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Workshop in Montenegro about running small groups of special needs children without parental care

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Psychologist of the Centre, Ella Selak Bagarić participated as an expert in conducting the European Commission workshop about running small groups of special needs children without parental care. The workshop took Place in Bijelo Polje, Montenegro, from 22 to 25 October 2017.

The purpose of this workshop was to support the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Montenegro in the process of deinstitutionalisation and establishment of alternative systems of child care, like small groups of special needs children without parental care. This workshop focused on improving the quality of functioning of first small groups in Montenegro placed in Bijelo Polje. Professionals from the United Kingdom, Croatia and Sweden shared best practices in organising and managing this model of child care.

Ella Selak Bagarić, psychologist, presented on the psychological impact of childhood trauma and the approach in developing therapeutic environment for children, as well as on supervision as a form of professional support.

Bernadette Mc Nally, director of Safeguarding Board Northern Ireland, and Karin Flyckt, coordinator for disabled persons at the National Board of Health and Welfare from Sweden participated in conducting this workshop. Irma Kalac, senior advisor from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare participated as a representative of Montenegro.