Keynote Speakers

Akiko Hart is the Chair of ISPS UK (International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis), a Committee Member of the English Hearing Voices Network and the Hearing Voices Project Manager at Mind in Camden. As part of her work at Mind in Camden, she helps set up, facilitate and sustain Hearing Voices peer support groups and networks in a variety of settings, including the community, in-patient units, children and adolescent mental health services, prisons, secure units and Immigration Removal Centres. She has previously worked as the Director of Mental Health Europe and has a keen interest in the differences and overlaps in mental health provision in different national and regional settings. She has written about and spoken on a number of topics at conferences across Europe, including promoting alternatives to the medical model, de-institutionalization and legal capacity. Her researchinterests include critical suicidology, psychosis and dissociation. The title of her talk is ‘Peer support: does it need a paradigm shift?’




Roger Almvik, Dr. Philos, research director at the Bröset Centre for Research and Education in Forensic Psychiatry, St. Olavs University Hospital in Trondheim, Norway. He also holds a post as associate professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Almvik has a background as a Mental Health Nurse and his research interests are mainly in (violence) risk assessment in various settings in clinical psychiatry. Dr. Almvik has published and presented widely internationally. He is also a board member and former chair of the EViPRG – European Violence in Clinical Psychiatry Research Group and advisory board director for the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. Dr. Almvik has also an affiliation to the University of Split, Institute of Health Sciences. Title of his speech is “Risk assessment made easy, Mission impossible?”





Susanna Mittermaier is a licensed psychologist, psychotherapist and author of the #1 international bestselling book, Pragmatic Psychology: Practical Tools for Being Crazy Happy. As a global speaker, Susanna offers a new paradigm on psychology and therapy called Pragmatic Psychology. Susanna is known for her revolutionary perspective on mental illness and for inspiring people all over the world to access the greatness they are beyond abuse and disease. She offers a different, healing perspective on pain and suffering, unveils people’s brilliance, and guides others to see problems and difficulties instead as possibilities and potent choices. Growing up in Vienna, Austria, Susanna learned she had an enormous capacity to facilitate lightness, joy and ease in a unique and profoundly healing way. She studied to become a psychologist at the university of Lund in Sweden and worked as a psychologist, therapist and counselor at the university clinic in Sweden both in children oncology and in the mental health department. She also conducetd numerous neuropsychological testings. Her curiosity to find new ways of facilitating change, Susanna develped a new psychology, Pragmatic Psychology. Now she travels the world, letting people know that depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism and every other mental illness is a capacity that has not been acknowledged, and that can easily be use to create ones´ life greater than can be imagined. Susanna has been featured in publications such as TV Soap, Maria Shriver, Women’s Weekly, Empowerment Channel Voice America, Om Times, Motherpedia, Newstalk New Zealand and Holistic Bliss. She has hosted her own radio show and often appears on TV for expert comment. Title of her speech is “Pragmatic Psychology: Practical Tools for Being Crazy Happy”.



Jasna Karačić is president of the Croatian Association for the Promotion of the of Patients Rights and PhD researcher in the Department of Medicine, a postgraduate study in evidence-based medicine. She is a member of the Croatian Cochrane. She graduated in Forensic Sciences, with the theme of Forensic Psychiatry. She is specialist in psychoanalytic and integrative psychotherapy. In international collaboration with the Human Rights Center in Italy, where she is a member of the organization for the safety of patients at the clinic, she defended title on Master in science “Relationship between doctor-patient and informed consent to clinical risk”. She is a member of the Ministry of Health and member of the Health Council of the City of Zagreb. She is a associate professor and guest lecturer at the postgraduate specialist study Medical Law. From 2017 she became part of the Council of the Croatian Government for Croats outside the Republic of Croatia. At the request of the Ombudsman for the purpose of preparing the Ombudsman’s report on the work submitted to the Croatian Parliament, she submits relevant statistics, research and conclusions, important for the evaluation of human rights and the suppression of discrimination.





Goran Kardum, associate professor at Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Croatia. He is also the head of Student Counselling Center and a member of Senate of University of Split. He has previously worked in Laboratory for clinical neuroscience at Medical School University of Split, primarly focusing on states of conscioussness and sleep. Today at the Department of Psychology he works as a lecturer for the courses Scientific methodology and statistics, Developmental psychology, Psychology of religion, Psychology and consciousness. Up to date, he has successfully menthored undergraduate and graduate students, as well as PhD candidates. His current research interests are focused on fundamental dimensions of religion and spirituality and  their application in the context of mental health, as well as implicit models of mental health and its relationship with consciousness. He is also dedicated to applying his research findings in practice, serving as a psychological councellor and working as a member of network and consortium Health in Context (HEIKO) at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. Title of his speech is “Mental health
implicit models among mental health professionals”.