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7th Eastern European Conference of Mental Health In and Out of Your Mind & 4th International Public Mental Health Conference & 3rd International Congress of the SPNPPC

(International Hybrid Joint Event)

Friday, 13 October, 2023 – “A” Hall (HYBRID)


09.00 - 10.00 Plenary Session:

Mental health system in reform – needs, challenges and opportunities. 

  • Eight years of mental health reform in Moldova - Laura Shields (Netherland), Jana Chihai (Moldova)

  • Managing a Mental Health development project in times of war - Heiko Königstein (Germany)

Chair: Jana Chihai (Moldova)


10:00 – 11:00 Symposium:

Mental Health Reform for Child and adolescent in Belgium

  • The new mental health policy for children and adolescents in Belgium - Bernard Jacob (Belgium), Karolien Weemaes (Belgium)

Chair: Jana Chihai (Moldova)

11.00 - 11.30     Coffee Break (E-posters view session)

11.30 - 13.30 Thematic Session:

Current challenges in the therapy of mental health conditions

  • Neurobiological and Treatment Advances of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Mohamed ELWasify (Egypt)

  • Development of a mixed mystical-paranoid delusion - Daciana Elena Pintilie (Romania)

  • Clinical case series of patients with drug resistant paranoid schizophrenia showing improvement in positive and negative symptoms after rTMS treatment - Dancho Dilkov, Galina Dimitrova, Teodora Nikolova (Bulgaria) 

  • The incidence of psychiatric pathologies in hospitals without psychiatric wards - Dragos Ovidiu Alexandru (Romania)

  • Courage, humbleness, forgiveness and dedication - Four fundamental psycho-noetic functions in the psychopathological approach to mental disorders - Petre Rădescu (Romania)

  • Trauma and Mind Control - Mihai Mutica (Romania)

Chair: Mihail Cristian Pirlog (Romania)

13.30 - 14.30     Lunch Break (E-posters view session)

14.30 - 16.00    Thematic Session:

Current challenges in the mental health services and research

  • WPA Global Guidelines for Telepsychiatry - Davor Mucic (Denmark)

  • Is it possible to do innovative research in mental health? The story of the DIAPASON project in Italy – Giovanni di Girolamo (Italy)

  • Barriers and motivators for accessing psychological support services in Romanian companies – Mihai Bran (Romania)

  • Treating anxiety - from old to new approaches – Pedro Morgado (Portugal)

Chair: Andrei Eșanu (Moldova)


16:00 – 16:45 Keynote lecture:

  • Aspects of interactions between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and medical illness - Delia Hendrick (USA)

Chairs: Howard Goldman (USA), Mihail Cristian Pirlog (Romania)


16.45 - 17.00     Coffee Break (E-posters view session)


17:00 - 19: 00 Keynote lectures:

  • Advice from a Journal Editor on Publishing in Scholarly Journals - Howard Goldman (USA)

  • Biological models for psychosis and clinical course in schizophrenia - Donald Goff(USA)

Chairs: Howard Goldman (USA), Mihail Cristian Pirlog (Romania)

Friday, 13 October, 2023 – “B” Hall (HYBRID)

09.00 -10.00 Thematic Session:

Alcohol and substances abuse and trauma

  • Differences in level of affiliation to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Organization in individuals who attend AA meetings in Romania - a mixed methods research - Adriana Lavinia Bulumac (Romania)

  • Drug use between deviant behavior and rational choice models - Sonila Tivari Bitri, Entela Puca, Esmeralda Thoma, Nereida Xhabija (Albania)

  • From Anorexia mirabilis to ideal, media - conforming self-image - GN Ciobanu–Hașovschi, G Ștefănescu, C Ștefănescu (Romania)

  • Is controlled drinking a goal for substance use disorder? - Silvia Stanescu, Lavinia Duica (Romania)

  • Psychological and clinical-evolutionary aspects of alcohol addiction in women - Valentin Oprea, Dorin Jelaga, Ghenadie Zaporojan, Stela Oprea (Moldova)

Chair: Mihail Cristian Pirlog (Romania)

10.00 -11.00 Thematic Session:

Mental health services in Eastern Europe

  • Joint Action Implemental - What needs to be changed to improve the Mental Health system in Bulgaria? Vladimir Nakov, Rumyana Dinolova, Zahari Zarkov, Dafinka Stoilova (Bulgaria)

  • Towards a balanced model of mental health care - an example from Croatia – Roberto Mužić, Ana Ištvanović, Danijela Štimac-Grbić, Ivana Pavić-Šimetin (Croatia)

  • Italy syndrome in Romania - Laura Constantin-Mălinoiu (Romania)

  • Self-esteem and vulnerabilities of Romanians - Lavinia Duica (Romania)

Chair: Vladimir Nakov (Bulgaria)

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee Break (E-posters view session)

11.30 -12.30 Thematic Session:

Quality assessment of mental health services

  • Assessing and improving the quality of services in psychiatric institutions - Raluca Nica (Romania)

  • From traditional institutions to assertive community services. Modern shifts in mental health - Tiberiu Rotaru (Romania)

  • Implementation of Article 110 of the Criminal Code in the Romanian psychiatric system - Ciprian Băcilă, Mihaela Tănase (Romania)

Chair: Cristina Nestor (Moldova)

12.30 -13.30 Thematic Session:

New trends in the treatment of mental disorders

  • Problem Management Plus (PM+) Intervention - Implementation in Moldova – Lilia Damaschin (Moldova)

  • Biological mechanisms of avolition and anhedonia in schizophrenia: the reward circuit - Ina Buga, Cornelia Zincenco, Lidia Sanduleac, Inga Deliv (Moldova)

  • Therapeutic interventions in hypochondria - Tudor Titorog, Anatol Nacu (Moldova)

  • Stress and trauma: catalysts of mood disorder development - Dorin Jelaga, Valentin Oprea, Mihaela Belous, Lidia Sanduleac (Moldova)

Chair: Valentin Oprea (Moldova)

13.30 - 14.30 Lunch Break (E-posters view session)

14.30 -16.00 Thematic Session:

Advancing mental health: from psychedelics to psychotherapy, and beyond

  • Psychedelics and the future therapies for anxiety disorders and PTSD - Alexandra Bolos, Cristina Nedelcu, Corina Alexinschi, Nicoleta Bobutanu, Ovidiu Alexinschi (Romania)

  • The mirage of new psychoactive substances and the dream factory - Ovidiu Alexinschi, Cristina Nedelcu, Corina Alexinschi, Nicoleta Bobutanu, Alexandra Bolos (Romania)

  • The value of some affective parameters in the additional treatment with estradiol in schizophrenia - Igor Nastas (Moldova)

  • BPD - The impact on carers, friends, and communication - Cornelia Adeola, Radislav Cosulean, Jana Chihai (Moldova)

  • The role of psychotherapy in the treatment of psychosomatic disorders - Mariana Cernițanu (Moldova)

Chair: Mariana Cernițanu (Moldova)

16:00 – 16:45 Thematic Session:

Psychological intervention in traumatic events

  • Emotional regulation in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy - Raluca Nica (Romania)

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy tools to work with body-image in (pre)adolescent girls - Diana Stanculeanu (Romania)

Chair: Jana Chihai (Moldova)

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