12th September 2014

Agenda EFPA TFHR meeting September  12, 2014

1.       Welcome and confirmation of agenda ( and addition of items)

Present: Kerstin Söderström (KS), Robertas Povilaitis (RP), Polli Hagenaars (PH), Bogdan Isac (BI), Ulrich Wagner (UW), Karin Teepe (KT)

Absent/Excused: Marlena Plavsic, Stella Petronda,  Artemis Giotsa.

Absent: Mihai Anitei

Corresponding members: Tony Wainwright, Yudith Namer


Introduction of the day by the convenor:

Welcome to everybody. -  A concept work plan and action plan has been prepared after the initial meeting of the new TF in Brussels on the 8th of April 2014.

The 12th of September 2014 is the first working day of the group.


2.       Introduction round (and activities in the field of HR since the last meeting)

Kerstin Söderström is a member of the HR committee of the psychological association of Norway. This spring she attended the audition of Norway’s governmental actions in the UN HR council in Geneva, the so-called Universal Periodic Report (UPR). The principle of these auditions is that the government has to report on the state of the art on HR every 4 years. Civil society organizations and NGO’s produce “shadow reports” of their major HR-issues of concern, and engage in a process to inform the member states so they can make qualified questions during the hearing. Further info, See http://www.upr-info.org/en


Robertas Povilaitis is particularly in touch with Dainuis PURAS, university teacher in Lithuania, specialized on children’s rights, detached to the UN in Geneva. Robertas is concerned, for the HRTF, with the question of the multitude of the different organizations in this field: which organizations do what? Do national associations can get a role?  Should EFPA’s TF get a map of the different HR organizations, at a national/ international level?


Bogdan Isac from Romania joins the group on behalf of EFPSA, finishing a master, is active in student NGO’s, with activities of social impact, specially starting a campaign to fight mental illness stigma, and fighting corruption, which has direct impact on HR. Is contributing to a biannual festival in Trondheim about corruption.


Polli Hagenaars has accepted the role of convenor for HRTF. She is a practitioner and supervisor, specialized on diversity questions. See point 5 for further explanations on her activities for HRTF.


Ulrich Wagner is a university professor from Marburg, a small town in Germany, responsible for social psychology and conflict research department. Is also responsible for the question of inclusion (bringing groups together), exclusion and works also on international conflicts.


Karin Teepe is a practitioner, having worked with children victims of inner familiar and institutional  violence, now working with refugees and victims of torture, has participated in a European project, a questionnaire PROTECT scanning the risks of psychological vulnerability in order to raise awareness of the professionals and orientate potential victims to specialized healthcare.


3.Volunteer to record the minutes of the present meeting: KT


4.Minutes of the meeting of 8th of april 2014 are approved.


5.Communication of the convenor:

·         The  EC of EFPA will discuss the concept Work Plan in September (the HRTF was the first to present!);

·         A concept letter to EFPA MA’s is send to Brussels;

·         PH attended the convenors’ meeting of the EFPA, the minutes are to be sent around. There is a special TF for funds raising.

·         The preparation of the Milan ECP conference has to start. Peter Kindermann, Tony Wainwright and Nicolas Carr are especially concerned with Human Rights. A symposium of all EFPA groups was suggested, as far as they want to join. Task of the HRTF: to incorporate Human Rights into EFPA. It must be underlined that the event of the extraordinary GA has been the Europsy system: the countries start to implement it (some new proposals may also lead to a new extraordinary GA, so this may also provide an opportunity for the HRTF, like raising awareness and HR training.

·         Presentation at the ICAP2014 in Paris in July, organized by the International Association of Applied Psychology, including a invited symposium on International Ethics. PH gave a presentation: Human Rights, a responsibility of psychologists (see sent summary). International contacts involved in Human Rights, intention to develop a curriculum Human Rights.

·         Finding a way to include HR into the practitioner’s work, mentioning HR in the national codes, making HR part of university and regular professional training, and CPD, underlining how psychology can specifically contribute to HR.

·         There was also a presentation of the Europsy system.

·         Other communications about HR, in link with ICAP: HR and Ethics; contributions about law and psychology from Australia; Saths Cooper (SA) organized a symposium on Human Rights, with a.o. Stephen Behnke (who is at APA concerned with Ethics) and Eva Thomson. It seems that South America, e.g., Argentina is particularly oriented to social justice.

·         PH visited refugees in Amsterdam who have been refused access to the refugee status.  Psychologists have to decide about a possibility to get an allowance to stay.

·         The NIP starts a project group with as working title “HR and Psychology”. PH has been allowed a budget for 2014 and 2015 and proposes to ask for a budget for HR at each MA.


6. Open Letter from the UK-Palestine Mental Health Network, sent by Tony Wainwright


-          1rst dilemma: to use professional knowledge and not being an activist alone?

-          Why did Tony send this, and what does he want to do?

Kerstin worked in Palestine for 10 years; writing texts or declarations, there are so many issues and dividing lines spring up immediately; to her, the 1st question could be: what kind of a group are we?

The open letter can be “read” as a question: what are we doing?

In this context, the statement given by Robert Roe about the Ukraine was very well done.

Probably, an answer can also aim at helping to warn colleagues and bring up suggestions, about what to do and what to avoid. Is there a country where HR are NOT violated?

Each association can send a letter to their members.

Conclusion: Many statements made on HR violations are political and often controversial. Hence, before the TFHR can respond to particular issues like the one mentioned in the letter from Wainwright, the TF must develop an overarching policy with the necessary clarifications and priorities. The concept letter, in line with the Preamble: EFPA´s role regarding “Human Rights

 can be presented at the Milan conference (7 – 10 of July 2015).


7.   Concept work plan and action plan.


a)      Implement HR in national and European associations (in the codes, or as standards, norms and guidelines).

b)      Draw attention to general psychological consequences on HR violations.

c)       Draw attention to actual HR violations.

d)      Deliver support for psychologists active on HR concerns and  HR activists.

e)      Take own initiatives against HR violations.

These 5 points are presently not prioritized in the action plan; incorporate HR into EFPA has the highest priority.


PH argues that psychologists have a different position and a distinct knowledge apart from lawyers. They can contribute to the promotion of Human Rights in their own way. They can focus on alleviating the violations of HR (individual approach) as well on prevention and awareness (changing the system). It is important to start with ethics and social responsibilities, and underline the reason why it is important to incorporate HR in ethics.

(Some text references: Alfred Allan: HR is a set of rules different from ethical principles in our Codes. PH: “HR have to be translated into psychological terms…”. UW: “The concept of unconditional acceptance”)


Conclusion of the HRTF group: Point a) and b) are the most important (….the others follow, i.e. the way the HRTF handles the open letter from UK-Palestina MHN).


It has to be underlined once more that HR have to be included in the Codes.


Note at the end of the day: KS informs that the Norwegian Psychological association includes HR in the principles of the practitioners work: “….in our efforts to reach standards and to reach HR respect….”

UW indicates that the website of “Sozialpsychologie Marburg.de” refers to HR; he puts the question which Declaration of HR we refer to.


(Later on), a draft to be written of concept letter, for EFPA MAs:

-          put together HR and psychology

-          links between well-being and HR

-          what are the capacities

-          starting point for implementation in the norms



The afternoon was turned towards the action plan as a whole:


1.PH will contact the chair of the BoE, Pierre Nederlandt (also, 3 members of HRTF are in the BoE), the Model Code is being revised at this moment, the 2nd round with comments of MAs on the updated version will go out and be finalized at the GA in Milano.

2.BI : proposes to do a review of the literature. PH will send some articles and references.

3.UW and KT: make a draft about main lines for the ethical code, in order to have propositions to make. (a policy letter?)

4.PH and KS: a letter will be sent to the MAs (is already in Brussels). Reminders have to be followed.

5. KT: sends the PROTECT questionnaire to Marlena Plavsic, with explanations, to be published on the website.

6. On P.R. work: what about the EFPA Facebook side? What happens if a message is sent from other boards to the HRTF? Does this come to a special place or address?  On P.R. ideas, send it to PH or MP.

Special days to prepare: Children’s Right Day, on 20/11. KS proposes to write a paper; will send the draft around; she tries to have it ready 2 weeks ahead of the day 20/11 on the website. HR Day 10/12:  proposition of a paper: KS and PH; draft is to be sent around.

Last year, EFPA did a member circuit and a press release.

7. Necessity to develop a HRTF policy: when and where to intervene? For example, looking at Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), they have a policy on behavior of members, statements, in accordance with their goal, healing people; can this be an example? (UW)

RP will send around the EFPA Ukraine statement, written by Robert Roe.

8. EFPA TF EU calls; apply for funding; think of projects. (all)

7. Cooperation with HR organizations at a European or international level? BI does an overview of the organizations and prepares a list, including “what we need to know” about them.


8. EFPA Conference in Milano (7 – 10 July 2015): .

a. At the General Assembly meeting, the Boards, Standing Committees and TFs of the EFPA present their reports; HRTF has to present their activities so far and to propose the continuation of the TF, and in which form (TF, or become a standing committee or a board??)


The GA decided that all groups and committees of EFPA can present a symposium. Deadline for proposals is half October. Conclusion: PH writes a proposal before the deadline.


The problem of the registration fees is raised. Paying to be present is “standard” for international congresses.  Should it be on to the national association to pay for the congress registration fees? Not all will however do so. EFPA won’t pay these fees, it is a small organization (1 and ½ staff), EFPA can only insure that all groups have a place in the congress. Note of the convenor: Please present a budget to your association, even if it will not be rewarded!

It is also possible – and recommended – to join the symposium with another board or TF, like e.g., the BoE.

Speaking of expenses, it can be useful to rent a house in Milano, for the congress days.

Format of the symposium: one idea is to present the results of HRFT’s work and plans for the future.

In consequence, it is necessary to speak about general problems and to bring expertise in.

-          Artemis Giotsa offers to present the situation in Greece.

-          PH sends out propositions about the symposium.

-          Also, explore other areas: what have HR to do with :

Ø      Neuropsychology

Ø      Working psychology

Ø      Community psychology?

We can do a round-table symposium, and invite other representatives (conform to point b) “raising awareness”).

-          Possibility to do another symposium…. depends on time and preparation.

-          Need for creative presentation, make a “Prezi”, presentation program (ex: in South Africa, psychology and policy making, a short input).


Next meeting: in Athens, pre-notation: a Friday in March 2015, except 6/3/2015.

Skype meeting: November 3 2014 at 5 PM.

Please give your Skype address.

PH: polli.hagenaars5


End of the day.



Concrete main points for the action plan:


1.       PH: writes to Pierre Nederlandt, in order to suggest the inclusion of HR in the Model code of Ethics. KS and PH make a text. KT and UW make a draft about main lines for the ethical code, in order to have propositions to make to the BoE.

2.       BI : offers to do a review of the contents of HR psychology, and a review of the literature. PH send articles and book reviews to BI.

3.       BI does an overview of the organizations and prepares a list, including “what we need to know” about them. List is to be made of (international) NGOs (non governmental organizations).

4.       UW writes about a policy letter conform MSF.

5.       KT: sends the PROTECT questionnaire to Marlena Plavsic, with explanations, to be published on the website.

6.       Children’s Right Day, on 20/11. KS proposes to write a paper.

7.       HR Day 10/12:  proposition of a paper: KS and PH

8.       RP will send around the EFPA Ukraine statement, written by Robert Roe.

9.       Symposium in Milano (7 – 10 July 2015):

-          PH sends out proposals about the symposium (deadline ½ October 2014).

-          BI thinks about a presentation of the TFHR to the GA.

 All: through Skype meeting

       -     put together HR and psychology

-          links between well-being and HR



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