The Course on Leadership and Professional Skills Development

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce the Course on Leadership and Professional Skills Development led by Prof. Norman Sartorius and Prof. Sir Graham Thornicroft for 16 young psychiatrists at the Medical University of Vienna. The course will take part from 7th – 10th of July 2019 and is organized by the Young Psychiatrists Austria, the Austrian Association of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, the Austrian Association for Social Psychiatry and the Clinical Division of Social Psychiatry of the Medical University of Vienna in collaboration with the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (EFPT) and the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes (AIMH).

The course will aim at developing the participants’ leadership and professional skills. It’s a great opportunity to learn from two of the most prominent and influential psychiatrists on how to make presentations and posters, read and write scientific articles, prepare a proposal for a project, produce a curriculum vitae, chair a session and also how to deal with other challenges that young psychiatrists face.



The training is tailored for 16 young psychiatrists within 2 years before or 5 years after the end of their specialty training. Participants must be fluent in English language and will be expected to prepare an oral presentation and a poster for the course.



Location: Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Accommodation: The organizers will help to find inexpensive accommodations

Course fee for participants (excl. accommodation and travel): 70 €
Special financial support for 3 participants (for Non High-Income Countries – EPA-Country List B+C) with 200 € each for travel and accommodation costs will be offered



To apply, please submit by Sunday, 5th May 2019 a curriculum vitae, a motivational letter, a signed recommendation letter from your institution certifying that you are a psychiatry trainee or within 5 years after specialization as well as a proof of fluency in English language (certificate or senior colleague’s statement) addressed to Prof. N. Sartorius to:


Those selected will be notified by Sunday, 19th May 2019 and further details regarding accommodation and arrangements for the course will be provided at that point.


We are looking forward to your applications and to welcoming you in Vienna. If you have any questions or want to keep updated, please see the ÖGPP-webpage, join us on Facebook or contact us via email:


Matthäus Fellinger and Johannes Wancata