Achieving Mental Health 
and Psychosocial Wellbeing


COVID-19

Second International Congress of
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy


2nd - 4th December 2020, Sarajevo

Significance and Possibilities of Psychosocial Support in the Protection of Children and Youth, Now and After the Covid-19 Pandemic starts in:
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#AchievingMentalHealth2020

We are pleased to announce the Second International Congress of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy titled:

"Significance and Possibilities of Psychosocial Support in the Protection of Children and Youth, Now and After the Covid-19 Pandemic"


we invite You to join us from 2nd to 4th December 2020.


The situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and current health protection measures, the transition to online teaching and working from home, have caused children, adolescents and their parents to find themselves in a specific and new situation. The Congress will be an opportunity to exchange experiences, research, examples of good practice, as well as to enhance understanding of the impact of the pandemic on mental health and psychosocial well-being. New information and ideas of experts from our country, countries of the region, Europe and the world, through plenary lectures, round tables and practical examples, will describe a series of preventive modalities, educational, legal, social, medical, therapeutic and rehabilitation activities aimed at protecting children and their families.


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Register, strengthen your own capacities and be part of a network which aims to improve the mental health of children, young people, families and communities.

Organizing committee

comes from the fields of health, social protection, education and juvenile justice

It is our pleasure to present

new information and ideas of experts from our country, countries of the region, Europa and the World...

Our goals

to emphasise the need to find optimal ways of action in the emerging health crisis...

It is our pleasure to present to you:

Prof. Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja, MD-PhD

Full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Zagreb, neuropsychiatrist, subspecialist child and adolescent psychiatry, psychotherapist, retired. Born in 1938 in Pleškovac, Čakovec. Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Zagreb (1962), M.Sc. (1975), Ph.D. (1979), title of dissertation: "Analysis of Causal factors leading to psychological changes in people with epilepsy". She worked at the Jankomir Psychiatric Hospital where she founded the first Autism Center in the former Yugoslavia. She was an advisor to the Government of the Republic of Croatia and a head of the psychosocial assistance program for war victims. Established the Mental Health Center in Children's Disease Hospital. Head of the National Center for Psychotraum and Center for Distressed Disorders. Now she works in her own Polyclinic Kocijan / Hercigonja. She has published 66 papers. Author and Co-author of 14 books, 19 chapters in books. Some of the most important awards: Life Achievement Award for Child Rights Promotion (2008); Laureate for Contributing to Psychotherapy in Croatia (2008); Medal of bravery Katarina Zrinski. Regular member of AMZH since 1983. She is President of the European Association for Therapeutic Services for Children and Young People (EIATSCYP).
Mirela Badurina, PhD

Mirela Badurina, PhD

Chairman of the Organizing Committee

Mirela Badurina, PhD, Gestalt Psychotherapist and Child and Adolescent Integrative Psychotherapist, was born in 1968 in Sarajevo. For the past twenty-five years, she has focused her professional and academic development on the areas of health and well-being of children and young people. She is an exhibitor at numerous national and international congresses and conferences on the topics of health, rights and interests of children. She is the author and co-author of many scientific and professional papers, and European certified psychotherapist. Also, she is the founder and director of the BHIDAPA Association within which there are three centers: European accredited educational programs in the field of child and adolescent integrative psychotherapy and counseling, Interdisciplinary therapeutic centers for the protection of children, young people and families, and a Scientific and professional research center. She is the Chair of the Organizing Committee International Congress of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Psychotherapy. She is happily married and a mother of two.
dr. Goran Čerkez, MD

dr. Goran Čerkez, MD

Vice President of the Organizing Committee

Work as Deputy to the Federal Ministry of Health, over twenty years of experience in public health, policy development and strategy, and community service. He specializes in field of mental health development in BiH. Goran Čerkez has led the mental health reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the establishing of Mental Health Services in the community as the director of the World Bank project in BiH. He participated in drafting the Action Plan for Mental Health of World Health Organization as the only expert in the region of Southeast Europe. He worked on the mental health strategy in BiH, development of standards and norms for mental health centers, development of accreditation standards, on the implementation of coordinated care and occupational therapy in mental health, on the development of psychosocial disaster support guides, the development of a matrix for the identification of the risk of violence school population, prevention of violence, as well as numerous other activities in the field of mental health. He worked with IOM and the Defense Ministry in BiH on the initiation of psychologists in the armed forces. For the past eight years he coordinated the mental health project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, implemented by XY, and supported by the Swiss government. Goran Čerkez is a invited lecturer on topics related to the development of mental health services at the Faculty of Medicine in Sarajevo, summer schools for health management organized by the United Nations Center for Peace, the Summer School for social workers in Dubrovnik, as well as the Faculty of Criminalistics, Criminology and Security Studies about juvenile violence. He also taught at Human Resources Development Week in the World Bank. As a mental health expert he worked with the World Bank, WHO, IOM and the Council of Europe, ITF, UNICEF, UNFP, Harward Refugee Trauma, the Southeast Europe Health Network and many NGOs. In the area of mental health in the region of Southeast Europe within the Stability Pact, he was a member of the Executive Board of the project "Strengthening Social Cohesion through Mental Health Development". More than 15 years representing Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Southeastern Europe Network, where he has been chairman of the executive committee for three years. Honorary member of the Association of Psychologists of FBiH. For contribution to the development of quality in health care, the development of accreditation standards in mental health awarded by AKAZ, and recognition for the development of health care in the Republic of Moldova. The holder of awards for the development of regional cooperation in South East Europe. Doc. Bruna Profaca, PhD Doc. Bruna Profaca, PhD Clinical psychologist Clinical psychologist from the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, institutions specialized in working with traumatized children and their families. The focus of her clinical and research work is the area of stress, trauma, traumatic loss and a crisis in childhood and adolescence, parenting, emotional problems of children and young people, as well as treatment and counseling work with children and families. She is an an external associate at the graduate and postgraduate studies at several faculties of the University of Zagreb and has collaborated on several projects. She is also educator for professionals who work with children in different systems in Croatia and abroad. She has presented and published a number of scientific and professional papers and book chapters. Prof. Nađa Marić Bojović, MD-PhD Prof. Nađa Marić Bojović, MD-PhD Psychiatrist Prof. dr. sc. Nađa Marić Bojović, MD Psychiatrist, Head of the Department for Scientific Research and Early Interventions in Psychiatry (since 2009) at the Clinic for Psychiatry of the Clinical Center of Serbia, scientific advisor and associate professor at the Medical Faculty of the University of Belgrade (since 2016). She is a member of the Council of the Association of Psychiatrists of Serbia, president of the Society for Biological Psychiatry and a member of the Board of Directors of the Serbian Brain Council. She received her PhD in 2003 on the theme of structural neuroimaging in the study of gender differences in schizophrenia. She works on the improvement of diagnosis and treatment of psychoses and mood disorders. She advocates the introduction of methods of early interventions in psychiatry and the development of neuroscience. She is actively involved in several international projects. She also takes part in national projects: Phosphorylation of the glucocorticoid receptor as a biomarker of mood disorders (Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Serbia - subproject manager); Control of energy homeostasis in humans in various pathological conditions (Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Serbia-researcher); Depression in schizophrenia, (Ministry of Science and Technology, head Prof. Dr. M. Jašović-Gašić). She has won several awards and recognitions: Okasha Award for Developing Countries, World Psychiatric Association (2005), AEP Research Award for the best paper published by a young psychiatrist (2004), Young Investigator Award, International Congress on Schizophrenia Research (2003), First Prize University of Belgrade for student research (1991). In 2016, she acquired the title of scientific advisor. As an author or co-author, she has published 70 papers from the SCI list, with about 1000 citations. Prof. Mirjana Graovac, MD-PhD Prof. Mirjana Graovac, MD-PhD Psychiatrist and psychotherapist Psychiatric Specialist, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Specialist. Education - Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, as well as group analysis. In 2003 she defended her doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of Medicine in Rijeka with the topic "Styles of coping with stress during the middle phase of adolescence in high school". The founder and head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Psychiatric Clinic, University Hospital Center Rijeka from 1998. Associate professor at Department of psychiatry and psychological medicine at the Faculty of Medicine in Rijeka and Faculty of Health Studies in Rijeka (undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate studies). Lecturer at the postgraduate study of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb. Educator in European Programs for Child and Adolescents Integrative Psychotherapy in Zagreb (Croatia's Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Association for Children and Young People HITUDIM), Zadar (at Center for psychotherapy, education and counseling Psihika) and Sarajevo (Bosnian-Herzegovinian Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Association - BHIDAPA). Areas of interest: children and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy; psychodrama as a therapeutic technique. Specific areas of interest: identity development and pathology of identity, depressive disorders of children and adolescents, feeding disorders, disorders related to stress and trauma in children and adolescents, family and child/adolescent with psychological/developmental difficulties. dr. Ranka Kalinić, MD dr. Ranka Kalinić, MD Psychiatrist Mirela Badurina, PhD Mirela Badurina, PhD Psychotherapist Mirela Badurina, PhD, Gestalt Psychotherapist and Child and Adolescent Integrative Psychotherapist, was born in 1968 in Sarajevo. For the past twenty-five years, she has focused her professional and academic development on the areas of health and well-being of children and young people. She is an exhibitor at numerous national and international congresses and conferences on the topics of health, rights and interests of children. She is the author and co-author of many scientific and professional papers, and European certified psychotherapist. Also, she is the founder and director of the BHIDAPA Association within which there are three centers: European accredited educational programs in the field of child and adolescent integrative psychotherapy and counseling, Interdisciplinary therapeutic centers for the protection of children, young people and families, and a Scientific and professional research center. She is the Chair of the Organizing Committee International Congress of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Psychotherapy. She is happily married and a mother of two. Dr. Giandomenico Bagatin Dr. Giandomenico Bagatin Psychotherapist Giandomenico is a psychologist, psychotherapist, psychotherapy international trainer and author from Trieste, Italy. He's founder and director of Gestalt Play Therapy Italia, a web platform that connects about 1500 children, adolescents and family therapists all around Italy and promote Oaklander Model, Gestalt and humanistic approaches with children. Giandomenico is a contributing member of Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation, trainer and supervisor for the model and Gestalt Play Therapist certified by Felicia Carroll and Violet Oaklander. Sabina Zijadić Husić Sabina Zijadić Husić Psychotherapist Born on 25.01.1976, married, mother of two. Graduated psychologist, a gestalt psychotherapist and integrative psychotherapist for children and adolescents. She finished primary and secondary school in Sarajevo, where she also has graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Psychology in 2001. In 1999 she started to gain working experience by volunteering in programs for psychosocial support and help to children affected by war. Since 2000 she was working on an experimental program with a group of gifted children in the preschool institution. In 2001 she was engaged in the NVO World Vision project, by working with children and adolescents traumatized during the war. During the project, she was working on providing support, counselling and psychotherapeutic treatment for parents and teachers. Since 2009, she has been engaged in the Center for hearing and speech rehabilitation in Sarajevo, working with children with damaged hearing and speech development disorders. Within a private practice, she was working as a psychotherapist with young children and adults, through individual and couples’ therapy, as well as workshops for personal growth and development. Since the establishment of the Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Center for the Protection of Children, Young People, and Family BHIDAPA, she was engaged in the positions: deputy director of BHIDAPA, psychotherapist, supervisor, and the assistant in teaching an educational program for children’s and adolescent integrative psychotherapy and counselling. Joanna Hewitt Evans, MSc Joanna Hewitt Evans, MSc Psychotherapist, supervisor Gestalt Psychotherapist UKCP, EAIP Integrative Psychotherapist, Supervisor, is director of EUROCPS, the European Centre for Psychotherapeutic Studies founded by the late Ken Evans. She is vice chair external relations, EIATSCYP and a visiting trainer on psychotherapy training programmes in several countries in Europe. She has a particular interest in the links between shame, attachment, trauma and affect regulation. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist Joanna's background was in therapeutic social work with children and families and she spent many years managing projects related to abuse. Family and friends, children and grandchildren, biological, step and adopted are central to her life. Prof. Ivana Zečević, PhD Prof. Ivana Zečević, PhD Psychotherapist Associate professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Banja Luka, in the department of educational and school psychology. She has been focusing on her interest in children and adolescent psychology for 18 years, working in the field of mental health of children and young people in the educational system, both in the scientific - research work, as well as REBT psychotherapist under supervision in recent years. She is particularly concerned with examining the internalising and externalizing responses of children and youth in the school environment. In addition to scientific - research work, she is particularly active in the field of prevention and works to make the school a safe place for the growth and development of every child. MA Jon Blend MA Jon Blend Psychotherapist MA Jon Blend is an UKCP certified psychiatrist for children and adults, author, supervisor, trainer and musician. His past includes 30 years of experience working with adults, children, adolescents and families in the field of mental health care. Jon works as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in London. Dr. Oana Maria Popescu Dr. Oana Maria Popescu Psychotherapist Oana Maria Popescu is a trainer and supervisor in integrative psychotherapy, integrative child and adolescent psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, expressive therapies and coaching, founding president of the Association for Integrative Research, Counseling and Psychotherapy in Romania. She is the training standards officer with the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy, member of several European and International Professional Associations, editor-in-chief for the Journal of Integrative Research, Counseling and Psychotherapy and manager of the “Psiho Blue Training and Research Center” in Romania. Oana Maria Popescu published numerous articles and books on integrative psychotherapy and is the founder of the integrative-strategic approach in psychotherapy. Mia Roje Đapić, MSc Mia Roje Đapić, MSc Psychologist Mia Roje Đapić is a psychologist in Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, also a PhD student in prevention science. She is currently finishing child and adolescent integrative psychotherapy training, and had completed a four-year training in integrative psychotherapy, as well as shorter trainings in other psychotherapeutic modalities (art therapy, play therapy, TFCBT, emotional focused therapy, attacment based therapy). She is an NLP practitioner and master, long-term Brave Phone’s volunteer, educator and supervisor. She is an executive editor of the book “Science and Art of Nurture”, in which authors several chapters, and also a co-author of book “Child in the center (of conflict)”. She coordinated a national research about preschoolers’ Screen Time, published several expert and scientific papers, as well as contributed to many national and international child protection conferences. She is an EAPAP’s member and was a member of organizational board of their European conference this year. She worked as an educator in UNICEF, OSCE and Terres de Hommes projects. Corina Elena Antoaneta Levu Corina Elena Antoaneta Levu Psychotherapist Corina Elena Antoaneta Levu is a trainer in integrative child and adolescent psychotherapy and head of the child psychotherapy department at the Association for Integrative Research, Counselling and Psychotherapy in Romania. She is also specialised in family psychotherapy, speech therapy and integrative psychotherapy, and a supervisor in the area of special therapy and pedagogy for children with disabilities. Corina has been working as a speech therapist in a school for special needs children since 1998 and as a child psychotherapist since 2005. She is currently teaching child psychotherapy and expressive therapies. Katarina Višić, MD Katarina Višić, MD MD and psychotherapist Katarina Višić is graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade and specialized in Rational Emotional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and acquired the title of RE & KBT psychotherapist. In recent years, she has been educating and focusing on working with children and adolescents. She is currently in the final year of education in Child and Adolescent Integrative Psychotherapy. In her practice she uses an integrative approach: rational emotional cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy (schema therapy, Jeffrey Young) and dialectical behavioral therapy. She is the founder of the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychological Counseling Dr Visic in Belgrade, Serbia. Maja Tursunović Maja Tursunović Maja Tursunović is Manager of the project "Justice for Every Child" implemented by the Criminal Policy Research Center, Sarajevo in cooperation with UNICEF BiH. Born in 1977 in Sarajevo. She graduated from the Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation at the University of Tuzla (2002) on the inclusion of children with disabilities in the regular education system, and received her master's degree in Management of State and Humanitarian Organizations from the Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies at the University of Sarajevo (2012). At the beginning of her career, she worked in civil society organizations in BiH in jobs that included working with children and people with disabilities. From 2006 to 2018, she worked in the international organization "World Vision in BiH". In that period, in addition to designing and managing programs and processes, she focused her work on the child protection sector and through an advisory role dedicated her commitment to the welfare of the most vulnerable children in BiH. During her career, she participated in several studies that addressed the vulnerability of children in BiH, the phenomenon of child neglect and other topics related to the current migrant crisis in BiH. Teodora Minčić Teodora Minčić spec. med. psih. Teodora Minčić is a psychologist, a specialist in Medical Psychology. Since 1993, she has been working with children and adolescents at the Clinic for Children and Adolescents at the Institute of Mental Health in Belgrade. In 2003 she completed her specialization in Medical Psychology. Besides psychodiagnostic work with children and adolescents, her main area of interest is working with children who were abused and neglected, or exposed to manipulation during the divorce process. She has been a member of the Unit for the Protection of Children against Abuse and Neglect at the Institute of Mental Health ever since its establishment in 2000. She has also been a permanent expert witness in the cases related to children, divorce, abuse and neglect since 2006. She has participated in the courses related to training and establishment of the interdisciplinary teams for the protection of children from abuse and neglect, organized by Admire and Intercare from the Netherlands, Save the Children, and the Team for Child Protection of the Seattle Children’s Hospital. She continued her education by paying regular visits to the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center. She took part in training and supervision related to parental alienation, organized by Dr. Karen Woodall and Nick Woodall at the Center in 2019. Since 2010, she has been an educator in the project ‘Child and adolescent violence prevention’ organized by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia and the World Health Organization, and she also participated in the making of the handbook related to this program. She is also an educator in the project of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia called ‘The implementation of the special protocol of the healthcare system in the protection of children from abuse and neglect’ and one of the editors of the 2012 and 2019 editions of the handbook and the poster related to this project. She is the author of the chapters in this handbook which tackle the issues of children who witness domestic violence and parental manipulation in the divorce process. She has been an educator in the project „The divorce end child protection“ for the judicary experts and experts in social welfare organized by the Child Rights centre in2020. Elma Omersoftić, MSc Elma Omersoftić, MSc Psychologist, Psychotherapist Elma Omersoftić je magistar psiholoških nauka u području nasilja u zajednici među mlađim adolescentima. Rođena je u Sarajevu, 1983. godine. Zaposlena kao psiholog u osnovnoj školi već 14 godina. Diplomu Certificiranog psihoterapeuta Transakcione analize stiče u Oslu u julu, 2013. godine. Psihoterapijsko iskustvo u individualnom i grupnom radu sa djecom i adolescentima stekla je kroz rad u školi. 10 godina bavi se psihoterapijom sa odraslima. Sa BHiDAP-om sarađuje kao individualni psihoterapeut za edukante iz Dječije i adolescentne integrativne psihoterapije. Supervizorica je na Programu sekundarne prevencije neprihvatljivih oblika ponašanja i zaštite djece u Kantonu Sarajevo ispred Ministarstva za obrazovanje nauku i mlade već 5 godina. Autorica je Priručnika o prevenciji nasilja nad i među djecom, kao i naučnih članaka u polju izloženosti mlađih adolescenata nasilju u zajednici u vidu direktne žrtve i počinitelja. Angažovana kao ekspert iz oblasti mentalnog zdravlja djece i odraslih kao i nasilja među djecom i adolescentima od strane domaćih i međunarodnih organizacija. Članica je Interresorne radne grupe Vlade FBiH za izradu i provođenje Akcionog plana za prevenciju i borbu protiv terorizma u Federaciji. Učestvuje u psihoterapijskom radu i reintegraciji žena i djece povratnica sa Sirijskog ratišta od decembra, 2019. godine. Igor Jurić Igor Jurić Born in 1973 in Subotica. A long-term athlete, he played football in the club "Spartak" from Subotica and several smaller clubs. At the end of his career, he worked as a coach, first in his home club, in Subotica, and then abroad: in Zurich and Brussels. After a tragic event in the family, he returned to Serbia, where he is one of the founders of the software company "Jiway". In addition, he founded the "Tijana Jurić" Foundation in 2015, in order to improve the safety of children in Serbia. Within the "Tijana Jurić" Foundation, he held about 400 workshops, lectures and forums for children, youth, students, parents and professionals; organized dozens of round tables, panel discussions, forums, professional seminars and public debates on child safety, organized three professional conferences "Safety and Responsibility", two children's ethno festivals "Voice of Angels", conducted two successful advocacy actions and initiated two legal changes. He received trainings for working with children on the organization of "Child Focus" from Belgium, the Center for Missing and Abused Children, from Osijek, as well as training of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, a basic course for trainers and a specialist course on peer violence. domestic violence, high-tech crime, human trafficking and sectarian activities. In addition to his mother tongue, Serbian and English, he speaks French, which he uses every day in business communication. In the last four years, he has been awarded various recognitions: listed among the twenty most important people in Serbia ("Blic" in 2015), "Man of the Year" (Portal "Mondo" in 2016), "Man of the Year 2017" (NIN, 2018). .), "Communicator of the Year" (Serbian Public Relations Association, 2019). Nada Grahovac, PhD Nada Grahovac, PhD lawyer Nada Grahovac was born in Banja Luka, where she completed primary school and Grammar school. She graduated from the University of Law in Banja Luka, as honors student. She passed her bar examination in 2002., defended her master thesis in 2008. and in 2013, defended her doctoral dissertation with the topic 'Institutional Forms of Human Rights Protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina'. In accordance with the Decision of National Assembly, in 2009., she was appointed as the first Ombudsman for children in Republic of Srpska, independent institution, which protects, monitors and promotes the rights of the child and performed the function in two full terms in office. She was a participant in a number of international conferences, with the topic of promotion and protection of human rights, in numerous professional meetings and seminars for protection of rights and interests of children; she is an active member of Children’s Rights Ombudsmen Network in South-East Europe and European Ombudsman Institute. She published several professional papers in the area of protection of the rights of the child and participated in drafting process of a number of significant.

It is our pleasure to present to you our Congress Honorary Board and Lecturers:

MEET LECTURERS

Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD

Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD

Clinical psychologist, psychoterapist

Director of the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb has been working with children for thirty years of her career. As a child psychologist of Children’s Hospital Zagreb, she often worked with abused and neglected children who had not had the necessary protection from adults. This is the reason why she was among the first professionals in Croatia to recognise the issue of child abuse and neglect and to devote her further work to that issue. She is the founder of the Brave Phone, help-line for abused and neglected children and of the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb. The Center has been recognised as a model of good practice by the Council of Europe and was, as such, presented in the UN. She received several awards of recognition for her work. One of the outstanding achievements was the Child Protection Center Multidisciplinary team award received by the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) in 2008. Besides her professional work she has been active in scientific work and published and presented at international conferences a number of scientific and professional papers. She has published books, handbooks and brochures for parents, children and professionals. She is especially devoted to disseminating her knowledge and experience to future professionals and works at the Faculty of Philosophy in Osijek and Croatian Studies in Zagreb. She is a permanent court expert for abused and neglected children.
Prof. Esmina Avdibegović, MD-PhD

Prof. Esmina Avdibegović, MD-PhD

Neuropsychiatrist and psychotherapist

Neuropsychiatrist, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Tuzla was born in 1957. She graduated in 1981 at the Faculty of Medicine in Sarajevo. She ended her specialisation in neuropsychiatry in 1991 in Sarajevo. At the Faculty of Medicine University of Tuzla she took her post graduating studies and obtained her master’s degree in the field of suicidology, as well as her Ph.D. which regarded a subject in the field of women’s mental health. She is a subspecialist in social psychiatry. She completed a training for group analyst at the Institute for group analysis in Zagreb. Currently, she works as a psychiatrist and group analyst at the Clinic for Psychiatry at the University Clinical Centre in Tuzla. Moreover, she teaches at the Faculty of Medicine, Educational – rehabilitation faculty and the Department for social work at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Tuzla. She published several scientific and professional papers, as well as several book chapters in the field of psychiatry and neurology. She is a member of several psychiatric and psychotherapy associations. She is involved in the reform processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina that regards mental health services, engaged in strengthening user’s organisations, and through non-governmental organisations she is also involved in providing support and help for victims and survivors of genocide, torture and war trauma in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Karen Hillman Fried, Psy.D., M.F.T.

Is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an educational therapist in Santa Monica, California. Karen operates her own private practice in psychotherapy, provides consulting for adults dealing with aging parents and elder care, and co-directs The K&M Center, Inc., a mid-sized educational center that has been helping students remediate and overcome learning disabilities for over twenty years. Karen is also one of the founding members of the Violet Oaklander Foundation, a non-profit corporation created to further the work of Dr. Violet Oaklander, eminent child and adolescent psychotherapist, trainer, and author.
Prof. Daniel J. Siegel, MD-PhD

Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight, teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities. Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His five New York Times bestsellers are: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D: The Whole-Brain Child, and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Developing Mind, The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, and The Mindful Therapist. He has also written The Yes Brain and The Power of Showing Up with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. Dr. Siegel also serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which currently contains over seventy textbooks. For more information about his educational programs and resources, please visit: www.DrDanSiegel.com and www.mindsightinstitute.com
Prof. Michael Ungar, PhD

Prof. Michael Ungar, PhD

Psychotherapist

Prof. Michel Ungar is the founder and Director of the Resilience Research Centre and Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. He received his PhD in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1995 and is the former Chair of the Nova Scotia Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, executive board member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and a family therapist who works with mental health services for individuals and families at risk. His international program of research spanning six continents has changed the way resilience is understood, shifting the focus from individual traits to the interactions between people and their families, schools, workplaces, and communities. He is the author of 14 books that have been translated into five languages, numerous manuals for parents, educators, and employers, as well as more than 150 scientific papers and book chapters. Dr. Ungar has adapted findings from his research and lessons learned from his clinical practice into best-selling works for professionals and researchers, including books for parents such as Too Safe For Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive and I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from their Parents. His blog Nurturing Resilience appears on Psychology Today’s website.
Prof. Elmedin Muratbegović, PhD

Prof Dr Elmedin Muratbegović was born in Sarajevo in 1972. He is the professor at the Faculty of Criminology at the University of Sarajevo. Elmedin Muratbegović provides services as a researcher, expert or consultant in numerous national and international governmental and non-governmental projects. He is the author of several important documents and laws that are listed as follows: Private Agencies for the Protection of People and Property Act in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2003), The Code of Ethics for the research with children and about children in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2013), Guidelines for the treatment of children in case of violence against children in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2013), Strategy for the treatment of children which are in conflict with the law in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2010-2014, Strategy for the prevention of violence against children 2012-2015, Protocol for collecting data about violence against children for shadow monitoring (2012), Strategy for the suppression of human trafficking in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2013-2015 and The Action Plan for the improvement of child protection system against child pornography and other forms of abuse through information and communications technologies in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Prof. Milica Pejović Milovančević, MD-PhD

Prof. Milica Pejović Milovančević, MD-PhD

Psychiatrist and psychotherapist

Prof. Dr. Pejović Milovančević is a child psychiatrist from Belgrade, currently a professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade, where she teaches both on undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has been the organizer of the elective undergraduate course called Child Abuse and Neglect since 2012. She is the director of the Institute of Mental Health, as well as the head of the Child and Adolescent Clinic. Since 2001, she has been the permanent member of the Institute’s team of experts on the protection of children from abuse and neglect. From 2010 to 2018, she was the president of the Special Working Group of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia on the implementation of the Special protocol of the healthcare system in the protection of children from abuse and neglect. Until now, two versions of the Protocol have been published, as well as three editions of the Handbook on the Special Protocol Use, the latest containing a whole chapter dedicated to the phenomenon of parental alienation. As a leader, lecturer and organizer, she took part in various types of training aimed at educating the professionals from the healthcare, education and legal sector in order to improve their knowledge and skills related to working with abused and neglected children and adolescents. Among others, she is cooperating with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, as well as UNICEF and the Child Rights Centre of Serbia.
Prof. Albert John Sargent, MD-PhD

Prof. Albert John Sargent, MD-PhD

Psychiatrist and psychotherapist

Prof. Albert John Sargent is a national leader in developing systems of care for children with significant behavioral health issues. He is Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Director of the Child Psychiatry Residency Program at Tufts Medical Center. He is Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Tufts School of Medicine. Dr. Sargent is a clinician in the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project, and is a member of the Massachusetts Children's Behavioral Health Advisory Council. He is also past president of the American Family Therapy Academy. Dr. Sargent is board certified in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Acc. prof. Mirsada Hukić, MD-PhD

Academician, prof.dr. Mirsada Hukić, born in Tuzla, specialist in microbiology and member of the European Academy of Sciences. In 1974 she graduated from the Medical Faculty of the University of Sarajevo. She specialized in medical microbiology at the Medical Faculty of the University of Sarajevo in 1981. In 1984, she obtained a master's degree in medical sciences at the Medical Faculty of the University of Tuzla, and in 1992 she obtained the title of doctor of medical sciences at the same faculty. In her rich work experience, she went from a general practitioner in the '70s, through the head of the Department of Parasitology and Intestinal Infection at the University Clinical Center Tuzla, head of the Department of Microbiology in the' 90s in Tuzla, and in 2003 head of the Institute of Microbiology, immunology and parasitology of the Clinical Center of the University of Sarajevo. Since 2003, she has been a full member of the European Academy of Sciences (EAS), in the field of biomedicine, and since 2012 a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of BiH. She has dedicated years of professional training in the field of immunology, bacteriology, virology, in Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia and Croatia. She is a member of numerous scientific and professional organizations and associations in the country and the world, we will single out: a representative of BiH within the World Health Network. Professor Hukić is the winner of the largest scientific award in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the State Award for Science for achievements in the field of science at the international level, which was awarded by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH for the first time. She has published over 300 scientific and professional papers, connected microbiologists of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the world and made a huge contribution to the study of hantavirus.

It is our pleasure to present the Youth Congress Committee:

Dea Badurina

Dea Badurina

Moderator

Born in 2003 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2018, she traveled to Cambridge, UK, for The Intellectuals Challenge organized by Owlypia and was awarded with 2 silver medals. She successfully completed the IB Middle Years Program and is now attending the IB Diploma Program in Druga gimnazija Sarajevo. As a part of the Youth Leadership Program organized by the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, she traveled to America in 2019 for one month with 16 other students from Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka. This experience led Dea, together with five other students from Sarajevo who also participated in the YLP, to organize TED Circles in the months of October and November in 2020. She also has a passion for painting and has been playing the piano for 7 years now.
 Julia Holmes

Julia Holmes

Panelist

Julia Holmes Faesler was born in Mexico city the 2nd of december of 2004. Her father is British and her mother is Mexican. She also has an older brother. She went to a French school in Mexico since she was 4 years old until last year, so she speak French, Spanish and English. She is now studying in a school in England.
Meša Muratović

Meša Muratović was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in July of 2003. He is a student of Druga gimnazija Sarajevo where he completed the IB MYP program and is currently a student of the IBDP program in the same school. Meša likes spending his free time practicing his hobby of scale modelling. The aforementioned allowed him to hold an exhibition of his models and dioramas in the local historical museum. Even though he is not athletic he likes practicing martial arts, mainly Krav-Maga where he is a black belt. His other passions in life are oriented around natural sciences especially physics. Because of this, he plans on studying physics and being an electrical engineer.
Esma Jašarević

Esma Jašarević was born in Chicago in 2004, and moved to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2009. She went to Druga Gimnazija in Sarajevo where she attended the IB MYP program. She is a keen swimmer and triathlete, having competed in many events in the past years. Esma is also a lover of music, and has finished 7 years of music school playing the piano. She is now continuing her education in Felsted, a boarding school in England, where she is also studying the IB curriculum. Her subjects are Biology, Chemistry and English and she would love to pursue a career in biotechnology.
Aldina Husejinović

Aldina Husejinovic was born in Sarajevo in 2003. She successfully completed the MYP Program at Druga gimnazija Sarajevo and is now attending the IB Diploma Program. She was one of the representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Global Youth Leadership Summit in Abu Dhabi which was in correlation with the Special Olympics in the year 2019. That experience led her to be recognized by the “My Right” organization that fights for inclusion and equal rights for people with disabilities. In 2020, she became the face of campaign “Wake up!” in the category “friend of a person with disability” and now is fiercely fighting for a change in the society when it comes to introducing inclusive education in Bosnia and Herzegovina. From 2009 to 2019, she professionally trained swimming and became a part of the national swimming team of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Apart from swimming, she became invested in running and became the youngest person in her country to run a half marathon.
Lan Žvelc

Lan Žvelc

Panelist

Lan Žvelc, 19 years old, is currently studying Philosophy and Russian language at Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In his free time he is learning about nootropics, supplements that might help improve cognitive function. He is also learning chinese as a hobby and is very interested in mechanical watches.
Ajna Đikić

Ajna Đikić

Panelist

Ajna Đikić, 18 year old student in Brussels who grew up and finished elementary and middle school in Sarajevo. Speaks 3 languages, Bosnian, French and English.

It is our pleasure to present the Moderator of  Plenary lectures:

Haris Bilalović

Haris Bilalović is one of BHRT highest profile anchors and editors. He obtained degree in psychology at Philosophical faculty at University of Sarajevo and his specific interests lay in psychoanalysis, group analysis and rhetoric. He conducted series of interviews with participants of scientific symposium “Child and adolescent psychiatry and psychology in BiH- status and perspectives” (April 2014, Academy of Sciences and Arts of BiH) He is author of two-part TV feature “Psychoanalysis of Love” produced during Summer school of psychoanalysis (September 2019, Psychoanalytical Society of Serbia) Haris is co-author of multiple papers from domain of analytical psychology: “Formation of post-postmodern Subject” “Narration in sand: application of Jungian sand therapy in working with victims of trauma” and “Psychology of liberation and radical imagination”.

It is our pleasure to present the Moderators  and Members of Organizing Committee:

MSc Đana Lončarica

Đana Lončarica, was born on March 15, 1981. She graduated psychology on Philosophy University of Sarajevo, and graduated master of Social Pedagogy on Faculty of Education-Rehabilitation in Tuzla. She is currently in PHD program at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Sarajevo. She finished Gestalt psycho-therapy and family systemic psycho-therapy. She is practitioner of EMDR-a. She finished Child and adolescent integrative psycho-therapy. She completed internship in center for mental health, after that she has worked ten years in therapeutic community with drug addicts. She has worked also with people who abuse alcohol, women and children who were victims of family abuse and other psycho therapy work in non-governmental organization. She is working in Agency for education and psychotherapy KONTAKT-HOMINI, where she has individual, couple and family psycho-therapy. She is member of Association of psychologist Bosnia and Herzegovina, member of EAGT European Association for Gestalt Therapy, EAP European Association for Psychotherapy EIATSCYP European Interdisciplinary Association for Therapeutic Services for Children and Young People, AST EFTA-TIC- Association of family systemic psychotherapy.
MSc Elma Omersoftić

Elma Omersoftić je magistar psiholoških nauka u području nasilja u zajednici među mlađim adolescentima. Rođena je u Sarajevu, 1983. godine. Zaposlena kao psiholog u osnovnoj školi već 14 godina. Diplomu Certificiranog psihoterapeuta Transakcione analize stiče u Oslu u julu, 2013. godine. Psihoterapijsko iskustvo u individualnom i grupnom radu sa djecom i adolescentima stekla je kroz rad u školi. 10 godina bavi se psihoterapijom sa odraslima. Sa BHiDAP-om sarađuje kao individualni psihoterapeut za edukante iz Dječije i adolescentne integrativne psihoterapije. Supervizorica je na Programu sekundarne prevencije neprihvatljivih oblika ponašanja i zaštite djece u Kantonu Sarajevo ispred Ministarstva za obrazovanje nauku i mlade već 5 godina. Autorica je Priručnika o prevenciji nasilja nad i među djecom, kao i naučnih članaka u polju izloženosti mlađih adolescenata nasilju u zajednici u vidu direktne žrtve i počinitelja. Angažovana kao ekspert iz oblasti mentalnog zdravlja djece i odraslih kao i nasilja među djecom i adolescentima od strane domaćih i međunarodnih organizacija. Članica je Interresorne radne grupe Vlade FBiH za izradu i provođenje Akcionog plana za prevenciju i borbu protiv terorizma u Federaciji. Učestvuje u psihoterapijskom radu i reintegraciji žena i djece povratnica sa Sirijskog ratišta od decembra, 2019. godine.
Senka Čimpo

Senka Čimpo

Moderator

Senka Čimpo is a graduate psychologist, gestalt psychotherapist, child and adolescent integrative psychotherapist, supervisor. She has notable experience with children and families at risk through non-governmental sector engagement. She works as psychotherapist with children, young people and parents within the Agency for Psychotherapy, Counseling and Education Kontakt HOMINI and as an associate of the Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Center for the Protection of Children, Youth and Families. She is an assistant at BHIDAPA Education for Child and Adolescent Integrative Psychotherapists. Works on the development and implementation of non-formal education and lifelong learning programs for children and youth. She is a trainer for trainers in the field of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, in the field of human rights and youth work. She sees the combination of professional knowledge and skills with hobbies and activism as a challenge to achieving personal balance, social responsibility, work and satisfaction. She is a member of the Committee for Ethical Issues of the Association of Psychologists of FBiH, EAGT European Association for Gestalt Therapy, EAP European Association for Psychotherapy and EIATSCYP European Interdisciplinary Association for Therapeutic Services for Children and Young People.
Jelena Subašić

Jelena Subašić

Moderator

She was born in 1982. in Sarajevo. She obtained a degree of Pedagogy on Faculty of Philosophy in East Sarajevo in 2006. After obtaining a degree, she was active through working with children with disabilities, as well as a leader of inclusive workshops where she worked on issues of including children with disabilities into a community. As a pedagogist and an expert associate in primary school, she has worked since 2008 until present. There she gains rich experience in the education sector, with a special emphasis on working with children and their parents. She is preparing for the final exam for a psychotherapist in Integrative child and adolescent psychotherapy. He is part of the expert team at BHIDAPA at the Child protection center as an integrative child and adolescent psychotherapist under mentorship.
Marija Pavlović

Marija Pavlović

Moderator

Marija Pavlović, psychologist and psychotherapist She was born in 1977 in Sarajevo. She graduated psychology at the University of Sarajevo in 2005, and in 2011 she obtained the qualification of gestalt psychotherapist. She is currently attending education in integrative child and adolescent psychotherapy. Her work experience starts with volunteering at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, after which she works as psychosocial support for vulnerable families, then in the Women's Counseling Center where she provides individual counseling, psychotherapy and group work with women. Since 2012, she has been working on psychological support for victims and witnesses in criminal proceedings (children, witnesses / victims of war crimes and general crime, etc.), as well as assessment and support for children in conflict with the law. She is an educator for judges and prosecutors on the topics of working with children and juveniles in criminal proceedings, war sexual violence, psychosocial aspects of working with vulnerable categories of victims and witnesses, etc. She works as gestalt psychotherapist and an integrative child and adolescent psychotherapist under supervision in the Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Center for Children, Youth and Families BHIDAPA.
dr. Goran Čerkez

dr. Goran Čerkez

Moderator

Work as Deputy to the Federal Ministry of Health, over twenty years of experience in public health, policy development and strategy, and community service. He specializes in field of mental health development in BiH. Goran Čerkez has led the mental health reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the establishing of Mental Health Services in the community as the director of the World Bank project in BiH. He participated in drafting the Action Plan for Mental Health of World Health Organization as the only expert in the region of Southeast Europe. He worked on the mental health strategy in BiH, development of standards and norms for mental health centers, development of accreditation standards, on the implementation of coordinated care and occupational therapy in mental health, on the development of psychosocial disaster support guides, the development of a matrix for the identification of the risk of violence school population, prevention of violence, as well as numerous other activities in the field of mental health. He worked with IOM and the Defense Ministry in BiH on the initiation of psychologists in the armed forces. For the past eight years he coordinated the mental health project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, implemented by XY, and supported by the Swiss government. Goran Čerkez is a invited lecturer on topics related to the development of mental health services at the Faculty of Medicine in Sarajevo, summer schools for health management organized by the United Nations Center for Peace, the Summer School for social workers in Dubrovnik, as well as the Faculty of Criminalistics, Criminology and Security Studies about juvenile violence. He also taught at Human Resources Development Week in the World Bank. As a mental health expert he worked with the World Bank, WHO, IOM and the Council of Europe, ITF, UNICEF, UNFP, Harward Refugee Trauma, the Southeast Europe Health Network and many NGOs. In the area of mental health in the region of Southeast Europe within the Stability Pact, he was a member of the Executive Board of the project "Strengthening Social Cohesion through Mental Health Development". More than 15 years representing Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Southeastern Europe Network, where he has been chairman of the executive committee for three years. Honorary member of the Association of Psychologists of FBiH. For contribution to the development of quality in health care, the development of accreditation standards in mental health awarded by AKAZ, and recognition for the development of health care in the Republic of Moldova. The holder of awards for the development of regional cooperation in South East Europe. Doc. Bruna Profaca, PhD Doc. Bruna Profaca, PhD Clinical psychologist Clinical psychologist from the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, institutions specialized in working with traumatized children and their families. The focus of her clinical and research work is the area of stress, trauma, traumatic loss and a crisis in childhood and adolescence, parenting, emotional problems of children and young people, as well as treatment and counseling work with children and families. She is an an external associate at the graduate and postgraduate studies at several faculties of the University of Zagreb and has collaborated on several projects. She is also educator for professionals who work with children in different systems in Croatia and abroad. She has presented and published a number of scientific and professional papers and book chapters. Prof. Nađa Marić Bojović, MD-PhD Prof. Nađa Marić Bojović, MD-PhD Psychiatrist Prof. dr. sc. Nađa Marić Bojović, MD Psychiatrist, Head of the Department for Scientific Research and Early Interventions in Psychiatry (since 2009) at the Clinic for Psychiatry of the Clinical Center of Serbia, scientific advisor and associate professor at the Medical Faculty of the University of Belgrade (since 2016). She is a member of the Council of the Association of Psychiatrists of Serbia, president of the Society for Biological Psychiatry and a member of the Board of Directors of the Serbian Brain Council. She received her PhD in 2003 on the theme of structural neuroimaging in the study of gender differences in schizophrenia. She works on the improvement of diagnosis and treatment of psychoses and mood disorders. She advocates the introduction of methods of early interventions in psychiatry and the development of neuroscience. She is actively involved in several international projects. She also takes part in national projects: Phosphorylation of the glucocorticoid receptor as a biomarker of mood disorders (Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Serbia - subproject manager); Control of energy homeostasis in humans in various pathological conditions (Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Serbia-researcher); Depression in schizophrenia, (Ministry of Science and Technology, head Prof. Dr. M. Jašović-Gašić). She has won several awards and recognitions: Okasha Award for Developing Countries, World Psychiatric Association (2005), AEP Research Award for the best paper published by a young psychiatrist (2004), Young Investigator Award, International Congress on Schizophrenia Research (2003), First Prize University of Belgrade for student research (1991). In 2016, she acquired the title of scientific advisor. As an author or co-author, she has published 70 papers from the SCI list, with about 1000 citations. Prof. Mirjana Graovac, MD-PhD Prof. Mirjana Graovac, MD-PhD Psychiatrist and psychotherapist Psychiatric Specialist, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Specialist. Education - Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, as well as group analysis. In 2003 she defended her doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of Medicine in Rijeka with the topic "Styles of coping with stress during the middle phase of adolescence in high school". The founder and head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Psychiatric Clinic, University Hospital Center Rijeka from 1998. Associate professor at Department of psychiatry and psychological medicine at the Faculty of Medicine in Rijeka and Faculty of Health Studies in Rijeka (undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate studies). Lecturer at the postgraduate study of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb. Educator in European Programs for Child and Adolescents Integrative Psychotherapy in Zagreb (Croatia's Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Association for Children and Young People HITUDIM), Zadar (at Center for psychotherapy, education and counseling Psihika) and Sarajevo (Bosnian-Herzegovinian Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Association - BHIDAPA). Areas of interest: children and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy; psychodrama as a therapeutic technique. Specific areas of interest: identity development and pathology of identity, depressive disorders of children and adolescents, feeding disorders, disorders related to stress and trauma in children and adolescents, family and child/adolescent with psychological/developmental difficulties. dr. Ranka Kalinić, MD dr. Ranka Kalinić, MD Psychiatrist Mirela Badurina, PhD Mirela Badurina, PhD Psychotherapist Mirela Badurina, PhD, Gestalt Psychotherapist and Child and Adolescent Integrative Psychotherapist, was born in 1968 in Sarajevo. For the past twenty-five years, she has focused her professional and academic development on the areas of health and well-being of children and young people. She is an exhibitor at numerous national and international congresses and conferences on the topics of health, rights and interests of children. She is the author and co-author of many scientific and professional papers, and European certified psychotherapist. Also, she is the founder and director of the BHIDAPA Association within which there are three centers: European accredited educational programs in the field of child and adolescent integrative psychotherapy and counseling, Interdisciplinary therapeutic centers for the protection of children, young people and families, and a Scientific and professional research center. She is the Chair of the Organizing Committee International Congress of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Psychotherapy. She is happily married and a mother of two. Dr. Giandomenico Bagatin Dr. Giandomenico Bagatin Psychotherapist Giandomenico is a psychologist, psychotherapist, psychotherapy international trainer and author from Trieste, Italy. He's founder and director of Gestalt Play Therapy Italia, a web platform that connects about 1500 children, adolescents and family therapists all around Italy and promote Oaklander Model, Gestalt and humanistic approaches with children. Giandomenico is a contributing member of Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation, trainer and supervisor for the model and Gestalt Play Therapist certified by Felicia Carroll and Violet Oaklander. Sabina Zijadić Husić Sabina Zijadić Husić Psychotherapist Born on 25.01.1976, married, mother of two. Graduated psychologist, a gestalt psychotherapist and integrative psychotherapist for children and adolescents. She finished primary and secondary school in Sarajevo, where she also has graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Psychology in 2001. In 1999 she started to gain working experience by volunteering in programs for psychosocial support and help to children affected by war. Since 2000 she was working on an experimental program with a group of gifted children in the preschool institution. In 2001 she was engaged in the NVO World Vision project, by working with children and adolescents traumatized during the war. During the project, she was working on providing support, counselling and psychotherapeutic treatment for parents and teachers. Since 2009, she has been engaged in the Center for hearing and speech rehabilitation in Sarajevo, working with children with damaged hearing and speech development disorders. Within a private practice, she was working as a psychotherapist with young children and adults, through individual and couples’ therapy, as well as workshops for personal growth and development. Since the establishment of the Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Center for the Protection of Children, Young People, and Family BHIDAPA, she was engaged in the positions: deputy director of BHIDAPA, psychotherapist, supervisor, and the assistant in teaching an educational program for children’s and adolescent integrative psychotherapy and counselling. Joanna Hewitt Evans, MSc Joanna Hewitt Evans, MSc Psychotherapist, supervisor Gestalt Psychotherapist UKCP, EAIP Integrative Psychotherapist, Supervisor, is director of EUROCPS, the European Centre for Psychotherapeutic Studies founded by the late Ken Evans. She is vice chair external relations, EIATSCYP and a visiting trainer on psychotherapy training programmes in several countries in Europe. She has a particular interest in the links between shame, attachment, trauma and affect regulation. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist Joanna's background was in therapeutic social work with children and families and she spent many years managing projects related to abuse. Family and friends, children and grandchildren, biological, step and adopted are central to her life. Prof. Ivana Zečević, PhD Prof. Ivana Zečević, PhD Psychotherapist Associate professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Banja Luka, in the department of educational and school psychology. She has been focusing on her interest in children and adolescent psychology for 18 years, working in the field of mental health of children and young people in the educational system, both in the scientific - research work, as well as REBT psychotherapist under supervision in recent years. She is particularly concerned with examining the internalising and externalizing responses of children and youth in the school environment. In addition to scientific - research work, she is particularly active in the field of prevention and works to make the school a safe place for the growth and development of every child. MA Jon Blend MA Jon Blend Psychotherapist MA Jon Blend is an UKCP certified psychiatrist for children and adults, author, supervisor, trainer and musician. His past includes 30 years of experience working with adults, children, adolescents and families in the field of mental health care. Jon works as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in London. Dr. Oana Maria Popescu Dr. Oana Maria Popescu Psychotherapist Oana Maria Popescu is a trainer and supervisor in integrative psychotherapy, integrative child and adolescent psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, expressive therapies and coaching, founding president of the Association for Integrative Research, Counseling and Psychotherapy in Romania. She is the training standards officer with the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy, member of several European and International Professional Associations, editor-in-chief for the Journal of Integrative Research, Counseling and Psychotherapy and manager of the “Psiho Blue Training and Research Center” in Romania. Oana Maria Popescu published numerous articles and books on integrative psychotherapy and is the founder of the integrative-strategic approach in psychotherapy. Mia Roje Đapić, MSc Mia Roje Đapić, MSc Psychologist Mia Roje Đapić is a psychologist in Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, also a PhD student in prevention science. She is currently finishing child and adolescent integrative psychotherapy training, and had completed a four-year training in integrative psychotherapy, as well as shorter trainings in other psychotherapeutic modalities (art therapy, play therapy, TFCBT, emotional focused therapy, attacment based therapy). She is an NLP practitioner and master, long-term Brave Phone’s volunteer, educator and supervisor. She is an executive editor of the book “Science and Art of Nurture”, in which authors several chapters, and also a co-author of book “Child in the center (of conflict)”. She coordinated a national research about preschoolers’ Screen Time, published several expert and scientific papers, as well as contributed to many national and international child protection conferences. She is an EAPAP’s member and was a member of organizational board of their European conference this year. She worked as an educator in UNICEF, OSCE and Terres de Hommes projects. Corina Elena Antoaneta Levu Corina Elena Antoaneta Levu Psychotherapist Corina Elena Antoaneta Levu is a trainer in integrative child and adolescent psychotherapy and head of the child psychotherapy department at the Association for Integrative Research, Counselling and Psychotherapy in Romania. She is also specialised in family psychotherapy, speech therapy and integrative psychotherapy, and a supervisor in the area of special therapy and pedagogy for children with disabilities. Corina has been working as a speech therapist in a school for special needs children since 1998 and as a child psychotherapist since 2005. She is currently teaching child psychotherapy and expressive therapies. Katarina Višić, MD Katarina Višić, MD MD and psychotherapist Katarina Višić is graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade and specialized in Rational Emotional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and acquired the title of RE & KBT psychotherapist. In recent years, she has been educating and focusing on working with children and adolescents. She is currently in the final year of education in Child and Adolescent Integrative Psychotherapy. In her practice she uses an integrative approach: rational emotional cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy (schema therapy, Jeffrey Young) and dialectical behavioral therapy. She is the founder of the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychological Counseling Dr Visic in Belgrade, Serbia. Maja Tursunović Maja Tursunović Maja Tursunović is Manager of the project "Justice for Every Child" implemented by the Criminal Policy Research Center, Sarajevo in cooperation with UNICEF BiH. Born in 1977 in Sarajevo. She graduated from the Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation at the University of Tuzla (2002) on the inclusion of children with disabilities in the regular education system, and received her master's degree in Management of State and Humanitarian Organizations from the Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies at the University of Sarajevo (2012). At the beginning of her career, she worked in civil society organizations in BiH in jobs that included working with children and people with disabilities. From 2006 to 2018, she worked in the international organization "World Vision in BiH". In that period, in addition to designing and managing programs and processes, she focused her work on the child protection sector and through an advisory role dedicated her commitment to the welfare of the most vulnerable children in BiH. During her career, she participated in several studies that addressed the vulnerability of children in BiH, the phenomenon of child neglect and other topics related to the current migrant crisis in BiH. Teodora Minčić Teodora Minčić spec. med. psih. Teodora Minčić is a psychologist, a specialist in Medical Psychology. Since 1993, she has been working with children and adolescents at the Clinic for Children and Adolescents at the Institute of Mental Health in Belgrade. In 2003 she completed her specialization in Medical Psychology. Besides psychodiagnostic work with children and adolescents, her main area of interest is working with children who were abused and neglected, or exposed to manipulation during the divorce process. She has been a member of the Unit for the Protection of Children against Abuse and Neglect at the Institute of Mental Health ever since its establishment in 2000. She has also been a permanent expert witness in the cases related to children, divorce, abuse and neglect since 2006. She has participated in the courses related to training and establishment of the interdisciplinary teams for the protection of children from abuse and neglect, organized by Admire and Intercare from the Netherlands, Save the Children, and the Team for Child Protection of the Seattle Children’s Hospital. She continued her education by paying regular visits to the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center. She took part in training and supervision related to parental alienation, organized by Dr. Karen Woodall and Nick Woodall at the Center in 2019. Since 2010, she has been an educator in the project ‘Child and adolescent violence prevention’ organized by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia and the World Health Organization, and she also participated in the making of the handbook related to this program. She is also an educator in the project of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia called ‘The implementation of the special protocol of the healthcare system in the protection of children from abuse and neglect’ and one of the editors of the 2012 and 2019 editions of the handbook and the poster related to this project. She is the author of the chapters in this handbook which tackle the issues of children who witness domestic violence and parental manipulation in the divorce process. She has been an educator in the project „The divorce end child protection“ for the judicary experts and experts in social welfare organized by the Child Rights centre in2020. Elma Omersoftić, MSc Elma Omersoftić, MSc Psychologist, Psychotherapist Elma Omersoftić je magistar psiholoških nauka u području nasilja u zajednici među mlađim adolescentima. Rođena je u Sarajevu, 1983. godine. Zaposlena kao psiholog u osnovnoj školi već 14 godina. Diplomu Certificiranog psihoterapeuta Transakcione analize stiče u Oslu u julu, 2013. godine. Psihoterapijsko iskustvo u individualnom i grupnom radu sa djecom i adolescentima stekla je kroz rad u školi. 10 godina bavi se psihoterapijom sa odraslima. Sa BHiDAP-om sarađuje kao individualni psihoterapeut za edukante iz Dječije i adolescentne integrativne psihoterapije. Supervizorica je na Programu sekundarne prevencije neprihvatljivih oblika ponašanja i zaštite djece u Kantonu Sarajevo ispred Ministarstva za obrazovanje nauku i mlade već 5 godina. Autorica je Priručnika o prevenciji nasilja nad i među djecom, kao i naučnih članaka u polju izloženosti mlađih adolescenata nasilju u zajednici u vidu direktne žrtve i počinitelja. Angažovana kao ekspert iz oblasti mentalnog zdravlja djece i odraslih kao i nasilja među djecom i adolescentima od strane domaćih i međunarodnih organizacija. Članica je Interresorne radne grupe Vlade FBiH za izradu i provođenje Akcionog plana za prevenciju i borbu protiv terorizma u Federaciji. Učestvuje u psihoterapijskom radu i reintegraciji žena i djece povratnica sa Sirijskog ratišta od decembra, 2019. godine. Igor Jurić Igor Jurić Born in 1973 in Subotica. A long-term athlete, he played football in the club "Spartak" from Subotica and several smaller clubs. At the end of his career, he worked as a coach, first in his home club, in Subotica, and then abroad: in Zurich and Brussels. After a tragic event in the family, he returned to Serbia, where he is one of the founders of the software company "Jiway". In addition, he founded the "Tijana Jurić" Foundation in 2015, in order to improve the safety of children in Serbia. Within the "Tijana Jurić" Foundation, he held about 400 workshops, lectures and forums for children, youth, students, parents and professionals; organized dozens of round tables, panel discussions, forums, professional seminars and public debates on child safety, organized three professional conferences "Safety and Responsibility", two children's ethno festivals "Voice of Angels", conducted two successful advocacy actions and initiated two legal changes. He received trainings for working with children on the organization of "Child Focus" from Belgium, the Center for Missing and Abused Children, from Osijek, as well as training of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, a basic course for trainers and a specialist course on peer violence. domestic violence, high-tech crime, human trafficking and sectarian activities. In addition to his mother tongue, Serbian and English, he speaks French, which he uses every day in business communication. In the last four years, he has been awarded various recognitions: listed among the twenty most important people in Serbia ("Blic" in 2015), "Man of the Year" (Portal "Mondo" in 2016), "Man of the Year 2017" (NIN, 2018). .), "Communicator of the Year" (Serbian Public Relations Association, 2019). Nada Grahovac, PhD Nada Grahovac, PhD lawyer Nada Grahovac was born in Banja Luka, where she completed primary school and Grammar school. She graduated from the University of Law in Banja Luka, as honors student. She passed her bar examination in 2002., defended her master thesis in 2008. and in 2013, defended her doctoral dissertation with the topic 'Institutional Forms of Human Rights Protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina'. In accordance with the Decision of National Assembly, in 2009., she was appointed as the first Ombudsman for children in Republic of Srpska, independent institution, which protects, monitors and promotes the rights of the child and performed the function in two full terms in office. She was a participant in a number of international conferences, with the topic of promotion and protection of human rights, in numerous professional meetings and seminars for protection of rights and interests of children; she is an active member of Children’s Rights Ombudsmen Network in South-East Europe and European Ombudsman Institute. She published several professional papers in the area of protection of the rights of the child and participated in drafting process of a number of significant documents referring to children and realization of their rights, such as: Protocol on the pr
Sabina Zijadić Husić

Born on 25.01.1976, married, mother of two. Graduated psychologist, a gestalt psychotherapist and integrative psychotherapist for children and adolescents. She finished primary and secondary school in Sarajevo, where she also has graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Psychology in 2001. In 1999 she started to gain working experience by volunteering in programs for psychosocial support and help to children affected by war. Since 2000 she was working on an experimental program with a group of gifted children in the preschool institution. In 2001 she was engaged in the NVO World Vision project, by working with children and adolescents traumatized during the war. During the project, she was working on providing support, counselling and psychotherapeutic treatment for parents and teachers. Since 2009, she has been engaged in the Center for hearing and speech rehabilitation in Sarajevo, working with children with damaged hearing and speech development disorders. Within a private practice, she was working as a psychotherapist with young children and adults, through individual and couples’ therapy, as well as workshops for personal growth and development. Since the establishment of the Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Center for the Protection of Children, Young People, and Family BHIDAPA, she was engaged in the positions: deputy director of BHIDAPA, psychotherapist, supervisor, and the assistant in teaching an educational program for children’s and adolescent integrative psychotherapy and counselling.
MA of psych Tea Martinović

MA of psych Tea Martinović

Organizing Committee

Born 05.01.1995. in Zagreb, however, finishes primary and secondary school in Sarajevo, where she obtained a master's degree in psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy. She is currently working as an intern in the BHIDAPA Association, where she works within all three centers: educational, child protection center and research. She is a student in postgraduate professional education in the field of child and adolescent integrative psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Areas of interest are clinical psychology and treatment in working with children and adults.
Ana Drina, bacc.therap.occup.

Ana Drina, bacc.therap.occup.

Organizing Committee

Born 1993. in Dubrovnik, studied and graduated on University of Applied Health Studies in Zagreb and Finland. Went through professional training at Children’s hospital Zagreb. She is the only occupational therapist with a complete education in the field of occupational therapy on the territory of Federation of BiH and currently, in that position, works in the BHIDAPA Association. She operates within all three parts of the BHIDAPA center in the areas of education, therapeutic treatment in child protection and research. Areas of her work and interests are pediatric rehabilitation and habilitation, sensory integration assessment and therapy, neurological rehabilitation, CIMT and alternative communication.

Program

  • Hotel Hills Sarajevo Congress & Virtual via Zoom platform
    Butmirska cesta 18, Ilidža 71210 & Zoom platforma

  • From 2nd until 4th of December 2020.

09:00 - 12:00 Pitfalls of new environment – mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in children
Opening of the Congress and Plenary Lectures
12:00 - 12:30
Coffee break
12: 30 -14: 00 Pitfalls of new environment – mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in children
Round table dedicated to new challenges and activities in a new environment
14: 00 - 15:30
Lunch break
15: 30 -17: 00 Pitfalls of new environment – mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in children
Workshops dedicated to practical demonstrations and activities aimed at supporting healthy growth and development
09:00 - 12:00 New approaches to mental health protection during the Pandemic
Plenary Lectures
12:00 - 12:30
Coffee break
12: 30 -14: 00 New approaches to mental health protection during the Pandemic
Round table dedicated to the intersectoral nature of the system of psychosocial and legal protection and reflection on the challenges of joint action, during the Covid-19 pandemic
14: 00 - 15:30
Lunch break
15: 30 -17: 30 New approaches to mental health protection during the Pandemics
Workshops dedicated to multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral action of referral systems
17:30 - 19:00
Coffee break
19: 00 -19: 45 SPECIAL GUEST - Daniel J. Siegel
Challenges in the new environment brought by the pandemic Covid-19 and neurobiological responses
09:00 - 12:00 Are we empowered for the Covid reality - Creating timely and flexible support systems for children, families and communities - What have we learned and what can be useful in the post-pandemic period?
Plenary lectures
12:00 - 12:30
Coffee break
12: 30 -14:00 Are we empowered for the Covid reality - Creating timely and flexible support systems for children, families and communities - What have we learned and what can be useful in the post-pandemic period?
Round table dedicated to the experiences and challenges in crisis interventions and treatments during Covid-19 pandemic (what needs to be improved in the mental health system and where are the opportunities?)
14: 00 - 15:30
Lunch break
15: 30 -17:00 Are we empowered for the Covid reality - Creating timely and flexible support systems for children, families and communities - What have we learned and what can be useful in the post-pandemic period?
Workshops dedicated to stabilizing the situation caused by uncertainty borught by health crisis and interventions directed at strengthening resilience capacity)
17: 00 – 17:30 Closing of the Congress and conclusions

Organizer

Main partner


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Online Registration

#AchievingMentalHealth2020

SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOTHERAPY will be held in parallel, live at Hotel Hills and virtually through the Zoom platform, from the 2nd until the 4th of December 2020.


In order to comply with health protection measures, the number of participants in the Hills Hotel will be limited.


WELCOME!