To mark its 45th anniversary year, the Community Help Service held a conference on the topical subject of burnout – a state of mental and physical exhaustion induced by stress. (Click here to view the Conference Programme). The conference was designed to be directly helpful to those managing stress reduction in the workplace, whether from a human resource, therapeutic or personal standpoint. The focus of discussions was on identifying best practices for preventing and/or treating burnout. Special emphasis was placed on the expat community.

Drs Harry Pomerantz, Clinical Director of Community Health Service (CHS) set the theme, following the opening speech by Alison Rose, British Ambassador to Belgium and CHS patron. The other speakers were Professor Dr Jonathan Chick MD, Medical Director of Castle Craig Hospital;
Dirk Antonissen MA, Chief Executive Officer of ISW Limits and Inge Van den Brande PhD, Senior Account & Project Manager, ISW Limits;
Bob Thomas MA, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist CM, founder of Hermes Consulting; Lisa Classen MA Clinical Psychologist, and Jane Sudlow MA, Psychotherapist, both members of the CHS Clinical Team, who presented clinical vignettes.