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Composter news and fruits of brainwork

After an exceptionally burdening spring season – thanks to countless meetings and often chaotic discussions concerning the planned huge reform of health and social care – I was in desperate need of holiday. I informed my junior researchers that I shall be away and may not even read article manuscripts between midsummer and end of…

Let’s meet in EFCAP

On behalf of EFCAP Finland, I am proud to announce that the program for the EFCAP conference in November is ready and can be found in www.efcap.fi . The program focuses on most challenging problems in the interface of psychiatry, child welfare and law, such as parental alienation; what can we actually do to stop…

Easter Bunny enjoys Christmas light decorations

Fortunately I had not taken away the Christmas season light decorations from the balcony. When it snowed for Easter there was actually a better Christmas Eve dream weather than during Christmas time. Christmas and Easter seem almost inseparable anyway, because it has been so hectic time with participating in creating the planned enormous health and…

A model of research and service development

There is not much to do in the garden in winter time in Finland, at least not in my level of gardening skills. I let everything hibernate under the snow. Instead, there is a lot of work to do with the composter. Composting has really turned out to be much more demanding than I expected….

Always remember to question

“Sydämen asialla” gala dinner was organized last night to support the new Center for Child and Adolescent Medicine that is being built in Tampere University Hospital. In the end of 2019, all specialist level medical and psychiatric care of minors in the university hospital will be provided in the new Center (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSbhNX2sii0). This will essentially…

A mature 10-year old

I really had to swallow a couple of times when our hospital’s updated guidelines regarding patient files instructed that that 10-17 year olds can decide that their parents cannot obtain information about the minor’s health and treatment. I really ask: what developmental milestone is reached at age ten that makes such a child competent to…

All or nothing?

Public discussion assumes repeatedly that adolescent mental disorders are constantly increasing. In fact, no such evidence is provided by epidemiological studies. Research among adolescent populations has not demonstrated systematic increasing trends in either internalizing or externalizing disorders. As to Finnish adolescents, some problem behaviours that on more severe end merge with diagnosable disorders, such as…

Sweden calling

Sweden is close to Finland, geographically and culturally. The countries share a long common history, and nowadays the societies are similar in many regards, both being Nordic welfare countries. Despite this, in my field we have had astonishingly little exchanges. I have now, past month, done my best to remedy the lack of co-operation! Firstly,…

Some magic ahead

Not “tired but happy”, but happy and inspired: EFCAP Finland’s continuous professional education meeting successfully completed. Our topic this time was Adolescent immigrants as victims and perpetrators of crime. (www.efcap.fi ) This is most topical right now. Last year, as our share of the vastly increased numbers of asylum seekers, Finland faced a wave of…

Boxing bags versus mindfulness

I was invited to give a lecture on aggressive behaviours in children and adolescents. This is of course a topic we are constantly thinking about in our adolescent forensic unit, and I also focus a lot on it in my research work. I have a lot of material to share, so I set out to…