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#EuroSemester / November 30, 2019: seminar «European Certificate in Psychology (EuroPsy): Growing Competitive Opportunities for Universities and their Alumni»

European Federation of Psychologists’Associations
National Psychological Association of Ukraine
State Enterprise «Ukrainian State Center for International Education» of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine


Dear colleagues!

We cordially invite you to participate in a seminar «European Certificate in Psychology (EuroPsy): Growing Competitive Opportunities for Universities and their Alumni» that will be held on November 30, 2019.  The seminar is organized by the National Psychological Association of Ukraine (the only national representative of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations) with the support of SE «Ukrainian State Center for International Education» of the Ministry of Education and Science, and participation of Dr. Rosaleen McElvaney, Chair of the EuroPsy European Awarding Committee.

The seminar is designed to introduce EuroPsy, which is a European standard of education, professional training and competence in psychology set by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA). EuroPsy certificate is already implemented across 24 countries in Europe and provides the following:

  • assessment of professional competence in the context of compliance with European professional standards and practice in psychology;
  • issuing a EuroPsy certificate to psychologists who have demonstrated that they met these standards;
  • registration into the EuroPsy Register of psychologists.

The European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations, in promoting and distributing EuroPsy certificate, aims to: establish a standard for quality in education and practice in psychology; building an educational psychological network in Europe; improving the quality and accessibility of quality psychological services; enhancing educational and professional mobility in Europe.

 The seminar will address the following issues:

  • What is EuroPsy certificate?
  • What are the minimum requirements for obtaining the EurоPsy certificate and how can Ukrainian Universities facilitate the certification?
  • What competencies do professionals need to obtain a certificate?
  • What is the certification process and procedure?

Adoption of the EuroPsy educational standards is a significant contribution to the development of Ukrainian higher education, in particular, it can prove quality of education, increase the competitiveness of Ukrainian Universities and their graduates of faculties of psychology; promote educational and professional mobility in Europe; create a favorable climate for international education in Ukraine.

The seminar will be useful for representatives of the Departments of Psychology (deans, deputy deans, heads and deputy heads of departments), employees of international departments of Universities, as well as all persons interested in improving quality of psychological education in Ukraine.

Date: November 30, 2019 from 11:00 to 16:00.

Location: 12 Kozhumyatska str., Kyiv, 4th floor, National Psychological Association.

To participate in the seminar, please fill in the form at

Phone inquiries +380974037923 and e-mail:

POC – Victoria Gorbunova, member of the EuroPsy NPA Working Group in Ukraine, EurоPsy Supervisor.

EurоPsy Website

EurоPsy Professional Registry

October 10, 2019: World Mental Health Day 2019: Suicide is largely preventable

EFPA: Psychological care and knowledge can save lives



The World Health Organization (WHO) chose suicide as the theme for the World Mental Health Day 2019. This choice reflects the importance of suicide and the need to intervene preemptively. Suicide kills close to 800 000 people every year – which is more than 2 000 per day. However, these large numbers of deaths by suicide are not inevitable. Suicide varies significantly across country, and period, ranging from less than 5 to more than 15 suicides per 100.000. This variation suggests that there are several psychological and social interventions that can be implemented.

As Rory O’Connor, Professor of Health Psychology and researcher at the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory, University of Glasgow, said:

“Although the global suicide rates have decreased in recent years, the reality is that these decreases have not been universal and in many countries including in the UK, the USA and Australia deaths by suicide are on the rise.  Suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility, and it is only through working together that we will effectively address this public health crisis.”

Suicide is a multifactorial process with significant associations with mental health disturbance, psychosocial factors, substance use and suffering associated with physical illnesses. This complexity implies that it is both an individual issue and a societal one – influenced by many cultural aspects. Suicide is most frequent in men and generally in adults over 70. Other risk factors can be identified to help governments focus on particular groups.

Given the seriousness of the problem and the severity of its implications, the focus needs to be on prevention and early management of attempts. The WHO focus their recommendations for interventions in:

1) restricting access to means;

2) helping young people develop skills to cope with stressors;

3) early identification and management of people with suicidal ideation or who have made a suicide attempt;

4) working with the media towards responsible reporting of suicide.

These interventions benefit from Psychology’s knowledge and psychologists’ interventions. Changing of meanings that increase suicide ideation, reducing hopelessness, promoting skills development, fostering communication, and improving it; are all core activities of psychologists. The variations across countries suggest that rates can be reduced significantly under the proper conditions and interventions. Governments and societies should work towards achieving this using psychology and psychologists as essential resources.


Contact for this press release:

EFPA Standing Committee Psychology and Health

David Dias Neto (Portugal) – david.neto(at)

Rory O’Connor – rory.oconnor(at)





Psychologists join efforts in «Working together to prevent suicide»



10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is an initiative promoted by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and supported also by EFPA  European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations.

Globally, more than 800.000 people die yearly due to suicide. It is a public-health issue that needs cooperation of professionals from different disciplines, as well as lay public. IASP is continuing the theme for the event: «Working together to prevent suicide». The theme is indicating that the prevention of this complex phenomenon is not a matter of one certain individual or profession, but an issue that needs collaboration of a spectrum of entities, from the individual and personal to the societal and political ones.

The Board of Promotion and Prevention of EFPA this year held a special symposium at the European Congress of Psychology in Moscow, where they highlighted the importance of bringing good practices into policies. Vita Postuvan from the EFPA Board explains: «Psychology can offer a number of effective interventions on different levels. But, the most challenging problem is often how to ensure sustainability of specific projects or interventions to become a part of everyday routine»

EFPA supports activities being held around the 10th September. Among others, there is the «Cycle Around the Globe» action that encourages to cycle for suicide prevention or «Light a Candle» activity that also aims to support the bereaved people.


#EuroSemester / The role of psychologist in Mental Health System

30.9.19 Kyiv, 12 Kozhumyatska str.

The role of psychologist in Mental Health System

Speaker: Professor Rachel Tribe works at the School of Psychology at the University of East London in Britain. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Royal Society of Arts. She is an active clinician and is involved in national and international consultancy, training and research. She is the trustee of two international mental health charities and has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters. She has edited three books, the most recent of which is Tribe, R & Morrissey, J. (eds) (2019 – in press) The Handbook of Professional, Ethical and Research Practice for Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists & Counsellors. This will be the 3rd edition of this book. She has been involved in the crafting of six global position statements on a range of topics across a spectrum of national and international challenges around mental health and wellbeing on behalf of Careif (The Centre for Research and Evaluation – International Federation). She regularly contributes to conferences and workshops for a range of mental health professionals, community groups, governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Key points: Psychologists can contribute to mental health through working with individuals, couples, families, communities and systems. They can work with people suffering from mental health conditions through to those people who are struggling with life dilemmas and challenges . Psychologists may work in hospitals, private practice, in business, schools or other organisations. This talk will give a range of examples of work undertaken in Britain and other countries. It will also provide opportunities for participants to reflect upon their own skills and practice and consider what additional opportunities there may be.

The modality of participation:

  • for the NPA’s  members – free
  • for everybody (NPA’s non-members) – 500 UAH.

Here to sign up!

#EuroSemester / AUPA-3. Development of clinical psychological assessment in Ukraine

 25.10.2019, Kyiv, 12 Kozhumyatska str.

 The next conference of All-Ukrainian Psychodiagnostic Association – AUPA|3

Main topics:

  • 1. Using psychodiagnostic tools in school;
  • 2. Experience of implementation of the modern diagnostic tools in work of the newly established Inclusive Resource Centers (IRC);
  • 3. The new standarts of the International Test Comission;
  • 4. Presentation of the Postgraduate Psychodiagnostic Studies Program. 

The modality of participation:

  • for the NPA’s and AUPA’s members – free
  • for everybody (NPA’s and AUPA’s non-members) – 500 UAH.

Here to sign up!

#EuroSemester / A comprehensive model of motivation in work with addicted clients


Kyiv, 12 Kozhumyatska str., 25.09.2019 10:00 – 18:00

Coach: Denis Starkov, psychologist, social work master, UIPA’s instructor and supervisor, the president of UIPA (



During this workshop our work will be focused on the following aspects:

  • motivation development models in work with addicted clients
    (D. Prohazka & C. DeKlemente’s comprehensive model of change,
    M. Yaltonskiy’s model of motivation to treatment of dependence from psychoactive substances);
  • the role of cognitive dissonance in anosognosia in addiction;
  • the author’s complex model of motivational work with addicted clients;
  • skill training in the area of motivational work.

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