Ceremonial promotion of second generation child and adolescent integrative psychotherapists and counselors

The solemn promotion of the second generation of graduate child and adolescent integrative psychotherapists and counselors was held yesterday, February 9, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Sarajevo.

After all the requirements of European regulations are fulfilled (theories, research, clinical practice, personal individual therapies, supervision, successfully passed exams and essays, writing a case study), the graduates obtained the requirement to submit the final exam, which consisted of two parts and included theoretical and a practical demonstration of graduate students’ knowledge and skills in the therapeutic and counseling treatment of children and adolescents.

Examination Board composed of:

PhD, Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja, MD, neuropsychiatrist and integrative psychotherapist for children and young – mentor;

Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD,  clinical psychologist and integrative psychotherapist,

PhD, Mirjana Graovac, MD, psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist,

evaluated the graduates’ final examinations with the highest grade and promoted the second generation of graduates of child and adolescent integrative psychotherapists and counselors in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

At the ceremonial ceremony in the presence of over 150 guests, family members, friends and colleagues, respected professors addressed PhD, Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja, MD, PhD, Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, Mirjana Graovac, MD, PhD, Mirela Badurina, Prim. Goran Čerkez, MD, Deputy Minister of Public Health of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Jelena Subašić, an integrative psychotherapist under supervision, led us through the exam and the ceremony.

The diploma was delivered by BHIDAPA Director, Mirela Badurina, PhD, together with the members of the commission and Goran Cerkez, MD.

After taking the Oath, Aida Jerlagic, a graduate student representative, addressed the gathering, and the Ceremony ended with a short film by our graduates on the path of growth and development through 4.5. annual education program.

The second generation of child and adolescent integrative psychotherapists and counselors are:

Integrative psychotherapists for children and adolescents:

Aida Jerlagić, Andrea Kordić, Maja Kajtaz i Samra Džebić

Integrative counselors for children and adolescents:

Adisa Šuvalija i Nihada Čolić

Members of the education and professional team, together with individual therapists and supervisors, heartily congratulate their colleagues on their successfully completed final exam and well-deserved diploma!

We thank BHTV, which again supported our activities in promoting the protection of the health of children and young people.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Association – BHIDAPA, launched in 2015, the first European accredited educational program in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the field of child and adolescent integrative psychotherapy and counseling, in cooperation with the D.O.M. Institute from Croatia and the EIATSCYP (European Interdisciplinary Association for Therapeutic Services for Children & Young People), and in accordance with WHO (World Health Organization) European Standards and Recommendations.

The need for such an educational program has been shown by worrying research findings that say that almost every fourth child of early adolescence is at high risk of developing mental disorders, and reports indicate lack of professionals specifically educated in the mental health of children and adolescents. The results clearly emphasize the need to raise public awareness of the healthy development of the child, the importance of adequate preventive actions at this age, and above all the education of professionals in the field of psychiatry and psychotherapy of developmental age.

The European Licensed Education Program has trained candidates to gain professional, research and academic experience with a particular focus on clinical skills. Lecturers in education are world-renowned experts in the field of neuropsychiatry, psychology, social work, family constellations, psychotherapy, from: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, France, Slovenia, United Kingdom and USA.


Child is the future of society! Raising and educating a child, being in a relationship with a lot of love, knowledge, appreciation and clear boundaries is the biggest challenge for every parent, teacher, professional and society at large. Guided by our individual and societal responsibilities for the preservation and promotion of the health and well-being of children and young people, our desire is through BHIDAPA’s work to develop interdisciplinary and intersectoral cooperation with professionals, domestic and foreign related Associations, Institutes and Institutions dealing with children and young people, and that we develop unique standards for the best interests of the child.