Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues,

We are greatly honored to cordially invite you to attend and participate in the 1st International Congress of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) - Abu Dhabi  which is scheduled to be held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from September 21-23, 2017 and hosted by Sheikh Khalifa Medical City - Behavioral Sciences Pavilion, SEHA (Abu Dhabi Health Services) & National Rehabilitation Center of UAE.

The program has been designed to provide a comprehensive overview and discussions of all the relevant issues concerning the care of people with mental disorders.

This will be the first time for the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) to offer such an educational program in the region and the Middle East This is considered a great chance for the attendees to update their knowledge, stimulate collaboration with each other and exchange experiences with distinguished line-up of experts.

The WAPR Congress is expected to be an exciting venue to hear and discuss the latest scientific advances in all disciplines pertinent to the field of psychiatric rehabilitation. The program aims to encourage the highest possible standards of clinical practice, to increase knowledge and skills about mental disorders and how they can be prevented and treated, to promote mental health, to promote the highest possible ethical standards in psychiatric work, to disseminate knowledge about evidence-based therapies and values-based practice.

The program will feature various psychiatric rehabilitation topics including current rehabilitation services and models of rehabilitation, cognitive remediation / rehabilitation, research in rehabilitation, incorporation of rehabilitation training in current education system, substance use disorders, rehabilitation in major psychiatric disorders. The program will also comprise other  mental health related topics including, neurobiological aspects in bipolar disorders, psychopharmacology in bipolar disorders, neurobiological aspects in major depressive disorders, psychopharmacology in major depressive disorders, neurobiological aspects in schizophrenia, and  psychopharmacology in schizophrenia, and many more topics.

Nationally and internationally renowned experts, world class scientists and thought leaders in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation and mental health are invited to give plenary and keynote lectures as well as symposia and workshops representing different fields of psychiatric rehabilitation and related disciplines to encourage exchange of knowledge, experience and best practices

We hope that this meeting will be of great benefit to all participants in the region, we also hope and trust that you will enjoy your visit to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates and a vibrant and fast-growing city that combines state of the art facilities and infrastructure, as well as glimpse into an ancient and endless fascinating past.

Looking forward to welcome you in the magnificent city of Abu Dhabi during the golden autumn of 2017.
Please don’t miss this opportunity!

Dr. Tarek Abdalla Darwish Selim
Conference Chairman
Consultant Psychiatrist
& Medical Director,
SKMC, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dr. Medhat Elsabbahy
Conference Director
Regional WAPR VP Eastern Mediterranean Region 
Head of the Psychiatric
Rehabilitation Dept.
SKMC, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dear Colleagues,

On  behalf  WAPR,  I  am  very  honored  to  address  you  as  WAPR President  to  invite  you  to  the  1st International Congress of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) - Abu Dhabi, scheduled for 21-23 September 2017.

We expect this international conference, leaded by Dr. Medhat El Sabbahi, our Regional Vice-president, will be a mayor event in the region, and the ratification that Psychosocial Rehabilitation is in the agenda of the professionals in the region.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation is a philosophy of attention that has already proved in many countries to be effective in improving quality of life and promoting recovery in those people affected by serious mental illness and their families. According to well documented epidemiological data in Europe, this group accounts for 0.3 of general population. A group that needs specific and continuous support for their illnesses social handicaps associated, and constitute a very vulnerable and full of needs group, that needs community policies and supportive services in different domains of life to reach a decent standard of living.

This conference will be an excellent opportunity for many professional of the region and beyond the region, for exchange on the many aspects of Psychosocial Rehabilitation relevant updates; quality treatments, updated policies, recovery oriented services, research, participation, human rights in mental health, legislation, accessibility to job and accommodation for patients, accessibility to psychoeducation for families, etc.

I am sure that this will be very successful conference and will
constitute a milestone in the region.

Yours sincerely, 
Dr. Ricardo Guinea
Conference President
WAPR President, Madrid, Spain 





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