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August 2015

STSM: Shazmin Majid visits the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Serbia

24 August, 2015 - 6 September, 2015
University of Belgrade,
Belgrade, Serbia
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She will perform a desk study to access reports of visits from the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) to identify those relevant to forensic institutions and long stay. A framework to group recommendations the CPT has made will be developed to see how these impact on long stay and how they change over time.

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September 2015

STSM: Ilaria Lega visits the Vitos Klinik für Forensische Psychiatrie Haina

1 September, 2015 - 5 September, 2015
Vitos Klinik für forensische Psychiatrie Haina,
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Her aim is to develop a database to collect already available socio demographic, clinical and criminological data concerning forensic patients and their clinical pathways in Germany, Ireland, UK and the Netherlands to validate findings from a recent study that has been done in Italy, in the European context.

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Training School – Long Stay in Forensic Psychiatric Services

2 September, 2015 - 4 September, 2015
University of Warwick,
Warwick, United Kingdom
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The next training school for the ISCH1302 COST will primarily focus on best practice within long-term forensic psychiatric care in Europe. Experts from the UK and other EU countries will share their experiences of working in long-stay units and the challenges associated with working in such units. The three day training school will be held between 2-4 September 2015 and participants can choose to soak into the varied culture over the following weekend. Day 1 of the school will comprise of…

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October 2015

IS1302 5th MC & 4th WG Meetings Croatia

7 October, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 9 October, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
University Department for Forensic Sciences,
Split, Croatia (Local Name: Hrvatska)
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5th MC & 4th WG Meetings will be held on the 7th (starts 14.00h CET) & 9th of October (ends around 16.30h CET) in Split, Croatia. The local organisers made a special lodging arrangement with The Residence  in Split. To book a room please complete the REGISTRATION FORM  and send it to our contact person Lada Traselj: info@theresidencecroatia.com.

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Annual Conference 2015 – Patients, Research and EU Policy in LFPC

8 October, 2015
Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy,
Ulica Matice hrvatske 15
Split, Croatia (Local Name: Hrvatska)
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The second Annual Conference of the COST Action IS1302 will have place at the University of Split  in Split, Croatia.   The first confirmed key note speakers are: Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim Salize, University of Heidelberg (DE) Ass. Prof. Tija Zarkovic Palijan MD, PhD, University of Split (HR) Ms. Teresa Di Fiandra, National Health Service - Ministry of Health (IT) Ms. Sylvia Lammers, PhD, Radboud University Nijmegen (NL) Ms. Ellen Vorstenbosch (MSc), Sant Joan de Deu Foundation (ES)   Besides, the following…

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November 2015

STSM: Valentina Campani visits secure services in England

14 November, 2015 - 24 November, 2015

The purpose of the STSM was to understand how patients are involved in their therapeutic plans in services in England, managing the activities in the service and understand their own rights and quality of life, primarily in forensic but also in non-forensic ones. This started from the point that there is little user or carer involvement in many European Countries on the scale that there is in the UK. For that aim of understanding and comparing it between UK and…

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December 2015

STSM: Jack Tomlin will visit the Pompestichting and the EFP in the Netherlands

9 December, 2015 - 22 December, 2015

The concept of ‘restrictiveness’ in the forensic psychiatric care setting is often vague. When brought up in conversation, it is not unusual for speakers to inquire further as to what it exactly means. One key aim of this STSM is to visit the Netherlands to ask different interested groups what they thought ‘restrictiveness’ means. Does it refer to the physical confines within which patients reside? The limitations imposed upon them as regards hobbies, personal affects, relationships etc. These questions will…

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STSM: Franco Scarpa will visit De Woenselse Poort in the Netherlands

13 December, 2015 - 17 December, 2015

Cost Action IS 1302 “Towards a network of Forensic Psychiatric System in Europe” has the aim of finding out and sharing the best practices in treatment of forensic patients. One of the goals of the Action is the improvement in the quality of life and involvement of the users in active participation to their treatment. The final goal is the well-being of the users, the reduction of lenght of the institutional treatment and their recovery to the social life. Franco´s goal is…

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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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