Welcome letter

President of WADD

Pr. Pedro Ruiz

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the 4th WADD World Congress on Dual Disorders, which will take place in Marrakech, Morocco, from October 19nd to 24th 2020, both dates included.

The WADD, in conjunction with Moroccan Private Psychiatrists Association and the Moroccan Association of Addictology convene you to this major event, to discuss on Dual Disorders, psychiatry and addictions, on the theme:


“Integrating Psychiatry and Mental Health in the Neuroscience context”.

This edition will introduce international opinion leaders on psychiatry will be present, with single‐issue/monothematic tracks, focused on several aspects in Dual Disorders.

The WADD is committed to make available to clinicians the necessary scientific expertise to improve treatments to patients suffering of dual disorders throughout the world.

We are looking to increase standards in psychiatry, training, education and clinical practice of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers and other professionals working in Dual Disorders.

This time we keep in mind the added problem that the COVID 19 pandemic brings to our patients.

We look forward to meeting you in the magical Marrakech, a city famous all over the world for its palm grove and minaret, true live show where locals and folklore are skillfully staged in a medieval setting.

See you soon in Marrakech!

Welcome letter

Congress President

Pr. M. Paes

The Moroccan Association of Private Psychiatrists (AMPEP) organize in collaboration with the Moroccan Association of Addictology, in the frame of their national congresses, the 4 Congress of the World Association of Dual Disorders (WADD) under the theme “Dual Pathology: integrating Psychiatry and Mental Health in the neurosciences’ context”,From 19th to 24th october.


From its incorporation, the WADD has committed to make available to clinicians the necessary scientific expertise to improve treatments to patients suffering of dual disorders throughout the world. These actions are implemented by improving psychiatric standards, with theoretical and field training programs for mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses), social workers and other professionals involved in the Dual Pathology domain. Several actions have hence been realized in this field within the last years.


The aim of this congress is to reunite, for the second time in Morocco, high level international experts in dual pathology and the mental health professionals to debate concepts, clinical practice, teaching and research in these different domains of Psychiatry.


Following the success of the previous WADD’s congresses, our goal is to make this Congress a high-quality forum. This will be our challenge, and we commit to take it up.

Unfortunately, the short- and medium-term outlook for the pandemic is not only uncertain but also negative. Furthermore, international travel is very disrupted, unreliable, and limited, and it does not seem that the panorama will improve in Autumn. After a careful assessment of the situation and taking into account mainly safety criteria we took the decision, to our great regret, to opt for the virtual organization of the Congress.

The Congress will be organized in THREE WEBINAR MEETING of three hours each.

It was not an easy decision for us to make. The organization of this Congress was very important for us and we were very delighted to meet in Marrakech.

I hope that we will have the pleasure and the honour of welcoming you to Morocco in the near future on the occasion of the organization of another event.

Welcome to our virtual Congress.

Best regards,