Transforming Care congress focuses on youth resilience

POSTED: 09/25/13 5:49 PM

St. Maarten – The Transforming Care congress will open at 6.30 p.m. on Saturday at the Westin Hotel with a speech by the Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever.

The congress symbol is the butterfly, which transforms from a young insect, to a cocoon and then becomes a beautiful butterfly.The congress is a combined effort of, the St. Maarten Ministry of Public Health, Mental Health Foundation, Turning Point, The Parnassia group in the Netherlands, and SVP-CN of the BES Islands. The Congress is also supported by the Ministries of Justice and Education in an effort to create cooperation between the organizations.

“Much has been suggested regarding care delivery systems, and one of the main discussions is cooperation between health care organizations as well as the stakeholders. What is being done? Formal cooperation agreements do exist between organizations in the Caribbean but the majority remains informal,” the organization states in a press release.

“The goal of the congress is to transform how we deliver care, with the intention to improve lives of patients, prevention of criminality and community disruptions, including the economic advantage of cooperation and prevention. It focuses on co-creating younger people’s programs for resilience.”

A reception follows the official opening by Minister De Weever and the registration of participants on Saturday. Healthcare providers from St. Maarten and from abroad are invited to attend.

Monday is the first day of the congress, themed ‘Treatment methods and cooperation agreements.’

Psychiatrists from St. Maarten, Curaçao and the Netherlands, will attend. Dr. Gilbert Thomas is well known for the years who visited St. Maarten. He is living in the Netherlands and works on a Fact team (assertive community treatment).

From bureau Berenschot in the Netherlands Drs. Kraal will lecture about the importance of creating partnerships in Addiction and Mental Health.

In the afternoon there are three simultaneous workshops at 1.30 p.m. that are repeated at 2.45 PM.

Dr. Gandotra of MHF with Kenneth Cuvalay of Statia will conduct a workshop on “Different contexts, different challenges, setting up psychiatric and addiction care and treatment between the islands of St. Maarten, Saba and Statia.”

Drs. Schloss of Social Welfare conducts a workshop on community based prevention.

On Monday evening starting at 7 p.m. there are four lectures for general practitioners, specialists and pharmacists; simultaneously there will be two lectures for students and parents.

Prof. Walburg, President of the Supervisory board of the TrimbosInstitute in the Netherlands and Drs. Havermans, a Researcher at the Innovation Centre of Mental Health speak about the topic Flourishing St. Maarten.

Tuesday isthemes  ‘Addiction psychiatry and re-socialization.’ Lecturers are Mrs. Martina of the Ministry of Public Health about the results of the AIMS research (assessment instrument for Mental health systems) Mrs. Kestel of the Paho(experiencing of the MHGAP), Dr. Kour of the Mental Health Foundation (Addiction spectrum disorder),Dr. Noorlander from the Delta Psychiatric Centre in the Netherlands (A practical approach to addiction) and Drs. Steven van der Meer (Sheltered housing and means to recovery).

Tuesday afternoon there are three simultaneous lectures at 1.30 p.m. that are repeated at 2.45 p.m. There are case discussions on “Drugs and Alcohol abuse amongst the youth of St. Maarten” and “Which course to sail for child and youth psychiatry on small islands?”by Dr. Arndell, Dr. Jurgensen, Dr. Ferero and Dr. van Wijk.

The evening program begins at 7 p.m. with a presentation by Professor Walburg entitled “Co-creating younger peoples program for resilience.”For this program students and parents, educators, and stakeholders are invited.

On Wednesday, the third day of the congress, there are four lectures about the theme youth awareness and protection.

Resilience and addiction prevention, game addiction, community police, youth addiction and criminality, psychiatric evaluations and the justice system and involving parents in prevention and addiction programs, are the main topics for this morning. St. Maarten head of the detective department DeniseJacobs, Public Prosecutor Karola van Nie and Mrs. Muller from the Parnassiagroup are the speakers.

The afternoon workshop topics are: “You are UniQue: Youth prevention and treatment program for drug use, abuse and dependency”, by Ms. Pengel from FMA Curaçao and ‘A chain approach: Youth/Addiction/Criminality’by Karola van Nie.

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