Symposium: Communication in Mental Health(care): Promoting Inclusion and Diversity

Published on October 5, 2023 – The Amsterdam Center for Health Communication (ACHC) is hosting a fall symposium on Friday, Nov. 24. This time the theme is “Communication in Mental Health(Care): Promoting Inclusion and Diversity.” The symposium is led by Barbara Schouten and Gian Hernandez.

The symposium runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and participation is free. During the day, the latest findings around inclusion and diversity in mental health will be presented, and discussions will be held on how we can use communication strategies and interventions to improve access and care for vulnerable groups, such as migrants and refugees. Through the use of interpreters, the symposium will be bilingual, i.e. Dutch and English

 The first keynote lecture will be given by Bram Orobio de Castro (UvA, UMH). This lecture highlights the need for a shift from ineffective universal psychoeducation to active engagement in practicing social and self-regulatory skills, citing successful studies with marginalized families and children with disruptive behavioral problems as evidence. The second keynote lecture will be delivered by Jeroen Knipscheer (Utrecht University). This lecture addresses the higher risk of mental health problems among refugees and migrants and proposes a culturally sensitive approach to improve evidence-based treatments, focusing on cultural competence for mental health professionals and the use of culturally adapted interventions, including diagnostic tools and therapies.

We look forward to welcoming you to the symposium on the 24th!

Location: University of Amsterdam, Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 1018 WV Amsterdam, Roeterseiland Campus Building C10.20

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For more information, please contact Gian Hernandez and Babara Schouten at

For more information and the program, visit our symposia page: Symposia en congressen ACHC | Symposia en congressen van het Amsterdam Centre for Health Communication