Programme for ACHC Symposium “Communication in Mental Health(care): Promoting Inclusion and Diversity”!

Published on October 19, 2023 – Practitioners and academics from the Netherlands and abroad will gather at the symposium “Communication in Mental Health(care): Promoting Inclusion and Diversity” on Friday, 24 November 2023 at the University of Amsterdam. The symposium is free of charge (registration required; see below) and is an excellent opportunity for practitioners and researchers to discuss and learn how we can use communication strategies and interventions to improve access and care for vulnerable groups, such as migrants and refugees.

The symposium will be bilingual, with professional interpretation from Dutch to English and vice versa, so that anyone who speaks Dutch or English can easily follow the symposium in their preferred language. The day will feature fourteen presentations on community, empowerment, and intercultural communication from practitioners and scholars at the forefront of research, as well as short blitz presentations from practitioners and emerging scholars. All presentations will cover a range of critical issues related to diversity and inclusion in a variety of mental health care contexts and present the latest evidence from practice and research.

Below you will find the full programme.

There will be plenty of practical updates from organisations specialising in diversity in the workplace, migrant health (Stichting Gezondheid Allochtonen Nederland) and the Patient Federation of the Netherlands.

Research updates from the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, the UK, and Germany will include  a thought-provoking keynote  by Professor Bram Orobio de Castro (University of Amsterdam/Amsterdam Centre for Urban Mental Health) on promoting children’s mental health through tailored practice, presentations from the European Commission-funded Mhealth4all consortium to explore and reduce communication-related barriers of migrants and refugees to accessing mental health care, and a second keynote by Professor Jeroen Knipscheer (Utrecht University) on a culturally-sensitive approach to trauma and PTSD. The day will conclude with a moderated discussion to explore key takeaways. There will be ample time for networking during breaks where free coffee and lunch will be provided. Participants are also invited to a drinks reception after what is sure to be an inspiring and stimulating event.

Please register for free here: Communicatie voor Geestelijke Gezondheid(szorg): Bevorderen van Inclusie en Diversiteit/Communication in Mental Health(care): Promoting Inclusion and Diversity (

More information can be found on the symposium web page: Symposia en congressen ACHC | Symposia en congressen van het Amsterdam Centre for Health Communication

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