Conflict Management & Resolution

CHAIR: Solomon Rataemane Solomon T. Rataemane
Address: University of Limpopo (MEDUNSA) P.O. Box 32922 Pretoria 0010 South Africa
Phone: +27 125214143
Fax: +27 5213869

CO-CHAIR: Michael Sadre-Chirazi-Stark, MD Michael Sadre-Chirazi-Stark, MD
Address: Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Asklepios Westklinikum, Hamburg,
Suurheid 20, 22559 Hamburg, Germany    
Phone: 49 40 81912865
Fax: 49 40 81912920
SECRETARY: Elsa Gewehr Address: Freie Universität Berlin Eylauer Strasse 23 10965 Berlin Germany


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Solomon T. Rataemane Prof Solomon Rataemane (Chairperson)

The section had an in-depth discussion on its activities and future plans at the WPA World Congress in Madrid (2014). The section noted interest expressed by new members to pursue different elements of conflict management and conflict resolution. Following appointment of the current chairperson and co-chair (Prof Michael Starke) and the new Secretary (Elsa Gewehr) we tabulated the following themes as worthy of pursuit in future WPA Regional, International and World Congress Forums:

  • Rethinking conflict management and conflict resolution by having specific workshops with other associated sections such as the sections on Spirituality and Mental Health; Education; Culture and Psychiatry; Psychiatry in Developing countries and others
  • Task members to identify and summarize for further discussion, pockets of conflict in various countries. This will help in delineating the sources of conflict and assessing the capacity of WPA to either assist or comment on how best to support colleagues in these countries. Furthermore, the bigger question was whether WPA can influence the direction such conflicts take by generating discourse with various government leaders
  • In collaboration with other sections, add to all the sections that intervene in Disaster management by way developing training manuals and providing hands on support to affected communities and colleagues where possible.
  • Prof M Starke, the chairperson with other section members has pursued the theme of “Workplace Stress” with various presentations analyzing the nature of the stress; gender distribution and intervention strategies.
  • With guidance from Prof Eliot Sorel, the section has considered a bulletin that will record the various activities and also invited contributions from colleagues who may not necessarily be section members.
  • Symposiums on Migration and access to care and Public Mental Health generally were pursued at the WPA 2015 Congress in Budapest. This also included a discourse on Gender-based violence and empowerment of women.

The section will strive to work in collaboration with other sections to enhance the Educational efforts of WPA and explore territories that may offer suggestions to reduction of morbidity due to mental illness in various communities of the world. The section will also make inputs at “Global Mental Health Forums “of other associations that are affiliated or linked to the WPA such as the APA and others in Asia and




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