Maintaining and Establishing a National Trainee Association (MENTA) Working Group


Victor Pereira Sanchez (Spain)


  • Yugesh Rai (UK/Nepal)
  • Satenik Sahakyan (Armenia)



MENTA Working Group At Bristol Forum 2018
  • Pavel Trančík (Czech Republic)
  • Milos Milutinovic (FYROM)
  • Justo Pinzon (Spain)
  • Miguel Alvarez de Mon (Spain)
  • Drita Gashi Bytyci (Kosovo)
  • Charlotte Migchels (Belgium/UK)


EFPT MENTA  was established in Cambridge, 2009, as a permanent Working Group. 

The main aim of our working group is to support each other in the first steps of building a national trainees’ association in Europe and beyond, and to help the existing national trainees’ associations in restoring their activity. We discuss the obstacles that we face, and share ideas and tips. We also try to initiate contact with young psychiatrists in countries that do not yet have an association, and have never heard or visited EFPT meetings. An effort to communicate the value and importance of having national trainees’ association and engagement of trainees in EFPT activities – is our second purpose. We are happy to invite also those trainees who already have their own national association established and working well, to join our working group and share their insight and experience with us.



EFPT strongly believes that the coordination of trainees’ interests and efforts is key to promoting high quality psychiatric training. It is therefore essential that all psychiatric trainees are represented by national trainee organisations in their countries. These associations are the core of the federation, keeping it international, strong and continuously active in the improvement of psychiatric training around Europe and the world.

EFPT should serve as a model, guide and framework to maintaining the existing national trainees associations and establishing new ones in Europe and beyond, serving for the best interests of trainees from all over the globe.

Istanbul, 2017

Action plan for 2018-2019

  • Establishing a framework to communicate and work inside our group with more efficiency.
  • Establishing a framework to have fluent contact with NTAs, especially those with internal difficulties, to get no NTA disconnected from the Federation.
  • Get the full membership for new countries in 2019-2020: Bulgaria, Armenia, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro.
  • Contact colleagues in Bosnia, Iceland, and others.
  • Promote the 2nd edition of the EFPT-MENTA Overseas programme, with an increased budget for 2019, so that we could invite up to 5 non-European trainees.
  • Work closely with the World Network of Psychiatric Trainees, being the European main hub of this network, promoting worldwide projects.
  • Continue promoting the establishment of NTAs beyond Europe: Latin America and East Asia
  • Promote scientific trainee-led workshops/symposia in international conferences: EPA 2019 (pending on acceptation).
  • Plan an international publication about our work.

Work with us!

Send us an e-mail if you are interested in joining this Working Group.