Paediatricians, youth psychologists and youth psychiatrists from different European countries have been working together since the end of 2006 to share and improve their socio-medical expertise and skills in (mental) health services for the care of adolescents and parents from migrant families.

The final aim of the project called “E-training of Medical Staff to Reach Adolescents of Different Cultures” is to establish a web portal. This web portal is intended to  function as a complementary training tool for (para) medical staff. The main subject matter is adolescent well-being. The website will enable medical workers to more effectively reach, understand and take care of adolescents with migration backgrounds.

This means that in 2009 and 2010 the web portal will be filled with exclusive and innovative information on ‘aboriginal national’ adolescents and those from migrants groups.

Key diagnostic and treatment issues developed by practicing (para) medical staff from Ankara, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Marseille, Hannover and Berlin will be made available on the internet.

From the autumn of 2008 onwards (para)- medical professionals from all over Europe will be able to share and exchange information and their expertise concerning adolescents at risk in a number of European countries.

The web portal will be available in five languages: Turkish, English, German, French and Dutch. It will also contain a database in an attractive format with short case histories which visitors can quickly review for solutions to problems they encounter in their own daily work.

Designing, building, and providing content to such a web portal at European level requires a  fundamental reflection on epistemological themes. For instance, when it comes to seeking answers to the following questions:

a) how to make a compatible and comparative examination in the web portal content of cultural differences and similarities in health care issues as presented in different European countries?

b) how to do the same with adolescent care in the different European countries?

c) how to prevent a counterproductive and damaging labelling in medical, psychological and pathological terms of ‘normal and healthy’ coping behaviour of adolescents?

d) how to organize interdisciplinary frameworks to describe the gender and class differences between young people with and without migration backgrounds in the different European countries? This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it