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Welcome to the official website of the Malta Chamber of Psychologists. The Chamber was born out of the coming together of two unions and associations, the Malta Union of Professional Psychologists and the Maltese Psychological Association. It was officially launched on the 14th October 2016 guided by the theme 'in unity there is strength'.

The main objective for the Malta Chamber of Psychologists is to regulate and strengthen the relations between members and employers or employers’ associations. It also aims to advance the practice of psychology in Malta and prioritizes the promotion of psychologists’ and psychology graduates' general welfare.

Indeed the Chamber serves as a common platform for psychologists and psychology graduates practicing in the Maltese Islands. As a registered union, the Chamber works hard towards the maintenance and improvement of psychologists' and psychology graduates' conditions of work through the engagement in discussions and negotiations with the competent authorities as well as representation on any executive or advisory body having powers to make decisions which may affect the profession of psychology in Malta.

On instances the Chamber cooperates and mediates as an official representative with state bodies, organizations, fora, unions, societies, associations, and federations on the local and international scene with the aim of advancing the psychology profession as lived and practiced in Malta. One such affiliation is that established with the European Federation of Psychologists’ Association (EFPA) whereby the Chamber regularly seeks to implement directives regarding EuroPsy, including the register of professional psychologists under the EuroPsy initiative in Malta.

The Chamber also works to contribute towards the development of psychology in the field of education, and also as a science and as a profession. One such initiative is through the regular provision of CPD to its members as well as to psychologists and psychology graduates interested in the advancement of their personal and professional development. We do hope that you find this website useful. Do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to become a member or provide us with any feedback!

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Council Members

President

Roberta Farrugia Debono
Email: president@mcp.org.mt

Vice Presidents

Audrey Sciberras - Union Matters
Email: vice-president.union@mcp.org.mt
Miriam Geraldi Gauci - CPD & Academic Affairs
Email: vice-president.cpd@mcp.org.mt

Secretaries

Cher Engerer - Executive Secretary - General Matters
Email: secretary-general@mcp.org.mt
Mariella Mamo - Executive Secretary - Union Matters
Email: secretary-union@mcp.org.mt
Marlis Scicluna- Administrative Secretary
Email: info@mcp.org.mt

Treasurer

Dott. Veronica Ellul Federici
Email: treasurer@mcp.org.mt

Public Relations Officer

Cher Laurenti Engerer
Email: pro@mcp.org.mt

Graduate Representative

Gianella Caligari
Email: graduate-rep@mcp.org.mt

Council Members

Elaine Schembri Lia
Email: info@mcp.org.mt
Valentina Bezzina
Email: info@mcp.org.mt
Prof. Mary Anne Lauri - Department of Psychology, UOM, Representative
Email: info@mcp.org.mt

Affiliations

The Malta Chamber of Psychologists is affiliated with the following associations:

  • EFPA - http://www.efpa.eu - European Federation of Psychologists' Associations
  • IUPsyS - http://www.iupsys.net - International Union of Psychological Science
  • MFPA - http://www.mfpa.org.mt - Malta Federation of Professional Associations
  • Articles

    Press Releases

    Psychologists declare: The rejection of refugees at sea has consequences for those seeking help and for rejecting countries – and is a violation of human rights

    In June 2018 two ships hired by non-governmental organizations rescued more than 800 refugees from been drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Although harbours in Italy and in Malta were the closest to land for the refugees, the governments in both states denied landing of the ships and giving shelter to the refugees. Since then, the treatment of refugees in this way has been repeated and seems to have become routine.

    According to Prof. Ulrich Wagner from EFPA Board Human Rights and Psychology: As professional psychologists, we declare that the incidents in the Mediterranean Sea will have serious consequences not only for those directly suffering, the refugees. Psychological research shows that violations of the need for bodily integrity have severe consequences for those affected in the form of posttraumatic disease, depression, suicide and heightened level of aggression against others.

    The brutal rejection of refugees in distress at sea will also have consequences for the responsible European states and Europe in general. European citizens will ask themselves how to justify such a dramatic violation of human rights and European values. Psychological research delivers extensive evidence showing that in such situations of threats to fundamental values, human beings tend to blame the suffering people themselves for the hurt and injustice they have experienced. In this way the unbelievable seemingly makes sense. The consequence is that those suffering, in this case the migrant people, are devalued and dehumanised, leading to the revival of racist and extremist ideas.

    The rejection of refugees in distress from landing has not only major consequences for those being directly affected, the refugees, and the European states and their political and social climate, we believe it is also a flagrant violation of human rights: Article 3 of the 1948 United Nation's General Declaration of Human Rights declares the right to life as fundamental for any human being.

    Wagner urges: "As professional psychologists, we ask everyone, including those who are politically responsible, to find a way back to a position in accordance with humanity and human rights. This may even promote peace within Europe and to work against increasing conflicts within Europe."

    http://www.efpa.eu/news/psychologists-for-human-rights-the-rejection-of-those-suffering-distress-at-sea

    Contact person: EFPA Board Human Rights and Psychology - Prof. Dr. U. Wagner, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany, wagner1(at)uni-marburg.de, phone +49 6421 282 3664

    Related articles : UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights : http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/

    http://efpa.eu/news/human-rights-daydecember-10-efpa-psychologists-warn-about-violations

    The Malta Chamber of Psychologists today issued a press release expressing their grave concerns and utter heartbreak over the tragic and mysterious death of a young child. We are in no position to draw any conclusions or form judgement and will refrain from doing so until the investigations and inquiries themselves are finalised. We do however urge this tragedy to be a wake-up call to all members of our community, from the average man in the street to the highest of authorities. This is call for serious reflection, and we must as a nation take serious account of how this atrocity was allowed to happen in our country. We need to reflect on the level and quality of care we are offering vulnerable immigrants who reach our shores. We need to reflect on the resources and support we are offering our professionals in their quest to care for the vulnerable. We need to ask ourselves why our system seems to be failing children like Victoria and what we could have all done to possibly prevent her death.

    We as MCP appeal to society and authorities to be more generous with time and resources, be they monetary or others and to take time out of our busy lives to care for those in less privileged situations. We urge authorities and society at large to make sure that the systems in place, which are supposed to be preventing such cases from happening are well supported, well financed and well functioning.

    We cannot afford to be passive in times like these. MCP offers their heartfelt condolences to her family whilst also offering any support possible in assessing and evaluating the current structures which lead to this tragedy.

    The Malta Chamber of Psychologists today issued a press release expressing their growing concerns and solidarity towards the psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers and family therapists, working in the public sector, who have recently been forced into industrial action. The MCP explained that these helping professionals are seeking to encourage authorities to listen to their plea for better conditions, in lieu of a long expired collective agreement, which seriously undermines their expertise, training and endless dedication, but seem to have thus far fallen on deaf ears, twelve days in!

    The Foundation for Social Welfare Services (FSWS) employs Counselling and Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers and Family Therapists, amongst other caring and helping professionals within its service. These professionals work together for the wellbeing of clients who make use of services such as individual psychotherapy, family therapy and other forms of ongoing support. They also reach out to the community through different interventions such as school visits, community interventions, interventions in hospitals and prison and also in providing staff support, supervision and training.

    The silent voices of these professionals have been ignored for far too long and it is time the authorities stepped up to demonstrate that these workers are valued, recognised and acknowledged for being at the heart of our community. MCP reiterates their stand of total solidarity and support to all concerned.

    The Malta Chamber of Psychologists (MCP) have today officially raised their objections and called for an official meeting with the Prime Minister, with regards to grave concerns they have in relation to the drafting of a new Bill being tabled in Parliament - backed by the Psychotherapists’ Association (MAP)- in view of regularising their profession. The MCP have ascertained that whilst being in favour of the regularisation of any profession, this Bill not only attempts to regularise the title of the psychotherapist, but is also attempting to regularise the practice of psychotherapy, undeniably threatening to encroach and impede psychologists from practicing psychotherapy freely and without impediment. The MCP argues that psychologists are also trained practitioners of psychotherapy, as well as other psychological interventions, and should in no way be conditioned on how, when or with whom they practice their specialisation. They also feel that this Bill attempts to create a monopoly on roles in the public sector, with the possibility of role descriptions being advertised for the exclusive recruitment of psychotherapists, which would preclude psychologists from applying for these posts - whom are perfectly within their realm and competence to do so. The MCP has already met with Hon. Minister Farrugia and subsequently with Hon. Minister Falzon post election, but both meetings proved futile since suggestions were ignored. The Chamber will have no option but to adamantly consider industrial action if their concerns continue to fall on deaf ears.

    The Malta Chamber of Psychologists yesterday issued a public statement reiterating the importance of respecting the integrity of public officials, as well as the general public, when it comes to diagnosis of mental illnesses and any such psychological conditions. In recent weeks, we have seen personal and vile attacks on the likes of Mario Galea, Adrian Delia, Dr. Mark Xuereb, Robert Musumeci, Franco Debono and others; with allegations of mental instability being used as weapons against them. This simply is NOT on! Diagnoses of any mental health related difficulties can and should ONLY be given by people trained in the mental health professions. It is totally unacceptable that any such diagnoses are thrown about lightly as they are dangerous, hurtful and unethical to say the least, when coming from journalists or lay people, since they may give erroneous information and also continue to reinforce a stigma – WHICH WE HAVE LONG WORKED TO COMBAT- with regards to mental health issues. It is also impossible for a lay person to decipher the severity of any mental health issue, since such conditions vary greatly, and until properly and adequately assessed, cannot conclude ones’ incapacity in their occupancy of any position or role in their life. We thus urge and appeal to journalists for more sensitivity, tact and awareness.

    Some reference was recently made to the Constitutional clause stating that public officials can be removed from their occupancy if he is interdicted or incapacitated for any mental infirmity or for prodigality by a court in Malta, or is otherwise determined in Malta to be of unsound mind”. Needless to say, this clause refers directly to people who are no longer capable - i.e. disabled from - performing the duties and tasks responsible to them; albeit, any such decision would have to be supported by a battery of psychological tests and a thorough evaluation process. The MCP affirms strongly that it is unacceptable for people to be judged, labelled, ostracised, condemned, prejudiced or discriminated against, for merely voicing their tendency to suffer from any one or more mental health conditions.

    It is not uncommon for most people in the general population, to suffer from some form of mental health issue at some point in their lives. In fact, one in four people will experience some form of anxiety, some form of addiction, some degree of depression, one or more phobia/s, and some sort of psychological crisis during their lifetime. Some conditions are hereditary, some environmental and others brought on by trauma’s in everyday life. There are also a wide range of personality disorders which many people may suffer from. In fact, it is common knowledge that the majority of us are simply well composed neurotics doing our best to go about our business and make our mark in the world. Quoting the great Marcel Proust, “Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces. .. never will the world be aware of how much it owes to them, nor above all what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts on it”. Abraham Lincoln, Pope Francis, Bishop Cremona, Nikola Tesla, Vincent Van Gogh, are all amongst great people who are themselves known to have suffered from mental health difficulties.

    Most people diagnosed with mental health conditions or psychological problems generally fair very well in their everyday lives, thriving in their professional and work life, without anybody even noticing that they have any difficulties. Most people with mental illnesses keep it a secret and can usually cope well when under the right care and medical treatment. If all the people who sought the help of mental health practitioners, failed to function well at work, we would have a serious crisis on our hands!

    We at MCP applaud the bravery of public figures who have had the courage to come forward and speak about their mental health difficulties, since it only supports the premise that we are all human; all vulnerable in our own way. Neither one of us is immune from having psychological issues and neither one of us can exclude the possibility of one day having to battle with a mental health condition of sorts. In fact, the MCP urge people of all ages to take great care of their mental health, especially those occupying highly stressful jobs. We would like to think that in these delicate moments, we will find a community who is accepting, knowledgeable and supportive; not a community who is ready to condemn or to denigrate people for being human. We all have the responsibility to work towards the wellbeing of our society, by fostering an environment of tolerance and care; stopping people from denigrating others in the name of mental health being a definite way forward.

    Any queries or comments can be addressed to info@mcp.org.mt

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    This country has just emerged from the eye of the storm - an election campaign which created great divide, tension and animosity within the community, families and amongst friends. In the aftermath, Cher V. Laurenti Engerer discusses the psychology of this phenomenon and the negative effects such dynamics can leave on our collective social psyche.

    ‘It’s us against them’… ‘Min mhux maghna kontra taghna’ … ‘We are all good; they all evil”.

    Before attempting to explore the psychosocial implications of such attitudes and Political strategies, it is imperative to define two crucial psychological terms: ‘Splitting’ and ‘Projection’. In the psychodynamic school of thought (the likes of Fairbairn and Klein for those who wish to read further), we speak of Splitting (i.e. black-and-white thinking or all-or-nothing thinking). This concept is defined to be a primitive defence mechanism by which individuals or communities fail to bring together the polarity - of the negative and positive- into a cohesive whole, that is, we split the world or people into ‘all good or all bad’. As a result, the person or group of people start to think in extreme terms e.g. that an individual's behaviour or motives are all right or all wrong, leaving very little room for the existence of a more objective and realistic middle ground. In actual fact, the good and the bad aspects of any object, person, or political party, exist within the very same whole, but we are selectively blinded to only see and perceive that which our psyche preconditions us to.

    Melanie Klein spoke of how infants instinctively decide whether their mother’s breast is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ depending on the amount of pleasure/pain or satisfaction/dissatisfaction, that is derived from it at any given moment. Therefore, she contends that one negative experience of breastfeeding could lead the infant to psychologically conclude that the breast is in fact a ‘bad breast’. This is said to happen because the infant is incapable of processing deeply, of thinking laterally or of understanding the phenomenological process of how things can potentially unfold, develop and shift in the future. This process of ‘splitting’ is not however specific to infants, but continues throughout our lives and causes us to idealise persons or groups of people whilst denigrating others - ethnic groups, minority groups, political parties; for very irrational and illogical reasons at times. With a lack of awareness, we will unconsciously set out to distance ourselves from those we reject, placing them far away from ourselves and separate to the self, which leads us then to feel we can ‘punish’ them safely, since we have disassociated ourselves from them. This is why it becomes an ‘us Vs them’ mentality.

    As humans, we are predisposed to compartmentalise our lives into different symbols, such that we find the need to identify the ‘bad man’- il-babaw - who does all evil, and in thus doing so, we are helping ourselves feel more worthwhile and valuable, since it is easier for those traits to exist outside of ourselves than to acknowledge them within. Projective identification will be a major part of any campaign to create this external bad guy. Usually what happens is that when we are seeing the ‘all bad’ in others, we are actually rejecting unwanted or unacceptable parts of our own personality, since the reality is we are all capable of atrocities and wrong-doings, equally as we are all capable of the common good. Seeing the ‘all bad’ in others is what we call psychological Projection; a phenomenon which manifests itself at the micro and macro level of our lives. Such psychological mechanisms can turn bitter and become the root cause of attacks, hatred, harm and animosity towards others, as has been seen in many socio-political contexts, even locally. The biggest problem is that we end up accusing others of having our unwanted traits, whilst the others do the same: ‘the pot-kettle-black scenario’, by which it is often difficult to continue to identify the accuser from the accused or the perpetrator from their victim. It becomes one big hodgepodge of subjective reality and distorted perceptions. The truth is, we are all inherently the integration of good and bad qualities, as are both our two major political parties.

    Since splitting and projection are also instinctual processes, I’m certain that we all partook in such behaviours on some level during this election campaign - where people felt justified in denigrating, ridiculing, shaming, and threatening others – or when it became difficult to sit at the same table with family members who had a difference of opinion. People, including members of our union, were even attacked personally through social media and other means. The streets were also rife with verbal abuse and conflicts. These dynamics are dangerous and destructive to our overall well being and to our community at large.

    Political leaders have a social responsibility to discourage such attitudes and behaviours. The ‘tribal’ mentality in Malta has long thrived, with a far-reaching history of splitting and projection throughout our roots. Locally we seem to thrive on creating dichotomous rivalry. We are either fervent Italian football supporters or English football supporters; either PL or PN; either with one local kazin or the other. We are continuously reinforcing and encouraging our children to perpetuate this cycle by involving them in partisan politics for example, from a tender age, by painting their faces with our tribes colours and wrapping scarves around their necks; by indoctrinating them to believe that one side is all good; the others forever evil. We are fostering in these children a culture of division, anger, hostility and fear, without honing their capacity to think critically and deeply. This is not healthy. This is not ok.

    It is time to move forward in this aspect and develop as a nation- to develop the psychological maturity to integrate diversity; to allow introduction of alternatives; to listen to other perspectives; to be open to other options and learn to give and take critical feedback. Our leaders – our role models – our parentsneed to set an example for our generations to come. So as we prepare ourselves for the next election, perhaps we can consider sitting down with our adult children and friends, to read the political manifestos and together write up a list of the pros and cons of each party; have an objective and rational discussion of what we feel each party can offer and what we fear they cannot, and allow everybody around us, the right to choose, to weigh, to decide and to vote, without making them feel ‘ignorant’ or ashamed of their views or afraid to express who they are and what they stand for.

    Cher V. Laurenti Engerer

    PRO, Malta Chamber of Psychologists

    pro@mcp.org.mt

    The Malta Chamber of Psychologists (MCP) and all incumbent members publically and categorically condemn the use or abuse of minors or vulnerable persons, on any media forums. We also appeal to the public for discretion, tolerance and sensitivity toward others. We advise that any discriminatory, derogatory or defamating images or statements made about others should immediately be reported to the relevant authorities and deleted to avoid any further harm. We at MCP promote the equal treatment and tolerance of all persons regardless of ability, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, class, nationality, religion or political affiliation.

    This month marks a historical moment in the history of psychology professionals with the official launch of the Malta Chamber of Psychologists (MCP), which was held at Xara Lodge on the 14th October. The event was well attended by psychologists and graduates, from both the former Maltese Psychological Association (MPA) and Malta Union of Professional Psychologists (MUPP), which were both dissolved at their last AGM’s in 2015. Both these camps have worked hand in hand for many years to have finally come together as one family. The tag line of our launch is: in unity there is strength, stated MCP president Ms. Roberta Farrugia Debono. Psychologists from both former associations met to celebrate this momentous occasion. HE Hon Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, president of Malta, was also in attendance, having addressed the audience with [Insert quote]

    MPA, since it’s’ inception in 1991, has been instrumental in the development and growth of the psychology field, and in honing the remit of it’s’ professionals. They were strategic in the development of the Psychology Professions Act in 2004, and in setting up the Masters level Psychology courses as well as having advised on various pertinent government policies. MPA was also a leading CPD provider for ongoing professional training for it’s’ members throughout the past decade.

    Likewise, MUPP, since its’ founding in 1992, have been most influential in promoting and conserving the rights of psychologists. They have acted efficiently as a leading trade union, representing psychologists, and also in setting standards for training and best practice of the profession. They have also organised and hosted a number of national conferences. MUPP were also instrumental in the establishment of the ‘psychologist class’ within the civil service grading structure, which heralded a new era for psychologists working within government.

    Both associations were also strong advocates in the drafting of legislation for the warranting of psychologists, which lead to the appointment of the first Maltese Psychology Professions Board (MPPB) in 2004, followed by the first official warranting ceremony the following year. The MCP is now also a member of the Federation for Professional Associations (MFPA) and its’ European counterpart (EFPA), for which MPA were previously not eligible, since they only accepted one representative body.

    With great satisfaction, we come together today as one association, welcoming all psychologists and psychology graduates in various fields, Farrugia Debono stated. The newly formed MCP started its’ work a year ago, with the advantageous position of having reaped the rewards of the two already established pillars. It is also with a great wealth of knowledge and expertise that professionals from both former associations have merged and are already engaged in exciting initiatives for the future of psychology and its’ incumbents.

    If you are interested in finding out more about the MCP kindly email the secretary on info@mcp.org.mt or browse their website at http://www.mcp.org.mt

    The Malta chamber of Psychologists (MCP) has today issued a statement, following the official parliamentary passing of the Bill intended to criminalize the practice of Gay Conversion Therapy, earlier this week. A spokesperson for the MCP announced ‘The Malta Chamber of Psychologists (MCP), The Maltese Association of Psychiatry (MAP), The Malta Association of Family Therapy & Systemic Practice (MAFT –SP), as well as the Malta Association for the Counselling Profession (MACP) are together, very proud to have played an integral part in the drafting of this bill, which openly disapproves of practices which are harmful to people in our community. Gay conversion is inhumane on many levels because, not only does it reject a group of individuals on the basis of unfound prejudice and lack of tolerance for diversity, but also because it impinges on the international recognition of LGBTIQ rights; also supported by progressive trends to depathologise such individuals from mental health statistical manual classifications. As a body we promote respect and equality for all persons, and are determined to continue working towards ensuring our clients can enjoy as safe a therapeutic experience as they deserve”

    Farrugia Debono Roberta: President

    Geraldi Gauci Miriam: Vice President – CPD & Academic Affairs

    Sciberras Audrey: Vice President- Union Matters

    Schembri Lia Elaine: Executive Secretary - General Matters

    Mamo Mariella: Executive Secretary – Union matters

    Ellul Federici Veronica: Treasurer

    Laurenti Engerer Cher: Public Relations Officer

    Gatt Benjamin: Council Member

    Mizzi Antonella: Council member

    Scicluna Marlis: Council member

    Bezzina Valentina: Council member

    Piscopo Mark: Council member

    Caligari Gianella: Graduate representative

    Bonkova Valeriya: Student representative

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    General Data Protection Regulation Seminar
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    Mount St Joseph Retreat House, Mosta
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    MPA and MUPP joint history


    The journey towards the creation of the Malta Chamber of Psychologists

    The Maltese Psychological Association (MPA)

    1992: The Association of Counselling and Clinical Psychologists was setup. Name changed to MPA eventually.
    1998: New branch set up for affiliate memebers to include professions related to psychology.
    1998: First graduate representative on council.
    1999: Conference on the effects of marital separation in children.
    1999: Efforts to draw up a document on family courts and discussion with minister.
    2000: The first training seminar is held.
    2000: MPA became a registered trade union.
    2002: Conference on emotional and psychological violence in couple relationships.
    2003: Discussions on the proposed Psychologist bill held with members.
    2004: The Psychology profession Act passed through parliament. MPA worked hard in favour of this legislation.
    2007: Professional indemnity insurance offered to members.
    2007: MPA launches its first website.
    2009: First series of practice seminars held.
    2011: Participation in the Social Affairs Committee with regards to Paedophile register.
    2014: Discussions re-starts with MUPP to create one professional body.
    2015: Last MPA AGM held. MPA is dissolved awaiting new Association.

    The Malta Union and Professional Body of Psychology (MUPP)

    1992: The MUPP was founded.
    1993: The MUPP was accepted as Malta’s representative in the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations (EFPA).
    1993: The MUPP joined the Confederation of Malta Trade Unions (CMTU) and is represented in its National Council Meeting.
    1996: Psychologist class introduced in civil service after agreement with Maltese OPM.
    2004: The Malta Psychologists Profession Act was enacted in parliament. Work started in 1996.
    2006: MUPP hosted EFPA's secretaries council in Malta.
    2007: MUPP's 15th anniversary. Psychology awards launched during Mater Dei celebration event.
    2008: revisions to the 1996 Psychology Class agreement started.
    2012: industrial dispute with government due to no progress in duscussions regarding agreement.
    2012: MUPP website launched.
    2012: Psychology Class agreement revised with better conditions for Psychologists.
    2014: Name changed to "The Malta Union and Professional Body of Psychology". Closer ties with the UHM established.
    2014: MUPP joined the National Forum of Trade Unions.
    2014: First discussions with MPA regarding the creation of one unified professional body.
    2015: Discussions with government over revision of Psychology Class Agreement started.
    2015: Last MUPP AGM held. MUPP is dissolved awaiting new Association.

    14th October 2016
    The Malta Chamber of Psychologists is officially launched.


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