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The 8th International Scientific-Practical Conference Health and Personality Development: An Interdisciplinary Approach will take place at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) from 21 to 23 April, bringing together representatives of the assisting and educational fields (psychology, health and social care, supervision), as well as students of these professions.

As usual, the conference is intended as a platform for discussion on the most pressing issues in psychological counselling. The programme includes a symposium, break-out sessions, a panel discussion, presentations by international guest speakers and masterclasses on various topics of professional interest. During the breaks, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in sports activities, meditate and cook healthy meals together with eminent professionals.

On Thursday, 21 April, the symposium will focus on research on vaccination behaviour, intentions and communication about COVID-19, as well as on preventive behaviour and related factors. After the symposium, the work will continue in six sessions on psychological research, working with different client and patient groups, professional identity, digitalisation in professional life, current research issues, as well as health behaviour, self-help and recreation.

The day will conclude with two parallel masterclasses on time management and communication and networking in the research preparation and dissemination process. As well as a panel discussion on supervision in healthcare settings will take place.

On Friday, 22 April, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to presentations by eight international guest speakers on professionally relevant topics such as trauma and crisis in human experience, mentalisation-based treatment of personality disorders, psychological health and well-being, as well as different types of therapies. Guest speakers from Ukraine, Germany, Great Britain, USA, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Lithuania will take part in the conference.

On Saturday, 23 April, the day will start with a plenary session of foreign guest speakers on topics such as self-compassion in the treatment of chronic diseases and trauma-centred developmental transformations for survivors of territorial aggression. There will also be the opportunity to take part in various masterclasses on topics such as spirituality at work with patients,  writing and forest therapies, the International Child Development Programme, and psychological support in times of crisis and uncertainty.

The conference is organised by the RSU Department of Health Psychology and Paedagogy. The event will be held in Latvian and English. The participation is free of charge and participants will receive 12 continuing education points for each day of the conference and four academic hours for each masterclass. Speakers will receive a certificate for presenting a scientific paper.