Guidance for participants
at the IACAPAP Helmut Remschmidt Research Seminars (HRRS)
Overview of the program and the seminar
The IACAPAP Helmut Remschmidt Research Seminar (HRRS) is intended for junior child and adolescent mental health professionals with an interest in an academic/research career. The aims are to provide basic knowledge in key aspects of research methodology (e.g. methods for assessment, research designs, statistical tools), presentation skills, and skills in commenting on the research of others. These aims are achieved in a course that combines lectures by senior child & adolescent mental health professionals in the mornings and group mentoring activities in the afternoon. The HRRS provide an opportunity to meet with experts and colleagues from across the world, and there is therefore also program of social events that include a formal dinner and a trip to local attractions.
Lectures usually last for around 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for discussion. The language of communication at the HRRS is English but we are mindful that many HRRS participants are not native English-speakers.
Preparation to be done by Participants prior to coming to the HRRS
All selected HRRS participants will be asked to prepare two sets of informal presentations. Firstly, in the introductory seminar on the first day, we will ask you to do a 5-minute presentation (with slides) about yourself, your background and your town/country. This will help others to get a general sense of you. Next, we will ask that you bring with you a short presentation on your current research project. This will be discussed in your small mentoring groups (without the use of slides). Please bring with you anything relating to your current project(s), including preliminary results or draft manuscripts.
The participants will be divided into groups of 4-5 at the start of the study group and will stay in these groups for the week. Mentoring groups meet in the afternoon, for around three hours under the leadership of a mentor. Mentoring groups will have a chance to introduce themselves and their projects, and everyone will have a chance to discuss their projects. Mentoring groups also may include general career advice discussions. At the end of each day, groups will be asked to report back to the large group. Mentors will therefore ask for a rapporteur each day. At the end of the whole week, all participants will be asked for general feedback and reflection on the HRRS.