Training in the Center held by Barbara Bonner and Susan Schmidt

Barbara L. Bonner, Ph. D. and  Susan R. Schmidt, Ph. D. clinical child psychologists, professors at the Child Study Center in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, visited the Child Protection Center of Zagreb and conducted a three-day training for the professionals in our institution from 25 to 27 March.

Center’s professionals were presented with detailed structure, techniques and specificities of “Trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT)”, which scientifically proved to be very efficient in the treatment of posttraumatic symptoms in children who had traumatic experience. Center’s professionals also had an opportunity to share, consult with and be supervised by dr. Bonner and dr. Schmidt in their work with traumatised children and their families.

Barbara Bonner, herself the Director of the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect in Oklahoma, has been providing professional and personal support to the professionals of the Child Protection Center of Zagreb since its very beginnings. Her devoted sharing of knowledge and extensive experience in working with traumatised children and their parents significantly contributes to our successful work with children and parents who come to our Center for help.

This first cooperation with dr. Schmidt with her comprehensive knowledge about this specific area and her considerable experience significantly contributed to the development and improvement of our professional competences.