I would like to extend a warm welcome to all participants of the 3rd EFCAP Congress. As the congress president I am very happy about your interests and numerous abstract submissions for symposia, oral presentations and posters. They are all part of a very diverse and interesting scientific programme. We made a special effort to satisfy the wish for more abstract submissions from professionals all over Europe and to not only focus on diagnostics and risk assessment, but also psychotherapy and intervention. Forensic child and adolescent psychiatry seeks an open exchange with colleagues from the judicial branch, social work and other professions that deal with delinquent juvenile offenders or victims of adolescent crime in practice and research. In order to prioritize the interdisciplinarity and to give the members of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Jugendgerichte und Jugendgerichtshilfen e.V. (DVJJ, German Association for Juvenile Courts and Legal Protection for Minors) an opportunity for an exchange with you as European professionals, we have organized a special German day in cooperation with the DVJJ in addition to the regular scientific programme. We are pleased that EFCAP has begun to consistently develop and organize itself throughout Europe. As part of their future plans for health research the European Union is discussing an invitation to tender for a programme about antisocial behaviour and developmental pathways of conduct disorders. Thus, besides the practical approach and international networking, we also need to focus on the development of research partnerships among EFCAP.
I hope you will also enjoy Berlin with its various cultural offerings. I would be delighted to welcome you to the Congress Dinner Party at the Umspannwerk Ost – an old electric transformer plant and therefore special location. With multiple floors the premises enable guests to party and dance, but to also have quiet conversation with colleagues. Good research and good practice thrive on exchange and exchange happens especially during informal contacts, such as the Get-Together and Congress Dinner Party.
I would like to thank my employees and colleagues, the scientific secretaries, PD Dr. Kölch and Dr. Allroggen, my personal assistant, Dr. Bleich, my head secretaries, Mrs. Gürntke and Mrs. Weisenheimer, as well as the team of CPO HANSER SERVICE GmbH for all of their hard work in preparation for this congress.
Prof. Dr. med. Jörg M. Fegert