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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Welcome to Sarajevo

#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 workshops, will describe a series of preventive modalities, educational, therapeutic and rehabilitation activities aimed at protecting children and their families.


Congress will be held in parallel, live at Hotel Hills and virtually through the Zoom platform.
In order to comply with health protection measures, the number of participants in the Hills Hotel will be limited.

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...
We are pleased to present to you, the President of the Congress, our Honorary Board and Speakers:
Prof. Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja, MD-PhD

Prof. Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja, MD-PhD

Neuropsychiatrist and psychotherapist for children and adolescents

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).
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. Michael Ungar, PhD

Prof. Michael Ungar, PhD

Psychotherapist

He 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

He 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.
Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge

Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge

WHO Regional Director for Europe

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
13: 30 -15: 00 Pitfalls of new environment – mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in children
Round table dedicated to new challenges and activities in a new environment
15: 30 -17: 30 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
13: 30 -15: 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
15: 30 -17: 00 New approaches to mental health protection during the Pandemics
Workshops dedicated to multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral action of referral systems
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
13: 30 -15: 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?)
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: 30 – 18: 00 Closing of the Congress and conclusions

Organizer

Main partner


Bosnian and Herzegovinian Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Association

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With support

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#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!