Innovative Sessions

Innovative Sessions

These are sessions that use different innovative methods to address a theme. They are developed in collaboration with early career psychiatrists.

View the list of innovative sessions for WCP21:

Quiz Sessions

Session 01 – 18 October, 14:15-15:15

Session 02 – 20 October, 13:30-14:30

Learn more about the WPA Quiz Sessions here.

WPA Publications

18 October; 11:15-12:15

Various WPA publications will be presented and discussed with their editors

Difficult Cases

Session 1 – 18 October, 12:45-13:45

Session 2 – 19 October, 08:00-09:00 – in Spanish

Session 3 – 21 October, 09:30-10:40

During these sessions, early career psychiatrists, supported by a senior expert from the same continent will present case histories of people with mental disorders whose diagnosis and management presented a number of problems. The speakers will describe the cases highlighting the issues and invite the audience to engage in a discussion and in the search for solutions to the problems which they faced.

3 Minutes Competition

21 October, 11:00-12:00 – in English

20 October, 12:30-13:30 – in Spanish

Learn more about the 3 minute Competition here.


Session 1 – October 19, 08:00-09:00
Session 2 – October 20, 08:00-09:00

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD) is the first international treaty which brings the rights of persons with disabilities into the ambit of international law. It specifically mentions people with mental disabilities in its Article 1.

There has been a great deal of controversy regarding the implications of the CRPD on the practice of psychiatry. The CRPD has been hailed as ‘the dawn of a new era’ in disability rights. Some commentators have enthusiastically endorsed the CRPD as providing an invaluable new trajectory and horizon for human rights protection and promotion in mental health. Other experts, while acknowledging the many merits of the human rights framework adopted by the CRPD, have also pointed to the ‘ambiguities’ and ‘inconsistencies’ in the actual text of the convention, or to the fact that the convention is ‘silent’ when it comes to forms of involuntary psychiatric treatment. Still others have claimed that the convention would leave many people with mental health conditions worse off by interfering with efforts to protect them and called it a ‘problem child of international human rights law’.

These symposia will discuss implications of the CRPD on clinical practice of psychiatry. The relevant articles of the CRPD will be presented briefly, along with a description of controversies in their interpretation and implications. This will be followed by the presentation of a number of clinical vignettes to have an interactive discussion and debate on the consequences of the CRPD on practice of psychiatry.

Digital Theatre

20 October; 15:00-16:00

Topic: Burn-out 

What has been the impact on resilience, levels of workforce stress and burnout across the healthcare system?

Digital Interactive Theatre is a novel way of education that provides the audience with the opportunity to direct the scenario using a polling system. ‘Burning Out’ will explore burnout across NHS and social care by identifying how it manifests, how it is assessed, and what are its causes and contributing factors and to what extent are care staff able to balance their working and personal lives? The Delivering core NHS and care services during the pandemic and beyond report set out the concerns that “Some NHS and care staff are suffering from fatigue, exhaustion and a general feeling of being “burnt out” and that the wellbeing of staff (particularly their mental health) is at significant risk”.

This session will begin by presenting a Digital Interactive Theatre followed by a facilitated discussion. During the post-DIT discussion, the international audience can share their insights on the session focusing on the United Kingdom’s experience.

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Mental Health and Illness in Films

21 October, 12:30-13:30

Short films relevant to the field will be introduced.