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«Navigating the Future of Mental Health Care: The Role of Digital Innovations and Generative Artificial Intelligence»

Date: Tuesday, 28th May 2024

Time: 15.00-18.30 with a following Apéro



Participation is free of charge (registration required)

On behalf of the newly opened Department of Digital and Blended Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital Basel's Psychosomatics department, we cordially invite you to our symposium entitled «Navigating the Future of Mental Health Care: The Role of Digital Innovations and Generative Artificial Intelligence». This event is designed to explore the expanding horizon of digital and blended approaches in mental health care, focusing on the integration of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and large language models (LLMs) within psychotherapeutic and psychosomatic medicine practices. Our symposium aims to delineate the boundaries and unlock the potential opportunities that these innovations present, fostering a comprehensive dialogue on their responsible integration into clinical settings.


During the symposium, through keynote presentations and a panel discussion, we will embark on a journey through the current landscape of digital innovations in mental health and share success stories of their integration into clinical practice. We will dive into the transformative potential of generative AI and LLMs in mental health care, addressing both the promise they hold for enhancing therapeutic outcomes and the ethical considerations they raise.


An overarching theme of the symposium will be bridging the gap between technological innovation and clinical application in the context of evidence-based care. Through insights from cutting-edge research and practical strategies for adoption, we aim to facilitate the translation of digital advancements into valuable therapeutic tools. Looking towards the future, responsible, and sustainable AI use in mental health, we will contemplate the development and deployment of AI technologies and engage in an exchange to discuss the long-term impacts of these innovations on mental health care. With this symposium, we want to offer a unique opportunity for clinicians, researchers, technologists, and policymakers to come together and chart a course for the future of mental health care in the digital age. By addressing the challenges and anticipating the future of digital and AI-driven innovations, we aim to foster a mental health care landscape that is accessible, effective, and responsible. Join us in exploring the boundaries and opportunities that lie ahead in the realm of digital and blended psychosomatics and psychotherapy.


Recognition as continuing education requested at SAPPM and SGPP.


This symposium is kindly supported by Hasler Stiftung

14.30 – Opening onsite registration

15.00 – Welcome and greetings

15.10 – «Transformative Technologies: Navigating AI's Promise and Peril in Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy» (Prof. Gunther Meinlschmidt)

15.40 – «Optimizing Internet-delivered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Implications for Clinical Practice» (Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos and Marcie Nugent)

16.10 – Break

16.40 – «AI & I: The Abilities of Generative Artificial Intelligence in Mental Health» (Dr. Zohar Elyoseph)

17.10 – «Ethical, Conceptual and Epistemic Challenges of Conversational AI in Mental Healthcare» (Jana Sedlakova)

17.50 – Panel discussion

18.25 – Closing remarks

18.30 – Apéro

Meinlschmidt, Gunther

Gunther Meinlschmidt

Department of Digital and Blended Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, Psychosomatic Medicine, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland; Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy – Methods and Approaches, University of Trier, Germany

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Hadjistavropoulos , Heather

Heather Hadjistavropoulos

Online Therapy Unit, Department of Psychology, University of Regina, Canada

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Nugent, Marcie

Marcie Nugent

Online Therapy Unit, Department of Psychology, University of Regina, Canada

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Elyoseph, Zohar

Zohar Elyoseph

Department of Psychology at Emek Yezreel College, Israel

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Sedlakova, Jana

Jana Sedlakova

Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME), University of Zurich, Switzerland

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Note: The venue is unfortunately not barrier-free, but online participation is possible.

Location of the event on the USB campus

Eventlocation Holsteinerhof

The event building from out front


We cordially invite you to participate in our symposium, either in person or online via Zoom.


Online participation: To register for online participation via Zoom, kindly complete the Zoom registration form. You will then receive a respective Zoom link for the day of the symposium. 


In person: For those opting for in-person attendance, please note that we have a maximum capacity of approx. 60 spaces available. Once all spaces are filled, a waiting list will be established. To secure your spot for in-person participation, kindly complete the online registration form below. Should you find yourself unable to attend after registering for in-person attendance, we kindly request that you inform us as soon as possible so that we may offer the spot to another participant. Thank you for your cooperation.