UNICEF Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Rownak Khan is the UNICEF Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, based in Sarajevo. In this position, she is responsible for the overall management of all of UNICEF’s work in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prior to her current appointment, from 2014, Dr. Khan served as the Deputy Representative in UNICEF Nepal, providing strategic guidance, leadership, implementation and monitoring of UNICEF supported programme including humanitarian action. She has also served with UNICEF Programme Division in New York Headquarters, providing overall leadership in a joint UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA Global Programme for Elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus, in Polio Eradication Programme in UNICEF Headquarters, and implementing health and nutrition programme in UNICEF Afghanistan. Dr. Khan first joined UNICEF in 1996 as Project Officer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dr. Khan is a national of Bangladesh. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London and a Bachelor’ degree in Medicine from Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh.
Neuropsychiatrist and psychotherapist
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).
Clinical psychologist, psychoterapist
Prof. dr. Gordana Buljan Flander is the 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
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.
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. dr. Michael 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.
Specialist in Child Psychiatry
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 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.
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.
Acc. Prof. Mirsada Hukić, PhD, MD, spec. of microbiology Academician, prof. Mirsada Hukić is born in Tuzla, specialist in microbiology and member of the European Academy of Sciences. 1974 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, he 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.
Psychiatrist and psychotherapist
Dr. Goran Arbanas was born on September 6, 1970 in Karlovac. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Zagreb, and specialized in psychiatry. Dr. Arbanas completed postgraduate studies in psychotherapy and training for forensic experts. From the beginning (2004) he was involved in the first education in Croatia in sexual therapy. Dr. Arbanas has been dealing with issues of sexuality as well as transgenderism and transsexuality for the past fifteen years. He is the president of the Croatian Society for Sexual Therapy. He has translated fifteen books in the field of psychiatry from English, for "Naklada Slap". He is the author of textbooks and workbooks in psychiatry for medical high schools. He is the author of several professional and scientific papers. Dr. Goran Arbanas is a member of Mensa. He is married and the father of two daughters.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Born in Banja Luka on March 8, 1965. year, where she finished elementary school, high school and medical school. Completed specialization in child and adolescent psychiatry in Belgrade, as well as education in psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and young people. Since 2004, she has been working at the Center for the Protection of Mental Health in Banja Luka. At the Center, she formed the first complete team for children and youth (child psychiatrist, psychologist, graduate social worker, special educator, speech therapist, educated nurse) that provides services for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders in children and youth, not only for the city of Banja Luka but beyond. She has invested exceptionally in the development and improvement of intersectoral cooperation of all entities involved in working with children and youth (health, education and social sector), which resulted with a series of cooperation. As part of the promotion of mental health and prevention of mental disorders of children and youth, she held over 250 educational lectures and workshops for students, parents and teachers in all primary and secondary schools in the city of Banja Luka. Participated in the project "Children and Youth in the Balkans" and through 4 years of that work she implemented the protocol on dealing with peer violence in all primary and secondary schools in the city of Banja Luka. She was a co-author of 3 manuals intended for parents and children in the field of "Labyrinth of Puberty I", "Labyrinth of Puberty II", "How to give birth to a healthy child". While performing the function of the head of CZMZ Banja Luka, she worked intensively on improving the quality in providing services in the field of mental health, better intersectoral cooperation, intensive promotion of mental health in the general population, which resulted in accreditation of CZMZ teams. In the project "Mental Health in BiH", she contributed to the development of the nomenclature of services in mental health, and I was hired as an educator to employees of all Centers for the Protection of Mental Health in BiH in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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 procedure in case of violence, abuse and neglect of children, Guidelines on assessing and determining the best interests of the child, Media in the best interests of the child, Indicators for monitoring implementation of inclusive education.
MA soc. work
My name is Enda Pavić Pečenković, I am married and the mother of a nine-year-old girl. I am currently employed in the Public Institution "Cantonal Center for Social Work KS" in the Social Protection Service of the Municipality of Centar, where I hold the position of head of the Service. By profession I am mr. social work. I completed Reality Therapy and acquired the title of advisor in the field of Reality Therapy. Also, I completed two years of education in Family Systemic Therapy. I am in the process of acquiring the title of psychotherapist from EMDR education. As a social worker with extensive experience, I have had the opportunity to work with many vulnerable and at-risk groups of children as well as their families. I believe that many negative things in a child's behavior can be resolved in the family, of course with the adequate help of professionals and with the appropriate interaction of all actors.
Head of Juvenile Division
Advija Hajdo Balta was born in 1955 in Ilijaš. She completed elementary education and Second Gymnasium Sarajevo as the youngest student of former Yugoslavia. She received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Law. She worked as Professional Associate of the BiH Administrative Court as well as BiH Court of Joint Work, then as Secretary in Republic and Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office. She worked as Deputy Prosecutor of the Municipal Prosecutor’s Office II in Sarajevo in 2002. She was appointed Prosecutor within the Sarajevo Canton Prosecutor’s Office in 2003, where she served as Head of General Criminal Division, Head of Special Unit, and Acting Deputy Chief Cantonal Prosecutor. She has been Head of Juvenile Division since the beginning of 2020. She is an educator in juvenile delinquency.
Sanela Škaljić, born in 1979 in Sarajevo, where she completed her elementary education and First Gymnasium Sarajevo. She graduated in 2005 from the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Law. She worked as an intern and legal assistant from 2006 to 2010. She was appointed Professional Associate of the Municipal Court in Sarajevo in 2010, where she worked until 2016 when she was appointed by the BiH High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council as Prosecutor within the Sarajevo Canton Prosecutor’s Office. She has been working since 2017 within the Sarajevo Canton Prosecutor’s Office Juvenile Division. She is an educator in juvenile delinquency.
She was born in 1979 in Mostar. She is married and mother of two children. She is a graduated grade teacher and integrative psychotherapist for children and adolescents. She received the title of the grade teacher at the Faculty of Education of the University in Mostar. Since 1998 she was acquiring her professional experience in working with children and young people in Oslo, where she actively participated on the development of inclusive education in preschool facilities. After 2009, she continues her professional growth and development in Mostar, she works with preschool children in inclusive day nursery, primary school, youth with no parental care. She is active as the volunteer within the Association „Naša djeca – Our kids in BiH“, Mostar and she is also the activist of the Association for Education and Development „Dignitet“ (Dignity).
Born on July 10, 1966 in Gornji Dubrave near Tuzla. She started doing athletics in 1982. She currently works at AK "Sloboda-Tehnograd" in Tuzla as the director of the Club, and is engaged in the Special Olympics as the national director. In the period from 1993 to 1996, she resided in Germany, where she received a coach's license at the Faculty of Sports in Darmstadt as a scholarship holder of the International Olympic Committee, so after finishing her athletic career she started working as a coach at AK "Sloboda-Tehnograd" results. In addition to the coaching license she received in Germany, she will become a senior coach and sports manager at the Sports Center in Banja Luka, and will acquire the title of "Doctor of Sports Sciences in Sports Management" at the Pan-European University at the Faculty of Sports Sciences. Currently engaged at this faculty in the subjects "ATHLETICS, SPORTS AND RECREATION OF PERSONS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS and SPORTS MANAGEMENT .. For the achieved results in athletics, she was declared the most successful athlete of the city of Tuzla four times, and twice chosen as the best athlete of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I have been a member of the BiH Special Olympics since 2007, where, according to the Accreditation Rules of the European Special Olympics, he performs the role of national director in charge of implementing the Accreditation Rules of Special Olympics. Through persistent work and cooperation with the governmental and non-governmental sector, she contributed to the BiH Special Olympics being declared the "Champion of Inclusion" as an organization that works on evaluating the sports results of people with disabilities, but also including this population in all social life.
She was born in Banja Luka in 1977 and is a social psychologist, a professor at the Psychology Study Program, the Faculty of Philosophy, the University of Banja Luka and the responsible teacher for Social Pathology, Psychology of Crime, Forensic Psychology and Social-Psychological Studies of addiction. Her scientific and professional work is, to a great extent, devoted to studying the relationship between the process of socialization and behavior of children at risk, contact and conflict with law, the application of social psychology to the law and the development of legal psychology. Creator and author of the award-winning program for improving the quality of life for young people, and a initiator of significant educational programs for professional training of psychologists. Chairman of the Management Board of the Association of Psychologists of Republika Srpska since 2011. Author and co-author of a large number of scientific articles, monographs and professional publications.
Silva Capurso, MA, Faculty of Political Science, PhD Student of Prevention Science and Disability Study Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders and Promotion of Mental Health. Counsellor in Polyclinic for Childs Protection of Mental Health in General Hospital Dubrovnik which main purpose is diagnostic and treatment of neurodevelopmental and mental disorders in children and adolescents. Journalist editor on Croatian Radio Television (HRT), editor of programmes aimed to promote healthy living styles, promotion of health and prevention of child’s mental and behavioural disorders („In Good Health“ and „An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure“). Teaches at the Dubrovnik University on Clinical Nursing Faculty. PhD Student of Prevention Science and Disability Study at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences of the University of Zagreb which is based on contemporary scientific insights regarding the promotion of health, prevention of mental and behavioural disorders, and risk behaviour of children and youth. Member of Dubrovnik Neretva County for Prevention.
SANDRA KUKIC was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1971. In 1996, she graduated from the University of Sarajevo with a degree in psychology, and further in systemic family approach within certified programme of European Association for Family Therapy. Ms. Kukic has over 20 years of experience of professional work in psychosocial programs focused on child, family and community development. In course of her career and professional development has been working in a number of roles that instigated changes across board to provide best service to vulnerable groups, especially children and their families. Ms. Kukic has extensive experience in topics related to mental health and psychosocial support, trauma healing, child protection, child care and alternative care, prevention and crisis interventions. Professional assignments are focused on programming as well as human resources and organizational development. Ms. Kukic possess more than 10 years of international experience, supporting directly changes in child protection processes and systems in more than 20 countries. In her professional roles, Ms. Kukic has managed global, regional and national programs focused on child protection, assessing quality of child protection system and coordinating and managing initiatives and programs aimed at improvements in the field. Currently working as a consultant to UNICEF BiH.