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UPDATE | Covid-19 virus
In light of the recent developments surrounding the Covid-19 virus, the organizing committee of the ICPPMH Congress in Helsinki has decided to postpone the ICPPMH 2020 congress. We do not want to put our speakers and attendees at risk. Moreover, travel restrictions have been put in place for several countries and regions, it has already become more difficult for many attendees to travel to Finland. The ICPPMH congress will be postponed. The organizing committee is looking for another date. We will inform you about the new date and about all possibilities concerning transfers or cancellation. We hope to keep the program as similar as possible. The Finnish organization committee and the IOPTMH took together this decision.

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The International Organization of Physical Therapy in Mental Health (IOPTMH) is a WCPT subgroup, including 21 member countries, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK. The IOPTMH was accepted as a WCPT subgroup at the 17th WCPT General Meeting, in Amsterdam, 2011 and reconfirmed in 2015 and 2019.


The subgroup was developed from an international network of physical therapists working in the field of psychiatry and mental health with the origin at Leuven University (Belgium) in 2006.

The IOPTMH wants to bring the contribution of physical therapists in mental health into the spotlight. It is important for society, for the client, for the physiotherapy profession as well as the relationship with other professionals to create and strengthen a culture of physiotherapy in mental health.

The IOPTMH organises each two year a conference. The purpose of these conferences is to stimulate a dialogue between colleagues, to promote the exchange of experiences and new ideas, to start a global network around a scientific and evidence-based practice in this field and to make an inventory of the possibilities for physiotherapy in mental health.

Beside the official biannual IOPTMH conference, the IOPTMH aims to stimulate and support worldwide activities related with the promotion of physiotherapy in mental health.

Place
In cooperation with Year
Leuven, Belgium
KU Leuven, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
2006
Bergen, Norway
Bergen University College
2008
Lund, Sweden
Lund University
2010
Edinburgh, UK
NHS Lothian
2012
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Hogeschool Utrecht, specialisatie psychosomatische fysiotherapie
2014
Madrid, Spain
Carlos III University 2016
Reykjavik, Iceland
The Icelandic Physiotherapy Association 2018
Helsinki, Finland
8th ICPPMH conference (Save the Date!) postponed


The conference appeals to physiotherapists and professionals who work in psychosomatic medicine, psychiatry and mental health. Therapists who would like to learn more about or/and present the latest developments of physiotherapy in the field, are welcome. Applicants with interest in the field of psychiatry, meeting persons suffering from psychosomatic disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, dissociate disorders, eating disorders, lifestyle-problems, traumatic stress disorders, complex long-lasting chronic pain etc., are welcome to the Conferences.