Brazilian VBP Network

Network Leads

Guilherme Messas

MD, PhD. Head of the Postgraduate Program on Phenomenological Psychopathology - Santa Casa de São Paulo School of Medical Sciences – Brazil


Chair of the Psychiatry Technical Chamber of the Regional Council of Medicine – São Paulo, Brazil


Main area of expertise: Phenomenological psychopathology and psychiatry, especially of drug addiction and related psychopathologies including

  1. the development of a phenomenologically-based therapeutics, which considers the individual as a whole;
  2. the formation of new generations of psychopathologists, psychologists and psychiatrists (through theoretical and practical teaching);
  3. the development of a phenomenological psychopatho-sociology of drug abusers;
  4. the development of strategies for social reinsertion of vulnerable populations in Brazil (aiming at reduction of criminality);
  5.  chief-editior of the journal “Psicopatologia Fenomenológica Contemporânea”;
  6. writing and publishing papers and books on the subject

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Background and Aims

The aim of this network is to bring together stakeholders (from any country) interested in applying values-based practice in the context of the challenges presented by the large and culturally diverse population of Brazil.  The network will have a particular concern with vulnerable populations.
Values-based practice offers an appropriate instrument for bringing together cultural diversity in Brazil, and therefore for improving the effectiveness and global impact of mental health in the country.


The initial focus of the Network will be on bringing values-based practice to bear on alcohol and drug use in Brazil. This is an area of healthcare where the challenges for policy and practice presented by Brazil’s culturally diverse population are particularly acute. Public, private, philanthropic, lay, and religious institutions all work in this field, each bringing unique perspectives, values, and goals for clinical care and policy. 

Consequently, preserving the features of each stakeholder´s culture is key to developing a successful alcohol and drug misuse policy in Brazil.

The launch activity of the network was a visit by Lucy Webb (who co-leads the Co-Production Addictive Behaviour Research Network) and her colleague Samantha Baron to Sao Paulo.

Click here to see their schedule.

How to join the network

The network is open to both Brazilian and non-Brazilian stakeholders willing to be part of a comprehensive and pluralistic Project for Alcohol and Drug Policies in Brazil and other areas of mental health policy and practice.

Network Announcements

Please see below for the announcements from the network for the last 12 months.  To see older announcements, please visit the VBP Archive. 

The Existential Structure of Substance Misuse
October 16, 2021

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WikiVBP Reference Library

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Key Areas of Collaboration

Core activities of the Centre are based around three inter-linked areas, Education, Regulation and Integration, together with crosscutting themes of Theory and Practice

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Values-based Surgical Care

Values-based practice in surgery is an innovative approach to decision making in surgery, linking science with people.


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Training Materials and Resources

The CUP Book Series

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