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[Registration open] (Webinar) The 95th HGPI Seminar – The ideal structure of mental health support for encouraging children’s healthy growth (June 3, 2021)

[Registration open] (Webinar) The 95th HGPI Seminar – The ideal structure of mental health support for encouraging children’s healthy growth (June 3, 2021)

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has heightened global attention on children’s mental health. A May 2020 United Nations brief on children’s mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic found that many countries reported changes in ability to concentrate, emotional stability, and nervousness among children as a result of restrictions placed on outings. As for the situation in Japan, the National Center for Child Health and Development’s “Digest Report of the 4th Wave” found that moderate or severe depressive symptoms were reported by 15% of respondents in grades four through six, 24% of respondents in junior high school, and 30% of respondents in high school. The impact of COVID-19 on children’s mental health has become an urgent issue.

Interest is not only growing toward protecting the mental health of children; the state of healthcare for children has recently become a major theme in health policy. All pregnant and nursing mothers require seamless healthcare, welfare, and support during pregnancy and child rearing from childbirth to adulthood. Various developments signal that interest in developing a system to support children’s physical and mental health is increasing throughout society. For example, the Basic Law for Child and Maternal Health and Child Development was enacted in December 2019 and the Basic Policy on Promoting Comprehensive Measures for Child Health and Development received Cabinet approval in February 2021. The Government is also considering the establishment of a Children’s Agency which would be responsible for all policies related to children.

To help build this societal momentum and contribute to the health of children in Japan, HGPI launched the Child Health Project in FY2020 to stimulate discussions among stakeholders in Japan and abroad and to generate evidence-based policy proposals through survey research. Starting in FY2021, we are also engaging in joint efforts for children’s mental health with HGPI’s Mental Health Project.

With that backdrop, for the 95th HGPI Seminar, we have invited Professor Shin-ichi Ishikawa of Doshisha University’s Faculty of Psychology to talk about his current efforts. Professor Ishikawa specializes in clinical child psychology and has been conducting research on prevention for mental health in the fields of education and child welfare. His efforts include practical studies on prevention programs for children’s mental health that utilize concepts from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). He also lent his expertise to HGPI’s FY2020 Mental Health Project study entitled “Assessing the State of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Use in Japan and Examining Systems for Contributing to the Future Dissemination of CBT and CBT-based Practices,” in which we identified ways to disseminate support methods based on CBT concepts in the field of education.

In the midst of school closures and restrictions on outings due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to take this opportunity to deepen our understanding of current issues and future measures for supporting children’s mental health together with everyone in attendance.

Please note that this seminar is available in Japanese only. An English report of this event will be published in due course.

■Please Register here

■ Speakers:
Prof. Shin-ichi Ishikawa (Professor, Faculty of Psychology, Doshisha University)

■ Date and time:
18:30-19:45, Thursday, June 3, 2021

■ Venue:
Zoom webinar
For registration, click here.

■ Participation fee:
Free

■ Capacity:
500

■ Profile
Prof. Shin-ichi Ishikawa
(Professor, Faculty of Psychology, Doshisha University)
Professor Ishikawa is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, a behavioral therapist specializing in clinical psychology, and certified psychologist. He graduated from Waseda University Faculty of Human Sciences in 2001 and Waseda University Graduate School of Human Sciences in 2003. In 2005, he withdrew from a postdoctoral program at Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine and became a lecturer at the Faculty of Education and Culture of Miyazaki University. Before assuming his current position in 2018, he was a Fulbright Research Fellow at Swarthmore College from 2011 to 2012. He then served as Associate Professor at Doshisha University’s Faculty of Psychology from 2011 and as Visiting Professor at Macquarie University from 2018 to 2019. He assumed his current role in 2018. He is currently a representative of the Japanese Psychological Association, a board member of the Japanese Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and a secretary of the Japanese Association for Cognitive Therapy. Major awards he has received include the Uchiyama Memorial Award from the Japanese Association for Behavioral Therapies in 2005; the Uchiyama Memorial Award for Original Research from the Japanese Association of Counseling Science in 2006; and the Outstanding Paper Award from the Japanese Psychological Association in 2016.


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