Psychiatry Across Borders Working Group

Page Last Updated – October 2023
EFPT Forum Malta 2021

Background and Mission

The ‘Psychiatry Across Borders’ (PAB) working group – part of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (EFPT) – was initiated on EFPT Forum 2016 in Antwerp (Belgium), further to the interest in mental health of forcibly displaced people, asylum seekers and refugees, and transcultural psychiatry in general. Our main mission is to improve psychiatric training in transcultural psychiatry and trauma-related topics in Europe, but we pay close attention to both equity and diversity in a broader sense.


  • Working-group meeting once every 2 months
  • Focus on case-discussion and peer-education, but also on organizing workshops/lectures
  • Broadening our scopes, crossing our borders: an eye on “diversity”

Ongoing Projects

  • Survey “Refugees, war trauma and mental health: knowledge and experience from trainees and Early Career Psychiatrists” – You can help us by clicking here.

Chair and Co-Chair

Chair: Sara Bianchi (Italy)

Co-Chair: Louis van Enckevort (Netherlands)

Tools and Publications

  • Educational tool about trauma and PTSD for trainees and patients 
  • Bianchi, S., Riboldi, I., Őri, D., Pompili, S., Pavel, C., & Seker, A. (2023). Refugees, war trauma and mental health: Knowledge and experience from trainees and early career psychiatrists. European Psychiatry, 66(S1), S283-S283. doi:10.1192/j.eurpsy.2023.639
  • Frankova, I., Scheeres, K., Menculini, G., Cikrikcili, U., Matei, I. C., Fellinger, M., Riboldi, I., Uzer-Kremers, L., & Küey, L. (2023). Forcibly displaced persons and mental health: A survey of the experiences of Europe-wide psychiatry trainees during their training. Transcultural psychiatry, 60(1), 167–175.
  • Pinzón-Espinosa, J., Valdés-Florido, M. J., Riboldi, I., Baysak, E., Vieta, E., & EFPT Psychiatry Across Borders Working Group (2021). The COVID-19 Pandemic and Mental Health of Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Migrants. Journal of affective disorders280(Pt A), 407–408.

Useful Links

– Resources on Ukraine (how to cope with trauma and humanitarian emergencies)

– Resources on Türkiye (how to cope with mass trauma and natural disasters)

– Resources on Covid-19 (how to cope with the mental health effects of health emergencies)

Join us

For further information or to join our working group please contact