Workshops (check back for updates)

Photo from workshop 2017

Day 1 (Oct 19) kl. 15:30 CEST

  • Implementation of the Swedish method physical activity on prescription
  • Hormones and mood
  • Psychological flexibility, mental Health, COVID-19 and beyond

DAY 2 (Oct 20) kl 15:30 CEST

  • Time to adress perinatal mental health
  • Increasing access to evidence-based mental health care interventions 
  • Public mental health promotion as an integral part of clinical and community care programs 
  • Animal assisted Interventions for young people

Riley/UnsplashImplementation of the Swedish method Physical Activity on Prescription

Background: Physical Activity on Prescription (PAP-S, Swedish FaR) started to be developed in Sweden 20 years ago as a method to use physical activity in prevention and treatment of diseases. It is now an evidence-based method to promote physical activity level and health, recommended by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare. PAP-S are in use in all regions, predominately in primary health care but also in specialised care such as psychiatry and rehabilitation.The Swedish method for prescribing physical activity (PAP-S) has been chosen as best practice by the European Commission to be implemented in other EU Member States. The challenge is that PAP-S method still need to be implemented more widely in Sweden, as well as in other countries.

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic it is even more urgent to find ways to promote healthier lifestyles and counteract the decline in fitness.

In this workshop we will discuss:

  • How to improve implementation of PAP-S in Sweden?
  • How to adapt PAP-S to different contexts in different countries?
  • How to implement PAP-S in in different countries?

Inspirational Speakers: Dr. Stefan Lundqvist, Physiotherapist,  Dr. Jill Taube, M.D, Author, Project Leader, Dancer

Workshop prepared by: Lena Kallings, Associate Professor at the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, (GIH) and Amanda Lönn, Post-Doc, GIH, Peder Hoffman, Analyst, GIH


Hormones and Mood

Information will be published soon


Psychological Flexibility, Mental Health, COVID-19 and Beyond. 

Scott/UnsplashBackground: Evidence for detrimental impacts of the COVID-19 on mental health around the world is accumulating. As it does, a next step is to understand how such effects can be mitigated. This can include a need to understand psychological capacities that afford people resilience against these impacts and that can serve as malleable public health targets during the ongoing pandemic and in similar events in the future.

In this workshop, we will discuss:

  • What have we learned about mental health problems during the pandemic?
  • Are there psychological resilience factors in the pandemic context?
  • Are there currently available psychological treatment methods that could be effectively applied in the context of the pandemic and how could this be done?

Inspirational Speaker: Lance McCracken, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Head of the Division of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University.

Workshop prepared by: Professor Lance McCracken, Professor Karin Brocki, and Associate Professor Monica BuhrmanDept. of Psychology, Uppsala University 


Addressing Peripartum Depression

KiteraDent/UnsplashBackground: Peripartum depression affects more than 16.000 women yearly in Sweden with substantial individual and societal consequences. For many women, it constitutes their first ever depression episode, in a critical time in their lives. It is underdiagnosed and undertreated and many women battle not only with depression, but also with feelings of loneliness and shame. Interestingly, the sick-leave gap between women and their male counterparts starts building up after the birth of the first child.

Scientists are trying to understand why some women are more vulnerable, and whether we can predict and support those at risk. Still, it is not a priority in research or clinical settings. This workshop will focus on depression around childbirth and its consequences.

We will discuss the following questions:

  • Do women become sick of becoming mothers?
  • How to best calculate and tackle the long-term consequences of peripartum depression on morbidity and sick-leave perinatally in Sweden and internationally?
  • What lies behind the continued stigma associated with peripartum depression and which concrete actions should we take to fight it?
  • And finally, how can we be better in the early identification of women at risk, so that we can offer preventive interventions?

Inspirational Speaker: Dr John Lee Cox, Professor Emeritus, University of Keele, UKWorkshop Prepared by: Alkistis Skalkidou, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Senior Consultant, Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital,  Emma Fransson, Affiliated Researcher at Department of Women's and Children's Health, Erica Lindahl, Researcher at the Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (IFAU) Uppsala University


Public mental health promotion as an integral part of clinical- and community care programs

AnnieSpratt/UnsplashBackground: The workshop focuses on theoretical-, applied-, policy-, and multisectoral processes involved in best practice examples for building a public mental health promotion foundation for clinical and community care programs at national, municipal, and local levels.

The base of this foundation is a two-dimension mental health orientation for public health that includes both an exploration of individual and social problem areas, as well as individual and social resilience.

Both risk- and protective factors are understood through a framework of social determinants of health. Important distinctions between health promotion and health prevention are explored. Integration of a health promotion orientation into health intervention efforts is also presented. Specific illustrations are drawn upon from actual clinical and community program examples across the lifecycle from different contexts.

In this workshop, we will discuss:

  • Why is mental health promotion so often interpreted as mental health prevention, and what consequences does that have?
  • What is the link between person-centered care and public mental health promotion?
  • What are best practice findings related to enabling clinical and community care methods for public mental health promotion?

Workshop organizers and speakers: Valerie DeMarinis, Professor Emerita, Psychology of Religion, Department of Theology, Uppsala University; Senior Professor, Public Mental Health, Department of Public Health and Clinical Sciences, Umeå University; Professor of Public Mental Health Promotion, Innlandet Hospital Trust, Norway.

Professor Lars Lien, Faculty of Social and Health Sciences, University of Oslo, Innlandet Hospital Trust, President, Norwegian Psychiatry Association.  


How to improve access to evidence-based psychological interventions

illustrationBackground: Common mental health difficulties such as depression and anxiety are highly prevalent, chronic, recurrent, and place significant burden on the individual and wider society. However, access to evidence-based psychological treatments is limited worldwide.

Barriers to access occur at an individual level (e.g., lack of time, guilt, stigma, and lack of symptom recognition), a provider level (e.g., lack of mental health knowledge, unwillingness to diagnose and treat, and stigma) and a systematic level (e.g., limited availability of trained healthcare professionals, and poor integration of mental health services in primary care and other health and social care settings).

To address these barriers to access, innovative strategies to deliver evidence-based psychological interventions are being implemented. One example is the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme in England. The success of the IAPT programme required a fundamental transformation of the way in which psychological therapies were delivered in England, including included the implementation of a stepped-care service delivery model and the establishment of a new professional workforce of psychological practitioners, trained in specific competencies to support people to engage in low-intensity cognitive behavioural therapy (LICBT). LICBT interventions are delivered through a range of CBT ‘self-help’ print and e-mental health formats. Whilst IAPT has resulted in significantly closing the treatment gap, there are still improvements that can be made .

Aim of the workshop

We wish to bring together members of the public, health and social care professionals, educators, researchers, and policy makers, to discuss the ways in which access to evidence-based psychological interventions could be improved further.

Specifically, we will explore:

  • The potential for new workforce developments beyond the traditional clinical psychologist role, for example, the development of a psychological practitioner role in countries currently without such a workforce.  
  • The potential for new workforce developments beyond the psychological practitioner role.  
  • Perceived challenges that may be faced when developing new psychological workforces.
  • Ways of integrating the delivery of psychological services beyond the traditional mental health sector, e.g., the employment sector, non-governmental organizations, and faith-based organizations/communities, to improve access to typically excluded and vulnerable groups.
  • How to utilize e-mental health interventions, such as smartphone applications, to deliver and support psychological interventions

Workshop Prepared by: Paul Farrand, Clinical Education, Research, and Development, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, Joanne Woodford, Clinical Psychology in Health Care, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University, Sweden


How can Animal Assisted Intervention support school drop-out recovery?

SLU Future One HealthBackground: School absenteeism or complete school drop-out is a growing problem that goes hand in hand with increasing mental health issues among young people. School drop-out can result in higher rates of unemployment and poor health issues later on in life, which is clearly a challenge to society (Rumberger and Lim, 2008).

Changes in policies and practice are needed to facilitate students return to school. It is important to be able to provide less stressful environments, and to find good motivators for the pupils to stay in school. To achieve a manageable learning situation, solutions include providing more flexible options for changing school, or working with important "other people" than regular teachers. Another option could be to provide access to alternative learning environments (Forsell, 2020), where animals can contribute to stress release and provide support to motivation. Practical experiences and international research have shown that contact with dogs, horses or farm animals can be an effective way of increasing return-rates, and provide the necessary alternative learning environment.

In this workshop we will discuss the following questions:

  • Why would provision of animal assisted intervention work – what do animals do with us?
  • Which experiences are there from different countries of involving animals in school support to pupils with problematic school attendance? Are there any success stories?
  • Which species of animals are most suitable to involve in Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) for children and youth and do this differ between countries and cultures (dogs, cats, horses, sheep, poultry, etc.)?
  • How can activity level and exercise be stimulated in children and youth with the help of different species of domesticated animals?
  • What regulations and recommendations need to be organized by the authorities regarding how to implement AAI in schools and for pupils with problematic school attendance?
  • How can the welfare of animals involved in AAI be secured by the humans carrying out the AAI and by the help of national regulations on how and what is allowed to do?

Workshop prepared by: Lena Lidfors, Professor of Ethology, Maria Andersson, Associate Professor of Anthrozoology at the Department of Animal Environment and Health, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Laura Hartman, Chief Sustainability Officer, Uppsala Municipality

Last modified: 2021-07-07