W1 – Building Resilience for High-risk Missions: 2 hours
Trainer: COL. Jeffrey Yarvis, Ph.D., Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Texas
Workshop’s Objective: To bring together practitioners in behavioral sciences, in order to discuss the theoretical framework of building resilience in the military and establish an interdisciplinary approach of resilience concept emphasizing the physical, mental, spiritual and social components.
W2 –Trans-cultural Aspects of Clinical Psychology: 2 hours
Trainer: Assistant Professor, Silviu MATU, Ph.D., “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca
Silviu-Andrei Matu, Ph.D., is a young researcher and senior assistant professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (www.clinicalpsychology.ro), and member of the International Institute for the Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health (www.psychotherpy.ro), both at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. His main areas of expertise are related to evidence-based treatments, cognitive emotion regulation, and technology enhanced mental health services. He has published several articles, chapter and books related to clinical research and practice, both national and international. He has also authored or co-authored other research reports, psychological test translations, and book reviews. He also had several presentations at international prestigious conferences in his field, such as the Annual Congress of the European Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the International Congress of Cognitive Therapy.
The workshop will focus on understanding the key factors that should be taken into account when working in clinical contexts with patients coming from different cultural background. Cognitive-behavioral therapy will be the main approach, in an evidence based-paradigm. The workshop will also tackle cross-cultural variations in the epidemiology and the symptomatology of mental disorders and present practical techniques to facilitate the cultural accommodation of psychotherapeutic strategies. To facilitate learning, the workshop will be informative but also interactive.
1. Understand the impact of cultural level factors on the psychotherapeutic relationship, process and outcomes;
2. Identify important variations in the symptomatology of mental disorders in relation to cultural differences.
3. Accommodate cognitive-behavioral treatment strategies to cross-cultural clinical contexts.
W3 – Assessing Risk Factors in Traffic Psychology: 2 hours
Trainer: Associate Professor Ciprian RĂ‚ULEA, Ph.D., University of Sibiu
Workshop’s Objective: To teach participants about risk factors in traffic psychology and practice the development of their assessment skills.
W4 – Strategies for the identification of organizational risk; analyzing the psycho-social risk factors: 2 hours
Trainer: Professor Ticu CONSTANTIN, Ph.D., “AI Cuza” University of Iași
Ticu Constantin is Professor at The ”Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University at Iași, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, at all the academic levels: bachelor programs, masters programs, doctoral school, post university programs. He is also a Ph.D. thesis coordinator since 2009, Head of The Department of Doctoral Studies, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. He held the position of project manager for 3 international projects and 5 national projects, and he was a team-member in other 23 research projects. He published 8 books (4 coauthored), over 88 studies in professional journals, and presented 60 papers at national and international conferences.
He has been active as a consultant in the evaluation, management and optimization of the organizational change and development processes. Also, he has been accredited by the Psychologists Collegium of Romania as Trainer in organizational diagnosis (The Analysis of the Organizational Climate
), and in psychological assessment of the individuals (Psychological Assessment of the Employees
), being the author and developer of some tools for psychological assessment (www.psihoprofile.com) and for organizational diagnosis (www.sistemeco.ro
By reviewing the existing scientific data regarding the assessment and prevention of risks of a physical nature (security and work safety
), of the individual psychological mechanisms involved in risk taking (perceptions and individual risk taking
), or the importance of the collective factors involved in the perception of risks (the culture and the climate of work safety
), we will briefly analyze the efficacy of the existing interventions involved in reducing the costs associated to professional accidents and illness on three levels (technical, psychological, cultural
). We propose the analysis of a new type of risk that can influence organizational activity, namely the psychosocial risk (Clarke & Cooper, 2004).
Together with the participants to our workshop, we will discuss a possible model to analyze the internal psychosocial risk factors, and we will asses a standardized methodology that can be implemented in military units. In the team-based activities, we will analyze the results obtained using this methodology inside a public institution in order to see which are the main conclusions that can be drawn based on such data, and to identify the empirical bases of a set of possible interventions aimed at reducing risks associated to the identified mentioned factors.
At the end of the workshop, participants will have an integrated, comprehensive picture of the ways in which risk assessment can be done in organizations, and a better understanding of the “psychosocial risk factor” concept. More, they will become acquainted with a possible assessment methodology for analyzing such risks, and will be familiarized with the main practical data resulting from such an endeavor, conclusions that could serve at defining organizational intervention strategies.
W5 – Mental Health Rehabilitation: 2 hours
Trainer: COL. Bradley Poppen, Ph.D., Human Factors Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, Washington
Workshop’s Objective: To provide an overview of the reintegration and rehabilitation process for individuals who faced physical and psychological trauma in captivity, in order to be able to apply the principles of Psychological Decompression during post-captivity care and to discuss complicating factors.
1. Understand the underlying principles, procedures and goals of post-captivity support
What does the psychological literature say about recovery from potentially traumatic events, and how does this inform post-captivity care?
2. Understand the role of behavioral health professionals when supporting post-captivity care
What unique roles to behavioral health professionals have in post-captivity care? What type of specialty training/qualifications do mental health professionals need to support individuals coming out of captivity?
3. Understand the psychological needs of individuals coming out of captivity
What are the common needs of individuals coming out of captivity? Are these similar to, or different from, the psychological needs of survivors of other potentially traumatic experiences?
4. Understand the need for, and be able to explain, the decompression protocols 5. Explain some of the common problems encountered during post-captivity care
Understand how actions, even if taken under the best intentions, by family, media, and senior military or governmental leaders can impact the healthy recovery of the person coming out of captivity.
W6 – Occupational Health Psychology: 2 hours.
Trainers: Professor Eugen AVRAM, Ph.D., Professor Dragoș ILIESCU, Ph.D., University of Bucharest;
Eugen Avram is the Director of the Department of Psychology, University of Bucharest and he coordinates a Master in Health Psychology – Clinical Research and Behavioral Optimization.
His scientific work includes publications and research projects in the fields of clinical assessment, clinical research, occupational health, counseling and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy.
Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) deals with the psychological aspects related to the promotion and maintenance of the highest possible degree of safety and wellbeing (physical and mental) of employees. It focuses on prevention, risk control and adaptation, but also on treatment and rehabilitation. Most if not all its effort is geared towards some way or another of understanding and dealing with “stress”.
This workshop will offer an introductory view of OHP, presenting some of its fundamental theories, and explaining how these theories can be used to implement, if not evidence-based, then at least theory-driven interventions in the workplace. We will discuss such leading models as the Job Demands-Resources model, and will focus on a number of antecedents (e.g. job characteristics such as extended work hours, role ambiguity, job insecurity and others) and a number of outcomes (such as burnout and engagement). The workshop will also present ways in which to use utility analysis as a mode of ‘selling’ OHP ideas and programmes to stakeholders, and some application on safety management.
At the end of the workshop, participants will have a better understanding of the psychological mechanisms in the area of occupational health, will be more aware of the ways in which psychology as a science and practice can contribute to workplace wellbeing and will understand how to approach utility analyses in the domain of OHP.