At the 4th Conference of the European Network for Social and Emotional Competence (ENSEC), held in Zagreb at Teachers College from 3 to 7 July 2013, director, prof. dr sc. Gordana Buljan Flander delivered the invited lecture “Children in the middle of high-conflict divorce”.

Conference under high auspices

The Conference was held under the high auspices of President of Croatia Ivo Josipović, the City of Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić and the Zagreb University Rector prof. dr sc Aleksa Bjeliš. The Conference was hosted by the University of Zagreb, ENSEC and Teachers College of Zagreb.

ENSEC is a collaborative network of European scientists and professionals working in the field of social and emotional competence of children and youth. The network has been existing for five years and has increasing membership with growing success from all over the world.

Newest knowledge of high-conflict divorces Gordana Buljan Flander lecture involved newest knowledge related to high-conflict divorces, consequences of such divorces for children and protective risk factors related to children’s well-being. How much the issue of conflict divorces is important and actual in other parts of the world, too, was confirmed by the interest of many experts in the discussion following the lecture.

Marija Crnković, psychologist of the Center also participated in the Conference as a co-author of the poster presentation, also prepared by the Brave Phone professionals Ella Selak Bagarić, psychologist, Jelena Tomić, social worker and Hana Hrpka, psychologist, “Me and my needs” – Satisfying children’s needs with their active participation.

Some of the professional topics at this Conference were children’s rights, children in the modern family, positive and negative impact of new technologies on children and youth, bullying and cyberbullying.

Experts and representatives of universities from all over the world

Besides experts from Croatia, world known experts and representatives of universities and other institutions from all over the world participated at the Conference: The United States of America (Harvard University, University of New Hampshire, USA; Net Family News and ConnectSafely.orgUSA; Penn State University; Committee for Children, Seattle; Florida Atlantic University; Resilience Counselling & Training Center; Committee for Children, USA); The United Kingdom (University London; University of Surrey; The University of Nottingham; University of South Wales; University of Northampton; Hull University; University of Wales; University of Leicester; University of Surrey; University of Bristol; Cardiff University; University of Suffolk; University of Manchester); China (The Hong Kong Institute of Education; University of Hong Kong); Poland (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University); Greece (University of Patras; University of Crete); Norway (Diakonhjemmet University College); Portugal (Technical University of Lisbon; University of Porto; Institute Piaget; Catholic University of Portugal; University of Minho); Singapore (Khoo Teck Puat Hospital); South Africa (University of the Free State); New Zealand (University of Auckland); Malta (University of Malta; European Centre for Educational Resilience &Socio-Emotional Health); Australia (University of Sunshine Coast; Flinders University, Australia; Monash University; Deakin University); Switzerland (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland; SUPSI/DFA); Argentina (University of Buenos Aires); South Korea (Chungbuk National University, Bucheon St. Mary’s Hospital); Germany (Lower Saxony Institute for Early Childhood Education & Development, Research Centre for Movement &Psychomotricity; University of Osnabrueck; NIFBE); Istanbul (İkinci Adım Turkey); Italy (University of Verona; University of Pavia; University of Perugia; Udine University); Sweden (Örebro University); Israel (Gordon College of Education, Haifa) Japan (Fukuoka University of Education); Slovenia (University of Ljubljana); Ireland (Childhood Development Initiative); Canada (Dalhousie University); Turkey (Gazi University) and Oman (Sultan Qaboos University).

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