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Successful psychology conference in Vilnius
Again we may conclude that the third European Conference on Psychology and Visual Impairment has been a resounding success. This conference took place on March 30 and 31, 2010 and was held in Vilnius, Lithuania. Following the two previous conferences (Copenhagen, Denmark 2006 and Huizen, Netherlands 2008), there was again an enthusiastic group of 65 participants from 18 different European countries. The local organization was in the hands of psychologist Ingrida Gabrialaviciute who, together with colleagues from LASUC (Lituanian Training Centre for the Blind and Partially sighted), succeeded in presenting an interesting program. In the background she was supported from ICEVI, IBOS and Royal Dutch Visio, by Peter Rodney and Peter Verstraten.
In two concurrent sessions, a total of 27 papers were presented. Many topics were discussed, including interaction and communication with MDVI clients, social inclusion, assessment and early intervention, syndromes in adults and the elderly, social participation of youth, neuropsychological issues, ICF, intervention programmes, cognitive skills of blind and partially sighted children and self-confidence in young students.
Outside the presentations, many contacts were established, maintained and strengthened. At least half of the participants attended one of the previous conferences and most of them even both. Through this the European network of psychologists and related professions in the field of visual impairment is increasingly a network of flesh and blood, in which colleagues will contact one another more easily in search for consultation or advice.
Also thanks to the pleasant atmosphere, very helpful Lithuanian colleagues and a nice dinner, this conference has strengthened our mutual commitment to our European colleagues and contributed to a joint improvement of the quality of our work for people with visual impairments.
Negotiations are still going on about which country will organize the next conference, but it is certain that the fourth European Conference on Psychology and Visual Impairment will be held in the spring of 2012.
Licensed healthcare psychologist,
Senior project manager / Science coordinator,
Royal Dutch Visio