Assistant Professor Ritzmond Loa of the College of Nursing presented his e-poster for his research entitled “An exploration of the experiences of families with a child with Autism” at the 27th European Congress of Psychiatry held in Warsaw, Poland from April 6 to 9, 2019.

The 27th European Congress of Psychiatry 2019 was organized by the European Psychiatric Association and bore the theme “Psychiatry in Transition: Towards New Models, Goals and Challenges.” Almost 5,000 health care professionals, specialist, academicians, and researchers in the field of psychiatry from 93 countries gathered to share their knowledge, skills, and practices in the implementation of community-based mental health systems, effectiveness of e-mental health interventions and prevention programs, use of person-centered mental health care and research, applications of evidence-based bio-psycho-social models of care, updates on psychopharmacology, and clinical relevance of diachronic perspective in mental health.

During the congress, Loa presented a short talk for his e-poster research to participants in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In his e-poster, Loa shared the challenges experienced by families in caring for their child with Autism, importance of emotional and financial support provided by health care professionals, social workers, and other families, and the need for developing policies and programs that will support families. The e-poster were presented for open viewing and discussion to participants in the Exhibition area during the 4 days congress.

Moreover, Loa participated the special courses in the congress on Screening Cognitive Impairments using Cognitive Assessment Interview, and Shared Decision-making combined with Motivational Interviewing. The courses were accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), and American Medical Association (AMA).