Co-Chairs: Vincenzo Di Nicola and Riyadh Al-Baldawi


“Insider/Outsider Perspectives on Religious/Spiritual Beliefs

on Therapeutic Process”

Exploring therapeutic intersections with families whose spiritual/religious lived experiences

are at odds with professional formulations


Presenter: Anjali Joseph

Family Therapist, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Discussant: Charlotte Clous

Medical Anthropologist, The Netherlands

 There will be a short presentation to frame the issues, followed by a town hall discussion


11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET (New York time) – 17:00-18:30 PM CET  



Saturday, September 17, 2022 @15:00, Rotterdam, World Trade Center

  1. Roberto Lewis-Fernández received the Wen-Shing Tseng Lifetime Award, in recognition of outstanding leadership and professional achievement in cultural psychiatry (introduced and awarded by Mario Braakman)
  2. Meryam Schouler-Ocak received the Pioneering Working in Cultural Psychiatry Award, in recognition of ground-breaking contributions to cultural psychiatry (introduced and awarded by Muthoni Mathai)
  3. Hans Rohlof received the Seva Award, in recognition of selfless, exemplary service to WACP and contributions to cultural psychiatry (introduced and awarded by Vittorio De Luca)
  4. Roberto Lewis-Fernández, on behalf of Pablo Farias, received the Seva Award, in recognition of selfless, exemplary service to WACP and contributions to cultural psychiatry (introduced by Roberto Lewis-Fernández himself)
  5. Hans Rohlof, on behalf of Nikolai Bokhan, received the Pioneering Working in Cultural Psychiatry Award, in recognition of ground-breaking contributions to cultural psychiatry (introduced by Vittorio De Luca) and pronounced a speech on behalf of N. Bokhan.
  6. Hans Rohlof, on behalf of Jie Li, received the 2022 Book Award, in recognition of outstanding scientific and literary competency expressed in publications on Cultural Psychiatry (introduced by Vittorio De Luca) and pronounced a speech on behalf of Jie Li.
  7. Muthoni Mathai received the Creative Education in Cultural Psychiatry Award, in recognition of innovative training and dissemination efforts in Cultural Psychiatry (introduced by Lisa Anderman).
  8. Vincenzo Di Nicola received the Creative Education in Cultural Psychiatry Award, in recognition of innovative training and dissemination efforts in Cultural Psychiatry (introduced by Lisa Anderman).
  9. Samrad Ghane, on behalf of Sushrut Jadhav & Roland Littlewood, received the Goffredo Bartocci Special Award In recognition of exceptional achievements in Cultural Psychiatry (introduced by Vittorio De Luca).
  10. Kamaldeep Bhui, on behalf of Dinesh Bhugra, received the Kamaldeep Bhui Academic Award, in recognition of outstanding academic accomplishments in Cultural Psychiatry (introduced by Vittorio De Luca).
  11. Vera Mohwinkel received from Kamaldeep Bhui, chair of the Poster Award Committee, the 2022 Poster Award Winner, in recognition of impact, clarity and scientific significance for Cultural Psychiatry” for her poster ‘Findings from a German clinical study: Refugees’ Pathways to Mental Health Care’.


2022 WACP Awards Committee

Lisa Andermann

Vittorio De Luca (chair)

Muthoni Mathai(except for nr.7)

Xudong Zhao

Recently, a new Board of Directors of the WACP was chosen. We will therefore soon change the website.

As preliminary news, here are already the names:


Mario Braakman, The Netherlands, President.

Byamah Mutamba, Uganda, Secretary.

Pablo Farias, Mexico, Treasurer.

Muhammad Irfan, Pakistan, President-Elect.

Roberto Lewis-Fernández, USA,  Past President.

Rest of the Board of Directors:

Itsuo Asai, Japan. He will organise the next WACP-conference in 2025 in Tokyo.

Xudong Zhao, China.

Carlos Zubaran, Australia.

Vincenzo Di Nicola, Canada.

Kenneth Fung, Canada.

Lisa Andermann, Canada.

Alberto Velasco, France.

Riyadh Al-Baldawi, Sweden/ Iraq.

Meryam Schouler-Ocak, Germany.

Irina Kupyanova, Russia. She will be appointed as Advisor to the Board.




The videos of our Travel Award Winners of the 2022 WACP conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands are available on YouTube.

Have a look, and have a preview of the lectures they will give on the conference: 

Registration at the conference, from the 14th till the 17th of September, 2022,  is still possible:


7:30 PM IST – 2 PM UTC – 10 AM EDT 

Organized by Special Interest Group on Culture and Sexuality
Chair: Dr. Vasudeo Paralikar

Topics and Presenters:

  • Introduction to sexuality in Indian context – Dr Ujjwal Nene, Clinical Psychologist; Sexual Health Consultant
  • Role of Socio-cultural Assessments in Prevention of Sexual Violence – Ms Ankita Deshmukh, Clinical Psychologist
  • Indian program for the primary prevention of sexual violence against children – Dr Suchita Agrawal, Psychiatrist
  • Participant comments and discussion

Registration and Zoom Link:

The videos of the webinar on the Care for Refugees, specially from Ukraine have been published. This webinar, which was held on the 19th of May, was called: Lessons learned from hosting and helping war refegees: from Bosnians to Ukrainians. Stevan Weine and Julia Bala were the lecturers, and in the discussion also Ewa Dobiala, psychiatrist from Poland, joined. 

Of the videos, there are two versions;

In English:

In simultaneous Ukrainian translation:

The early bird registration for the 6th World Congress of Cultural Psychiatry of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry (WACP2022) in Rotterdam has been extended to July 15th. WACP2022 will be held from the 15th to the 17th of September at the Postillion World Convention Center, preconference workshops are on September 14th. Opportunities for registration, travel and accomodation, and the program are on the congress website

Program WACP2022
The program includes over 200 symposia, oral presentations, workshops and posters from all continents. Theme of the congress is: “The Cultural Perspective in Psychiatry: Moving Forward to Meet the Needs of a Globalizing Society.” WACP2022 also offers a social program including guided tours, expositions and dinner in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Travel Award Contest

To promote participation from low and middle-income countries, the WACP has awarded twelve competitors to the Travel Award Contest. The list of winners from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, and South-Africa is available on

Contact information
If you have any questions, please contact

Looking forward seeing you all in 2022 at Postillion Convention Center WTC Rotterdam!



To all members and friends of the WACP

The registration to the Rotterdam conference from 15 till 17 september, 2022, is open from today, the 19th of May, 2022. The Early Bird registration will only last till the 16th of June, 2022! Registration to the Pre Conference Workshops on the 14th of Sepember will open later. 

For more information see:

Open Invitation

Family & Culture Special Interest Group (SIG)

SIG Co-chairs: Vincenzo Di Nicola & Riyadh Al-Baldawi

World Association of Cultural Psychiatry (WACP)

WACP President: Roberto Lewis-Fernández


Dear Colleague and Friend,

The Family & Culture Special Interest Group (SIG) of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry (WACP) would like to invite you to a virtual work meeting on June 11, 2022 @1 pm EDT.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 502 954 0422
Passcode: 545710

The aim of this meeting is to plan a program for our future events for the Family & Culture SIG. We are reaching out to you to help us with your expertise and clinical experiences to put those topics you want us to treat in our future programs.

Our intention as co-founders of this SIG is to convene colleagues interested in families and culture together to share their clinical experiences and inform us about  new models and forms of family intervention they are using in their clinical practices.

Doing therapy with families is complex and needs to include a number of theoretical models as well as knowledge of the family’s socio-cultural and religious background, among other key variables, requiring an understanding of the character of their problem and an understanding of how family members work to solve these problems.

International migration (both forced and voluntary forms) makes the displacement of the family from their home socio-cultural environment to a new one at the host country is often a huge social challenge. This process brings many challenges to the family’s internal and external relations and resources. To deal with all these challenges, the family usually need support and professional help from culturally-informed experts. Psychiatric problems within migrant families could be another critical social challenge where many families need specialized help to deal with these challenges.  

We would like to include in our future program wider topics on family intervention where theoretical and practical clinical experiences complement each other. We hope that your active participation at our coming work meeting will help to achieve this target. We are looking to encourage wider group of professionals working with the families in our future program and activities.

We look forward to meeting you at this upcoming planning meeting.

Please confirm your participation by email to us:

Vincenzo Di Nicola:

Hans Rohlof:



The Local Organizing Committee of the 6th World Congress of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry (WACP2022) presents a free webinar on Thursday, May 19th, 7 PM CET. This is the third webinar in the preparation of the World Conference of Cultural Psychiatry in Rotterdam, 14-17 September 2022. See:

The webinar will simultaneously be translated into the Ukrainian and Polish language, to ensure that clinicians who speak those languages can follow the lectures and discussion.

Due to the war in Ukraine millions of Ukrainians flee the country, mostly women and children. Many countries are hosting war refugees. Hosting war refugees from Ukraine reminds of the hosting of war refugees from Bosnia. What can we learn from hosting war refugees? What went well and what went wrong in hosting war refugees from Bosnia? What facilities or resources are most required? How does the host society need to facilitate integration of war refugees? How many developed posttraumatic stress syndrome, or other mental health problems? Do we need to take care of prevention of psychotrauma or increase accessibility to mental health care? What are the consequences of fleeing from war for family relations? What lessons do we need to learn in order to improve hosting war refugees from Ukraine?

We asked two world famous scientists-practitioners to give a brief lecture about their earlier experience, mostly with Bosnian refugees, but also with refugees from other countries.

  1. Stevan Weine. Lessons learnt from working with Bosnian refugees

Dr. Weine is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine, where he also Director of Global Medicine and Director of the Center for Global Health. For 30 years he has been conducting research both with refugees and migrants in the U.S. and in post-conflict countries, focused on mental health, health, and violence prevention.  This work has been supported by multiple grants from the NIMH, NICHD, DHS, NIJ, and other state, federal, and private funders, all with collaboration from community partners. This work has resulted in more than 130 publications and two books: When History is a Nightmare: Lives and Memories of Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Rutgers, 1999) and Testimony and Catastrophe: Narrating the Traumas of Political Violence (Northwestern, 2006).

  1. Julia Bala. How to prevent and treat mental health problems in families and children.

Julia Bala, Ph.D is psychologist, psychotherapist and independent consultant. Educated in former Yugoslavia and the USA, since arrival to the Netherlands in 1992, she has been specializing in diagnostics and treatment of traumatized refugee children and families. As a former staff member of Centrum 45/ARQ, National Psychotrauma Center and Pharos Foundation, she developed therapeutic interventions in relation to family consequences of trauma, participated in establishment of novel treatment and preventive programs.

Her current work, as independent consultant, focuses on the development and implementation of preventive programs for refugee parents and families. She provides training, consultation, participates in research projects and publishes on topics related to her main fields of interest: the intergenerational consequences of trauma, the influence of (forced) migration on parenting and the development of children and fostering resilience through multifamily interventions. 

Date: 19th of May, 2022

Time: 19.00 till 20.30 Central European Time.

Eastern Daylight Time: 1 – 2:30 PM (New York City)
Central Daylight Time: 12 – 1:30 PM (Mexico City)



19.00-19.05: Short introduction by Dr. Hans Rohlof, officer of the WACP.

19.05-19.35 Lecture by Prof. Weine

19.35-20.05: Lecture by Dr. Bala

20.05-20.30: Q&A and discussion by the audience.  Dr. Simon Groen, anthropologist, the Netherlands, will moderate the discussion.

Free registration:

This webinar is presented to you by the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry supported by ZonMW (Dutch Organization for Stimulating Health Research and Care Innovation)