polyana" of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, neurologist Author of the organizational model for establishing mental health recovery centers for war victims in Ukraine. An expert in the study and treatment of post concussion syndrome ("contusion" - the autograph of war). Leader in the organization of mental health rehabilitation for veterans. Trainer, author of manuals and publications on working with war trauma and integration of society and veterans.

Alexandr Moldavskyi

Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Central Institute of Mental Health Mannheim, German Center for Mental Health (DZPG), partner site Mannheim Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist Dr. med. (University of Heidelberg) M.Sc. in Biostatistics Member of Ukrainian Medical Society in Germany

Christopher Tupy

Co-founder of umbrella organisation IDEE Austria, a national advocacy organisation for people with mental ill-health, and co-founder of IDEE Vienna at provincial level. Activities as peer support at the association LOK (Leben ohne Krankenhaus) in Vienna. Peer psychoeducation group (Floridsdorf Clinic, Vienna). As a peer researcher at the University for Continuing Education Krems and other research projects. Regularly teaches in the training of medical students (Medical University of Vienna), Health Care and Nursing (FH Campus Vienna), social work (FH St. Pölten), secondary school teachers (University of Vienna, Department of Education), the police (Training on site in the hospitals) and other training and further education programmes. Raising awareness of mental health in the classroom with pupils (Verrückt? Na und!, Lower Austria). And is a UPSIDES trainer for the training of peers. The topic will be destigmatisation and the necessary change processes in society as a whole.

Nataliya Hnatyuk

Nataliya Hnatyuk is a Ukrainian born therapist, who has two master’s degrees, one in psychology and the other in history. She immigrated to the United States of America 20 years ago. Nataliya organized many humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, including establishing an organization called the Green Cross, which continues to function successfully to this day. She is the current acting President of Safehaus, which is an intensive crisis residential center established back in 2010. She started her journey with the organization as a therapist and eventually was promoted to clinical director to oversee business operations. This career journey has given her an opportunity to be well-versed in all aspects of clinical and administrative side of the business. Nataliya brings a wealth of expertise and therapeutic clinical knowledge and acts as the lead educator for all therapists working with Ukrainian refugees. She is fluent in English, Ukrainian, and Polish languages. Due to her extensive experience, she also has a very strong network and professional relationships throughout Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Her background gives her a strong cultural understanding of these populations.

Norbert Göller

born in 1958, worked for many years as a journalist and filmmaker. He is co-founder of Irrsinnig Menschlich e.V. (in English Madly Human) and a social entrepreneur. Together with Dr Manuela Richter-Werling, he has developed the organisation over 24 years into a recognised national and international organisation is committed to cross-sectoral work in the fields of education (school, vocational training, higher education) and health (prevention, care). The core competence of Irrsinnig Menschlich lies in developing low-threshold universal prevention programmes and in implementing and scaling them on a supra-regional level with the support of numerous partners from community mental health. A key role is played by so-called personal experts, people who have experienced and recoverd from the mental health crises.
Andrej Vršanský
Head of League for Mental Health in Slovakia, which is an umbrella organization for service users and service providers in mental health in Slovakia and which opened a branch in Ukraine in late 2023. He studied law and is a strong promoter of psycho social model leading towards recovery and community based services in a deinstitutionalized system rooted in human rights and built around people with lived experience. He is a Board member of Mental Health Europe, a member of Global Leaders Advisory Group at Global Leadership Exchange, a co-chair of Mental Health Psycho Social Support Committee and a member of the Governmental Council for Mental Health in Slovakia.
Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft

Graham Thornicroft is Professor of Community Psychiatry at the Centre for Global Mental Health and the Centre for Implementation Science, King’s College London. He is also a Consultant Psychiatrist at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, working in a community mental health team in Lambeth with people in a first episode of psychosis. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator Emeritus, and Honorary Fellow of King’s College London and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Graham has made significant contributions to the development of mental health policy in England. He is also active in global mental health, for example, he chaired the World Health Organisation Guideline Development Group for the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Intervention Guide . He chaired the External Reference Group for the WHO guidelines on the Management of Physical Health Conditions in Adults with Severe Mental Disorders. He has recently also chaired the Guideline Development Group for the WHO guidelines on Mental Health at Work. He Co-Chaired the 2022 Lancet Commission on Ending Stigma and Discrimination in Mental Health. He is a Board Trustee of United for Global Mental Health, and a Board Member for Mental Health and Human Rights (F-GIP). His areas of research expertise include: reduction of stigma and discrimination, evaluation of community mental health services, and global mental health.

17.05 Friday
8:30 - 9:30

Registration of particapants

9:30 - 11:30

Opening. The begining of information session (Oksana Zbitneva Head of the Mental Health Coordination Center of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Iryna Mykychak - delegate from the Mental Health Coordination Center at the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Dr. Tsiyoshi Akiyama - President of the World Federation of Mental Health, Sabine Böhler-Kohler -President-elected of the World Federation of Mental Health, Kseniia Voznitsyna - Director of the Rehabilitation Center "Lisova Polyana" , Orest Suvalo - Executive Director of the Institute of Mental Health of UKU, Coordinator of the development of services in communities of the Ukrainian-Swiss project "Mental Health for Ukraine - MH4U"

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee break, informal communication

12:00 - 13:30

Information session (Jan Pfeiffer - key expert on deinstitutionalization, consultant at Mental Health Europe, Global Initiative on Mental Health, chairman of the board of the Center for the Protection of the Rights of People with Mental Disorders, Christopher Tupy - co-founder of IDEE Austria, a national advocacy organization for people with mental disorders, Ivona Kostina - chairman of the board of VeteranHub, Andrej Vršanský - Chairman of the Mental Health League in Slovakia, Joshua Kraimeyer - Professor at Colorado Christian University, Thomas Weber - Founder of the Institute for Neuropsychotherapy, Vienna, Petr Nawka - psychiatrist, psychotherapist, expert on mental health of people with personal experience of mental disorder, founder of the Tetralogue model, Robert van Voren - Executive Director of Human rights in Mental health FGIP)

13:30 - 15:00
Lunch, informal communication
15:00 - 17:00
17:00 - 17:30
Coffee break, informal communication
17:30 - 19:00
Panel discussion
18.05 Saturday
9:30 - 11:30

Information session. (Iryna Ratske-Rybak - psychotherapist, supervisor, training analyst, group analyst, couples and family psychotherapist, Head of the Section of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Couples and Families of APPU, EFPP Delegate from Ukraine to the Section of Couples and Family Psychotherapy, full member of GASI, Oleksandr Moldavskyi - psychiatrist, psychotherapist, member of the Ukrainian Medical Society, Alina Garbuz - PhD, clinical trauma therapist, EMDR therapist and consultant, Norbert Gühler - journalist, director and co-founder of Irrsinnig Menschlich, Haustova O. О., Ph, Professor, Head of the Department of Medical Psychology, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the Bogomolets National Medical University, Natalia Hnatiuk - founder of the Green Cross organization, President of SafeHaus, a crisis center for children, Graham Tonicroft - professor of public psychology at Global Mental Health. of Community Psychiatry at Global Mental Health and Center for Implementation Science at King's College London, Jana Javakhishlvili - PhD, Professor at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia).

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee break, informal communication

12:00 - 13:30

13:30 - 15:00
Lunch, informal communication
15:00 - 16:30
Panel discussion
18:30 - 20:00

Parallel movie screenings:

"20 days in Mariupol" "Boss is the patient"

19.05 Sunday
9:30 - 11:30
Round table

12:00 - 17:00

A trip to Medzhybizh. Open-air discussion platforms, moderated by Joshua Kraimeyer and Alina Garbuz.

Fields covered:

Health, Medicine, Social Science, Psychology, Education, Economic, Law, Counseling, Inter- and Multi-disciplinary studies

We accept:

• case-studies

• applied-research papers

• theoretical research papers

Attending Types:

* Regular Presenter,

* Virtual Presenter

* Poster Presentation

* Publication only

* Non-presenting participant

Dissemination and Publications:

We aim to promote wide geographical diversification of conference results dissemination

• ITALY Academic Journal “Mental Health: global challenges”, NLM ID: 101762518; E-ISSN 2612-2138; DOAJI, Publons, Crossref, ERIHPlus, BASE, … Fields covered: Health, Medicine, Social Science, Psychology, Education, Economic, Law, Inter- and Multi-disciplinary studies

The MHGC Journal is also available in National Library of Australia, Vancouver Public Library …

Style Guideline:

Extended Abstract (1000-3000 words) should include the following:

• Title

• Authors full names

• Information about authors: Institute affiliation, e-mail address 

• Main text (Introduction; Purpose; Design/Methodology/Approach; Results; Limitations and strengths of the study; Practical/Social value; Originality/Conclusions)

• Key words

The author\s should to send:

1. Title page with author\s information - here

2. Paper without author\s information - here

Acceptance/Rejection (for publication)

All research papers will be evaluated by international recognized scholars (from Universities of Belgium, Canada, Greece, Netherlands, Portugal) in a double blind reviewing process and research papers will be selected according to the international research standard.

1. Participants are welcome to submit extended abstract for peer-review

2. We will send you an email notification of acceptance or rejection within one-two week after your submission

3. We are ready to evaluate your full paper

Looking forward to see and you within our wide academic and professional community

Let’s be mentally healthy


Participation is free, the number of online/offline places is limited

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