SAN JUAN - Albizu University will host the VIII Congress of Clinical and Health Psychology organized by the Ibero American Psychological Association (APICSA) for the benefit of professionals, students, physicians, therapists, and interested public from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.
"We are honored to host this event at our campus in San Juan. The World Health Organization identified the problem of mental health as the one having the biggest impact on the world. Hosting this meeting of international professionals provides us with a direct knowledge of what is going on in the world in terms of the developments as well as the research being done in the field of clinical psychology. For us it is a big event that takes place within the framework of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of our foundation," said Dr. Daniel Martínez, Provost of the Albizu University, in Puerto Rico.
The congress will take place from September 27th to October 1st, and it is expected to attract to Old San Juan about 400 mental health professionals, as well as a select group of presenters and workshop leaders, from all the countries where there is a representative of the Ibero American Psychological Association, including Asia.
¨This will be a unique opportunity to access firsthand the knowledge being generated globally on behavioral and mental health problems. It´s important that psychologists, therapists and health care professionals in Puerto Rico take advantage of this experience which will indeed make us shine within this continent and beyond," said Dr. Arthur Cantos, Director of the Institutional Scientific Research Center at Albizu University. The center is responsible for holding this event in Puerto Rico.
Dr. Vicente Caballo, APICSA´s president, also expressed his satisfaction with the coming event. ¨We are very happy that it will be held in Puerto Rico, an island that is located geographically right in the middle of the entire professional spectrum we are interested in the American continent. However, we will also attract professionals from England, United States and even Asia. We have representatives and participants from many more countries in the world. This means that one of the benefits for Albizu University is that the congress will project it internationally," he said in a telephone interview from Granada.
In Puerto Rico, Dr. Arthur Cantos is the association´s representative in charge of the event.
According to Dr. Caballo, by hosting the congress Puerto Rico will help enhance APICSA´s efforts to impact Hispanic populations in the United States. The last APICSA congress was held at the University of Córdoba, Argentina, in 2012. Previously it has been held in Venezuela, Costa Rica, México and Spain. The initiative originated in Spain in 1998.
Information on presentations and workshops as well as registration, payments and reservations can be accessed through the web site www.apicsacongreso.com. The deadline for registering as participants or presenters is May 16th.
¨An APICSA committee formed by professionals from Spain and the United States, among other countries, is responsible for ensuring the quality of the presentations and presenters. The workshops are excellent. We want as many professionals in Puerto Rico to take advantage of this unique opportunity, " said Dr. Caballo.
Dr. Caballo will also be in charge of the workshop on ¨Cognitive behavioral treatment of personality disorders¨.
Two Albizu University professors will present workshops in the APICSA Congress. They are Dr. Cynthia García Coll ("Optimizing the adaptation of children and adolescents in immigrant families) and Dr. Arthur Cantos ("Evidence Based Treatment for perpetrators of intimate partner violence"). Dr. Alfonso Martínez Taboas, also from Albizu University, will be a lecturer.
As representatives of Puerto Rico, Dr. Guillermo Bernal and Dr. Aida L. Jiménez will be presenters on ¨Advances in cognitive-behavioral therapy: theory, research and practice¨ and ¨Emotion-focused couples therapy", respectively.
APICSA announced the names of the following presenters: Thomas Ollendick (USA); Karen Cassiday (USA); María Jesús Irurtia (Spain);Daniel O'Leary (USA); Stefan G. Hofmann (USA); Lucas Burgueño (Spain): Larissa Nobre (Brazil); Antonella Gari (Perú); Fabian Olaz (Argentina); Isabel Salazar (Spain); Arturo Heman (México); Arturo Prieto (Chile); Leonor Lega (USA); Ariel C. Núñez (Colombia); Luis G. García López y Mariela Golberg (Uruguay), and María Celeste Airaldi (Paraguay).
Besides Albizu University and APICSA, the VECA Foundation for the Advancement of the Clinical Behavioral Psychology (FUNVECA) and the University of Granada are participating as a co-organizers of the congress. APYTEC, a research group that focuses on the developments in psychopathology and behavioral therapies, is also supporting the event.
Norma Borges / Communications Director