Event overview

Migration & Health Seminar (4th edition)

We are happy to invite you to the 4th edition of the annual Migration & Health Seminar jointly organised by ITM and the University of Antwerp (MIGLOBA; previously CEMIS), which will take place on 23 November at ITM.

Aula Janssens at ITM Campus Rochus. Sint-Rochusstraat 43, 2000 Antwerp

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This year’s event will focus on mental health and migration. Evidence shows that circumstances of the journeys (such as physical, psychological, and sexual violence, exploitation, human trafficking), and of migrants' settlement process in the countries of residence (e.g. inhumane detention conditions and discrimination) can increase the risk for mental wellbeing. In current migration-hostile political climates, we hope this seminar can contribute towards ensuring migrants’ rights to the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health care.  

Our invited speakers include psychiatrists, NGOs working in the field, migrant associations and researchers. The seminar is open to everyone.  

We look forward to seeing you there!   

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Participation is free, but registration is mandatory. Please register until 10 November 2023

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13:30 - 13:40    Arrival

13:40 - 13:50    Welcoming words

13:50 - 14:50    Mental Health through a transcultural lens

13:50 - 14:10     General introduction on migration/diversity and mental health (Hanne Apers, University of Antwerp, MIGLOBA) 

14.10 - 14:30     Asylum seekers and mental health (Lukas Claus, University of Antwerp) 

14:30 - 14:50     Psychiatric care for asylum seekers (Laura Van De Vliet, Psychiatrist, POZAH)

14:50 - 15:10     Practices of diversity- & culturally competent therapy from the lens of a migrant clinical psychologist (Brenda Anyango)

15:10 - 15:20     Q&A

15:20 - 15:40    Coffee Break  

15:40 - 17:00     Interventions to improve mental health among diverse populations – what works?

15:40 - 15:50    Interventions to improve the mental health or mental well- being of migrants and ethnic minority groups in Europe, a scoping review (Christiana Nöstlinger, Institute of Tropical Medicine) 

15:50 - 16:10    Humanitarian aid in Brussels: A culturally sensitive approach to psychotherapy (Maxime Renaud, Clinical Psychologist, Doctors without borders)

16:10 - 16:30    A group programme on mental wellbeing in Dutch and Tigrinya (Ann Hendriks and Nikhat Sereke, Ericare)

16:30 - 16:50    Reactions to violence in Ukraine. . An initiative on mental health organised by Ukrainian refugees for Ukrainian refugees (Empathia)

16:50 - 17:00    Q&A

17:00 - 18:00    Reception + networking opportunities

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