Brussels : Expert Conference Psychology for Health (EFPA)

We have the pleasure to invite you to this first conference on psychology for health in Europe. This conference offers policy makers and experts from psychology and other professions a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of the behavioural routes to health. We trust that participants will enjoy the direct discussions and knowledge exchange at this conference, and that it will help them collaborating more closely in the future.

This conference does not only express the commitment of Europe’s psychologists to the promotion of health in Europe, but also the support of EFPA for the EU’s health strategy and its readiness to assist in developing and implementing the third health programme.



Thanks to the broad scope of psychological research and their close collaboration with other professionals in schools, businesses, communities, and health care institutions, psychologists are in a unique position to contribute to the improvement of physical and mental health in Europe. The aim of this conference is to highlight findings from psychological research and to demonstrate how psychologists can add to the work of other experts in safeguarding and promoting the health of European citizens. A particular emphasis is put on the role that psychology can play in developing healthy life styles, the early discovery of health risks, and various forms of prevention.

This conference will bring together experts from various areas of psychology, offering different but complementary perspectives on promoting health and reducing illness, with the purpose of sharing insights and experiences with policy makers and formulating policy statements as well as recommendations for future policies at the European and national level.

We expect 250 participants, including key actors from European institutions and EU Member States, the health sector, and NGOs, particularly those involved in the EU's Health Programme.

The conference is part of the "Psychology for Europe" initiative (2011) by which the European Federation of Psychologists Associations aims to raise the visibility and impact of psychology as a broad and potent field of science and professional activity that can bring substantial benefit to Europe, socially and economically.

Areas of expertise that will be covered

  1. Health promotion via behaviour change: life style, addiction and health
  2. Life-long learning and health: what school psychologists can do
  3. Enhancing the prevention and early treatment of mental ill-health: depression and suicide
  4. Health improvement through physical activity: lessons from sport psychology
  5. Managing serious illness: focus on patients and care-givers
  6. Health inequality in times of crisis: alleviating the impact of unemployment and poverty
  7. Employment, working conditions and stress: from research to practice
  8. Psychological contributions to healthy ageing and longevity

The programme will also provide room to address other health issues, such as the behavioural immune system, medically unexplained symptoms, and social violence.

Participants will receive an information package, documenting a wide range of psychological projects and interventions.


Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 08:30 to Friday, September 21, 2012 - 16:00