Assist. prof. Bruna Profaca, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist


  • 2008 Ph.D. Doctor of Social Sciences – field Psychology (Clinical and Health Psychology)

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb

Thesis: Childhood exposure to traumatic experience and psychosocial functioning of the youth

  • 2002 M.A. Master of Science – Clinical and Health Psychology

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb   

Thesis: Parenting stress and some characteristics of social and emotional development of preschool child

  • 1978 -1983  B.A. Bachelor of Science

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Zagreb

Academic degree: Psychologist, M.A., Graduation thesis: Research in the development of cognitive concepts

Thesis: Resaerch in the development of concepts


2017 Assistant Professor

Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb

Social sciences


2002 – Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb

Clinical Psychologist

2003 – 2017 Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb

Head of Diagnostic and Treatment Department

1985 – 2002 Kindergarten Bukovac, Zagreb

Preschool Psychologist


2015 – 2018 Trainer in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy program (BHIDAPA, Sarajevo, Bosnia&Hercegovina: D.O.M., Zagreb, Croatia; Institute IPSA, Ljubljana, Slovenia), Modules: Treatment of child trauma, Treatment of mourning child

2014 – Expert in workgroup – National strategy on Rights of the Child in Republic of Croatia (2014-2020)

2015 – 2017 Educator – Naklada Slap (psychological tests publishers), Jastrebarsko, Croatia. Applied instrument Trauma Symtom Check List for Children

2006 – 2014 Permanent court expert witness – abused and traumatized children, Zagreb County Court

2003 – 2018 Trainer for volunteers of helpline for children and parents, NGO Brave Phone

2005 – 2006 External Researcher on Center for Educational Research and Development, Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, Zagreb (Croatia). Project: Self evaluation of preschool institution

1997 – 2002 Psychologist and educator in Crisis Intervention Team (Society for Psychological Assistance, Ministry of Social Welfare, Ministry of Education, UNICEF

1995 – 1996 Educator for mental health professinals in Project “Posttraumatic Recovery”, Society for Psychological Assitance, Zagreb and Catholic Relief Service

1993 – 1996 Educator and supervisor in Project “Psychosocial help to refugee preschool children, their parents and preschool teachers in kindergarten and refugees camps” Ministry of Education, Faculty for special education, UNICEF

1991 – 1992 Psychologist Volunteer on helpline


  • The International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN)
  • European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners (EAPAP)
  • Croatian Society for Traumatic Stress/ European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Croatian Psychological Chamber
  • Croatian Psychological Society
  • Psychological Society of Zagreb


2003 – Croatian Psychological Society “Marulić: Fiat Psychologia” Award

Award for especially valuable contribution to the development of the applied psychology in Croatia


  • 2018   Attachment Based Family Therapy (ATBF)

dr. Jody Russon, USA (Zagreb, Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb)

  • 2017   Working with Trauma from and Attachment/Emotionally Focused Therapy Perspective

dr. Leanne Campbell, Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • 2017   Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adolescence (MBT-A)

dr. P. Fonagy, Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families

  • 2017   Working with Parental Alienation: Understanding, Differentiation, Intervention, Zagreb

Karen Woodall & Nick Woodall – Family Separatin Clinic, London, UK

  • 2017   Attachment and Trauma Conference

Rome, Italy

  • 2016  Working with Parental Alienation Training, Zagreb

Karen Woodall & Nick Woodall – Family Separation Clinic, London, UK

  • 2015  Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training, Zagreb

Linda Cordisco Steele – National Children’s Advocacy Center, Huntsville, USA

  • 2014 – 2015  Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Dragica Barbarić, Zagreb

  • 2013   Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), Child Protection Centre of Zagreb

Bonner, B. L. and Schmidt, S. – Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Study Center, University of Oklahoma. USA

  • 2011   Art therapy – Structured Trauma Intervention

Jimenez Alonso, H. (Austria), Zagreb

  • 2009 – 2010 “Moaiku – somatic trauma workshop” – “Building bridges between trauma and personality – Resource – oriented skill training in trauma work”

Merete Holm Brantjberg, (Denmark), London (UK)

  • 2007 The Advance Skills Training InstituteXIth ISPCAN European Regional Conference, Lisbon, PortugalSupporting Prevention and Recovery from Child Abuse and NeglectRole of Professionals, Communities and FamiliesInternational Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN)
  • 2006  Relational and Integrative Psychotherapy

Richard Erskin, R. G. Ph.D., Training Director of the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy, Vancouver

  • 2005   Gestalt therapy with children workshop
  • 2006  Trauma and abuse

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

APSAC’s First Annual Trauma Treatment Clinic, Hawaii

  • 2004   Assesment and planning of treatment traumatised children and their families.

William N. Friedrich, Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb (Croatia), Mayo Clinic (USA)

  • 2003   Forensic Interviewing of Children Training, Zagreb

The National Children’s Advocacy Center, Huntsville, AL (SAD)

  • 2002   NLP Training

Zagreb, Croatia

  • 1999   Gestalt Art Therapy

Zora Subotić and Claudia Wagner (Zagreb, München)

  • 1997 – 1998  Family Gestalt Therapy

J. Juul, Society for Psychological Assistance and Kempler Institute of Skandinavia

  • 1995 – 1997  Advanced Trauma and Recovery Training Program for Mental Health Professionals

Society for Psychological Assistance, The University of Texax (Houston)

  • 1993   Gestalt Art Therapy

Michael Rain

  • 1993 – 1994  Training for professionals in psychosocial programs for refugee children

R. Pynoos, O. Ayalon, UNICEF

  • 1992   Work with traumatized children

Magne Raundalen, UNICEF

  • 1990   Emerging body language
  • 1988  Behavior therapy

Croatian Psychological Society, Zagreb

  • 1986 – 1988  Gestalt therapy training

Mladen and Nada Kostić, Croatian Psychological Society, Zagreb


Published scientific papers, book chapters and several handbooks.

Presented on more than 40 scientific domestic and international conferences adn symposia.  

Books and brochures:

  • Author and editor of brochures and leaflets for professionals and parents, Child protection center of Zagreb
  • Author of a few chapters in books, several journal articles and papers on conferences in Croatia and in other countries.
  • Žižak, A., Profaca, B. and Milanović, M. (ed.)(1995): Handbook II for educators included in the Program for psychosocial help to displaced / refugee children and to war traumatised preschool children, to their parents and pre-school teachers working with them in kindergartens and day care centres within refugee camps, Ministry of education and sport of Croatia, UNICEF, Zagreb
  • Starc, B., Čudina Obradović, M., Pleša, A., Profaca, B., Letica, M. (2004): Characteristics and Psychological Conditions of Pre-school Child Development, Golden Marketing, Zagreb
  • Profaca, B. and Puhovski, S. (2005) Helping the Mourning Child, Child protection center of Zagreb, City of Zagreb
  • Profaca, B. (1993) Let’s Talk about Mum and Dad, book for children, Tin d.o.o., Zagreb



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