Prof. Dr. Luc Ciompi, Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist FM, is one of more important personalities of Psychiatry of our time. He is Prof. Med. Emeritus and former medical director of the socio-psychiatric University Clinic in Berne/Switzerland and Co-chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Berne. Author of the concept of affect-logic and founder of the therapeutic community "Soteria Berne". Promoter of community based care-systems for rehabilitation and crisis intervention, based on an integrative (psycho-socio-biological) approach to mental illness. With more than 250 scientific publications, including 15 books and more than 50 book contributions (about 2/3 in German and 1/3 in English or French), he has many scientific honours and  awards all over the world.


Prof. Sue Parker Hall is a relational Certified Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy). She works in private practice in Cornwall, England. She is author of ‘Anger, Rage and Relationship: An Empathic Approach to Anger Management (2008, Routledge), supervises and teaches psychotherapists and counsellors in her relational approach nationally and internationally, facilitates anger & rage, shame and trauma personal therapy retreats exclusively for qualified practitioners and works with clients in the room or by Skype. She is passionately committed to practising, researching and teaching philosophy and methods that recognise a real human relationship as the crucible and the vehicle for positive change. Sue is a social activist and is critical of mainstream ideologically based, programme-centred, and 'one-size-fits-all' ways of working with anger and rage; she campaigns for an evidence-based, non-gendered and relational approach to these phenomena. She is also a critical thinker and The Transactional Analyst journal recently published her article ‘Being Mindful about Mindfulness: Exploring the Dark Side’ a critique of mindfulness. She is currently writing two articles, one which questions to what degree political correctness limits ours and our clients freedom of speech in the therapy room and in the world and the other which explores the shadow side of gender equality.



Prof. Dr. Warren Larkin is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Visiting Professor at Sunderland University. He is also the Clinical Lead for the Department of Health Adverse Childhood Experiences programme and a Director at Warren Larkin Associates Ltd. He has a long-standing interest in the relationships between childhood adversity and outcomes later in life.  He has spent most of his career working in specialist early intervention services with individuals and families who are experiencing psychosis.  He has published numerous research articles on the topic of trauma and mental health and published the first book exploring the subject of trauma and psychosis in 2006.  This edited book is now commissioned for a second edition.  Warren spent the last 5 years an NHS Network Clinical Director leading systems change in the North west of England.  He led one of the two national IAPT (increasing access to psychological therapies) demonstration sites for Psychosis and was a member of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services National Task Force.  Warren also developed the REACh approach (Routine Enquiry about Adversity  in Childhood) as a way of assisting organisations to become more trauma-informed and to support professionals to ask routinely about adversity in their everyday practice.



Prof. Matthias Schwannauer graduated with first degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Marburg in 1994. In 1998 he completed his applied clinical psychology training at the University of Marburg with internships in Marburg, Berlin and Edinburgh. His first position as a qualified clinical psychologist was in the Adolescent Mental Health Services in Greater Glasgow NHS. He moved to NHS Lothian and the University of Edinburgh in January 2000. During this time, he completed his PhD research into psychological interventions for bipolar disorders. He has since been principal investigator of a number of randomised controlled trials of psychological interventiosn in adolescent onset psychosis, bipolar disorders and treatment resistant schizophrenia.Since 2009, he is Head of Clinical & Health Psychology and Programme Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training programme at the University of Edinburgh. He is also a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Early Psychosis Support Service at CAMHS Lothian. Matthias’ publications include “Staying Well After Psychosis. A Cognitive Interpersonal Approach to Recovery and Relapse Prevention”. Wiley, 2006



Prof. Maurizio Pompili, M.D, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Suicidology as part of the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, where he received his M.D. degree, where he trained in Psychiatry (both summa cum laude). He is the Director of the Residency Training Program in Psychiatry of his faculty and the Director of the Suicide Prevention Center at Sant’Andrea Hospital in Rome. He has doctoral degree in Experimental and Clinical Neurosciences. He was also part of the Community at McLean Hospital – Harvard Medical School, USA where he received a fellowship in psychiatry. He is the recipient of the American Association of Suicidology’s 2008 Shneidman Award for “Outstanding contributions in research in suicidology”. Apart from being the Italian Representative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) for eight years; he has been afterward one of the Vice-Presidents of this association. He is now Co-Chair of the IASP Special Interest Group in Risk Resilience and Reasons for Living. He is also member of the International Academy for Suicide Research and the American Association of Suicidology. He is also President of the Suicidology Section of the Italian Psychiatric Society. He has published more than 350 papers on suicide, bipolar disorders and other psychiatric perspectives, including original research articles, book chapters and editorials. He co-edited ten international books on suicide. He ranks in the top 10 suicide authors of 500 world suicide authors listed in the ISI Web of Science (this is in terms of the number of focused works on the topic of suicide that are indexed in the ISI Web of Science).



Prof. Iñaki Markez Alonso is Professor in the University of  Deusto, medical specialist in Psychiatry and PhD in Neurosciences by the University of the Basque Country-EHU, University Specialist in Legal Psychiatry and Forensic doctor, Member of the Advisory Board of Addictions of the Basque Government and Member of the Advisory Board of Mental Health of the Health Department of the Basque Government (2009-2014), Member of the OME-AEN, Basque Association of the Mental Health and Community Psychiatry (president from 2008-2014). He participates in the Editorial Board of several specialized publications: OP Koadernoak, Journal of the AEN, psiquiatría.com, and he is the Director of the journal "Norte de salud mental", with many publications in the clinical setting and in populations of social exclusion: jails, migrants, addictions, such as "Violence and mental health. Mental health and institutional, structural, social and collective violences,” (“Violencia y Salud mental. Salud mental y violencias institucional, estructural, social y colectiva”,) with A. Fernández Liria and P. Pérez (Coords).  AEN, Madrid, 2009. "The night of the Victims" (“La noche de las Víctimas”). Research on the Impact of CollectiveViolence (Investigación sobre el Impacto en la Salud de la Violencia Colectiva) (ISAVIC) in the Basque Country with I. Larizgoitia, I. Izarzugaza (Coords.). Fundation F. Buesa. Vitoria, 2009, "Isolation and torture" (“Incomunicación y tortura”). Structured analysis based on the Istanbul Protocol with O. Barrenetxea, B. Morentin, G. López, O. Barrios, A. Krakenberger and P. Pérez (Coords.). Bilbao, 2014, "Collective violence and Mental Health. Context, trauma and repair" (”Violencia colectiva y Salud mental. Contexto, trauma y reparación”). Edited Grupo 5, Madrid, 2014. He is Investigator in "The torture and abusive treatment in the Basque Country" (“La tortura y malos tratos en el País Vasco") between 1960-2014 “(2017) sponsored by the Basque Government.



Prof. Adolfo García de Sola Márquez is a Psychologist with specialty in Clinical Psychology. PhD by the University of Seville, where he wrote his Thesis on Post-hypnotic Suggestion and Clinical Hypnosis. He is currently working in the Andalusia Health Service, in the Therapeutic Community of Mental Health belonging to the South Health Management Area of Seville. He collaborated during several courses with the Psychology Faculty of the University of Seville, giving workshops on Hypnosis and the different phenomena associated to it. He also worked with the Cultural Anthropology research group on Popular Culture, Popular Medicine and Quackery of the University of Granada.  He has several publications on individual and group psychotherapy applied to psychosis, immigration, clinical hypnosis, consciousness states and traditional medicine, subjects that he has presented in multiple congresses and professional meetings, both national and international. Since seven years ago, he has been developing techniques and the specific framework of the Intervention Groups on Consciousness States. In addition, he has participated as an expert in official work groups on immigration, essentially in the field regarding evaluation and treatment, attitudes and believes. He is a member of the Spanish Association of Neuropsychiatry and committee member of the Group Psychotherapy Section of this Association.



Prof. Elena Medina Téllez de Meneses, is a medical psychiatrist. She has been working since 2009 in the Mental Health Work Team (ECASAM), and has been a Co-coordinator since 2014, attending to homeless persons with severe mental disease. Master in Legal Psychiatry. Master in Group-analytic Psychotherapy, applying it in the clinical practice, leading groups and working as institutional analyst and supervisor of groups. Member of the Spanish Association of Neuropsychiatry (Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría) (AEN), of the section of Human Rights, having been a committee member of the social exclusion work group since some years ago. She has carried out most of her professional practice in the setting of care to persons with severe mental disease in situation of social exclusion, working in networks and between networks, in the community, attempting to contemplate all the possible settings – health, social, cultural, legal. Member of the Institute of Health Research IdiPaz (Instituto de Investigación Sanitario IdiPAZ) of the University Hospital La Paz. Awarded as a member of the ECASAM by the Madrid City Hall in 2017, and with First Prize for Excelence in the Dependence Awards granted by the Fundación Caser (2017).



Prof. Rafael Fernández García-Andrade , physician specialized in Psychiatry in the Hospital Clínico San Carlos, and has been working as a Co-coordinator of the Mental Health Street Team (ECASAM) within the "Program of Psychiatric Care to Homeless Mental Health Patients" of the Community of Madrid since 2014. He has a decree in Medicine and Surgery from the Complutense University of Madrid and has a PhD with Distinction Cum Laude in Neurosciences, also by the Complutense University of Madrid. Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Legal Medicine of the Medical School of the Complutense University of Madrid and Postgraduate Professor in the Masters Program of the University of Comillas and the University of Vic.  He is also a Psychiatric Consultant for the Correctional Institutions (CI of Segovia), investigator of the Health Care Research Institute San Carlos (IdISSC) and author of numerous publications in the field of Psychiatry and Legal Psychiatry. Founding member and member of the Spanish Association of Young Psychiatrists (Asociación Española de Jóvenes Psiquiatras) (AEJP), and member of other scientific societies. He has received an award by the Spanish Foundation of Psychiatry and Mental Health (FEPSM) with First Prize in the category of Health Care Professionals (2014), by the Madrid City Hall for his work in ECASAM (2014). And recently, he received the First Prize for Excellence in the Dependency Awards granted by the Fundación Caser (2017), also for his work in ECASAM.



Prof. Mariola Vitutia is a psychologist, with PhD in Psychology by the Complutense University with thesis on "Effects of animal-assisted therapy in cognitive domains in patients with schizophrenia" (“Efectos de la terapia asistida con animals en dominios cognitivos en pacientes con esquizofrenia”), master in forensic and legal clinical psychology, expert in group psychotherapy in patients with psychotic disorders and manager of social services centers. On the level of private practice, she conducts specialized psychological treatments and expert's reports regarding forensic psychology. Since 1999, she has collaborated in the pro-mental health associative movement, working in different resources dependent on the public network of social attention to persons with mental disease of the Community of Madrid. She tries to know the different instruments that help her to know what is occurring with the patient who comes to the resources with respectful practices, from open dialogue to achieve their decision making and emancipation. Currently she is working as a psychologist and researcher in a work rehabilitation center of the Community of Madrid, managed by the Intress Institute of social work and social services and she is a member of the work group "Intervention in mental health rehabilitation" (“Intervención en rehabilitación en salud mental”) of the Official Association of Psychologists of Madrid.



Prof. Ernesto Ares Sainz is Coordinator of the Assistance Services Department of the Fundación Canis Majoris, Expert in Animal-Assisted Interventions (hereinafter AAI) and Dog Trainer, currently performing therapies in 20 centers of the Community of Madrid. Expert in socialization and training of birds of prey. Trained as an educator in center of minors. Professor in the course organized by the Official Association of Psychologists of Madrid on AAI. Speaker in lectures on Animal-Assisted Therapy in the Universities, Camilo José Cela, Alcalá, Rey Juan Carlos, Autónoma and Complutense of Madrid. Author of the platform on benefits and objectives of Animal-Assisted Therapy in the journal Annals of the Fundación Canis Majoris.



Prof. Manuel González de Chávez, Ex-President of the International Society for the Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis. He is currently the President of the Foundation for research and treatment of schizophrenia and other psychoses, Organizer of the yearly Courses on Schizophrenia held every year in Madrid and director of the Collection of books on dynamic and psychotherapeutic orientation of the mentioned Foundation. For about twenty years, until his recent retirement, he was Chief of the Psychiatry Service1of the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón of Madrid and Professor of Psychiatry of The Complutense University of Madrid. He was also Director of the Mental Health Services of Seville, President of the Mental Health Association of Madrid and President of the Spanish Association of the Neuropsychiatry, of which he is an Honorary Member. Dedicated to the development of psychotherapeutic programs for psychotic patients and especially to group psychotherapy in schizophrenia and its importance in the treatment of these patients, he is an author and editor of several books and different publications on this subject.