Training School 2017 – Treatment pathways and aftercare for forensic psychiatric patients

What is the training school about?

Forensic patients can get stuck in the system due to patient characteristics, quality of treatment but also the quality and availability of facilities with a lower level of security and/or aftercare. The focus will be on the quality and availability of facilities with a lower level of security and/or aftercare, the transitions between systems and the boundaries and problems of these transitions will be connected to the aims of the Action.

Models of aftercare will be discussed. The mechanisms behind pathways and aftercare will be analysed. The theory of ‘recovery’ and the ‘Good Lives Model’ approach will be presented and connected to the aim of this training school; both models will be integrated in the Risk Needs Responsivity-principles of forensic psychiatric care.

Different countries will have different strengths and weaknesses in their treatment pathways and aftercare. Based on specific SWOT analysis of the system characteristics of the participating countries, a guided discussion will result in specific issues, opportunities, best practices, legislation and threats on the patient’s progress through the specific stages of treatment and aftercare.


The trainees will need to present the specific situation in their countries based on a SWOT analysis. A couple of weeks before the training school the trainees have to prepare themselves by answering some specific questions about the situation in their countries. The SWOT-analysis is leading. The trainees are expected to have enough knowledge about the forensic system in their own country, the stakeholders involved in the forensic treatment process as well as jurisdictions and legal frameworks regarding the possibilities to progress within the system and/or to aftercare.

After the presentations and comparisons of the different SWOT-analyses, first conclusions will be drawn and best practices will be identified. General issues (transnational) will be identified and further discussed. The trainees will learn from the opportunities and strength of other countries and gain insight in best practices. Characteristics of patients especially vulnerable for getting stuck in the system will be discussed. The trainees are asked to analyse the system characteristics to the longer stay in the different forensic psychiatric system in Europe.

It’s important for the trainees understand that this training school is based on the interaction between the trainees; the combination and integration of the knowledge of every trainee regarding their national system should result in recommendations on best practice. Part of the training school includes writing blocks in order to prepare a paper with recommendations on best practice in treatment and aftercare. The guided discussion and analysis of the SWOT will form the basis of this paper. The first task of the trainers is to support this process of exchanging and integrating knowledge.


What is the aim of the training school?

This Training School is being organized to increase the knowledge on highly qualitative treatment pathways and aftercare for forensic psychiatric patients. The aim is to give an incentive on the availability (or development) of adequate aftercare for this population. The result of the training school will be a first draft of a paper/report on recommendation of treatment pathways and aftercare. All trainees (one for every country present during the training school) will be co-authors.


What is the programme like?

The programme involves lectures, videos, discussions anddebates in small groups. The speakers are international experts in the field of forensic psychiatry and mental health and bring with them a wealth of experience (speakers list).

Please find here a time-table for the 3 day programme.

English will be the official language of the training school although some of the speakers speak other European languages.


Number of hours:

The training school runs for approximately  8 hours every day; and consists of 20 hours direct contact, comprising two days of workshops, self study and lectures.

Please note, that participants of the training school will be expected to deliver a short presentation on the 1st training school day of the strengths and weaknesses of their national forensic system. Participants are asked to gather important information and documents about the pathways, aftercare and best practices in their own country. If data are available it would be helpful if these data could be used during the training.

It is envisaged that participants will also undertake a minimum of 1 hours of independent self-directed study for every taught/direct class contact hour.



Participants are asked to relate the lectures and workshops and to translate their knowledge into recommendations on best practice in terms of treatment pathways and aftercare.


When is the event happening?

11-13 January 2017.


Where is the event happening?

Vilnius University
Faculty of Philosophy
Universiteto str. 9/1 – room 201



Who can apply?

Professionals, students, scholars and practitioners who are interested in the topic are invited to join the training school. There are 15-18 places available on a first come first serve basis. Eight of the participants will receive a fixed grant from the EU-COST programme (travelling costs, accommodation expenses, and meal expenses).



You can express your interest to participate by sending an email together with your CV to:

COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. In this light the COST Action IS1302 will allow for the reimbursement of 8 participants in the form of a fixed grant.

In order to apply for funding of the COST Action IS1302, your email needs to state clearly that you apply for funding and should also include a CV and motivation letter. An independent commission will decide upon the 8 participants who will receive reimbursement. The maximal amount of reimbursement will be communicated on forehand.

The last registration date is December 31st 2016.

Please note that your registration is not official until you receive a confirmation mail from COST Action IS1302.



Our recommended hotels within a few minutes of walking distance to the training venue – Vilnius University, Faculty of Philosophy (Universiteto str. 9/1, Vilnius):

Amberton hotel (L. Stuokos-Gucevičiaus str. 1, Vilnius)
A single room approximately costs 77 €/ per night, double room – 88 €/ per night(incl. breakfast)

Artis Centrum Hotels (Totorių str. 23, Vilnius).
A single room approximately costs 75 €/ per night, double room – 79€/ per night (incl. breakfast)

Atrium hotel (Pilies str. 10, Vilnius)
A single room approximately costs 55 €/ per night, double room – 68 €/ per night (incl.breakfast)

Hotel Apia (Šv. Ignoto str. 12, Vilnius)
A single room approximately costs 70 €/ per night, double room – 80 €/ per night(incl. breakfast)

Hotel Tilto (Tilto str. 8, Vilnius)
A single room approximately costs 48 €/ per night, double room – 52 €/ per night (incl. breakfast)



The hotels (listed above) and venue (Vilnius university, Faculty of Philosophy) are located in the Old Town, and are therefore easy to reach.

The easiest way to get from Vilnius international airport to Old Town is to take a taxi (approx. cost 10 €). More information about Vilnius international airport:

The participants will be able to use public transport. Vilnius trolley buses and buses start running at 5 in the morning and stop at midnight. For bus timetables visit

For a short time stay in Vilnius we recommend to buy a one-, three-days public transport ticket. Another option is to buy and top – up  E-Ticket „Vilniečio kortelė“ in all venues marked by sign Vilniečio kortelė. It costs 1,5 €. With a valid ticket in the card, properly activated on board of public vehicle, if necessary, it is possible to change the public transport for free and for unlimited number of journeys.  For more information visit is an option to buy ticket from the driver of public vehicle. It costs 1 €. This ticket is valid till the last stop of the route.

For more information about public city transport in Vilnius:



Assoc. Prof. Ilona Čėsnienė
Department of General Psychology

Vilnius University
Universiteto g. 9/1
Vilnius, 01513



In case you have additional questions, please contact: Vilma Kuodytė, email:, tel. +370 5 266 7190