VII International Congress on Migration & Mental Health

Brussels 2018



Deadlines :

Working day with MEP

Friday 19th October 2018

9 : 30 - 15 : 30

Register until

10 October

During this working day, hosted by MEP Philippe Lamberts, youth will have the opportunity to present some results of their work and lead a working group. (see the programme)

The theme of this working day is "Family Reunification & Ulysses Syndrome".

The youth have been prepared within the project "Ulysses in the Multicultural Youth of an Inclusive Europe", with Familles du Monde a.s.b.l. and the organisations who participate, during the year in their country (1st phase) and during the meeting week end of August (2d phase) for the working day.

Registration is free but compulsory.

Welcome in the municipality

Friday 19th Ocotber 2018


On Friday evening, authorities of the City of Brussels will officially welcome us at the town hall for an opening reception of the Congress. Young people will present the master pieces they did during the year.

All participants to the Congress are welcome!

Speech of Mr Mohamed Ouriaghli, Deputy-Mayor of International Solidarity:

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VII International Congress on Migration & Mental Health

Saturday 20th October 2018

8h30 - 18h30

Rue des Ursulines 4, 1000 Bruxelles

Register until
15 october

Call for paper untill 
31 July

Familles du Monde asbl & The Athena Network have the pleasure to invite you to the VII Congress. The Congress is open to anyone who has a special interest helping or researching in the field.


The congress is a non-profit initiative. The registration fee for all participants will be a symbolic contribution of 10,00 EUR per person in order to cover basic expenses. This includes coffee break, physical programme and certificate of attendance.

Registration is compulsory. There is a limited number of attendance.


Lunch is not included in the registration fee.

A special lunch menu will be offered during the congress at an additional low cost (10,00 EUR). For a better organisation, we need to know in advance, the number of people who would like to enjoy the congress menu.


Fees for registration and lunch will be drawn on the Familles du Monde account as soon as possible.


Participation in the congress is open to professors, researchers and all those working in the social sector, public as well as private, specialized in supporting migrants.

 If you are interested, you can send an email to to present a POSTER because the call for paper for the oral presentation is closed.




   Etienne Devos, Familles du Monde, Brussels (Belgium)
   Mohamed Ouriaghli
, Brussels (Belgium)
   Noemí Alcala, Xochicuicatl, Latin American Women Association, Berlin (Germany)
   Leticia Reyes, Familles du Monde, Brussels (Belgium)
   Philippe Lamberts, MEP, European Parliament


Prof. Joseba Achotegui (University of Barcelona, Spain): 'Migrating in the 21st century: the Immigrant Syndrome with chronic and multiple stress - The Ulysses Syndrome'


10:00 SESSION 1 Stressors, social factors and mental health in current migration

Session 1.1 Moderator: Prof. Nélida Tanaka-Wada

PhD Iciar Villacieros (Pontifical University of Comillas, Madrid, Spain):

'The impact of acculturative stress on the well-being of youth migrants and family coping mechanics used to face it'

M.Sc. Lucía Ferri Tórtola (University of ValenciaValencia, Spain):

'A cross-cultural Approach to Migrants’ Healthcare in Valencia (Spain)'

M.Sc. Leticia Reyes Sánchez (Familles du Monde, Belgium):

'Psychosocial stressors in youth and childhood in the migration'

PhD student Mahshid Tajilrou (Littérature anglophone, laboratoire LERMA, Aix-Marseille University):

'Home and Exilic Experience in J.M. Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus'


Session 1.2 Moderator: María José Rebelo

Maria Elena Ferrer Harrington (Humanamente, New York, USA):

'Living in the ICE Age: the Effect of Hostile Immigration Policies on America's Mental Health'

PhD student Eva Raynal (Comparative Literature, Aix-Marseille University (CIELAM), France):

'Post-traumatic disorders and comparative literature'

Deédeni Devos Reyes (Familles du Monde, Belgium):

'Ulysses in the construction of Inclusive Youth (Europe & South Countries)'

PhD student Sabine Gamba (Comparative Literature, Aix-Marseille University (CIELAM), France):

'The scream of exile in theatrical territory


Session 1.3 Moderator: Prof. José López Rodas

Psy. Noemi Alcalá (Xochicuicatl, Berlin, Germany):

'Lost in Integration'

Dr. Silvia Peñas Martin, (Deusto UniversityBilbo, Spain; Egintza Association):

'Migrant reunited families with minors with a backpack full of deprotection, negligence and other miseries…'

Psy. Maylet A. Osorio (Familles du Monde, Antwerp, Belgium):

'From idealization to reality: family reunification of Latin-American migrant women with their children'

PhD student Sarah Voke (Comparative Literature, Aix-Marseille University (CIELAM), France):

'The Image of Wounded Exiled Bodies in Meena Alexander, Seher Cakir & Amina Saïd's Poetry'


Session 1.4 Moderator: Luigi Leonori

PhD Nancy Liscano (Director, VOADES - Telefono de la Esperanza, London, UK):

'Mental Health of Latin-American Families, reunited in London (UK)'

PhD Mary Lou de Leon Siantz (RN FAAN, University of California Davis(USA)):

'Mixed Methodological Approaches in the Study of Immigrant Mexican Youth' 

Mieke Groeninck (Odisse University College, Belgium):

'Resilience in refugee families: the case of Afghan, Iraquian and Syrian refugee families in Belgium'

Kaat Van Acker (Odisee University College, Belgium):

'Resilience in refugee families: the peculiar position of accompanied minors'


Session 1.5 - YOUTH

Brussels (Belgium; Familles du Monde, asbl)

Brayan Shimizu:

'Residence Families for Foreign Youth'

Dilan Gündogan:

'First Reflex'

Itzel G. Devos:

'Education at the Bottom of our Society'

Karla J. Fernández Méndez:

'Nous sommes migrants'

Nora Piazza:

'A one week Intercultural Internship through the Art'

Barcelona (Spain)


'Encounters and Missed Encounters in Family Reunification'

Naples (Italy) CPIA Napoli Città 2

Fodè Coulibaly
'Reception Centre'

Mamourou Mariko:
'COMPAppSS, the App that orients'

London & Birmingham (UK, VOADES TEUK):

Kevin Valenzuela & Juan Francisco Herrera (London):

'The support for young immigrants wellbeing and mental health. A prevention and intervention model in emotional health through the recreation and the personal development work'

Sebastián Ruiz García & Santiago Ruiz García (London);

'Works between parents and youth for the restructuration of migrant family wellbeing as support to integration, through personal work with mentors and the parents school'

Kimberly Rebecca Ochoa Delgado (Birmingham):

'The motivation in the youth voluntary work as a strategy of personal and professional realisation, supporting migrants wellbeing'




12:00 SESSION 2 Diagnosis and Psychological intervention in current migration

Session 2.1 Moderator: Iciar Villacieros

Prof. Nelida Tanaka Wada (Yotsuya Yui Clinic, Japan):

'Disproportionality of minority children in special education classrooms - the situation in Japan'

M.C. Psy. Hamilton B. Lizcano Parra (Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia):

'Dialogue follow-up to families displaced by the armed conflict in the strengthening of support networks'

Psy. Ismat Chowdhrie et al. (Centre for Mental Health CGG, Belgium):

'The accompaniment of unaccompanied minors in the context on migration'

Renia Pournara (UNHCR, Greece):

'Migration as a status of being: Narrations from a Refugee Camp in Greece'


Session 2.2 Moderator: María Elena Ferrer

PhD Maria José Rebelo (Madrid, Spain):

'Society's hostility, anger, mistrust towards refugees, asylum-seekers and immigrants: spiral of negative feelings and behaviours'

PhD Marta Figueras (Universidad Central de Cataluña, Spain):

'Quality of life, psychological symptoms and disease perception in immigrant mental health patients'

Dr. Psy. Soraya Ayouch (Centre Françoise Minkowska, Paris, France):

'Migrations of Adolescents Today'

Émilie De Beckert-Malfait (City of Brussels, Belgium)

'The role of the City in a Multicultural Environment'


Session 2.3 Moderator: José González

Prof. José López Rodas (Universidad Honorio Delgado, Peru):

'The return, in the imagination of immigrant Venezuelan children and adolescents in Peru'

PhD student Camylla Lima de Medeiros (Comparative Literature, Aix-Marseille University (CIELAM), France):
'The writing of the invisible : from literary research to writing workshops'

Psy. Benjamin Berloznik (Solentra, vzw, Belgium):

'Psychiatry Assisting the Cultural Diverse Community in Creating Healing Ties'

Francesca Ronchin (Italy):

'The Challenges of Reporting Search and Rescue of Migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea by NGOs Ships: my Experience on board of the Aquarius'


Session 2.4 Moderator: Juan Pimienta

PhD. Marjolaine Unter Ecker (Aix-Marseille Université & Collectif Migrations et Altérités):

'Aimless Wandering and non-belonging stories in border areas'

PhD. Salvatore Cosentino (SAPPIR, Spain):

'The Evaluation of the Stress and the Migratory Grief: Construction of the Ulysses Structured Interview (EEU)'

Psy. Leticia Marín (Association S.A.L., Rome, Italy):

'Questionnaire on stress in the migratory process (MP-MPSQ): cognitive schemas in migrants and their perception of stress in each grief of the Ulysses Syndrome'

Dr. Doreen M. Francis (UK & Canada Chapters of Logotherapy):

'Meaning and Purpose the Primary Motivation'


Session 2.5 - YOUTH

Poster presentation of the youth projects




15:00 SESSION 3 Psychological, psychosocial intervention and experiences

Session 3.1 Moderator: Salvatore Cosentino

Juan Pimienta (Scotland Yard, London, UK) Audrey Narvaez (Radiology and Medical Imagining, Univ.of Portmouth):

'Hidden Away: Mental health Illnesses and Stigma'

Kelly Mercado (Palabra de Mujer, Belgium)

'Creating a space for communication in Belgium: the Visibility of Latin-American women migrants'

PhD José González (Service Diversity, Diest, Belgium):

'Respevol caring for families and children with a refugee story: the Culture-sensitive glasses'

Annabella Di Finizio (CPIA 2 Napoli Città 2, Italy):

'Socio-professional Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees'


Session 3.2 Moderator: Leticia Marín

Dr. Alberto Polito, Dr. Simonetta Bonadies (A tu per tu Association, Italy):

'Observation sheet for the prevention and monitoring of Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC) and young migrants’ vulnerabilities

Prof. Alexis Nuselovici (Professeur de littérature générale et comparée, Université d'Aix-Marseille, France):
'From Psychology to Politics: Representing Migrants in the 2019 European Parliament Election'

Nayeli Devos Reyes (Familles du Monde, Belgium):

'Educative and Didactical Tools on Migration Mourning for and by Youth'

Karla Guajardo Rodríguez (Italy):

Adaptation experiences as an immigration decision on the Mexican community in Italy


Session 3.3 Moderator: Silvia Peñas Martín

Carolina Zanolla, Hrar Mouna, Ortiz David (Spain):

'Migratory Griefs characteristics in migrants, displaced and refugees'

Giulia Turrini et al (University of Verona, Italy):

'Efficacy and acceptability of psychosocial interventions in asylum seekers and refugees with or without mental disorders: systematic review and meta-analysis'

Dr. Ana Valenzuela & Thamara Cruz Barajas (Siempre; Belgium):

'Representations and Framework in the Migration path of Latin American women in Belgium'

Christelle Sermon (Bureau d'Accueil pour Primo-Arrivants, BAPA, Brussels, Belgium):

'Offering a Quality Reception Course to the Newcomers'


Session 3.4 Moderator: Noemí Alcalá Alcalá

Marta Guarch & Antonio L. Manzanero (Spain):

'Resilience and forced displacement. An experience from the Saharawi Refugee camp in Tindouf (Algeria)'

Michela Nosè (University of Verona, Italy):

'Low intensity psychosocial interventions for preventing mental disorders in refugee populations in Europe'

Marie Fallon-Kund (Mental Health Europe, Belgium):

'Psychosocial support in the context of migration: a human rights-based approach'

M.S. Verónica Juanes Vaquero (Red Cross, Murcia, Spain):

'Treating Torture Survivors among Asylum Seekers and Refugees: a Contextual and Multicultural Intervention and Issues'

Cédric Piechowski (Musée de la Céramique, Andenne, Belgium):

'Resilience and Identity at the Heart of a Museum's Action'


Session 3.5 - YOUTH

Different workshops organised by the youth around the migration mourning.


16:30 Coffee Break


17:00 General debate
Presentation of the second number of the Magazine
"International Journal of migration and Mental Health


17:30 Ulysses in the Multicultural Youth of an Inclusive Europe

Presentation of the results of the youth round table (1st step of this long term youth project designed and implemented by FaMiDo youth leaders) 


18:00 Closing Ceremony

Presentation of the VIII New York Congress New York of the Athena Network 2019
María Elena Ferrer Harrington
, Executive Director, Humanamente, New York (USA)

Presentation of the IX Bath Congress of the Athena Network 2020
Dr. Agata Vitale 
(Bath University, UK)

At the same time, during the day, the youth will have a full day of activities linked to the Well-being in Migration, organised and led by young people trained by Familles du Monde, asbl.

Founded in 2006 in Mouscron (BE)

Founded in 2010 by J.Achotegui (Universidad de Barcelona), R.Bennegadi (Centre Minkowska) & X.Castañeda (University of Berkeley) as a global network to provide psychological & psychosocial support to immigrants living extreme situations.