Sep 27 - Sep 30, 2023 Grand Hotel Baia Verde, Catania (Italy)

Synopsis of the contents:

Daily lectures will be planned as well as working groups with a focus on the clinical aspects and the development history in relation to the main neurodevelopmental and core psychiatry disorders such as autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, early-onset psychosis, OCD, and mood disorders. The course material will be prepared and supported by academics in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and technical staff.
Teaching will include frontal presentations and additional resources including simulated academic interviews, live tutorials, quizzes, and discussion of case studies. Each participant will be requested to prepare one clinical case observed in their clinical practice, that will be discussed in groups with tutors and other students. Cases will need to be submitted to the scientific organization 2 weeks before the first day of the course


1) residents (trainees) in child and adolescent psychiatry/neuropsychiatry, psychiatry, neurology, pediatric neurology, clinical psychology (any year) or
2) early career consultants in the field of mental health within the first 3 year of substantive position or
3) PhD students in topics related to child and adolescent psychiatry

What are the prerequisites for attendance

(e.g. physicians and/or psychologists, other disciplines, training background, specialization, research topic and/or level, etc):

Specialists and residents in child psychiatry, psychiatry, neurology, pediatric neurology, psychology. The course is limited to a maximum of 25 applicants. Applicants should submit the application form, CV, a short abstract with a case report to be discussed during the course, and a recommendation letter by the head of department. In case of more than 25 applicants, other criteria such age and Eastern Europe countries provenance will be taken into account.

Guidelines for applicants

Await decisions before to proceed with bank transfer

application form

Fill out the application (upload here) form with abstract proposal

recommendation letter

Ask to your referee for the recommendation letter


Submit your application by March 30


Wednesday 27 September

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Registration

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm  | Lecture: Benedetto Vitiello (Turin, Italy) | Mood disorders in children and adolescents

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm  | Lecture: Dennis Ougrin (Queen Mary University of London) Management of self- harm and suicidal ideation

8:00 pm | Welcome Happy Hour

Thursday 28 September

9:00 am- 1:00 pm | Morning-Session Samuele Cortese (Southampton, UK)

Update on ADHD

Talks of the session:

  • Epidemiology of ADHD
  • Diagnosis ADHD
  • Etiology
  • Pathophysiology Treatment

1:30 – 2:30 pm | Lunch (Grand Hotel Baia Verde)

2:30 – 3:30 pm | Break.  Recreate yourself and enjoy Grand Hotel Baia Verde pool

3:30 – 5:30 pm | Afternoon-Session | 

5.30-7.30 pm| Interactive Session: Discussion of Clinical Case Reports or Research Projects

8.15 pm | Out for Dinner

Friday 29 September

9:00 am -1:00 pm  |  Luigi Mazzone (Rome, Italy) – Martina Siracusano (Rome, Italy) A clinical practice update on Autism Spectrum Disorders

Talks of the session:

  • Definition, epidemiology and clinical picture of ASD.
  • Risk and Protective Environmental Factors Associated with
  • ASD:Evidence-Based
  • Principles and Recommendations.
  • Psychiatric and medical symptoms (gastrointestinal and sleep problems) in ASD.
  • Evidence based treatment of core symptoms and pharmacological management of psychiatric comorbidity

1:30 – 2:30 pm | Lunch

2:30 – 3:30 pm | Break Recreate yourself and enjoy Grand Hotel Baia Verde pool

3:30 – 5:30 pm | Afternoon-Session | Kerstin Von Plessen (Lausanne, Switzerland) | Clinical Picture, Diagnostic Work-up & Treatment approaches of OCD & Tic Disordersincluding Tourette syndrome

Talks of the session:

  • OCD: Clinical picture, investigation, cognitive behavioral therapy & medication
  • TS: Medical treatment clinical picture, etiology, examination, behavioral therapy & medication

5:30 – 7:30 pm | Interactive Session: Discussion of Clinical Case Reports or Research Projects

8:30 pm | Out for Dinner

Saturday 30 September

9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Morning-Session | Marco Armando (University of Lausanne) | Paul Klauser (Lausanne, Switzerland)

From Clinical High Risk for Psychosis (CHR-P) to First Episode of Psychosis (FEP) in children and adolescents

Talks of the session:

  • Definition, epidemiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of CHR-P and FEP in children and adolescents.
  • Evidence based treatment of CHR-P and FEP in children and adolescents with focus on newtrends.
  • New trends for the treatment of CHR-P and FEP with focus on NACt

1:30 – 2:30 pm | Lunch (Grand Hotel Baia Verde)

2:30 – 3:30 pm | Break Recreate yourself and enjoy Grand Hotel Baia Verde pool

3:50 – 5:30 pm | Afternoon-Session | Carmen Morcillo (Solent NHS- Trust) | Guidelines for the management of anorexia nervosa in adolescents

5:30 – 7:30 pm | Interactive Session: Discussion of Clinical Case Reports or Research Projects

7:30 pm | Farewell Happy hou

Scientific Organizing Committee

Marco Armando (University of Lausanne)
Samuele Cortese (University of Southampton, UK)
Luigi Mazzone (University of Tor Vergata, Rome)

Marco Armando MD, PhD is currently Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and chief of the adolescent inpatient unit at the University Hospital of Vaud Canton (CHUV), were he also lead the local Early Psychosis Prevention for Adolescent Unit. Prof. Armando’s main research interest are around early psychosis prevention and intervention strategies.He has published more than 100 peer-review papers, including first or last author papers in prestigious journals. He is also senior advisor at the clinical academy of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. SCAP.Marco Armando conducted several clinical trials funded by institutions (Ministry of Health, Italy; National Institute of Mental Health, USA; Brain and Behaviour Foundation, USA; 7 Framework Program, EU). Author of more than 80 publications in international peer-reviewed journal and of several books chapters.

Samuele Cortese, MD, PhD is currently Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Southampton and Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Solent NHS Trust. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor with the New York University (NYU). Prof. Cortese’s main research interest are around neurodevelopmental disorders, with a focus on ADHD. In his research, he uses advanced evidence synthesis methods to address clinically relevant questions. He has published more than 230 peer-review papers, including first author papers in prestigious journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet Psychiatry and the American Journal of Psychiatry. He is Deputy Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and sits on the editorial board of other 5 international journals. He is a member of the European ADHD Guidelines Group, as well as of the child and adolescent psychiatry faculty of the European Collegium of Neuropsychopharmacology and of the British Association of Psychopharmacology-child and adolescent psychiatry module. In 2020, Prof. Cortese was included in the list of the world’s most influential researchers of the past decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations in the field of psychiatry/psychology in 2019 in Web of Science. Since 2020 he has been ranking #2 worldwide in terms of expertise on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) according to Expertscape.

Luigi Mazzone, MD, PhD is currently Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome and Director of the School of Specialization in Child Neuropsychiatry. He is also chief of the Clinical Unit of Child Neuropsychiatry at the Hospital of Tor Vergata and president of the graduate course of developmental neuropsychomotricists. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers, including first and last author articles, in prestigious international journals, books and several books chapters. The aim of his research activity is to gain a better understanding of the neurobiological substrates underlying psychiatric disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and early psychosis. He is member of the editorial board of important scientific journals including the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and member of the board of the Italian Society of Psychophysiology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Besides his medical activity, he has been the promoter of numerous social projects in Italy: “Aita Summer Camp”, which allows autistic children to play with their peers at the Italian University Sports Center for the entire summer season and the Fencing Academy “Lia”, a sport association in Rome where autistic and normotypical children practice fencing.


Marco Armando (University of Geneva)
Samuele Cortese (University of Southampton, UK)
Paul Klauser (Monash University)
Luigi Mazzone (University of Tor Vergata, Rome)
Carmen Morcillo (Solent NHS- Trust)
Dennis Ougrin (Queen Mary University of London)
Kerstin von Plessen (University Hospital of Lausanne)
Benedetto Vitiello (University of Torino, Italy)

Local Organizing Committee

Assia Riccioni (University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy)
Martina Siracusano (University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy)
Chiara Davico (University of Turin, Italy)

Call for Aita fellowship program

Association “Aita Project” offers a fellowship for selected applicants in order to attend the residential course.
Two fellows will be awarded with free registration for the residential course.


  1. Doctors-in-training for child and adolescent psychiatry or in PhD program
  2. Age below 40 yrs.
  3. Resident of the following countries:
    Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania,  Belorussia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Moldavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic

Applicants should apply with a short letter of interest stating in which hospital/university they are currently in training and submit that via an email with the subject “Aita fellowship application” to info@residentialcourse.com





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    Total expected costs per participant excluding traveling costs: 750 euros.

    It includes accommodation in twin rooms at Grand Hotel Baia Verde, daily breakfast, lunches and dinners, social events, transfer from and to Catania airport and access to all education activities. Only the flight is not included.

    Payment Methods:

    By Bank Transfer:

    To: Aita project
    Unicredit Bank, Via Giacinto Carini, 58/B, 00152 Roma RM, Italy

    IT 83 J 02008 05031 000300389963

    Please ensure that the name of the meeting and of the participant is stated on the bank

    Proceed with the bank transfer only after receiving the confirmation of
    acceptance by email.

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