Welcome words by Thomas W. Kallert
welcoming also users and survivors of psychiatry
as well as critical mental health professionals [underlining
by Peter Lehmann]
Original pleases see www.wpa2007dresden.org/welcome/welcome.asp
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is a great honour for the German psychiatric community
to welcome psychiatrists, other mental health professionals,
specialists in public mental health and medical ethics, legal
experts, users and relatives and their organizations,
and (mental) health politicians of the world in Dresden in
summer 2007. With its rich cultural heritage and a very special
political background in the last century, Dresden is a perfect
place to comprehensively review an ethically and historically
sensitive theme which seems essential to psychiatry, but
is questioned by the users and survivors of psychiatry and
mental health professionals: coercive treatment.
Under this general theme, the conference will explore every
clinical, legal, and ethical aspect of this issue relevant
for the provision of mental health care. Further, it will
combine users' and professionals' views on this issue,
and it will present the most recent research results and initiatives
in this human rights area of mental health care as well as
the experiences of users and survivors of psychiatry.
It is the hope of the conference organizers that this scientific
event will not only show the currently existing significant
international variation of different aspects of coercive treatment.
In addition, it should serve as an opportunity that should
stimulate equality of healthcare opportunities as well
as increase the consumer focus in this area.
Thus, all submissions, including those critical of coercion,
referred to the outlined aims of the conference are most welcome,
and we expect your most valuable contributions to the scientific
program. This will turn the conference in an important and
successful scientific event, and we kindly invite you to participate.
Professor Dr. Thomas W. Kallert
Chairman of the Organizing Committee