The Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health and Granés Fundació have come together to organise the first Seminar on Mental Health and Intellectual Disability. It will be held online on 14 May from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.
For many years, both health professionals and health managers have played down the possibility that people with intellectual disabilities (ID) could suffer from mental disorders, either considering it less incapacitating than the underlying intellectual disability or an inevitable consequence of the disability. This has meant that the coexistence of the two disorders, which we will call ‘dual diagnosis’ (intellectual and mental), has often not been recognised, almost always underdiagnosed and, consequently, not treated. Today, the recognition that people with ID are entitled to receive appropriate medical care and the principles emanating from the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which states that people with ID should live in the community and use its resources, require us to improve our skill in detecting and diagnosing possible mental disorders, as the presence of mental illness further reduces the person’s ability to function independently in the community.
The Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health and Granés Fundació are organising the first Seminar on Mental Health and Intellectual Disability, with the participation of the professionals from the Specialised Network in Mental Health for People with Intellectual Disabilities (SESMDI [Specialised Service in Mental Health and Intellectual Disability] / UHEDI [Specialised Hospitalisation Unit for Intellectual Disability]), which has been rolled out to all parts of Catalonia.
All professionals working in social entities, basic and specialised social services, physicians working in primary, specialised and hospital care, and private citizens who, in one way or another, provide support to improve the quality of life of people with intellectual disability and mental illness are invited to register.
Registration is open until Thursday, 13 May.
Lectures / from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
8:30 – 9:00 am
Presentation and introduction
– Laura Masferrer (General Manager of Granés Fundació)
– Jordi Blanch (Director of the Ministry of Health’s Executive Plan for Mental Health and Addictions, Government of Catalonia)
– Claudi Camps (Director of Patient Care at the IAS [Institute of Health Care])
– Carme Mariscot (Psychiatrist at the IAS and member of the Governing Board of the SCPiSM [Catalan Society of Psychiatry and Mental Health])
9:00 – 9:45 am
Keynote lecture. Mental Health in People with Intellectual Development Disorder: A Comprehensive Care Process.
– Ramon Novell (Head of the Intellectual Disability Department at the IAS. SESMDI / Girona)
9:45 – 10:30 am
The Catalan Care Model for People with Intellectual Development Disorder and Mental Illness and/or Behavioural Disorders.
– Silvia Angel (Head of the Intellectual Disability Department, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu. SESMDI Barcelona / Costa de Ponent)
10:30 – 11:00 am
11:00 – 11:45 am
Physical Health and Behavioural Disorders in People with Intellectual Development Disorder. Pomona II Study.
– Rafael Martínez Leal (Research and Training Coordinator. Intellectual Disability Department, Villablanca Serveis Assistencials. SESMDI Tarragona / Pere Mata)
11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Cognitive Phenotypes in Intellectual Development Disorder.
– Susanna Esteba-Castillo (Neuropsychologist, IAS. SESMDI / Girona)
12:30 – 1:15 pm
Catatonia and Intellectual Disability.
– Afonso Fernandes de Abreu (Psychiatrist. Hospital de Mataró-Consorci Sanitari del Maresme. SESMDI Maresme / Barcelonès Nord)
1:15 – 2:00 pm
Mental Disease in Intellectual Development Disorder: Psychotic and Affective Disorders.
– Ramon Coronas (SESMDI Coordinator, Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí, Sabadell. SESMDI / Vallès Occidental)
2:00 – 2:45 pm
Mental Disease in Intellectual Development Disorder: Disorder and Repetitive Behaviours (Tics, OCD and Stereotypies).
– Laura Plans (Psychiatrist, Xarxa Assistencial Universitària de Manresa, Althaia. SESMDI Catalunya Central / Althaia)
14:45 – 15:00 pm
Summary and Conclusions.
– Carme Mariscot (Psychiatrist at the IAS and member of the Governing Board of the SCPiSM). Closing address. Narcís Cardoner (President of the SCPiSM)