Online conference “A child’s soul needs to be listened to”

We are pleased to invite you to the online conference “A child’s soul needs to be listened to” organised as a part of the “Here&Now” Interdisciplinary Network of Experts project in cooperation with UNICEF, with the support of the EU and relevant ministries. The conference will be held on Monday, November 28. 2022 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.

This conference is the final event within the one-year project Interdisciplinary Network of Professionals “Here&Now“. With it, we want to mark the significance of the program that brought together experts from the centres for mental health, social care, and educational sectors from the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Project represents the continuation of our joint efforts and activities in strengthening multidisciplinary and multisectoral connections and cooperation as a foundation for the protection and preservation of children’s mental health and young people.

The Project aimed to strengthen the resilience of communities and strengthen the interdisciplinary network of experts through specific activities aimed at providing early interventions and promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of children, adolescents, and their families. The program consists of seven virtual thematic modules lasting 56 hours, divided into three cycles. Under the thematic modules, special emphasis was placed on group processes, experiential exercises, and supervision. A total of 134 experts from the health, social, and educational institutions from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska, and Brčko Districts participatedOut of the 3178 indirect beneficiaries of the Project, in relation to the data provided by 65% of the experts involved in the project1860 were children and adolescents, and the rest were parents and primary caregivers. A significant part of the project activities is aimed at researching the determinants of children’s mental health. The sample included 637 children and adolescence aged 3 to 18 years. The final stage of the Project is the manual titled: “A child’s soul needs to be listened to”, which consists of nine (co)authored texts; created with the desire to be additional support in further efforts to preserve the mental health of children and young people. It is intended for experts who did not have the opportunity to participate in the Project (but who, in their daily lives, work and meet with children, young people, and their families), as well as parents and all those who are interested in the mental health and well-being of children.

The conference consists of four panels, examples of good practice, from all three sectors included in the Project, in which experts, active participants in the Project, will present their experiences from their communities: Esmin Brodlija, Ljiljana Uletilović, Emanuela Buzak, and Cvijanka Rakić.

Colleague Mirela Hadžić, a researcher, will present the results of the research and suggestions for future activities; Azra Arnautović and Sabina Zijadić Husić, the module managers, will share with you the experiences and dynamics of the module. Lastly, the project manager, Mirela Badurina, will guide you through the project path and goals, organise the promotion of the manual, and present the conclusions of the Project.

The conference also includes three plenary lectures by the Project’s expert lecturers: Prof. Ph.D. Mirjana Graovac, Prof. Ph.D. Gordana Buljan Flander and Prof. Ph.D. Tatjana Stefanović Stanojević.

The Moderator of the Conference is Jelena Subašić.

The agenda is attached below

A big thank you to our partner UNICEF BiH with the support of the EU, for the trust and cooperation shown, without which the implementation of project activities and the publication of the Manual “A Child’s Soul Must Be Heard” would not have been possible.

Thank you to the competent ministries that supported the implementation of the Project with their consent: the Federal Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Republic of Srpska, the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the Federal Ministry of Education and Science, and the Government of the Brčko District of BiH – Department of Education.

Many thanks to our dear expert lecturers and colleagues for their trust, support, and active participation.

A healthy child is the foundation of a healthy society!

Welcome to the online conference!