Message from the President
Dear colleagues and friends,
It is a great pleasure to present this autumn edition of the EFPT newsletter to you. I would like to introduce our new editor, Sean Naughton, and to thank our outgoing editor, Morten Svendal Hatlen, for all the excellent work that he has done in developing the newsletter.
The EFPT family continues to grow and at the last Forum in Istanbul we welcomed four new members, bringing our membership to 38 organisations in 36 countries. It is amazing to see our membership map of Europe almost fully shaded in and to think that complete coverage is now within our reach! Victor Pereira Sanchez, lead for the MENTA group will talk about supporting trainees to establish their own NTA and join the EFPT family. You will also hear from the French speaking trainees’ association in Belgium, who join with their colleagues from the Flemish speaking areas, to together represent all Belgian psychiatric trainees within EFPT.
The Exchange programme is central to EFPT’s activities. Gustavo Santos from Portugal describes his adventures in the Netherlands. You may also have asked yourself that most pressing of existential questions. Is there life after EFPT? Former EFPT President Livia De Picker definitively answers with a resounding YES and talks about her experiences as an EFPT alumna. We will also hear more about a new initiative established last year, in collaboration with the Beck Institute, to support one lucky winner to complete their online CBT training and provide a discount for all EFPT trainees.
I hope that you enjoy reading this edition and want to wish you a joyful festive season!
EFPT President 2017-2018
(Pictured: EFPT board 2017-2018, October Board Meeting, excl. Zetti Azvee)