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December 2015

STSM: Allan Seppänen visits medium and low security forensic units in the UK

14 December, 2015 - 18 December, 2015

In both Finland and the UK, forensic psychiatric care is aimed at improving mental health and reducing the risk of recidivism of mentally disordered offenders, within the least restrictive setting possible and with a view to community reintegration. However, the way the services are defined and governed in these two countries differ significantly: in the UK the Department of Health has issued detailed criteria for different levels of secure care, whereas in Finland security is much more loosely defined and…

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STSM: Ellen Vorstenbosch will visit OPGs and REMS in Italy

14 December, 2015 - 22 December, 2015

In April 2008, the Italian government approved a major reform of mental health care for mentally ill offenders. Up until then the six Ospedales Psichiatrici Giudiziari (OPG; Forensic Psychiatric Hospitals) fell completely under the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice and policy, regulations, staff management, careers, budget, etc. were completely organised at a national level. A census on 31 January 2012 showed that 1.264 mentally ill offenders resided in the six OPGs (Reggio Emilia, Montelupo Fiorentino, Naples, Aversa, Castiglione delle…

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April 2016

IS1302 6th MC & 5th WG Meetings Spain

20 April, 2016 - 22 April, 2016
Centre D’Estudis Juridics I Formació Especialitzada,
Carrer Ausiàs Marc, 40
Barcelona, 08010 Spain
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6th MC & 5th WG Meetings will be held in April 20-22 in Barcelona, Spain. The program for the Field Trip, MC and WG Meetings in Barcelona will be as follows: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 2:00pm – 2:30 pm Registration 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Management Committee Meeting 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Coffee Break 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Management Committee Meeting 6:00 pm End of First Day 8:00 pm Dinner at Salero (C/ Rec 60, El Born)   Thursday, April 21,…

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Field Trip – Unitat Hospitalització Psiquiátrica Penitenciària Brians I (UHPP)

21 April, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ctra. de Martorell a Capellades Barcelona Spain
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The UHPP is the unit of reference for psychiatric patients of the prison population of Catalonia. It provides services to adults suffering from a mental illness who are subject to the closed prison regime. It is a unit with 67 beds divided into three departments with 24-hour emergency care: Acute Unit, Subacute Unit & Rehabilitation Unit. For more information about the Unitat Hospitalizació Psiquiátrica Penitenciària Brians I (UHPP) click here .

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September 2016

Training School 2016 – Modern forensic in-patient facility design standards

21 September, 2016 - 23 September, 2016
Folkhälsan house,
Topeliuksenkatu 20
Helsinki, Finland
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The next upcoming training school for the IS1302 COST Action will primarily focus on how to develop modern forensic in-patient facilities. How society defines its basic ethical principles changes in time, and it is a matter of continual ethical, clinical and legal debate where the line between security and therapy is drawn at any given time. By entering into an open, international discussion with clinicians, architects, policy-makers and medico-legal authorities this training school aims to develop our services to a better…

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October 2016

IS1302 7th MC & 6th WG Meetings Italy

26 October, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 28 October, 2016 @ 3:30 pm
Florence, Italy
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7th MC & 6th WG Meetings will be held in October, 26-28 in Florence, Italy. Photo credit: PapaPiper via Hollywoodthing / CC BY-ND The program for the Field Trip, MC and WG Meetings in Florence will be as follows: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 1:00pm – 1:30 pm Registration 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Management Committee Meeting 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Coffee Break / Registration WG members 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm WG 1 Meeting WG 2 Meeting WG3 Meeting 6:00 pm End of First Day…

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Annual Conference – Innovation and New Developments in Forensic Psychiatry

27 October, 2016
Florence, Italy
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“Innovation and New Developments in Forensic Psychiatry” will be the theme of the third Annual Conference of the COST Action IS1302 and will be organised in cooperation with USL Centro Toscana in Florence, Italy.   The first confirmed key note speakers are: Prof. Dr. Robbert-Jan Verkes, MD, PhD, Radboud University Nijmegen (NL) Dr. Angelo Fioritti, Director of the Department of Mental Health Bologna (IT) Mr. Mark Kelly, Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission (IHREC) and Committee for Prevention of Torture (CPT) (IE) Prof. Dr. Birgit Völlm,…

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Field Trip – REMS Volterra

28 October, 2016 @ 1:30 am - 3:00 pm
Volterra, Italy
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On October 28th the COST Action will visit the Residenze per la Esecuzione della Misura di Sicurezza (REMS) in Volterra. The REMS are small-size residential facilities for maximal 20 patients and have been developed recently to better meet the needs of providing intensive and high quality mental healthcare under proper secure conditions.

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April 2017

8th MC & 7th WG Meetings

April 19 - April 21
Pompe Foundation,
Nijmegen, Netherlands
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8th MC & 7th WG Meetings will be held in April, 19-21 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.   The exact program for the  MC and WG Meetings as well as the Field Trips will be published soon.   Photo credit: Johan Bakker  

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May 2017

Training School 2017 – Patient and Carer Involvement and Participation in Long Term Forensic Care

May 17 - May 19
Departement Volksgezondheid – Federale Overheid,
Victor Hortaplein 40
Brussels, Belgium
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What is the training school about? The next upcoming training school for the IS1302 COST Action will primarily focus on patient and carer participation and involvement in long term forensic psychiatric care and how this can be realized without compromising risk factors. In almost every country, long term forensic care is a necessary pathway. It is well understood that rehabilitating forensic patients is a process that takes time. The danger on the other hand is that forensic patients can get stuck in the…

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