CULTURAL PARALLEL SESSION 15 September 2022
Thursday 15 September 2022
15:30 - 17:00 CET
Title: An informative tour to Pauluskerk/St Pauls Church in Rotterdam about mental health care services for undocumented refugees and migrants in the Netherlands.
Lead by: Imma van Galen and Marjolein van Duijl. (Local organizing commitee)
The Diaconal Center Pauluskerk supports all people in Rotterdam and surroundings that cannot survive without help: Homeless people, addicts, psychiatric patients, people without residence permit, people without employment, young adults that have no guidance for the way of life and vulnerable elderly people. The base of the Pauluskerk is the importance and the ‘perspective of better’ of these people. For more information you can click here.
During this tour we will visit the Diaconal Center Pauluskerk, countrywide known for its support to undocumented refugees. In various contributions mental healthcare services for (undocumented) Refugees in the Netherlands will be discussed.
Firstly an overview will be given in how the mental healthcare services for asylumseekers and undocumented refugees/migrants are organized in the Netherlands. The Pauluskerk will elaborate on their work with giving shelter, (health)care and cultural activities to these refugees. Street doctors will share experiences on the (mental) healthcare they provide and the challenges they face in their daily work. And lastly a psychiatrist will discuss a tailored mental health program for undocumented refugees in Amsterdam, with a special focus on treatment of traumarelated disorders. We will conclude with an open discussion and exchange about the experiences and challenges worldwide in delivering mental health care for undocumented refugees/migrants.
All cultural parallel sessions are not included in the registration fee and must be booked separately. The additional charge is € 15,00 per person per session. We have limited access for the social paralel sessions to a maximum of 25 participants per session.
CULTURAL PARALLEL SESSIONS 16 September 2022
Friday 16 September 2022
Session 1: 11:00 - 12:30 CET
Session 2: 15:30 - 17:00 CET
Title: Commemoration, rituals and culture - A guided walking tour visiting WWII monuments in Rotterdam
War, genocide and armed conflicts are a reality in this world, as we see again with the current war in Ukraine. The emotional impact of such tragedies can be huge and long-lasting. With monuments and commemoration events, societies and individuals remember and cope with the past.
Right at the beginning of the Second World War, the city of Rotterdam was heavily bombed by Germany. Within fifteen minutes, the historical centre was almost totally destroyed, 650 to 900 people died and around 80.000 people became homeless. After the war the city was rebuilt, showing enormous resilience from the people of Rotterdam. In the rebuilt and modern city centre, there are various monuments reminding us of this tragic past.
As we pass through the city and see these monuments, a historian will talk about the historic events in Rotterdam and the different ways in which these events are remembered and commemorated, and what this history means for the culturally diverse city of Rotterdam in the present. A psychologist will reflect on collective commemoration, rituals and the role of culture in relation to coping with traumatic events and loss. We also listen to the testimony of an eye-witness about the impact of the bombing.
During the walking tour, moments will be provided for interaction, in which participants can share stories about rituals related to remembering in their respective countries. By joining this informative walking tour, you get a chance to open your eyes for a broader view of the culturally diverse city of Rotterdam and how it has dealt with its tragic past.
All cultural parallel are not included in the registration fee and must be booked separately. The additional charge is € 15,00 per person per session. We have limited access for the social paralel sessions to a maximum of 25 participants per session.