Traning school 2022

Training School 2022 – 27th-29th of September 2022

The FOSTREN-EViPRG Training School 2022
Title: Risk Management Strategies and Interactions in Mental Health Care, preventing coercion.

To download the program for FOSTREN-EViPRG Training School , check this link: FOSTREN Training School Program 2022

Course Information:
The Training School will be held in Groningen the Netherlands (or online if necessary due to COVID-19) on the 27th-29th of September 2022 and will focus on interactions and risk management strategies in mental health services. This training school is part of the EU COST Action FOSTREN (Fostering and Strengthening Approaches to Reducing Coercion in European Mental Health Services). It aims to improve understanding of risk factors and interventions at both the individual / clinical and social / contextual levels leading to the use of the various forms of coercion.

The Training School is specifically tailored for PhD and post-graduate students and early-career investigators (within 8 years of a Ph.D. award) working in Mental health and Mental Health related areas. The program will combine lectures from experts in the field with interactive sessions to encourage exchange of views and to facilitate networking among participants.

The following experts will lecture: Prof. Bridget Hamilton (AUS), Prof. John Baker (UK), Prof. Dirk Richter (DL), Dr. Jakub Lickiewicz (PL), Evelyn Huizing B. (Sp).

Participants will be required to present a poster describing their own studies, interests or work area related to the topic of the Training School. This can include planned and ongoing research projects.

Venue: Best Western Hotel Groningen Centre, Radesingel 50, Groningen, the Netherlands.

Who can participate?
To be eligible to apply for COST funding, applicants must be (1) active in fields related to violence, restrictive practices, and mental health and (2) meet COST eligibility criteria: that is, either (a) engaged in an official research program as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or (b) otherwise affiliated to an organization which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. The organization must be based in a COST Full member Country or a COST Co-operating Member Country. See:”

15 funded places are available and successful applicants will be selected by the scientific committee based on COST principles. Participants will also be required to deliver a brief oral presentation as part of the program. The official language of the training school is English.

How to apply:
!! Extended deadline for submission!!
To apply please submit the papers no later than 15th of August 2022.

How? By submitting the following documents to 

  • A motivation letter incl. name, formal qualifications, motivation for applying, and contact details.
  • A project poster abstract (max 250 words) describing in detail the purpose of your project incl. introduction, design and method and expected outcomes, using this template.

The scientific committee will assess and approve successful applications. Participants will be notified of the decision after the submission period has closed.

Selection of participants will be based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of study
  • Clarity and relevance of the motivation letter
  • Scientific quality of the poster project abstract
  • COST principles of excellence and inclusiveness

Important deadlines:

  • Submission application: was May 29th 2022 now extended to August 15th 2022
  • Notification regarding program enrollment: after close submission.

Funding and Refunding:
If selected for FOSTREN sponsorship by the scientific committee, the applicant will be eligible to apply for reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs through the FOSTREN Action according to COST rules.

Applicants will receive information on how to pay and reclaim refunds by email, if their application is accepted by the scientific committee.

NB! Enrolment only applies if participation payment is documented.