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IUPsyS, ICSU ROAP and partners conduct capacity development workshop in Mianyang, China
International Union of Psychological Sciences (IUPsyS), the Chinese Psychological Society, the ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU ROAP) and partners conduct a four-day capacity development workshop in Mianyang, China on 8 - 11 December 2014
 
The workshop is a continuation of the series of similar workshops dealing with psychological research and practice concerning disasters, and how individuals and communities deal with disasters and its effects on their biopsychosocial well-being. It is organized by IUPsyS and its partners, the Chinese Psychological Society, the International Council for Science, Regional Office for Asia & the Pacific (ICSU ROAP), the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU/IIGH), the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk International Centre of Excellence (IRDR ICoE) located in Taipei and the Center for Applied Developmental Science (CADS), Friedrich Schiller University, Jena. The workshop is funded mainly by the Jacobs Foundation, Zurich with in-kind and other contributions from partners. The workshop is hosted at the Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang, Sichuan Province, China.

The workshop will bring up-to-date relevant basic and applied science to young investigators and academically trained practitioners of psychology in Asia and the Pacific. An international faculty from various fields of psychology who are experts in their fields will provide lectures and guidance during the workshop. Lecture topics will include a combination of basic, applied, and translational research related to short and long-term consequences of disasters for human behavior and development in adolescence and adulthood, addressing not only negative effects but also posttraumatic growth. Participants will be introduced to cutting edge research concerning the role of specific contexts such as family and community, to particular manifestations of strain such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and to various means of evidence-based preventive means and interventions to support recovery. A prime emphasis will be on the cultural awareness needed when generalizing scientific approaches, and on roots of individual and collective differences in responses to disasters, such as personality and resilience. The sessions will emphasize methodological rigor as a common denominator of all science, including information on longitudinal research on survivors of disasters and the analysis of randomized control trials and other ecologically feasible methodologies.