Faculty

BHIDAPA-Training Institute is a European accredited educational program that organizes education in the field of child and adolescent integrative psychotherapy and counseling and integrative psychotherapy for adults in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in cooperation with EIATSCYP-Ken Evans (European Interdisciplinary Association for Therapeutic Service for Children & Young People) and EAIP (European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy) in accordance with EAP (European Association for Psychotherapy) standards.

The leaders of the module are world-renowned experts in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy, various modalities of psychotherapy and research, neurology, psychiatry, pediatrics, psychology, sociology and system-constellations.

Prof.dr.med.sc. Dubravka Kocijan-Hercigonja

Neuropsychiatrist, psychotherapist


A world-renowned expert in the field of neuropsychiatry, especially children’s psychiatry, has been renowned. A lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation in Zagreb. A founder of the Croatian Interdisciplinary Therapy Association for Children and Youth, and is the President of the European Association for Children and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Dr.psih.sc. Ken Evans (†)

Integrative psychotherapist


The founder and director of the European Center for Psychotherapeutic Studies (European Center for Psychotherapeutic Studies), an experienced Gestalt and Integrative Psychotherapist, Coach and Supervisor, began his education in the UK in 1970. He was President of the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) in 1994, founded and presided over the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy (1996-1999), and was President of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (2002-2008)

Dr.zdrav.sc. Mirela Badurina

Gestalt and integrative psychotherapist


Doctor of Health Knowledge, gestalt psychotherapist and child and adolescent integrative psychotherapist. The Exhibitor is at numerous domestic and international conferences and conferences, educations within institutions and NGOs, on topics of protection of health, rights and interests of children. Mirela is a certified European psychotherapist and lecturer in the field of integrative psychotherapy for children, young people and adults. She is a lecturer in teaching in the field of psychotherapy counselor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zenica. The supervisor’s under supervision. Mirela is also the founder and director of BHIDAPA and the EIATSCYP Registry.

Prof.dr.psih.sc. Gordana Buljan Flander

Child Psychologist, Intergratic Psychotherapist


The director of the Polyclinic for the Protection of the Children of the City of Zagreb thirty years of her career deals with children. As a child psychologist at the Zagreb Children’s Hospital, Zagreb often met with abused and neglected children who did not have the necessary protection of adults. Therefore, she was among the first to recognize this issue in Croatia in the early ’90s and dedicate her further work to her.

Mr. soc.sc. Joana Hewitt Evans

Gestalt and integrative psychotherapist


Deputy Director of the European Center for Psychotherapeutic Studies (EUROCPS). Johanna is a Gestal therapist and a lecturer at the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy in Zagreb, Ljubljana and the Gestalt Institute in Malta.

Prof. dr.med.sc. Vera Daneš-Brozek

Neuropsychiatrist


She has recently been retired from a university professor of psychiatry. The specialty is child and adolescent psychiatry. She spent most of her working life as head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Psychiatric Clinic of the University of Sarajevo. According to her educational orientation, she belongs to the School of Psychodynamic Orientation.

Prof.dr.med.sc. Mirjana Graovac

Psychiatrist, psychotherapist


She is an associate professor at the Department of Pedagogy at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo. Its professional development focuses on the education of future teachers, and psycho-pedagogical assistance to chronically ill children in the hospital and school. She is the author of a part of the university textbook in the field of pediatrics, book co-authors and manuals for assisting professions.

Prof.dr.psih.sc. Gregor Žvelc

TA, K-B Psychotherapist


Professor of Psychology, Integrative, TA, Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapist. He deals with EMDR. Director of the IPSA Institute (Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy and Counseling) in Ljubljana, and a lecturer at psychotherapy education institutes in Great Britain, Spain, Bosnia and Croatia.

Dr.psih.sc. Maša Žvelc

Psychologist, TA integrative psychotherapist


Maša Žvelc is a graduate psychologist, a M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology from Integrative Psychotherapy. Integrative psychotherapy is a graduate of the Scarborough Psychotherapy Training Institute (UK) under the mentorship of Ken Evans. IPSA institute leads training in integrative psychotherapy.

dipl.psiholog Sabina Zijadić Husić

gestalt and integrative psychotherapist for children and adolescents


European accredited coach for educational programmes in the field of integrative psychotherapy for children, young people and adults. Works on support, counseling and psychotherapy treatments of parents and teachers, as well as treatments of children of young and adult through individual therapy, couples therapy. Organizes and runs workshops for personal growth and development. Since the establishment of the Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Centre for the Protection of Children, Youth and Family, BHIDAPA has been engaged in the jobs of psychotherapists and supervisors. She is an expert in teaching in the field of psychotherapy counselor for children and youth at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zenica. The supervisor’s under supervision

mr. sc. Azra Arnautović

Pediatrician, group psychoanalyst, integrative psychotherapist for children and adolescents


It’s primarius. Mr. sc, specialist pediatrician, group analyst and integrative psychotherapist for children and adolescents, supervisor. Worked at the Clinic for Children’s Diseases, as a specialist pediatrician until 1998. after which in Vive Women Tuzla, Center for Therapy and Rehabilitation as a pediatrician and psychotherapist for children and adults. With the establishment of an Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Center for The Protection of Children’s Health, Youth and Family, BHIDAPA is engaged in the jobs of psychotherapists and professional collaborators in teaching in children and adolescent integrative psychotherapy and counseling at BHIDAPA and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zenica. In addition to medical direction, psychosocial and psychotherapy work has been in the works since 1994. When she volunteers first, and later as an employee of Viva Woman works with war trauma, torture, domestic violence. She earned a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in children’s and adolescent psychiatry and psychology.

Izv.Prof.dr.med.sc. Goran Arbanas

Prim. dr. sc. dr. med. / assistant professor


He started his subspecialization in psychotherapy in 2007, and in 2009 he took a subspecialist exam. Issues of sexuality, as well as transgenderism and transsexuality, etc. Arbanas has been in business for fifteen years. He completed his education in sexual therapy and is one of the founders of the Croatian Society for Sexual Therapy, of which he has been president since its founding. He also completed education in sexual medicine and participates in the work of the European Sexological Federation, in the commission for education in sexual therapy. In 2012, he passed the European Specialist Exam in Sexual Medicine and earned the title of FECSM.

Dr.med.sc. Vesna Hercigonja Novković

Defectologist, intergratic psychotherapist


Defectologist and Master of Integrative Psychotherapy, co-founder of the Croatian Interdisciplinary Therapy Association for Children and Youth, and secretary of the European Association. Vesna is a lecturer at the Ipsa Institute in Ljubljana. Areas of interest: children, adolescents and families.

Doc.dr.psih.sc. Bruna Profaca

Clinical psychologist


Head of Diagnostics and Treatment at the Polyclinic for the Protection of Children of the City of Zagreb. Field of work: diagnostics and treatments with traumatized children and youth, work with families, individually and group work.

Günter Schiepek, Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. phil. habil

Systemic psychotherapist, researcher


Günter Schiepek, Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. phil. habil. Director of the Institute Synergetics and Psychotherapy Research, University Hospital for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics at the Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg (Austria) and of the Center for Complex Systems (Stuttgart/Germany). Since 2008 professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians- University Munich and at the Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg. Visiting-Professor at the Donau-University Krems and at the Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt (Austria).

Prof.dr.med.sc. Albert John Sargent III

A psychiatrist, a family psychotherapist


Head of the Department for Pediatric and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Tufts Medical Center, USA. He is a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Tufts Medical School, USA. He was Director of “Hope System”, a center for caring for children with emotional problems. He deals with the psychotherapy of children and adolescents, and his special interests are traumas, eating disorders, suicides of children and adolescents, family therapy and the development of international mental health programs for children and adolescents. He has published over 70 articles and books on children’s mental health. President of the American Academy of Family Therapy.

dr, med. Ranka Kalinić

Dječiji i adolescentne psihijatar i psihodinamski psihoterapeut za djecu i mlade


Od 2004.godine radi u Centru za zaštitu mentalnog zdravlja Banja Luka. Pri Centru formirala prvi kompletan tim za djecu i mlade koji pruža usluge prevencije, dijagnostike, tretmana i liječenja poremećaja u mentalnom zdravlju djece i mladih, ne samo za grad Banja Luka, već i šire. Izuzetan angažman uložila u razvijanje i unapređenje intersektorske saradnje svih subjekata koji su uključeni u rad sa djecom i mladima. Koautor 3 priručnika koja su namijenjena roditeljima i djeci iz oblasti ’’Lavirint puberteta I i II’’, ’’Kako roditi zdravo dijete’’. U projektu ’’Mentalnog zdravlja u BiH’’, dala sam svoj doprinos u izradi nomenklature usluga u mentalnom zdravlju, a angažovana sam i kao edukator uposlenicima svih Centara za zaštitu mentalnog zdravlja BiH iz oblasti dječije i adolescentne psihijatrije.

Doc.dr.psih.sc. Lidija Pecotić

Clinical psychologist, psychotherapist


Clinical psychologist, therapist and supervisor. The founder is also the Director of GPTIM (Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute Malta), Supervisor and trainer in Gestalt Psychotherapy and System Constellation Education; founder and president of the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute Malta – the Gestalt Institute in Malta and the Gestalt Studios in Belgrade, as well as the “Bert Hellinger Center” in Malta; She helped and contributed to the establishment of the Gestalt Institute in Belgrade, Zagreb, Zadar, Sarajevo, Podgorica, Skopje. Author of numerous works and lecturers around the world.

Prof.dr.med.sc. Vlasta Rudan

Child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist


Specialist in child and adolescent psychotherapy, Head of the daily hospital for youth at the Clinic for Psychological Medicine, KBC Zagreb. Full professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb, author of numerous papers in the area of ​​child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy.

Prof.dr.psih.sc. Vesna Petrović

Head of the study program Psychotherapy


She is a PhD student in “Early Childhood Education and Compulsory Education”. Vesna is a member of UNICEF’s expert council in the project “Safe and incentive schooling in schools”. The leader is a college violence against children and between children. She is the author and co-author of many books and textbooks. Vesna also actively participates in domestic and international scientific conferences and congresses.

Mr.sc.Sedin Habibović

Psychologist, Psychotherapist


Master of psychological sciences, Psychoterapist and Researcher. He is Accredited EMDR Practitioner, Mindfulness Teacher, Therapist of Family Constellation, Practitioner of Transactional Analysis. The supervisor is under supervision from the EMDR. He is the owner of a Counseling “Habibović” in
Zenica. He is co-author several books. He is member of the Editoral Board of several journals and participated in several studies. He is vice president
Association of EMDR Therapist Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mr.sc. Đana Lončarica

gestalt, family systemic and integrative psychotherapist for children and adolescents


She is a PhD student at the Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Sarajevo. European certified psychotherapist and accredited coach for educational programs in the field of integrative psychotherapy for children, young people and adults. Currently, she is engaged in psychotherapy practice in the Agency for Education and Psychotherapy CONTACT-HOMINI and interdisciplinary therapy center for protection of health, children, youth and family – HIDAPA. She is an expert in teaching in the field of psychotherapy counselor for children and youth at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zenica. The supervisor’s under supervision.

Prof. dr.med.sc. Vesna Vidović

Psychiatrist, Family Psychotherapist


A specialist in child and adolescent psychotherapy, the educator is from family psychotherapy. She is the President of the Croatian Association for Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The higher areas of work are individual and family psychotherapy, treatment of people suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, anxiety and problems of growing up, and consulting with families.

Dr.psih.sci Karen Hillman Fried

Psychotherapist


Karen Hillman Fried is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an Educational Therapist in Santa Monica, California. Karen holds Master of Arts Degrees in Clinical Psychology and Human Development as well as a Certificate in Educational Therapy. She has a private practice in Psychotherapy and is Co-Director of the K&M Center, Inc., a learning center providing educational services to students ranging from four years old to college age. The K&M Center is located in Santa Monica. Professional Affiliations include membership in the Association of Educational Therapists and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Mr.med.sc.dr. Zlatko Bastašić

Psychiatrist, psychotherapist


Psychiatrist, individual and family psychotherapist, puppet and cartoonist, author of numerous books on creative therapies of children, adolescents and adults (“The puppet has wisdom and heart”). In psychotherapy she likes to use dolls, games and fairy tales.

Prof.dr.ped.sc. Mirjana Mavrak

A pedagogue psychologist, a gestalt psychotherapist under supervision


She is an associate professor at the Department of Pedagogy at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo. Its professional development focuses on the education of future teachers, and psycho-pedagogical assistance to chronically ill children in the hospital and school. She is the author of a part of the university textbook in the field of pediatrics, book co-authors and manuals for assisting professions.

MA Jon Blend

Psychotherapist


MA Jon Blend is an UKCP certified psychiatrist for children and adults, author, supervisor, trainer and musician. His past includes 30 years of experience working with adults, children, adolescents and families in the field of mental health care. Jon works as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in London.

doc.dr.sc. Vildana Aziraj-Smajić

specialist in clinical psychology


doc.dr.sc. Vildana Aziraj – Smajić is a specialist in clinical psychology with many years of experience in
mental health of children, adolescents and adults. In her work, she uses techniques from
Cognitive-behavioral therapies, EMDR, ACT, mindfulness, body therapies and various
clinical and neuropsychological assessment procedures.
Through various campaigns and education, it is focused on promotion of mental health and increased awareness of mental – reproductive problems health, suicidal tendencies, gender-based violence, type I diabetes, self-care, secondary trauma, burning at work and more. She is a member of the European Association of Clinical Psychologists (EACLIPT), Croatian Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (HUBIKOT), EMDR Association
therapists in BiH (UEMDRTuBiH) and the FBiH Psychologists’ Association (DPFBiH).