Daily Hospital of the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center

The Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center opened a day hospital in June 2016, which includes the organization and implementation of group and individual work with children and their parents (group therapy, family therapy and counseling, psychoeducation, individual therapy, creative techniques, learning support, relaxation and mindfulness techniques, regular check-ups and pharmacotherapy audits, additional psychodiagnostic treatment, organizational meetings with children and caregivers, leisure activities).


  1. Marjeta Knez Turčinović, MD, psychiatrist, subspecialist of psychotherapy
  2. Renata Ćorić Špoljar, PhD, clinical psychologist
  3. Vlatka Križan, psychology professor, clinical psychologist
  4. Vesna Jurčić, Master of Nursing
  5. Ivana Ivančić, Bachelor of Nursing

An interdisciplinary team works in two shifts in the Daily Hospital of our Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center. The professional team consists of a leader – a psychiatrist with a specialization in psychotherapy, two clinical psychologists, a master of nursing and a bachelor of nursing.

The Daily hospital of the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center provides treatment in which the child is enabled to provide the necessary diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for several hours during the day, in such a way that child can continue normal life activities without hindrance. In addition to providing services to the child, the work of the Daily Hospital also provides support to the parents or guardians of the child. The purpose of the Daily Hospital is to improve the functioning of the child in the family, peer group, school and other roles in society, and to develop resilience in dealing with stressors. The goal of the Daily Hospital is therefore to provide, structure and continuously adjust the therapeutic environment in cooperation with the child or adolescent and their families, in order to achieve a positive treatment outcome through strengthening the child’s capacity and its adaptive mechanisms and through the most appropriate therapeutic interventions. The treatment cycle lasts at least 12 weeks and is determined according to the assessment of the Daily Hospital team individually for each child, after which the patient will have the opportunity to continue outpatient follow-up.

The activities of the Daily Hospital aim to improve the recognition, understanding, and regulation of emotions, improve adaptation to new life circumstances, accept and integrate negative events and lived experiences, and encourage health and prevent the development of unhealthy and risky behaviors while strengthening protective mechanisms in children. The activities enable the improvement of communication and social skills in the peer group, as well as the development of competencies at the individual level through self-knowledge and the recognition of personal potentials and the development of independence versus addiction.

Disclaimer: This is unofficial translation provided for information purposes. Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center cannot be held legally responsible for any translation inaccuracy.   

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