Training Schools

Training Schools within the IS1302 COST Action are aimed at:

  • Widening the knowledge on Long-term Forensic Psychiatric Care,
  • Providing intensive training on a new and emerging subject,
  • Discussing for example methodological and/or statistical challenges,
  • Offering lectures on Long-term Forensic Psychiatric Care related topics.

Training Schools are not intended to provide general training or education. Those attending a Training School are typically – but not exclusively – young / Early Stage researchers from across Europe.

For more information on upcoming Training Schools, please contact us.




This year we´ll organise 2 Training Schools:

  • The first Training School will take place in Vilnius (Lithuania, 11-13 January) and aims at enhancing the knowledge of treatment pathways and aftercare of (long-term) forensic psychiatric patients. The focus will be on the quality and availability of facilities with lower levels of security and/or care, the transitions between systems and the boundaries and problems of these transitions. More information is available here.
  • The second Training School will take place in May, 17-19 in Brussels and aims at increasing the knowledge on how to involve ex-service users and family members or carers in forensic psychiatric treatment. More information about this TS can be found here.

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This year we´ll organise 1 Training School:

  • The 2016 TS will be in Helsinki (Finland, 21-23 September) and will focus on modern forensic in-patient facility design standards. 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 standard by focusing on how modern forensic facilities should be designed. For more information and/or subscription please click here. For reading the experience of one of the trainees, please click here.

This summer we´ll organise 2 Training Schools:

  • The first one will be in Primorska (Slovenia, 14-17 July) and will focus on quality of life and meeting needs within a forensic psychiatric context as well as on how to assess both concepts within the restrictive context of LFPC. More especifically, the needs brought about by (severe) psychiatric symptoms and long-term residence in a highly restrictive setting, and how meeting these needs might optimize quality of life of patients in LFPC. For more information and/or subscription click here.
  • The second Training School will take place in Warwick (United Kingdom, 2-4 September) and aims at enhancing knowledge on how to map, analyse and compare advantages and disadvantages of the different EU forensic systems as well as how to take into account the interplay of all the stakeholders (law, policies, mental health services) when defining ´best practice´ for LFPC. For more information and/or subscription please click here.

Please feel free to contact us for more details on our Training Schools:

Training School 2014 focused on ‘Active Management of Length of Stay: Forensic Triage and Recovery’ 

Rationale: The greatest risk on admission to a forensic hospital is prolonged length of stay. It is essential to admit patients to a level of therapeutic security that is proportionate to their need. It is then essential to ensure that detention in a secure hospital is for no longer than necessary. Length of stay can be actively managed by providing effective interventions and monitoring progress towards less structured placements and discharge.

Aim: This course provided training in the use of assessment instruments that facilitate model processes for active management of length of stay in forensic hospitals and services. These are based on recent research and experience. The course was led by Professor Harry Kennedy, assisted by Dr. Mary Davoren and Dr. Ronan Mullaney. The structured professional judgement instruments covered were the DUNDRUM toolkit, SNAP, HoNOS-SECURE and CANFOR.

Expected Outcomes: Improved outcomes for patients, due to improved consistency in admission processes and improved monitoring of progress.

Sixteen participants from 8 member states attended this years training school, which took place in Nijmegen, the oldest city of The Netherlands, from the 10th till the 12th of September 2014. The program inlcuded also a visit of the Long-term forensic psychiatric facility in Zeeland, part of the Pompe Foundation.