World Psychiatry Association (WPA)

  • Description
  • The World Psy­chi­a­try Asso­ci­a­tion (WPA) is an asso­ci­a­tion of national psy­chi­atric soci­eties aimed to increase knowl­edge and skills nec­es­sary for work in the field of men­tal health and the care for the men­tally ill. Its mem­ber soci­eties are presently 135, span­ning 117 dif­fer­ent coun­tries and rep­re­sent­ing more than 200,000 psychiatrists.

    The WPA orga­nizes the World Con­gress of Psy­chi­a­try every three years. It also orga­nizes inter­na­tional and regional con­gresses and meet­ings, and the­matic con­fer­ences. It has 65 sci­en­tific sec­tions, aimed to dis­sem­i­nate infor­ma­tion and pro­mote col­lab­o­ra­tive work in spe­cific domains of psy­chi­a­try. It has pro­duced sev­eral edu­ca­tional pro­grammes and series of books. It has devel­oped eth­i­cal guide­lines for psy­chi­atric prac­tice, includ­ing the Madrid Dec­la­ra­tion (1996).

    What are its aims?

    The core mis­sions of WPA include the following:

    • To encour­age the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dards of clin­i­cal practice
    • To increase knowl­edge and skills about men­tal dis­or­ders and how they can be pre­vented and treated
    • To pro­mote men­tal health
    • To pro­mote the high­est pos­si­ble eth­i­cal stan­dards in psy­chi­atric work
    • To dis­sem­i­nate knowl­edge about evidence-​based ther­apy and val­ues based practice
    • To be a voice for the dig­nity and human rights of the patients and their fam­i­lies, and to uphold the rights of psychiatrists
    • To facil­i­tate com­mu­ni­ca­tion and assis­tance espe­cially to soci­eties who are iso­lated or whose mem­bers work in impov­er­ished circumstances

    Mission

    To pro­mote the advance­ment of psy­chi­a­try and men­tal health for all peo­ples of the world.

    Objectives

    • To increase knowl­edge and skills nec­es­sary for work in the field of men­tal health and in the care for the men­tally ill.
    • To improve the care for the men­tally ill.
    • To pre­vent men­tal disorders.
    • To pro­mote men­tal health.
    • To pre­serve the rights of the men­tally ill.
    • To pro­mote the devel­op­ment and obser­vance of the high­est eth­i­cal stan­dards in psy­chi­atric care, teach­ing and research.
    • To pro­mote the devel­op­ment of the high­est qual­ity stan­dards in psy­chi­atric care, teach­ing and research, as well as the obser­vance of such standards.
    • To pro­mote non-​discrimination (par­ity) in the pro­vi­sion of care of the men­tally ill.
    • To pro­tect the rights of psychiatrists.

    Awards

    Jean Delay Prize

    Hon­ors dis­tin­guished col­leagues that schol­arly bridged the bio­log­i­cal, psy­cho­log­i­cal and social sci­ences under­pin­ning our clin­i­cal pro­fes­sion and who ver­i­ta­bly emblema­tized our high­est eth­i­cal aspirations.

    The Prize of Geneva for Human Rights in Psy­chi­a­try

    The Geneva Prize for Human Rights in Psy­chi­a­try is intended to acknowl­edge an indi­vid­ual, with­out any restric­tion of gen­der, age or nation­al­ity, or an insti­tu­tion with gov­ern­men­tal or non gov­ern­men­tal sta­tus, for excep­tional achieve­ment at regional, national or inter­na­tional level in…

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