Joop de Jong

Joop de Jong

J.T.V.M. (Joop) de Jong (1948), MD PhD, is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Professor Emeritus Cultural Psychiatry and Global Mental Health at the Amsterdam University Medical Center, Guest Professor Emeritus at Rhodes University in South Africa and Professor in Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. De Jong is founder of Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO), an NGO that provides psychosocial assistance in conflict areas and following disasters in more than twenty countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. De Jong was part time employed in the health care of migrants and refugees in the Netherlands. In his work De Jong integrates disciplines of public health, gloobal mental health, psychotherapy, anthropology, psychiatry and epidemiology among culturally diverse groups. In 2017, De Jong received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). In 2012, he received the Sindbad Award from the Dutch Association of Psychologists (NIP).

Emeritus Professor of Cultural Psychiatry and Global Mental Health
Amsterdam UMC
The Netherlands
Boston University School of Medicine

 

 

 

 

Joop de Jong

Title of keynote:

'New developments in psychosocial care in humanitarian emergencies'

The lecture will address some of the new developments in the delivery of mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian crises. One new perspective proposed by Purgato et al. is the development of a precision psychology paradigm in global mental health, with emphasis not only on individual clinical and socio-demographic data, but also on the social determinants of mental health. A precision psychology paradigm would require a coordinated action of academics, stakeholders and humanitarian workers. Considering subgroups of individuals with specific clinical and sociodemographic characteristics may help to identify predictors of intervention response and mechanisms of change to compensate for the decrease of the intervention effect over time. In addition, Lund et al. developed a new conceptual framework that summarised the major social determinants of mental health and linked them with the Sustainable Development Goals. Other domains in development are implementation science, cultural adaptation methodology, the inclusion of cultural concepts of distress in outcome research, and the role of syndemics in humanitarian crises. Time will determine to which extent these topics may be addressed in this talk.