2017 Prague Symposium - Lessons learned from the European Countries



Prague Symposium on Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology

‘Lessons learned from the European Countries’


Friday 20th of October 2017                     Time: 9.00 – 13.00 hrs   

Ministry of Interior, Prague 7, Nad Štolou 3    Czech Republic



 Standing Committee on Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology EFPA

The Union of Psychologists association of the Czech Republic

The Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.



 8.30 – 9.00      Registration


9.00 – 9.15      Opening and Welcome


                        David Chovanec

                        Director of Security Policy Department, MoI


                        Magda Rooze

                        Convenor SC on Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology EFPA

                        Senior advisor Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group, The Netherlands


9.15 – 9.30      Aneta Langrová

                       Police Presidium of the Czech Republic 

                     ‘Psychological Services of Czech Police’

 Will be presented: Short introduction and experience of crisis interventional system (support to victims of crime and disasters), peer support system, Crisis Help Line and psychological care for Police officers.


9.30 –  9.45     Zuzana Dittrichová

 DG Fire Rescue Service of the Czech Republic


‘Experience of system of Psychological service of Czech FRS’

Will be presented: Experience of system of Psychological service of FRS of the Czech Republic, which main tasks are doing basis for personnel work and service, post-traumatic care for firefighters and psychosocial support of people attached by the emergency situations. The service has recently focused attention on the specific groups of people such as people with disabilities.


9.45 – 10.00   Bohumila Baštecká

                       Representative of Protestant Theological Faculty, Charles University 

                      in Prague, Czech Republic


    ‘The twilight of psychological resilience programs in the army? Lessons learned’

U. S. Army implemented in 2009 The Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program based on positive psychology to train all soldiers in resilience and to prevent PTSD. Now, we can take it as great psychosocial experiment resulting in doubts, questions and inspirations useful for psychotraumatology as a whole: PTSD doesn´t seem to be preventable, only presumable; Clear theoretic framework linking prevention strategies to intended outcomes is missing; Coping is individualized, not universal; inducing positive mood can decrease coping ability in some individuals; Shame and guilt may be important for reconnection with others (= returning to “normal” context after deployment); Pervasive influence of trauma and grief-oriented therapists may reduce sensitivity to adaptive responses; The concept of resiliency itself is not defined clearly and unanimously; There are rather environmental than psychological prevention processes and causes of stress pathology.

Recommendation for psychologists: know and use real world (= combat environment) of their clients. Good message for conclusion: resilience training predicted e. g. improved morale.


10.00 – 10.22 Noreen Tehrani

 Representative of the Crisis Disaster and Trauma Section 

of the British Psychological Society


‘Screening of emergency service workers dealing with primary and secondary trauma’
This presentation will provide the background and results of an online psychological screening programme that has been introduced into emergency service organisations in the UK.  Some results from the screening programme will be presented

‘Work with the recent terrorist attacks, Early interventions after the Grenfall Fire



10:22-10:30  Salli Saari


                      Representative of the Finnish Psychological Association
Leader of the Finnish Red Cross Preparedness Team of psychologists


‘Crisis help after the mass stabbing in Turku, Finland’

 On August 18th 2017, two days after Barcelona terror attack a mass stabbing took place at a market place in Turku. Two died and 8 were injured in the stabbing, one of them is the perpetrator. The victims were selected randomly. This meant that there were a lot of people, who thought that they could be the victims that they could have died. There were also a lot of eyewitnesses in the incidence. In my presentation I will concentrate on the crisis help of these groups.


10.30-10.45   Dominique Szepielak

                        French Federation of Psychology and of Psychologists, French Navy,
                       French Association of Terrorism Victims. Paris France

                       ‘Children of Nice’

Will be presented: Psychotherapeutic program for children, victims of the Nice assault.


 10.45 -  11.15  Discussion


11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break


11.30 – 11.38 Mária Anyalaiová
                       Crisis and Disaster Interventionist, Therapist

                       Slovak Republic


                       Crisis Interventions in Slovak Schools

Experience from group crisis interventions in schools after student's suicide, death in a car accident and teacher's death. Working on coping resources using therapeutic cards (BASIC PH) and grief and bereavement support in school class.

11.3811.46  Štěpán Vymětal

                         Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic

Charles University in Prague
Representative of the Union of Psychologists association of the Czech Republic


                        Andrea Šíchová

         Charles University in Prague

‘Psychological aspects of radicalization – results of research in Czech prison population’

 The research maps the characteristics of individuals in potential risk of radicalization in Czech prisons. The sample of 67 people is composed only of men, average age is 34 years. Nearly half of the cases involves right-wing radicalization, in one third of cases individual non-specific radicalization is identified, and Islamic and left-wing radicalization is represented in low percentage of cases. In the sample, we can observe a high rate of unemployment, previous criminality, low level of education, childhood behavioral problems, under-average intellect, increased aggression, or impulsivity. Dissociative personality, identity problems, or mental health issues are also very common.


 11.4612.00  Zora Vansteenkiste

                        V-Europe, Belgium

  ‘V-Europe, association of Victims of Terrorism - created by the victims for the victims‘ 

  United by the explosions at Zaventem Airport and in Maelbeek Metro station on 22nd of March 2016 Brussels, Belgium. United by the “great silence”. The specific problem was the absence of coordinated help, especially psychological...


 Lesson learned

 Do we stand together stronger today?

 Where we are after the first year of association?

 Victims needs today (577 days after)...

 Psychological aspects of secondary victimisation. 

 Can we ever be prepared?


12.00 – 12.15 Lucia Formenti

             Psychotherapist at the Psychotraumatology Research Center in Milan-Italy,
                       representative of EMDR Europe


         ‘Dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake in central Italy: early intervention and psychological support with EMDR therapy

 During the presentation the emergency response that EMDR Italy has been developing in the last months after the earthquake that hit central Italy will be described and data about the effectiveness of the treatment will be shown. 


12.15 – 12.30 Claudia Schedlich

                        Crisis and Disaster Psychologist

                        Representative of BBK, Germany


                        Gisela Zurek

                       Crisis and Disaster Psychologist

                        Representative of BBK, Germany
                       City of D


‘Needs of disabled people in disasters – results of EUNAD IP project’

 Will be presented: Results of European project focused on people with different disabilities in disaster and post disaster settings.


12.30 – 13.00 Discussion