BHIDAPA started working on December 11, 2014, at Radnicka 70 c, in response to research findings on the mental health problems of children and adolescents in our area, which says that almost every 4th child is at high risk of developing mental disorders, which is consistent with worldwide research, WHO indicators and reports that suggest the largest deficit of mental health professionals in the developmental age, and with the aim of launching the education of a specialized education program from integrative psychotherapy and counseling of children and youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and with the goal of ensuring and improving the protection of mental health and optimal conditions for healthy development of every child / adolescent;
Developmental psychotherapy, as a separate and independent profession, occupies a significant place in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in preserving the health and well-being of children and young people.
As Child Psychotherapy is much different from Adult Psychotherapy which requires specific education, in 2015, BHIDAPA launches, as part of primary prevention, the first educational program in integrative psychotherapy and counseling for children and adolescents, based on a developmental approach to children and young people incorporating the humanistic, holistic and integrative approach aligned with new insights in the fields of neuroscience, developmental psychology, psychotherapy led by Professor Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja, a neuropsychiatrist and psychotherapist for children and young people, and in collaboration with the D.O.M. Institute.
Students have so far had the opportunity to integrate their knowledge and skills of 24 eminent experts in the fields of neurology, psychiatry, psychology, sociology, system-constellations, especially child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy from BiH, Croatia, Slovenia, England, Malta, Serbia and America.
On 6th June, 2016 in Antwerp, we have become an equal member of the European Interdisciplinary Therapy Service for Children and Youth (EIATSCYP) and the first European accredited educational program in the field of integrative psychotherapy and counseling of children and adolescents in Bosnia and Herzegovina. More
In September 2017, our country becomes richer with the first nine European licensed child and adolescent integrative psychotherapists who have successfully fulfilled all the requirements of the educational program according to European requirements, and successfully passed the final exam in front of a three-member commission composed of Dubravka Kocijan-Hercigonja, MD – PhD, Vera Daneš-Brozek, MD – PhD, and Lidija Pecotić PhD, and earned the title of Child and Adolescent Integrative Psychotherapist.
Thus, our country gets the first nine European licensed child and adolescent integrative psychotherapists. More
By the end of 2017, by a decision of the BHIDAPA Assembly, the Association’s Statute is being expanded with the primary objective of reaching the highest standards in respecting the Convention on the Rights of the Child through advocating the creation of conditions for the opening of an Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Child, Youth and Family Health Protection Center.
In May 2018, modeled on and with the selfless support of the staff of the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, headed by Director Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist, BHIDAPA opens the first Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Child, Youth and Family Health Protection Center in BiH.
From 18th do 21st OCTOBER, 2018 @SARAJEVO, was held the First Congress of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy – “Role of psychotherapy in achieving health and well-being for children and adolescents” which aimed to highlight the need to raise awareness among all health, social care, education and justice professionals of the importance of multidisciplinary and intersectoral cooperation in protecting the health and well-being of children and adolescents.
The Congress was a meeting place for different disciplines, institutions and organizations, attended by over 500 participants from 16 countries in the region and the world with 110 lecturers.
The presentations were organized through plenary lectures, round tables, workshops, symposiums and panels.
We were pleased to present the role of psychotherapy through primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in maintaining the health and well-being of children and adolescents through three groups:
A. Mental health of children and adolescents
B. The specifics of the therapeutic approach to the various problems and challenges of growing up of children and adolescents in the new millennium
C. Psychotherapy approach in the treatment of children and adolescents – workshops
With great pleasure, in the beginning of 2019 we launched the First International Journal: “Psychotherapy in achieving health and well-being for children and adolescents”. Developmental psychotherapy, as a separate and independent profession, occupies a significant place in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in preserving the health and well-being of children and young people. New insights clearly indicate that most psychological distress in adulthood has its roots in childhood.
The aim of the Journal is to increase awareness and emphasize the importance of scientific and professional cooperation in early recognition and specific treatment interventions aimed at children, young people and their parents, as well as institutions, in order to prevent, as far as possible, the development of disorders in adulthood. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is a fundamental value for the promotion of health.
The journal provides an overview of original scientific articles, review articles, professional articles and case studies in various fields that seek to preserve the health and well-being of children and young people.
In February 2019, a collaboration was signed between the Rectorate of the University of Zenica and BHIDAPA, and on October 25th, 2019 at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Zenica, officially started an educational program in the field of Psychotherapy counseling for children and adolescents at community mental health centers.
Graduate integrative psychotherapists for children and adolescents are professional teaching associates: prim. Azra Arnautović, MD-MSc, dipl. psych. Belma Žiga, Đana Lončarica, MSc, dipl.psych. Sabina Zijadić Husić, dipl. psych Selma Gaši, dipl.psych Senka Čimpo i soc.ped Mirjana Gavrić.
We sincerely thank the prim. Goran Čerkez, MD Deputy Minister of the Federal Ministry of Health, Mental Health Project of BiH under the leadership of Irine Puvača MSc, Vice-rector Sabahudin Ekinović PhD and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Zenica, headed by Harun Hodžić, MD – PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Science, on recognizing the importance of special education in the field of child and adolescent psychotherapy and counseling. We believe that this is a significant step forward and the beginning of many years of cooperation to jointly participate in the implementation of educational programs in the field of child and adolescent psychotherapy and counseling, thus becoming the leading in the region in order to provide unique standards of education aimed at nurturing the health, protection and well-being of children and young people, and thus and society as a whole. The plan is to prepare a master’s degree program in the field of child and adolescent integrative psychotherapy.
We must not forget as a society, as our professor Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja says, that the future of each individual and humanity generally depends on the child, his or her development of the creation of the self and the world around it.
In December 2019, our Education Center was visited by the EAIP Commission. We hosted the President of the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy, Bruno Van den Bosch, and EAIP Board Member Hilda Vleugels. BHIDAPA meets all the criteria for full membership and gaining the status of European Accredited Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy – EAIP.
Official credentials will be handed to us in October 2020 in Athens at the annual meeting of the Governing Board of the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy. This great success of BHIDAPA’s entry into the European Accredited Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy has been enhanced by new diplomas at the formal promotion of second generation child and adolescent integrative psychotherapists and counselors.
Today, BHIDAPA operates through five centers that include primary, secondary and tertiary preventive activities, which are:
European Accreditation Education Center
Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Child, Youth and Family Health Protection Center
Scientific Research Center
From May 1, we are at Emerika Bluma 9, Sarajevo.
Thus BHIDAPA, in addition to education and research activities, opens up space on one place the children and their parents provide assistance from various experts who will participate in the assessment and treatment of the child in accordance with the needs of the child at a particular moment, through preventive programs of primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
Pattern and support in work and creating standards in the best interests of the child is the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, with over 15 years of experience and recognition for an example of good practice among 47 countries member of the Council of Europe and as such represented in the UN.
With the diagnostic and soon forensic treatment, the Center’s experts provide individual and groupcounseling and psychotherapy work and support for children, adolescents, their parents, and educational and counseling work with schools. Within its scope of activities, the Center organizes and conducts education, supervision and professional development for experts in institutions directly involved in the problem of abuse and neglect, but also equally important preventive programs aimed at strengthening health determinants.
The context of the problem and the reasons for the establishment of BHIDAP
New insights clearly indicate that most psychological difficulties in adulthood have their roots in childhood. This requires strengthening public awareness of the healthy development of the child and adolescence as a particularly sensitive period of life, the importance of early recognition and interventions on all three levels, in order to prevent, to the greatest extent possible, the development of disorders in Adult age. BHIDAPA was created in response to the results of the epidemiology study the problem of mental health of children in our area and a clear insight that says it is the biggest one the deficit of mental health professionals in the developmental age, and the WHO indicators.
Prevalence and incidence of mental health problems in children
Research on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, (Badurina, 2013) on a sample that is comprising 734 children aged 10 to 15, suggest almost twice the prevalence (29%) of the spectrum of clinically significant internalized problems (somatic problems, depression and anxiety, and withdrawal symptoms) from the prevalence of clinically significant externally problems (16.3%) observed on subcars of recalcitrant and destructive aggressive symptoms.
These two extremes of one continuum do not exclude each other and are statistically significant correlation. Result indicates that every fifth adolescent feels lonely, worthless, and less worth, and every fourth adolescent has a feeling that nobody loves him and does not understand him.
In total a sample of 12.2% of adolescent children thought to kill themselves, and 9.3% deliberately tried to hurt or killed. The results indicate that almost every fourth child of early adolescent aged under high risk of developing mental disorders, especially somatic, depressive and anxiety symptomatology.