Call for Applications:Workshop on Psychological Intervention after Disasters

Asia-Pacific Workshop 2013:

Announcement and Call for Applications

October 11-14, 2013, Beijing, China



Applications are invited from psychologists in

Asian-Pacific countries

(Deadline 20August 2013)




Building Individual and Organizational Capacity for Psychological Intervention after Disasters in the

Asia and Pacific Region


Workshop on Psychological Intervention after Disasters







Organized by

International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS)


Sponsored by

International Council for Science (ICSU)



Chinese Psychological Society

ICSU Regional Office for Asia & the Pacific Region



Target group:

The Asia-Pacific Workshop 2013 is intended for:

· Researchers, educators, and practitioners from across the entire Asia-Pacific region, who havean academic background, primarily in psychology, and who are interested and experienced inwork on disasters

· Psychologists who work with particular target groups, such as children and adolescents

· Young and early career scientists from Asian-Pacific countries


Background to the workshop:

This year’s workshop is the second of the series, after the successful one in the year 2012, in Beijing. The focus on the Asia and Pacific region relates to two important facts: First, the four billioninhabitants of the region form 60% of the world’s population, yet in the last decade, 41% of the naturaldisasters around the world occurred in this region, bringing untold damage, loss of life, and hardship.,

Second, the majority of countries in this region often lack an advancedinfrastructure or responsive rescue systems, meaning that help is typically concentrated on addressingphysical and infrastructural devastation with less attention paid to effects on individuals, especiallyon psychological adversity. For example, people need help to deal with problems arising from the lossof close relatives, from significant property and/or environmental loss, from the effects of physicalinjury, and from other stressors, including the overarching effects of displacement. The effects on

psychological health, which can be long-lasting, are known to vary with age and other demographiccharacteristics, reflecting differences in cognitive capabilities and other resources to deal with thechallenges of a disaster. Here the concept of resilience is a potentially powerful asset in understandingresponses to disaster: the degree of resilience to stressors depends on both social and individual factorswithin a particular region, so that it is important to be mindful of the cultural and infrastructuralcontext.


Workshop focus:

The workshop will use international scientific and applied expertise to help researchers, educators andpractitioners in the Asia and Pacific region have a better understanding of and ability to respond to themental health consequences of regional disasters. The focus will be on events that have a tremendousnegative impact on large sections of the population in the affected area, such as natural catastrophes,technological failure, warfare or pandemics. The workshop will also address a particular group thathas been relatively overlooked in this regard, that is to say, children and adolescents. As well asfocusing on the science needed to enhance the relevance of psychological interventions in the Asia-Pacific region, the workshop will also aim at increasing the capacity for sustained theoretical andapplied research in the Asia and Pacific area. In sum, the workshop aims to:

· present participants with the most recent scientific and applied scientific evidence andknowledge relevant for Psychological Intervention after Disasters;

· show the constraints and opportunities of working with particular target groups, such as childrenand adolescents;

· develop relevant knowledge provision, education and training in academic programs ofpsychology;

· help develop a regional network to support continuance in scientific and training in mentalhealth support following disaster.


In sum, the overall aim is to use existing IUPsySexperience and its access to international scientific andapplied expertise on resilience in the face of stressful and traumatic events to help researchers,educators and practitioners in the Asia and the Pacific region to increase their understanding of and abilityto respond to the mental health consequences of regional disasters. It is expected that this workshopwill further the longer-term plansof IUPsyS and its partners towards meeting these aims, especially regarding the establishment of a regional network.



Abigail Gewirtz, Associate Professor, Dept. of Family Social Science & Institute of ChildDevelopment, University of Minnesota, USA. Areas of Interest: Resilience.

Joop de Jong, Professor of Cultural and International Psychiatry, VU University MedicalCentre, Amsterdam; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine.Areas of Interest:Coping with Trauma/Disaster.

Li Wang, Professor, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.Areas of Interest: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Moshe Szyf, Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Hebrew University,Jerusalem. Areas of Interest:Epigenetics.

SarbJohal, Associate Professor, Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University, New Zealand. Areas of Interest:Networking - Aftermath of Disaster/Trauma.

Susanne Schaal,PhD, Dept. of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Germany. Areas of Interest: Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET).


How to apply for the Asia-Pacific Workshop


If you are interested in being considered for this workshop, please send the following documents without delay:

1.      A completed application form; see appendix;

2.      Your full CV;

3.      An abstract of the poster you will present at the workshop - you will be asked to make a short presentation of your poster, which should cover your work and/or research, to the workshop. Your abstract should be no more than 200 words. Details of poster format can be found at:


Send the above materials via email: via fax: +8610-64855830 to be received no later than20 August, 2013. Selection will be based on an applicant’s match to the target group criteria and to ensure a broad spread across countries in the region. As the number of places is limited, early application is advised.


As a successful applicant, you would receive the following support:

· Letter of Invitation: A formal letter of invitation to participants to help raise funds and obtainvisas to attend the workshop will be sent by Chinese Academy of Sciences.

· Accommodation: Costs will be covered and accommodation will be provided in a good qualityhotel.

· Transport: Costs will be covered by the workshop (most economic available, for example,economy airfare).







Please type and return either by email or fax

1. Personal data





2. Contacts

Postal address (street, number, city, postal code, country):

Telephone and/or mobile phone number:



3. Organization or institution


Postal address:



Your role in the institution or organization:

4. A letter of application (including the contents aboutprevious experience related to the theme of the workshop - why would you like to participate in this workshop, what you would bring to the workshop in the way of experience/expertise etc.?)





















5. Visa

If you need a visa for China, please visit the official website of Chinese embassy or consulate in your country to check information on China visa requirements. Please also indicate the following information for a formal invitation letter from us if needed:

· Date of birth:

· Passport number:

· Place and date of issue of passport:

· Expiry date:

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