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Teachers of the course:

Anthony P.Mannarino, Ph.D. – Professor of Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine – Vice President, Department of Psychiatry – Director, Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents – Allegheny General Hospital Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Judith Cohen, M.D. – Professor of Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry – Medical Director, Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents Allegheny General Hospital Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scientific Coordinator for this course:

Ernesto Caffo, M.D. – Chair Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. – Founder and President of the S.O.S. Il Telefono Azzurro Onlus -President of the Foundation Child.


Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Modena and  Reggio Emilia. Largo Del Pozzo 71, 41124 Modena.

Intended Audience and Course Objectives

This conference is intended for mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed counselors, and licensed nurses. Participants are required to have completed TF-CBT Web as a requirement for this training.

At the conclusion of this conference, participants should be able to:

  • discuss the empirical support for TF-CBT
  • describe the problems addressed by TF-CBT and the core values of this treatment model
  • recognize the importance of parents/caretakers as part of the TF-CBT treatment model
  • describe relaxation skills and feeling identification and expression as ways to enhance affective regulation
  • relate the importance of the trauma narrative and cognitive processing of the trauma in TF-CBT
  • discuss the role of safety education and safety planning in the TF-CBT model

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Bocca di Magra (La Spezia) – ITALY

Structure of the educational project:

The Foundation Child and the Working Group on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the Italian Society of Psychopathology (SOPSI), with the Co-Sponsorship of the WPA’s Working Group on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, are pleased to announce the 10th Training Course in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for young researchers in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychiatry.

The aim of the course is to provide a high-quality intensive training experience that will offer training on the relevant elements of clinical science (diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the most important childhood psychiatric disorders) and research (designing a research project, research methods, basic principles of statistics, writing and presenting scientific work). In addition, the course is designed to provide tutorials, networking and other valuable educational activities that will enhance the education of junior investigators.

The five-day seminar included lectures and interactive sessions conducted by an international panel of highly qualified faculty with recognized expertise in their respective fields. The seminar will take in a pleasant environment that has been chosen to facilitate this unique training experience.



“Understanding the Impact of the New Diagnostic Classification Systems on the Understanding of Mental Disorders”

Pre-Congress SOPSI, 15 February 2011

During the SOPSI Congress, the Foundation organized a Symposium on the impact of the new diagnostic

classification systems on the understanding of mental disorders.



Certosa di Pontignano, Siena – ITALY

Promoted by Foundation Child and SOPSI – working unit on child and adolescent psychiatry and Co-Sponsorship of WPA – World Psychiatric Association. The aim of the course was to provide insights not only on relevant elements of clinical practice and research but also those aspects which may complete the educational background of the young specialists, such as basic principles of leadership, public speaking, and communication.


2010, October 25th – Italian Academy of Columbia University (USA)

Sponsored by Columbia University and the Children First Foundation, Foundation Child in collaboration with the The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America At Columbia University Under the patronage of Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia. 

The aim of the meeting was to promote a child-centred culture through a close examination of the causes and treatments of mental diseases, as well as of behavioural and emotional difficulties in children and adolescents.


2010, April, 15-16 – Modena (Italy)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), developed by Judith Cohen and Anthony

Mannarino, is an empirically supported treatment for children and families exposed to traumatic life events. This two-day training provided an intensive review of all of the TF-CBT treatment components, with a specific focus on clinical implementation strategies.


Modena (Italy)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), developed by Judith Cohen and Anthony

Mannarino, is an empirically supported treatment for children and families exposed to traumatic life events. This two-day training provided an intensive review of all of th


Rome (Italy)

During the 14° Sopsi (Italian Society of Psychopathology) Congress in Rome, the Foundation organized a seminar on the effectiveness of interventions in traumatic situations. The debate took place with a presentation of Professor Robert Pynoos, Co- director of National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. 



Villa La Stella, Fiesole (FI)

The seminar addressed young scientists who have already carried out some scientific research in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and published about it, and is meant to familiarize them with modern research strategies conducive to ameliorate the current knowledge of etiology, pathogenesis, intervention, and prevention of psychiatric disorders in childhood and adolescence.


The Impact of the New Diagnostic System on the future of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

April, 2nd, 2009 – Florence (Italy)

The aim of the meeting was to discuss on the new diagnostic classification system with a small group of highly selected international colleagues,tag heuer monaco replica with the presence of Dr Norman Sartorius and Dr Judith Rapoport.


Florence (Italy)

International seminar that represented an important opportunity to discuss with a highly selected group of Italian and International researchers on a crucial topic for the future of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health.




Florence (Italy)

The Congress presented an unique opportunity to develop European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and to strengthen the links between European and World Societies. During ESCAP the Foundation Child promoted Symposia and training courses.



Clinical Studies: Design, Assessment and Evaluation

May, 7 – 12, 2006 – Bocca di Magra (SP), Italy

This year for the first time was organised a writing workshop which aimed at offering the young

researchers the tools to structure and write a scientific article. The meeting was also a replica bags wonderful opportunity for young researchers to meet their colleagues from different countries and establish connections that will surely lead to future collaborations.


Training Seminar on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Research Design

April, 3th – 7th 2006 – Djerba, Tunisia

The seminar was an opportunity for young researchers to spend a week in close contact with important experts in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry coming from European, American and, this year for the first time, Israeli Universities. They were given the opportunity to present their research projects and be advised by senior psychiatrists and researchers on how to further develop the project.



Clinical Research: Design, Assessment and Evaluation

April, 10 – 15, 2005 – Bocca di Magra (SP) – Italy

The seminar organized with IACAPAP and ESCAP involved a group of researchers among the major international experts. The main topic of the seminar was Treatment Evaluation in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the purpose was to train participants in treatment evaluation in child and adolescent psychiatry both at a scientific and cultural level.


Anxiety Disorders Diagnosis and Treatment, and Research Project Design

February, 26 – March 2, 2005 – Sharm El Sheik, Egypt

The meeting was focused on anxiety disorders. The meeting allowed 30 young researchers coming from 11 countries in the Eastern Mediterranean area to 4 compare their practices with the most well-known international experts in the field of Child Psychiatry.



Modena- Italy

This meeting aims at offering an opportunity to child psychiatry professionals to discuss on methodology, epistemology, current knowledge and new perspectives for child and adolescent psychiatry. During the SINPIA Congress the Foundation also promoted a list of Psychopharmacology course.


24 August, 2004 – Italian Embassy in Berlin, (Germany)

During the IACAPAP Congress, H. E. the Italian Ambassador Silvio Fagiolo, kindly permitted to organize at the Italian Embassy in Berlin the reception sponsored by the Foundation Child, to celebrate Giovanni Bollea, Emeritus Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Rome University “La Sapienza”.


Facilitating Pathways – Care, Treatment and Prevention in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

22 – 26 August, 2004 – Berlin, (Germany)

The main theme of the congress is a thorough review of all measures of care, treatment and prevention in an international perspective, thanks to participants from all over the world. The Foundation also organized a list of symposiums about trauma and disaster on children, interventions after Trauma.



Foundation Child sponsored a symposium held by Italian pediatric and child and adolescent psychiatric professionals in order to share common areas of study in research and education.


March 14 – 20, 2004 – Camposampiero (PD)

The main topic of the seminar was Treatment Evaluation in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Participants had the opportunity to show and discuss the research projects they were working on in their own countries with the supervision of senior experts.


February 27 – March 4, 2004 (Egypt) – Sharm El Sheik

The organisation of this meeting reveals the true desire of the foundation to promote and support intensive international research seminars to young postgraduate Arabian students in child psychiatry and psychology.



Between the 16th and 19th of July, 2003, a group of world professional leaders in the area of child trauma from North America, Australia, Europe and Asia, gathered in Rome to present their clinical findings and research advances as well as to seek out a way to integrate these with the current state of knowledge in this area. The meeting of this established “Rome Group” was organized under the auspices of Foundation Child (Italy) and the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions

(IACAPAP). As a result of their deliberations, the experts signed the Declaration of Rome, asking Governments worldwide for an increased investment in prevention, treatment and research in the area of caring for children affected by trauma. The mission of the Rome Group is to promote a major understanding of the severe consequences of childhood exposure to trauma, as well as to develop effective interventions that focus on the needs of the individual, the family, and the community and to raise standards of care throughout the world. As a result, leaders in the field of child trauma are being sought out constantly and are joining this important group. The Rome Group met a second time on the occasion of the 16th Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions, which took place in Berlin in 2004. During the 13th International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry they presented advances in trauma research with children and new intervention models both in the form of symposia and as a training course.


March 17 – 21, 2003 – Rome

One week long of study and analysis of the main aspects of autism, structured in two main appointments:

International conference for discussing and comparing the different methodologies of intervention, with the participation of many CSC members such as Fred Volkmar, Sara Sparrow, Emily Rubin, Michael Powers, Peter Doehring and Matthew State.

International Course organised in collaboration with Autism Europe Association, was attended by the main European and North American professionals in order to build new models of intervention in child and adolescent psychiatry common to the international scientific world.




The Foundation Child, in association with Telefono Azzurro, organised this international meeting in memory

of Donald Cohen. During the meeting, the psychological and traumatic aspects of developmental age in the Arabic- Israeli conflict context were thoroughly discussed thanks to the important contribution brought by J. F. Leckman, Jocelyn Yosse Hattab and Amira Seif El Din.



A day’s study organised in association with ESCAP and IACAPAP, with the kind participation of Prof. Helmut

Remschmidt, Paul Lombroso and Andrew Pickles, major international experts on child and adolescent psychiatry who discussed about genetics studies and difficulties in developmental age data analysis.


September 29 – October 4, 2002 – Camposampiero (PD)

The seminar was divided into three workgroups, each one dealing with current topics such as neurobiology, epidemiology, research, observation and critical evaluation of the clinical research studies presented by the 31 young child psychiatrists coming from 16 different countries.



A meeting dedicated to the memory of Prof. Donald Cohen, Sterling Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at Yale University (USA). It was an important opportunity for investigating the institutional network for children care and for the collaboration with the scientific community.


January 31 – February 1, 2002 – Geneva (Swissland)

The Foundation supported the meeting organised by the WHO – World Health Organisation, which involved the major world- wide experts on child and adolescent disorders.




International conference with major child and adolescent psychiatry experts, on the topic of violence and trauma impact on child and adolescent development. This was also an opportunity for the official establishment of the International Child and Research Center connected to IACAPAP.


September 3 – 8, 2001 – Camposampiero (PD)

The Seminar was organised in association with ESCAP (European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions) and IACAPAP. It was structured as an intensive one-week workshop during which the most recent studies and research models on developmental psychopathology were discussed.


August 29 – September 1, 2001 – Dozza (BO)

The meeting aimed at discussing the future of international child and adolescent psychiatry through the contribution brought by the most influential child and adolescent psychiatrists of the world.


July 4 – 5, 2001 – Parma

Two days’ study organized in order to describe and to share the most effective work methodologies and guidelines for pediatricians’ training on child and adolescent abuse and neglect. In collaboration with the Italian Pediatrics Society, the Social and Prevention Pediatrics Department (University of Parma), the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia). 



September 21-23 2000 – Bellaria (RN)

The Italian Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in association with the Foundation Child, organised one of the most significant scientific events of the year in the field of child psychiatry. The aim of the conference was to create a useful debate among leading experits on research methods and intevention topics in child and adolescent psychiatry, with particular reference to abuse and neglect issues. 


March 17 – 23, 2000 – Modena/Bologna

The most qualified international scientists were invited to discuss the genetics of autism in order to share, develop and integrate the research studies and methodologies. Work sessions were dedicated to child and adolescent psychiatry, to genetics and definition of phenotypes, among which:

– Name and Culture. Challenges and Possible Solutions.Prada Replica Handbags An international Conference with the opening lecture held by Prof. Sir Michael Rutter. 

– Autism and Pervasive Development Disorders. New Knowledge and new interventions. An International meeting on ethics and social issues related to autism and other forms of mental disorders.

– Training Workshop on Assessment, Intervention and Neurobiology of Autism and Related Conditions. The meeting was attented by major experts and most active Italian Child and Adolescent psychiatrists on research and clinical activities.


February 10 – 15, 2000 Sharm El Sheik (Egypt)

The most leading experts on child mental health from the East Mediterranean area joined in this meeting to discuss on child and adolescent mental health. During the congress the association EMACAPAP was founded in order to promote child and adolescent psychiatry study and research in the Middle East.