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Conference on nuances of psychotherapy

Nuances of psychotherapy was the theme of the 2nd Conference of the Croatian Union of Associations for Psychotherapy (SPUH), held in the Panorama Hotel in Zagreb on 19 and 20 October 2013. Prof. dr. sc. Gordana Buljan Flander, director of the Child Protection Center of Zagreb, delivered an invited lecture ‘Specificities of children involved in cyber-bullying – implications for treatment’, presenting the scientific community with research results on the experience and behaviour of children on the Internet and on the social network Facebook.

The research has been conducted on the sample of 1489 children aged 11 to 18 in rural and urban schools by the Brave Phone and the Child Protection Center of Zagreb this year. Many experts working with children participated in the discussion after the lecture, corroborating the importance of the present-day significance of this issue.

Director deputy dr. Domagoj Štimac, psychiatrist, subspecialist of adolescent psychiatry, with co-authors M. Sc. Ella Selak Bagarić, psychologist and Hana Hrpka, psychologist, delivered a lecture ‘Psychotherapy treatment and reducing the risk of suicide: case study of a female adolescent with cumulative experience of sexual abuse and other traumatic events’.

Furthermore, Renata Ćorić Špoljar, psychologist, prof. dr. sc. Gordana Buljan Flander and Ana Marija Španić, psychologist presented a poster presentation ‘Cognitive-behavioural trauma directed treatment: specificity of the model and presentation of the sexually abused girl treatment’.

Actual state and trends in psychotherapy were discussed within the professional program in the following thematic units:

Dialogue approach in integrative trauma therapy; Research in psychotherapy in Croatia and abroad; Psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy; Status of psychotherapy in the Republic of Croatia (legislation, market status and ethical dilemmas); Psychotherapy and modern technologies; Indications for psychotherapy; The importance of supervision in psychotherapist’s work; Personal and professional identity of a psychotherapist in the context of sexual themes; Psychotherapy of children exposed to cyberbullying and prevention of domestic abuse; Case presentation (wide thematic spectrum).

The importance of professional training as well as of passing laws regarding psychotherapeutic practice in Croatia were especially emphasised at the Conference.