Center Participates at the IV Scientific and Professional Conference in Osijek

Child Protection Center of Zagreb actively participated at the IV Scientific and Professional Conference about violence ‘Violence and Mental Health – Interdisciplinary Approach’ which was held at the Faculty of Philosophy in Osijek from 29 November to 1 December 2012.

Dr.Domagoj Štimac, child psychiatrist and Renata Ćorić Špoljar, psychologist organised a round table ‘Emotional abuse of the child – role and responsibilities of the system, experience and dilemmas’. Participants at the round table were Dunja Baraban from the Paediatric Department at the Clinical Hospital of Osijek, Hrvoje Vidaković from the Social Care Center of Osijek, Darko Ćorković from the Osječko-Baranjska regional Police Headquarters and Sanja Vladović, Advisor to the Croatian Ombudsman for Children. One of the aims of the round table was to share professional experience and dilemmas of various professional fields from various institutions of the system who deal with the issues of emotional abuse in order to better define and uniform the criteria in identifying emotional abuse. Dr Domagoj Štimac talked with the emphasis on the consequences emotionally abused children suffer which have been observed in clinical practice and indicated how essential multidisciplinary approach was in tackling this issue. The round table indicated the need to identify resources in various segments of the system helping professionals in dealing with the existing dilemmas and contribute to the more efficient prevention and intervention in dealing with and resolving the issues of emotional abuse. Gordana Buljan Flander, Director of the Child Protection Center, Vlatka Križan, psychologist, Nikolina Škrlec, social worker, Dora Kralj, social pedagogue and Renata Zdenković, psychiatrist contributed to the Conference. These experts in their poster presentation emphasised the importance of the multidisciplinary approach in the evaluation and treatment of children suffering from multiple traumatic experiences.

The Conference was organised by the Department of Psychology, the Faculty of Philosophy University J.J. Strossmayer in Osijek and the Psychological Association in Osijek. Co-organisers were Croatian Psychological Chamber and the Croatian Psychological Association. The Conference was held under the high auspices of the Croatian Ombudsman for Children Mila Jelavić.

More information about the Conference, the Programme and the Participants is available at Faculty of Phylosophy in Osijek.

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