Conference Information


Date: 14-15 November 2019
Cape Town, South Africa

Conference Objective


  • To share and learn the best practices for regional and international level developments
  • Example: Reattach a new schema therapy for psychological disorders and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) treatments that are becoming popular since the practical research has been rewarded with Clinical Neuropsychiatry Awards.
  • To promote collaborations and partnerships for development of effective and sustainable programs.
  • Cooperate with companies or organizations on accepting psychological disorders and ASD.
  • Motivations for working families who have members with psychological disorders and ASD.
  • Learn how to live with a persons with psychological disorders and ASD.
  • Learn and understand psychological disorderrs and ASD.
  • To learn the best places to obtain information, treatment, and therapies for psychological disorders and ASD.


Conference Background


The first conference of the International Society for Psychotherapy, Counselling & Psychiatry was held in 2013 and the proceedings and excellent papers presented at the conference were published in the International Journal for Psychotherapy, Counselling & Psychiatry ( which are free access thereby reaching thousands of psychotherapists, counsellors, psychiatrists and others in the mental health fields.

The 3rd conference of the International Society for Psychotherapy, Counselling & Psychiatry is going to be held with the 1st International Conference for Austistic Spectrum Disorder to continue the theme of collaboration amongst psychotherapists, counsellors, psychiatrists and others in the mental health practitioners to review and extend best practices in the field of mental health.

The term psychological disorders such as "special needs" are commonly used in the field of education, defined in the Salamanca Statement of 1994 as referring to "children or youth whose needs arise from disabilities or learning difficulties". It is important to note that this is an umbrella term that covers wide range of conditions, including medical, behavioural, developmental, social, learning and mental health issues. A person with Autism Spectrum Disorder is part of special needs and they face difficulties which may need additional supports and services.

According to World Health Organization statistic until April 2017, 1 in 160 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This estimate represents an average figure, and reported prevalence varies substantially across studies. Some well-controlled studies have, however, reported figures that are substantially higher. The prevalence of ASD in many low- and middle-income countries is so far unknown. Based on epidemiological studies conducted over the past 50 years, the prevalence of ASD appears to be increasing globally. There are many possible explanations for this apparent increase, including improved awareness, expansion of diagnostic criteria, better diagnostic tools and improved reporting (WHO, 2017).

Autism Spectrum Disorders has been added as fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). As of May 2013, psychologists and psychiatrists will be using these criteria when evaluating individuals for these psychological and developmental disorders.