Web Conference 18 November 2022: Acceptance and capacity for change

Published by IFOTES on 1 November 2022

Acceptance and capacity for change

Web Conference, 18 November 2022, 16.00 - 18.00

A web conference to get closer to the theme of the next international congress "Winds of hope".

The framework for the first reflections on the congress theme is outlined with the support of two distinguished speakers: Prof. Dr. Dóra Perczel-Forintos (HU) and Prof. Martin Debbané (CH).


Consequences of the pandemic and war on mental health and coping possibilities

Prof. Dr. Dóra Perczel-Forintos

A pandemic is not just a medical phenomenon; a war is not just a political issue. It affects individuals and society and causes disruption, anxiety, stress, stigma, and xenophobia. The behavior of an individual as a unit of society or a community has marked effects on the dynamics of a pandemic and war, that involves the level of severity, and aftereffects.

Throughout the world, the public is being informed about the physical, psychological and financial effects of the pandemia and the war. Chronic psychological distress related to these overwhelming experiences may lead to posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. Unfortunately, less information is available about the psychological coping strategies and protective factors to prevent long-term damages on mental health caused by the pandemia / war, since common every-day coping strategies does not seem enough to overcome these serious difficulties. This situation requires new skills such as for example mindfulness and acceptance.

The perspective of the presentation is to explore unusual, however effective coping strategies that can be applied on individual as well as on societal level. 

Dóra Perczel-Forintos: Head of Department of Clinical Psychology, Semmelweis University, Budapest;  National representative of Hungary in the European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment (EACLIPT);  Member of the National Advisory Board to the Minister of Health, Hungary.


How listening can lead to acceptance

Prof. Martin Debbané

I will describe the characteristics of listening that echo the need to look at oneself in a way that does not stimulate so many emotions such as helplessness, shame and guilt, and thereby begin a trajectory toward acceptance and change. I will describe a three-component model of therapeutic communication, which involves:
1) feeling acknowledged; 
2) building on this foundation, developing trust and curiosity about the other person; 
3) building on this foundation, moving toward resources in the social environment.

Martin Debbané: associate Professor, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva, CH; Professor of Psychopathology at the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College of London, UK.


The web-conference is held in English with simultaneous translation into German and Hungarian.

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