Speaker

Bakken, Trine Lise

"I have been working with patients with ill mental health and intellectual disabilities for 25 years. I am especially concerned about the patients being involved in shared decision making and also taking part in reserach in this field. Over the last ten years, I have included patients and their families in research and as participants in book chapters."

Pre-Congress Workshop:

  • Mental health nursing for persons with intellectual disabilities. Behavioral equivalents, therapeutic communication and user participation
Barrett, Brian Fergus
Dr. Brian Fergus Barrett

"I am interested in promoting mental health in persons with IDD."

Pre-Congress Workshop:

  • Emotional development: from science to practice
Bertelli, Marco

"I am interested in  psychopathology, quality of life and nosology of autism spectrum disorders and intellectual developmental disorders."

Keynote:

  • New insights on psychopathological assessement in persons with intellectual disability and low-functioning autism spectrum disorder

Meet the Expert:

  • Psychotropic drug use in intellectual disability and low-functioning autism spectrum disorder: who, what, when, how, and why
Claes, Lien

"I try to inspire and support parents, teachers, social wordkers, students to look differently to behaviour that is 'difficult to understand'."

Pre-Congress Workshop:

  • On mutual connections between trauma and brain in people with intellectual disabilities
Cook, Tina

"Tina Cook is Professor of Education in the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences at Liverpool Hope University, UK. At the core of her work is a focus in on developing democratic approaches for research and professional practice. She works predominantly with people who find themselves marginalised, in particular people with learning disability, people with cognitive impairment and family carers. Using qualitative research, particularly collaborative/participatory action research, her work centres on ways of fore-fronting voices of those directly involved in a situation as a means of improving the quality of their lives or work.

She is a Director/Trustee of the Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company, a company led by and for people with learning disability and a former Director and now long-standing member of the Advisory Council for Inclusion North, a not-for-profit organisation that supports the process of making inclusion happen for people with learning disability and their families."

State of the Art:

  • Building resilience: researching the practice of Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with family carers of adults with learning disability and challenging behaviour
De Neve, Leen

"I am interested in coaching and supporting professionals and family members in assessing and attuning the basic emotional needs of people with ID and mental health problems."

Pre-Congress Workshop:

  • Emotional development: from science to practice
Escalera, Carlos

"I work to increase sincerity, consistency and kindness in professional relationships."

Pre-Congress Workshop:

  • Dialogue Oriented Deescalation. Identify and decisively use the elements of escalation
Fabian, Regina

"I stand for Theatre as a social art form. Theatre offers people in different situations and phases of life the possibility to get in contact with themselves and others. Through theatre play I offer people a playful form of encounter in which they can experience their potential and express and share their own stories and experiences. "

Pre-Congress Workshop:

  • Improvisational theatre Intervention in people with intellectual disabilities and mental health problems
Fellinger, Johannes

"I am committed to unlock the potential of deaf people with intellectual disabilities."

State of the Art:

  • Mental health of deaf people with intellectual disabilities
Hinkelmann, Kim

State of the Art:

  • Biology of dissociation: current findings from stress research
Hodes, Marja W.

"Becoming a parent is one of the most intense transitions in a person's life and seen as a highly regarded social role. Persons with intellectual disabilities make this important transition as well. The United Nation Convention of the rights for persons with disabilities (2006) affirm the rights of people with intellectual disabilities to start a family and calls for appriopriate assistance to persons with intellectual disabilities in the performance of their child-rearing responsibilities. Several studies underpin that parents with intellectual disabilities are able to learn parenting skills and can improve parenting behaviour. It is our duty to support families headed by parents with intellectual disabilties with the best (evidence based) interventions and programs to create good conditions for the development of their children and a good family quality of life, with a basic attitude of respect for the parents themselves."

Meet the Expert:

  • Parents with intellectual disabilities: (evidenced based) intervention programs, best practices and parents' stories
Morisse, Filip

"I am committed to promote mental health in persons with ID, by attuning the environment."

Pre-Congress Workshop:

  • Emotional development: from science to practice
Müller, Sandra Verena

"I take an interest in community participation, occupational rehabilitation and cultural participation."

Pre-Congress Workshop:

  • Dementia in Persons with Intellectual Disability
Preißmann, Christine
Dr. Christine Preißmann

Keynote:

  • living with autism - an encouragement
Sanchez Calvo, Paula

"I work to increase sincerity, consistency and kindness in professional relationships."

Pre-Congress Workshop:

  • Dialogue Oriented Deescalation. Identify and decisively use the elements of escalation
Schuler, Miriam

"I stand for improvement of diagnostics and development of therapeutic concepts for people with sexual interest in the child's body schema and intellectual disability."

Pre-Congress Workshop:

  • Primary prevention of child sexual abuse by juveniles and adults with sexual interest in pre- and/or early pubescent children
Strüber, Nicole

"I am committed to ensuring that in the various childhood environments, from crèche to foster family, and the treatment of children aged 0 - 3 years are guided by the requirements of developing a healthy psyche and does not primarily follow parental interests."

Keynote:

  • Focus on the brain: How individual genes, prenatal epigenetic characteristics and early interaction experiences shape resilience and risk.

Strydom, Andre

"I am particularly interested in ageing-related conditions such as dementia in adults with Intellectual Disability and Down syndrome. I am the chief investigator of the LonDownS consortium which consists of several research groups from prominent London universities (KCL, UCL, QMUoL, Birkbeck and the Crick Institute) collaborating on various aspects of  Alzheimer’s disease in Down syndrome. One of the important aims of the consortium is to deliver the knowledge, tools and expertise that is necessary to enable clinical trials of treatment to prevent or delay the onset of dementia in individuals with Down syndrome."

Keynote:

  • Alzheimer’s disease in Down syndrome - from understanding pathology to prevention

Tarasova, Daria

"I accompanied Mrs. Fabian's theatre therapy group for 1.5 years and would report on my perspective as an observer. "

Pre-Congress Workshop:

  • Improvisational theatre Intervention in people with intellectual disabilities and mental health problems
Vermeulen, Peter
Peter Vermeulen, PhD

"More the 30 years of experience in the autism taught me that autistic brains are very different and special, but that the people with an autistic brain have the same needs as every other human being. So, let's accept and acknowledge neurodiversity, but try to connect so we can create a world where different brains live in harmony: neuroharmony."

Keynote:

  • From neurodiversity to neuroharmony: intellectual disability, autism and happiness

Pre-Congress Workshop:

  • Autism: absolute thinking in a relative world. Context blindness 2.0
Zeilinger, Elisabeth

"I take an interest in inclusive mental health."

Pre-Congress Workshop:

  • Dementia in Persons with Intellectual Disability