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A meeting place of different disciplines, institutions and organizations whose aim is to preserve
the health and well-being of children and adolescents, exchange of experience, the best practices,
announcements of new trends, through numerous presentations of participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Croatia, Serbia, Malta, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, England, Italy, France, Germany, Austria and
other european countries, as so Canada, America and other countries.

Our experts

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

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The role of psychotherapy in the achieving of the health and wellbeing of children and ...

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Congress aims to emphasize the need to raise awareness of all professionals in the field of ...
We are pleased to present to you, the President of the Congress and our Honorary Board:

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).

Norman Sartorius (born 1935) is a Croatian psychiatrist and university professor. Sartorius is a former director of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Division of Mental Health, and a former president of the World Psychiatric Association and of the European Psychiatric Association. He has been described as "one of the most prominent and influential psychiatrists of his generation". He obtained his M.D. from the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb in 1958, and his B.Sc. and M.A. in psychology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb in 1962. He finished his specialization in psychiatry and neurology in 1963 and defended his Ph.D. thesis in psychology at the University of Zagreb in 1965. In 1967, Sartorius left his job at the University Hospital Center in Zagreb to join the WHO as the Head of the WHO Interregional Advisory Team on Epidemiology of Mental Disorders. He served as the President of the World Psychiatric Association (1993–1999) and of the Association of European Psychiatrists (1997–2001). Major themes in his current work and public activity are rights of patients with mental disorders and struggle against stigma and prejudices associated with mental illness, co morbidity of mental and physical illness and improvement of mental health services. Between 1961 and 2008, Sartorius published more than 400 scientific works. He has authored, co-authored or edited 66 books.

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.

He received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative. 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. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, which offers online learning and in-person seminars that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes. His psychotherapy practice includes children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He serves as the Medical Director of the LifeSpan Learning Institute and on the Advisory Board of the Blue School in New York City, which has built its curriculum around Dr. Siegel’s Mindsight approach.

Gordana Buljan Flander

Professor of psychiatry, recently retired. Core specialization in child and adolescent psychiatry. For the most part of employment history held the position as Head of Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychiatric Clinic of the University of Sarajevo. By educational background affiliated to the school of psychodynamic orientation. Participated in numerous scientific and professional meetings and worked on many projects, mainly in the field of child psycho-traumatology. Published around a hundred scientific papers, authored or co-authored a number of publications, textbooks and monographs in the field of developmental psychopathology.She is actual head of Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Bosnia and Hercegovina (UDAP in BiH).

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.

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.

He is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust at Nuneaton. He is also an Honorary Clinical Associate Teacher at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick UK. He graduated from King Edward Medical College Lahore, Pakistan and received higher specialised training in Psychiatry at Royal Edinburgh Hospital, University of Edinburgh and Institute of Psychiatry & Maudsley Hospital London. He has served the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK as Deputy / Associate Registrar, member Board of International Affairs of the College, Chairman of West Midlands Division of the College & one of the lead College office bearers for SAS doctors & Pt & carers groups. He is currently elected as executive committee member of the College Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry. His role in international psychiatry is highlighted by his involvement with a number of professional organisations. His areas of special interest are Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Psychiatric Research. His academic skills have been invaluable when publishing more than 95 scientific papers and being author of six books/monographs on different topics of psychiatry. He is currently involved in a number of projects on Schizophrenia and is completing audits in different clinical aspects of long term management of chronic mentally ill in the community.

Retired university professor at the Department of Psychology, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, consulting, evaluate and advising students, scientific research and professional work at the Faculty and University.


  • Hotel Hills Sarajevo Congress & Termal spa Resort
    Butmirska cesta 18, Ilidža 71210

  • From October 2018, from 18th till 21nd

17:00 Info desk
Registration of participants
18:00 MAIN HALL - Congress Opening Ceremony
Children open the Congress. Speakers: Mirela Badurina, PhD, prof. Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja, PhD, Msc. Abdulah Skaka, prof. Norman Sartoriusa, PhD, Mrs. Geeta Narayan, Prim. Dr. Goran Čerkez
Prof. Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja, PhD; Prof. Daniel Siegel, PhD, LIVE On-Line
19:45 LOBBY
The closing words of the Opening Ceremony. Introduction in homage to Professor Ken Evans, founder EIATSCYP
20:15 SKY BAR
Cocktail opening party
8:00 Info desk
Registration of participants
Addressing of the Board of Children. Prof. Afzal Javed, PhD, Prof. Vera Daneš Brozek, PhD; Prof. Milivoj Jovančević, PhD; Prof. Saida Fišeković, PhD
11:00 - 11:30 Lobby
Addressing the Youth Board. Prof. Tatjana Stefanovic Stojanovic, PhD; Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Kanita Dervić; Prof. Mirjana Graovac, PhD; Prof. Michael Ungar, PhD LIVE On-Line
13:30 Restaurant
15:00 Hall 2
Congress Symposium "Role of Schools, Institutions and Families"
15:00 Hall 3
Workshop "What worries lead teenagers in Internet addiction?"
15:00 Hall 4
Workshop "THERAPY SOUND Applying Sound in Rehabilitation of Adolescents with Special Needs and Psychic Disorders"
15:00 Hall 5
Symposium "Innovative approach of pediatricians in working with children"
15:00 Hall 6
Workshop "It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken people" - role playing therapy in empowering children and families"
15:00 Hall 7
Workshop "Phenomena in Psychotherapy - Projective Identification"
15:00 Hall 8
Poster exhibitions"
16:00 - 17:00 Lobby
17:00 Hall 2
Round Table "The Paradigm of the New Age - The Similarities and Differences of Different (Psycho) Professionals"
17:00 Hall 3
Symposium "Musical Therapy"
17:00 Hall 4
Workshop "Integrative Psychotherapy"
17:00 Hall 5
Workshop "Assessment of suicidal ideation and therapeutic approach to suicidal behavior in children and adolescents"
17:00 Hall 6
Workshop "The other side of the coin / secondary resistance therapists"
17:00 Dvorana 7
Section "Schools, Institutions and Family" - oral presentations
17:00 Hall 8
Poster exhibitions
19:00 Organized Tour of Sarajevo
8:00 Info desk
Registration of participants
Addressing of the parent's board. Prof. Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja, PhD; Prof. John Sargent, PhD; Prof. Sanja Radetic Lovric, PhD; Lana Peto Kujundžić, PhD.
11:00 Lobby
Prof. Susanne Schlüter-Müller, PhD; Vlatka Boričević Maršanić, PhD; Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD; Prof. Vlasta Rudan, PhD
13:30 - 15:00 Restaurant
15:00 Hall 2
Congress Symposium "Educational Programs from Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counseling"
15:00 Hall 3
Symposium on centers for mental health, hospital and outpatient treatment "
15:00 Hall 4
Workshop "Music therapy for children in Srebrenica"
15:00 Hall 5
Workshop "Art Therapy in Working with Children and Adolescents"
15:00 Hall 6
Workshop "Analytical Psychodrama"
15:00 Hall 7
Workshop "The treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder with AIT (Adolescent Identity treatment)"
15:00 Hall 8
Section "Psychotherapeutic approaches in working with adolescents" - oral presentation
16:30-17:00 Lobby
Coffe break
17:00 Hall 2
Congress Symposium "Children at risk and in contact with the courts and law"
17:00 Hall 3
Workshop "Psychological crisis interventions: psychological first aid to children and youth after crisis events"
17:00 Hall 4
17:00 Hall 5
Section "Schools, Institutions and Family" - oral presentations
17:00 Hall 6
Workshop "Using of stories and fairy tales in Psychotherapy"
17:00 Hall 7
Workshop "Shame and the Therapeutic Relationship: a Relational Developmental Approach"
17:00 Hall 8
Section "Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Working with Children and Young People" - oral presentations
18:30 Break until gala dinner
20:00 Gala dinner
9:00 Main hall - round table
Introduction lecture - Prof. dr. Esmina Avdibegović - Transgenerational and war trauma. War, War Trauma and Transgenerational Trauma: Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja, Mirela Badurina, Vera Daneš - Brozek, Sabina Zijadic Husić, Gordana Buljan Flander, Renko Đapić
11:00 Lobby
Coffe break
11:15 Hall 2
Congress Symposium "Multidisciplinary diagnostics and inter-sectoral cooperation in the treatment of the child"
11:15 Hall 3
Workshop "Psychotherapy process research - what works in psychotherapy"
11:15 Hall 4
Workshop "Therapeutic Well Being Practitioner"
11:15 Hall 5
Workshop "Emotions are important - techniques of working with children in elementary school, on the subject of emotions, which encourage development"
11:15 Hall 6
Section "Children, Youth, Refugee Crisis and Migration" - oral presentations
11:15 Hall 7
Section "Children, youth, violence and (transgenerational) trauma" - oral presentation
11:15 Hall 8
Section "Psychotherapeutic approaches in working with children and young people" - oral presentation
12:45 Lobby
Coffe Break
13:00 MAIN HALL - Closing Congress Ceremony
Address by the President of Congress, prof. Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja, PhD
14:00 Lobby

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The registration fee covers: A handbag for participants, a digital Review of abstract from the Congress, possibility of participation in all plenary and parallel sessions (by their own choice), festive cocktail, lunches during the three days of the Congress, refreshment during the Congress, a discount for booking accommodation in hotels listed on the congress website, a certificate of participation in the Congress. Students of the Educational Program for Children and Adolescent Integrative Psychotherapy and Counseling receive 30 hours of the modul "Theory, Methodology and Research", and graduate therapists and other participants for 30 hours in the field of continuous professional growth and development.
NOTE: If you need to cancel your registration, please contact us by email within 1st August 2018 and 50% of the fee price will be refunded. Please note that no reimbursement will be allowed for any cancellations after the above-mentioned date.

Important dates and deadlines

11.12.2017. Preliminary program available
20.12.2017. Online registration is open
01.02.2018. Improved program available
01.03.2018. Deadline for submission of short summaries (CLOSED)
31.03.2018. Answer from the members of the Scientific Committee on the status of application extended until 05/08/2018.
15.06.2018.Deadline for submission of reviewed abstract (final abstracts)

31.05.2018. Deadline for payment of a fee for a speaker and the deadline for payment of early registration fee
07/01/2018. Final program available
09/15/2018. Deadline for submission of Final papers
09/15/2018. Deadline for payment of regular registration / closing an online registration
10/18/2018. The opening ceremony of the Congress