The Child as a Person and as a Patient: Therapeutic Approaches Compared

Vatican City, 14-15 June 2013, St. Pius X Hall (Via dell’Ospedale, 1, Rome)



8.00 Celebration of Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica

9.30 Opening Address: Care for the Child as a Person

H.E. Msgr. Zygmunt Zimowski, President of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers (Holy See)

General session

Paediatric Medicine Faced with Malaise and Disturbance in Children


10.00 Keynote Paper: The Anthropology of Pain

Fr. Ramon Lucas Lucas, LC

Lecturer in Anthropology, Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome)

10.20 Congenital Disturbances

Dr. Mariano Salvatore Pergola

ICBD – Alessandra Lisi International Centre on Birth Defects and Prematurity

Diocesan Family Counseling in Quadraro (Rome)

10.40 The Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder

Prof. José Angel Alda, Psychiatrist, Chief of the ADHD Section of the Saint John of God Paediatric Hospital of Barcelona (Spain)

11.00 Break

11.20 Mental Disabilities in Children and General Development Disturbances

Dr. Eulalia Navarro, Neuropsychiatrist, Coordinator of the Adolescent Crisit Unit CASM “Benito Menni” Hospital, Sant Boi del Llobregat (Spain)

11.40 Mood Change in Children: from Malaise to Disturbance

Prof. Gianni Biondi

Psychologist and Psychotherapist and Lecturer in Child Psychology, Former Director of the Service of Child Psychology,, The Bambin Gesù Children’s Hospital (Rome)

12.00 The Child as a Cancer Patient

Dr. Laura Reali, Paediatrician/Rome E (Rome)

12.20 Some Psycho-Social Factors at the Origin of Deviance

Dr. Rosa Merola, Psychologist, Psychotherapist

Expert Consultant Prison Psychologist of the Ministry of Justice, Rome, Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers (Holy See)

12.40 Discussio

13.10 Lunch

work in groups

Group A: The Psychotropic Approach in the Treatment of Children: Which Benefits? Which Risks?

Moderator: Dr. Daniel Cabezas, Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers (Holy See)

Dr Sami Timimi, Consultant child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Director of Medical Education in the National Health Service in Lincolnshire (United Kingdom)

14.00 Neuropharmacology: Current State and Prospects

Prof. Pierluigi Navarra, Medical Director of the Pharmacology Unit (UOC),, The Catholic University of the Sacred Heart – Gemelli Polyclinic (Rome)

14.20 Neuropsychopharmacology for Children

Dr. Julio Bello, Specialist in Public Health and Doctor of Psychology, Director of the Specialization Course in Social and Community Health

Maimonides University (Argentina)

14.40 The History of Psychiatric Care. The Global Spread of Psychotropic


Prof. Robert Whitaker, Writer and Journalist, Cambridge – MA (USA)

15.00 Psychotropic Drugs. What are they? What is their Purpose?

Prof. Luciano Caprino, Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology of ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome

Member of the Clinical Experimentation Commission Stage 1 of the Higher Institute of Health Care (Rome)

15.20 Antidepressants, Antipsychotics and Anticonvulsants in Pregnancy,

Dr. Marco De Santis

University Researcher, The Catholic University of the Sacred Heart – Gemelli Polyclinic (Rome)

15.40 Antipsychotics in Very Vulnerable Ages: Childhood, Adolescence and Old


16.00 The Long-Term Effects of Antidepressants

Prof. Giovanni Fava, Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Bologna – Italy

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the State University of New York, Buffalo (USA)

16.20 The Appropriateness of Medicalisation as a Privileged Therapeutic Choice

Dr. Barry Duncan, Therapist, Director of the Heart and Soul of Change Project, Florida (USA)

16.40 Discussion

Group B: The Ethical Imperative: First, do no Harm

Moderator: Dr. Debora Bussolotti, Deputy Director of the Complex of Psychiatry of the “Carlo Poma” Hospital, Mantua (Italy)

Prof. Irving Kirsch, Associate Director of the Program in Placebo Studies

Harvard Medical School (USA)

14.00 The Principles of Clinical Bioethics in the Field of Neuropsychiatry with

Children and Young People

Msgr. Renzo Pegoraro, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Life (Holy See)

14.20 Can the Good of the Patient and the Practice of the Medical Profession be in


Prof. Ryszard Maciejewski, The Medical University of Lublin (Poland)

14.40 Modern Medicine: Advantages and Limits

Dr Joanna Moncrieff, Senior Lecturer Department of Mental Health Science, University College London, (United Kingdom)

15.00 The Medicalisation of Emotional Disturbance

Prof. Pat Bracken, Clinical Director of Mental Health Services, West Cork (Ireland)

15.20 Pharmacology and Psychotherapy: Long-Term Effects

Prof. David O. Antonuccio, The University of Nevada (USA)

15.40 Ethical Committees, Protocols and Guidelines

Dr. Sabel Gabaldón, The Children’s Hospital of Barcelona (Spain)

16.00 Young People: Psycho-stimulants, Selective Inhibitors of Reuptake of

Serotonin and Mental Health

Prof. Iwona Niewiadomska, The Catholic University of Lublin (Poland)

16.20 The Importance of the Family in Disturbance in Children and Young People Dr. Désiré Yaméogo

Clinical Psychologist and Psychopathologist, The University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

16.40 Discussion

17.40 Break

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18.00 Presentation of the Conclusions of the Work Groups

19.00 End of the Session


general session

9.00 Introduction to the Work in Groups

The Suffering Child: Experiences Compared

Prof. Arndt Büssing, Professor of Quality of Life, Spirituality and Coping at the Centre for Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Health, University of Witten/Herdecke (Germany)

9.20 Introduction to the Work in Groups

The Suffering Child: the Integral Therapeutic Approach

Prof. Giorgio Albertini, Head of the Paediatric Neuro-Rehabilitation Unit of the San Raffaele Research Institute (IRCCS), Pisana (Rome)

9.40 Break

work in groups

Group C: treatment of the suffering child: experiences compared

Moderator: Prof. Christian Flamigny, Director of the Department for Children and Adolescents,

CHU Hôpital Pitié Salpêtrière, Paris (France)

\ Prof. Jacqueline Sparks, Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies

University of Rhode Island (USA)

10.00 The Development of the Brain, MaternalCare and Psychopathology Prof. Giovanni Biggio

Full Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology, The University of Cagliari (Italy)

10.20 An Intercultural Perspective

Prof. Janusz Surzykiewicz, Lecturer of pastoral theology and psychology at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Germany)

10.40 Cultural Identity, the Family and the Spiritual Dimension in the

Treatment of Children

Ms. Renate Fabritius Glassner, Socio-Pedagogue and Psychotherapist Specialised in Childhood and

Adolescence (Germany)

11.00 The Open Dialogic Approach in the Treatment of People with


Prof. Jaakko Seikkula, Professor of Psychotherapy at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland)

11.20 Psychotherapists for Young People with Mental Disturbance

Dr. Nazlli Joma, Psychotherapist, Centre Médicale Psychologique Asmine de Mayotte (France)

11.40 The Problems of Addiction

Prof. Christian Flamigny, Director of the Department for Children and Adolescents,, CHU Hôpital Pitié Salpêtrière, Paris (France)

12.00 Discussion

Group D: treatment of the suffering child: the intergral therapeutic approach

Moderator: H.E. Msgr. Nicolas Djomo Lola, Bishop of Tshumbe, President of the CENCO (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Prof. David Coh, Professor at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Florida International University (USA)

10.00 The Christian Anthropological Perspective

10.20 The Biblical-theological and Pastoral Perspective

Fr. Arnaldo Pangrazzi, M.I., Professor of Pastoral Health Care, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the

, Camillianum” International Institute for the Theology of Pastoral Health Care, (Rome)

10.40 The Bioethical Perspective

Fr. Luca M. Bucci, O.F.M. Cap, Professor of Moral Theology at the Antonianum Pontifical University, (Rome)

11.00 The Educational Perspective from the Point of View of Social


Msgr. Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (Holy See)

11.20 The Relationship between the Medical Doctor and the Patient in Pediatric


Dr. Angela Anene Okolo, Child Health Department, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (Nigeria)

11.40 Serving Suffering Children: the Example of the Brothers of Charity

Fra’ René Stockman, F.C., Superior General of the Brothers of Charity (Rome)

12.00 Discussion

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12.30 Presentation of the Conclusions of the Work Groups

13.30 Lunch

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Moderator: H.E. Msgr. Nicolas Djomo Lola, Bishop of Tshumbe, President of the CENCO (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

14.30 Africa

Dr. David Kitanga (Kenya)

14.50 North America

Br Thomas D. Maddix, CSC, Past Vice-President of Mission, Ethics and Spirituality at Providence Health Care, Vancouver (Canada)

15.10 Latin America

Frà Edgar Bondoni, OH, Director of the Psychopedagogic Centre of the Fatebenefratelli, Sucre (Bolivia)

15.30 Asia

Dr. Ira Elvira Almeida (India)

Senior Paediatrician, Hospicio Hospital, Margao, Goa (India)

15.50 Australia

Dr. Brett McDermott

Head of the Department of Mental Health of Children and Young People, The Mater Hospital, Brisbane (Australia)

16.10 Europe

Prof. Kostas Francis, Child Psychiatrist, Lecturer at the University of Athens (Greece)

16.30 General Summary

17.00 End of the Meeting



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