An article regarding the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Global Clinical Practice Network (GCPN) has just been published in Lancet Psychiatry. The article can be accessed at: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366%2815%2900183-2/fulltext. The GCPN was established by WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse as a multidisciplinary and multilingual medium forinvestigating the proposed ICD-11 diagnostic guidelines for mental and behavioural disorders. Mental health and primary care professionals are invited to join the GCPN by registering at www.globalclinicalpractice.net.
On behalf of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS), I offer heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of all those who lost their lives to the heinous acts of terror perpetrated in the heart of France over the last few days. The murders in Paris represent an unconscionable attack on all of us everywhere who recognize the inherent value of human life. We must therefore stand together in condemning inexcusable acts of terror in any form and continuing the quest for better understanding and tolerance of the essential diversity that the globe comprises.
Our hearts go out to the French people and to all whose lives have been devastated by mindless terror everywhere. We commend the resilience and resolve demonstrated by people from all walks of life in the wake of the Paris murders. The last few days serve as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of standing steadfast in our pursuit of a better and more compassionate world that truly cherishes Liberté, Égalité and Fraternité - Saths Cooper
IUPsyS and its partners conducted a workshop on psychological intervention after disasters (PIAD) on 8 – 11 December 2014 in Mianyang, China. The workshop was the third in a series of similar workshops organized by the Union dealing with psychological research and practice concerning disasters, and how individuals and communities deal with disasters and its effects on their biopsychosocial well-being. The workshop was organized by Union, together with the Chinese Psychological Society, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the International Council for Science, Regional Office for Asia & the Pacific (ICSU ROAP), the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU/IIGH), the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk International Centre of Excellence (IRDR ICoE) located in Taipei and the Center for Applied Developmental Science (CADS), Friedrich Schiller University, Jena. The workshop was funded mainly by the Jacobs Foundation, Zurich (http://jacobsfoundation.org/who-we-are/) with in-kind and other contributions from partners. The workshop was organized by IUPsyS Executuve Committee members Rainer K. Silbereisen (Past President) and Jianxin Zhang, and by Nordin Hasan (ICSU-ROAP). The workshop was hosted at the Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang, Sichuan Province, China (www.english.swust.edu.cn/s/198/t/623/p/1/c/2836/d/2854/list.htm)
The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2014 was awarded to the Canadian geneticist Michael J. Meaney. He has shown how (negative) experiences with the immediate environment in early life exert an influence on human development via "methylation" of the genome - a rather stable but malleable change of the "readability" of particular DNA segments without changing the DNA itself, that are related to the formation of the stress response system and other circuitry in body and mind.
IUPsyS President Saths Cooper sends congratulations to the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP). The anniversary will be celebrated at the upcoming ARUPS 4th Congress and the PAP 50th Annual Convention. Read More
The Developmental Science of Adolescence: History Through Autobiography, edited by Richard M. Lerner, Anne C. Petersen, Rainer K. Silbereisen & Jeanne Brooks-Gunny, with introduction by IUPsyS President Saths CooperRead More
The goal of CANPA is to provide a structure that will bring a unifying voice and mission to the activities of psychologists from the region, the Caribbean Diaspora and its supporters, to improve the lives of the populations. IUPsyS wishes the new Alliance every success for the future. Read More
We are saddened to announce the death of Professor Charles Donald Spielberger, distinguished clinical psychologist and scientific researcher, and past President of the International Association of Applied Psychology. Dr Spielberger died on 11 June 2013. The Tribute from the Society of Clinical Psychology can be read in full. Read More