SPEAKERS

  • Prof. Marina Ajduković, PhD, Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Study Center for Social Work

  • Ass. prof., Primarius Vlatka Boričević Maršanić, MD, PhD, specialist in psychiatry, subspecialist in child and adolescent psychiatry, psychotherapist

  • Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, permanent court expert

  • Ass. prof., Primarius Danijel Crnković, MD, PhD, specialist in psychiatry, subspecialist in biological psychiatry, permanent court expert

  • Danica Ergovac, Master of Psychology

  • Ana Hrabar, mag.iur., lawyer, specialist in children's rights

  • Eleonora Katić, mag.iur., lawyer

  • Tatjana Katkić Stanić, Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy, Head of Sector for Policy Coordination and Advancement of Professional Work of Centers for Social Welfare

  • Kolinda Kolar, mag.iur., Judge at the Zagreb Municipal Civil Court

  • Lana Peto Kujundžić, PhD, President of the Zagreb County Court's Youth Division, President of the Association of Youth Judges, Family Judges and Children and Youth Specialists  

  • Ass. prof. Bruna Profaca, PhD, professor of psychology, clinical psychologist

  • Ass. prof. Vanja Slijepčević Saftić, M.D., PhD, pediatrician and subspecialist of child neurology

  • Renata Šantek, mag.iur., Republic of Croatia Supreme Court Judge

  • Primarius Domagoj Štimac, MD, PhD, specialist in psychiatry, subspecialist in child and adolescent psychiatry, permanent court expert

International speakers

LOCAL SPEAKERS

Marina Ajduković


Prof. dr. sc. Marina Ajduković, psychologist and sociologist, is the head of the Department of Social Work at the Study Center for Social Work at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb. She is the initiator and head of the first postgraduate study in social activities, which has been taking place since 2002 under the name Postgraduate study in the theory and methodology of social work and which grew in 2006 into a doctoral study in social work and social policy. She has published more than 170 papers, 10 author books and 10 editorial books. Editor-in-Chief of the journal "Annals of Social Work" since 1995, which under her leadership has entered all major international bases. She continuously collaborates with UNICEF.

 
Vlatka Boričević Maršanić

Ass. Prof. Vlatka Boričević Maršanić, M.D., PhD specialist in psychiatry and subspecialist of child and adolescent psychiatry, primarius, psychotherapist, senior research associate, assistant professor at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation, University of Zagreb, author and co-author of 23 scientific articles published in CC journals, co-author of one university textbook and one book, reviewer in domestic and international peer-reviewed journals, PhD thesis entitled “The relationship between coparenting and adolescent emotional and behavioral problems ”, participated actively in many international and national congresses and conferences as an invited speaker and lecturer, including the 2nd European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners (EAPAP) conference Moving Upstream Addressing the Problem of Parental Alienation in Europe, held in London in 2018.

 
 
Gordana Buljan Flander
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Gordana Buljan Flander, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, expert witness and psychotherapist, currently working as the Director of the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, an institution specialized in working with traumatized children and their families. In 1997 she founded the Brave Phone, a helpline for abused and neglected children. In 2002 she initiated the foundation of the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, which is still the only specialized institution for working with abused and neglected children in this part of Europe.  She has received many awards for her work, e.g. International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) award in 2008 for Center´s multidisciplinary team, the City of Zagreb Award (2011) for the highest achievements and results in theoretical and practical work in the areas of psychosocial and health care, in 2018 the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy recognized and awarded her versatile work and success with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in promoting children’s rights. Besides working directly with children and families, she is also actively and continuously working in the scientific field, teaches at universities and writes books. She has been working with children for more than thirty years of her career and was among the first professionals in Croatia who recognized the importance of the issue of child abuse and neglect. Many consider her a leading expert in the field of child and youth protection in Croatia, especially after named as Council of Europe’s expert in this area.

Danijel Crnković

Assistant Professor Danijel Crnković, Ph.D., primarius MD. is a physician, specialist of psychiatry, and a subspecialist of biological and forensic psychiatry, primarius, senior research associate, assistant professor at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, author and co-author of a total of 22 references. Of these, he is the author or co-author of 12 scientific, review and professional papers in extenso. He has produced 14 papers which he has actively presented as a lecturer at international and domestic conferences. He is the editor-in-chief of a scientific textbook, One of the authors of two books, which represent university textbooks. He defended his Master's thesis at the University of Zagreb's School of Medicine in 2007, earning a master's degree in science in the field of biomedicine and health, scientific field: Clinical medical sciences, scientific fields: Psychiatry. He enrolled in doctoral studies at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics , University of Zagreb in 2009. He defended his dissertation in 2011 at the Faculty  of Natural Sciences and Mathematics , University of Zagreb. Since 2007 until now he has been a court expert in the field of psychiatry. He is the mentor of the Croatian Medical Chamber for the practical training of candidates for permanent court experts. Since October 2012, as part of the integrated study program, he has been awarded the elective course "Music therapy" at the Music Academy of the University of Zagreb. He is the Head of the Psychiatry Polyclinic  of the Clinic for Psychiatry of the Clinical Hospital Centre "Sisters of Mercy" since 2017. He works as a liaison psychiatrist at the Pediatric Clinic  in Clinical Hospital Centre "Sisters of Mercy".

 
Danica Ergovac

Danica Ergovac obtained a master’s degree in psychology from the Faculty of Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb, in 2011. She has been undergoing training in cognitive-behavioural therapy since 2013, and is currently completing the final stage of the training, which includes constantly monitoring and improving the quality of her work with clients. She has been working in the social welfare system since 2012.

 

The work that has been professionally most challenging for her was counselling at the Social Welfare Centre in Split, which entailed working with abused children who were at the centre of highly conflictual relationship between their parents, identifying signs that a child was being subjected to manipulation, and introducing protective measures provided for in the family law in order to prevent further abuse. She also took part in trainings “Manipulating children in parental divorce” and “Working with children who are estranged from their parents”, which was organised by the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Centre.

 

In March 2018 she started working as an external associate at the KBT Opcija Private Psychological Practice. In addition to psychotherapy and counselling with individual clients, she also manages a group programme for coping with panic attacks and Mindfulness training for children and adolescents.

 
Ana Hrabar 

I was born on 6 December 1983 in Zagreb. I graduated from the primary school in Zagreb, thereafter enrolling in the Private Classical Gymnasium, which I attended from 1998 to 2002. I started my studies at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Law in 2002, from which I graduated in 2007 with a master’s thesis entitled “Child Citizenship Acquisition in Comparative Law”. After graduating from the Zagreb Faculty of Law, I started working as a legal trainee. In the period preceding the bar exam, I spent one year as a master’s student at the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas. After returning to Croatia, I took the bar exam in 2012 and enrolled in the list of attorneys with the Croatian Bar Association. At the same time, with two partners, I founded the Hrabar and Partners Law Firm Ltd., where I still work today. Throughout my work, I have mostly practiced family law. In 2015, I enrolled in the postgraduate interdisciplinary university course entitled “Children’s Rights”. I passed all the exams in the postgraduate course with an average grade of 5.0 and on 15 July 2019, I defended my specialist thesis on “Manipulation of Children in Divorce” with my mentor, Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD. This topic represents a close synergy of law and psychology.

 
Eleonora Katić

Attorney-at-law Eleonora Katić has been practicing law since 1987. For the last 20 years, her work has been primarily focused on family law. In the course of her practice as attorney-at-law, she has acted as representative in all kinds of family-law procedures, both national and international. 

She has participated in workshops, seminars and panel discussions on subjects such as the status of children within the justice system, parental alienation in the procedures of divorce and decision-making regarding parental care, wrongful removal and retention of children, cross-border cases in Croatian practice. 

Attorney-at-law Katić was a member of the working group for drafting the Act on the Implementation of the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. 

Since 2014, attorney-at-law Katić has also worked as a family mediator, participating in mediation procedures as a mediator and as the attorney of parties in mediation procedures.

 
Tatjana Katkić Stanić

Tatjana Katkić Stanić is social worker with a total of 25 years of work experience in the field of children s rights and child protection  in the welfare  and int the justice system.

Began her professional development as a social worker - practitioner  in daily work with children, youth and families in risk, continued in managerial jobs as Head of Social Welfare Center  and Head of the Correctional Institution for Young Delinquents, then as Director of  Directorate of the Social Welfare System  and Head of Sector of the Social Policy in the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy. 

In her professional work, she tried to combine practical and management experience, implementing knowledge and skills acquired at the level of social policy decision makers in order to improve practice and advocate for better protection through strategic and legal proposals concerning exercising the rights of children, and youth, especially as a member of Steering Committee for the Rights of the Child  and member of expert group on the Rights and the Best Interest of the Child in Parental Separation and in care  in Council of Europe. 

She is coordinator of the program  "For a Stronger Family" signed between  the Government and UNICEF with the aim to improve services and interventions for children, youth and families at risk, to, author / co-author and educator of the social welfare, justice and police system  in the area of ​​domestic violence, and protection of children, young people and families, and Member of the Council for Children in Croatia. She is also familytherapeut/counseller, a licensed family mediator and a mediator in international child abduction cases, and also psychosocial treatment provider for family violence perpetrators. 

Completing her  doctoral studies at the Faculty of Law - Study Center of Social Work in the field of psychosocial work and social policy on theme protection of best interest of children in situation of conflict and separated parenting.  

 
Kolinda Kolar

Kolinda Kolar, mag.iur., Judge at the Zagreb Municipal Civil Court

Kolinda Kolar is a judge at Zagreb Municipal Civil Court since 2008. and an attendant of an Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Specialization Study Children's Rights, University of Zagreb. Since 2002. she is dealing with civil law, currently  with family law. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of ADOPTA – Organization for the adoption support.

 
Lana Petö Kujundžić

Judge, Lana Petö Kujundžić, PhD is president of department for juveniles on County Court of Zagreb and elected judge on High Criminal Court of Croatia. As the president of Association of juvenile and family judges and specialist she has organized more than 50 seminars on topic of children rights and three international conferences, introduced the Stop program in 2012 -2019 restorative justice in the area of Zagreb for misdemeanor treatment of children. 

 

She published the two books “Children Court Protection”, “Children in Criminal procedure, perpetrators and victims” and more than a dozen papers in various journals about children rights.

 

Occasional lecturer at the Faculty of Law Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka and Split, School of Social Work, Judicial Academy, the Bar Academy and Police Academy and regular participant and presenter on international conferences. Consultant to UNICEF, European Commission TAIEX and Council of Europe.  

 
Bruna Profaca

Assist. Prof. Bruna Profaca, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist at the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center. She studied at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, where she also gained her Ph.D. She was elected assistant professor at the Faculty of Law (Social Work Study Centre) in 2017.

Since 2002 she has been working at the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, an institution specialising in work with traumatised children and their families. She was for fifteen years Head of the Center's Diagnostic and Treatment Department.

The focus of her interest in her clinical treatment work as well as in her professional  and academic work is on stress, trauma, loss and crisis during childhood, parental stress and parenting, support to children and parents in high conflict divorces, psychodiagnostic and treatment work with children and families etc.

As an external associate she teaches at several faculties of the University of Zagreb, at postgraduate and graduate levels. She continuously participates in the training of professionals working with children in the healthcare, education, social welfare, judiciary and civil society systems in Croatia and abroad.

She has published a number of scientific and professional papers and presented at more than forty international and domestic conferences. In 2003 she received Marulić: Fiat Psychologia award for the promotion of applied psychology from the Croatian Psychological Society.

 
Vanja Slijepčević Saftić

Ass. Prof. Vanja Slijepčević Saftić, M.D., PhD,  pediatrician and subspecialist of child neurology, chief physician, research associate, assistant professor at the Croatian Catholic University. She is teaching on postgraduate study, Faculty of Law (Social Work Study Centre), University of Zagreb, produced as  author or co-author over 50 articles,  and as  co-author of two university book. She earned her PhD thesis in 2009. She participated as invited speaker on international and national congresses and conferences. She is focused on  adversity in a  childhood (ACE) and toxic stress with harmful effects on  neurodevelopment, but also  effects to health later on in life. Through her clinical practice and ongoing efforts she is permanently  raising awareness and educate other physicians about toxic stress. She complete education on postgraduate interdisciplinary university course entitled “Children’s Rights”. She passed numerous international education in „Child neurology“ and „Medical education“ (Child Hospital of Philadelphia), „Health and Law“ , and „Human rights in patient care“ (The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region).  

 
Renata Šantek
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Justice Renata Šantek was born in 1966. She graduated from the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Law in 1990, and passed the Bar exam in 1992. After volunteering and being a judicial apprentice at the Municipal Court in Zagreb, she was appointed as a judge at that Court in 1993. There she served as President of the Civil Department from 1999 to 2002. In the year 2002, she was appointed a judge at the County Court in Zagreb, where she was in 2005 assigned to the Office for monitoring and studying court practice within the Civil Department. From 2007 to 2009, she served as the Deputy President of that department. Concurrently she served as the Head of the Office for monitoring and studying court practice. In 2009, she was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia. She has been a member of the Expert Team of the State Electoral Committee of the Republic of Croatia since 1997. From 2001 to 2005, she was a member of the National Judicial Council. In the period from October 2014 to March 2019, she was the Vice-President of the State Electoral Committee of the Republic of Croatia. Justice Šantek has been an associate lecturer at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb within the Chair for Family Law since 1999. She has chaired several workshops organised by the Judicial Academy. She has lectured at many seminars organised by the Croatian Bar Association. Justice Šantek was a judge of honour at the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts of Zagreb in the period from 2004 to 2008. She is a member of the permanent committee for the verification of court decision forms created for E-files (ICSM Application). She has been a member of Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Croatia working groups drafting legislation and proposing amendments to laws. She has participated in numerous seminars and study tours in the country and abroad.

 
Domagoj Štimac
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Prim. Domagoj Štimac, M.D., is a psychiatrist with a subspecialty certification in child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry, working as deputy director of the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb. He is a court expert for psychiatry, and has in the past been active academically by teaching child and adolescent forensic psychology at the University of Osijek. He has published numerous academic and professional papers in the field of abuse and neglect of children, and was awarded for his accomplishments. He is continuously involved in trainings focused on advances in clinical and forensic work with traumatized children and youth.

 

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS

Mirela Badurina

Mirela Badurina, PhD, Gestalt Psychotherapist and Child and Adolescent Integrative Psychotherapist, was born in 1968 in Sarajevo. For the past twenty-five years, she has focused her professional and academic development on the areas of health and well-being of children and young people. She is an exhibitor at numerous national and international congresses and conferences on the topics of health, rights and interests of children. She is the author and co-author of many scientific and professional papers, and European certified psychotherapist. Also, she is the founder and director of the BHIDAPA Association within which there are three centers: European accredited educational programs in the field of child and adolescent integrative psychotherapy and counseling, Interdisciplinary therapeutic centers for the protection of children, young people and families, and a Scientific and professional research center. She is the Chair of the Organizing Committee of the First International Congress of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy entitled "Role of psychotherapy in achieving health and well-being for children and adolescents", and editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Psychotherapy entitled "Psychotherapy in achieving health and well-being for children and young people". She is a member of a working group appointed by the Federal Ministry of Health in Bosnia and Herzegovina to develop curricula and rules for an educational program in the field of pediatric and adolescent psychotherapy and counseling at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Zenica, and she is the Secretary-General of EIATSCYP - European Interdisciplinary Association for Therapeutic Services for Children & Young People. She is happily married and a mother of two.   

 
Benjamin Bailey

Dr. Benjamin Bailey is a social worker and a psychotherapist. He is a faculty member in the department of criminology at Western Galilee College, Acre, Israel – teaching and researching in the fields of family violence, child maltreatment, masculinity and fatherhood.  For the last two years he has been heavily involved in leading family court ordered reunification interventions with parental alienation cases. 

 
Kelley Baker

Kelley Baker, Psychoterapist

coming more soon

 
Wilfred von Boch-Galau

Dr. von Boch-Galhau MD is a specialist in Psychiatry, Neurology, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy since 1979. Since 1995 he was a member of the Interdisciplinary Working Group “Beratung bei Trennung und Scheidung” [Consulting during Separation and Divorce] in Würzburg (Germany). In 2002 he was one of the organizers of the International Parental Alienation Syndrome Conference in Frankfurt/Main (Germany). He is Author and Co-author of different professional books and articles in international medical journals with the topics of Parental Alienation and Parental Alienation Syndrome/Disorder (see www.pas-konferenz.de and “Parental Alienation Database” of the Center of Knowledge, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA, www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/pasg)

 
 
Sietske Dijkstra

Since 1998, Dr. Sietske Dijkstra has led an agency dealing with violence within relationships. The agency, Bureau Dijkstra, offers research, education and advice to professionals, practitioners, managers and policy makers in many welfare, social and juridical sectors and educational organisations. The central aim of the agency is to gain an understanding of the risk of violence and of the possible ways to prevent its occurrence. From 2007 until November 2014, she was a professor in Domestic Violence and Interagency Work at Avans, University for applied sciences. Sietske is a member of the Netherlands Institute of Psychologists and, as well as having published numerous research papers, her chapter Listening to children and parents: Seven dimensions to untangle high-conflict divorce was included in The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Taking stock after 25 years and looking ahead (Brill, 2016)

Claire Francica

Claire Francica, Doctorate in Existential Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy, is from Malta. For the past twenty years, she has focused her training on the wellbeing of children and adolescents. She started her career as an educator specializing in supporting students with Dyslexia for 10 years but then moved on to the psychological world. She initially trained as a play therapist and then moved on to doing her professional doctorate in London in counselling psychology and psychotherapy. She is the founder of the Malta Jungian Sandplay Society, training of which she also achieved in London. She is currently training as a Psychoanalyst with a specialization in children and adolescents at the Jung Insitute in Zurich. Besides her private practice where she mainly works with children, adolescents, and adults with mental health issues in Malta, she also has a keen interest in court work. Claire has completed her training in parental alienation with the Family Separations Clinic, London and is currently spearheading a proposal made to the Malta Commissioner for Children, Ministry of Justice and the Ministry for the Family, Children's Rights and Social Solidarity promoting training to the Maltese judiciary in the assessment and intervention of this ever-increasing phenomenon. 

 
Jennifer Harman
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr. Harman's areas of research expertise focus on the topic of power in relationships: power in how intimate partners influence each other for good or bad. As an applied social psychologist, her work has applied social psychological theories on intimate relationships to the study of public health problems ranging from STI prevention to domestic violence. For nearly the last decade, her primary focus has been on the study of parental alienation.

Dr. Harman is an accomplished and awarded teacher, and has published many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has presented her research regularly at scientific conferences around the world. She has also co-authored numerous books such as  The Science of Relationships: Answers to your Questions about Dating, Marriage and Family and Parents Acting Badly: How Institutions and Society Promote the Alienation of Children from their Loving Families.

 
Sara Jerebic

Assistant Professor Sara Jerebic, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy Specialist, and expert director at the Family Institute Bližina,which she co-founded in 2006. She has developed innovative training program for therapeutic work with children experiencing emotional and behavioural problems, the one of a kind in Slovenia. In clinical work, she is primarily focused on relational trauma and couple relationship. With a lot of scientific and professional contribution, she actively participatesat domestic and foreign conferences and congresses (USA, Canada, Poland, Italy, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina). She is a member of the advisory body “Council for Children and the Family” of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and participates in an interdepartmental working group preparing the national strategy paper on the Program for Children and Youth. She is a founding member (2007) of the Association of Marital and Family Therapists of Slovenia by which she was granted the titles “Marriage and Family Therapist”, “Supervisor” and “Teacher”. The Social Chamber of Slovenia has granted her a license as a supervisor in the field of social protection. At Faculty of Theology University of Ljubljana she teaches at Master's Program in Marriage and Family Studies and on the postgraduate program Marital and Family Therapy following courses: Marital and Family Diagnostics and Assessment, Mental Problems, Disorders and Illnesses of the Individual and the Family, Assistance to the Marriage and the Family and Therapeutic Treatment of Children and Adolescents. She dedicates a substantial deal of her time to preventive activities andorganizes trainings for childcare professionals on recognizing the manipulation of children in conflict divorces.

 
 
Inbal Kivenson Bar-On

Inbal Kivenson Bar-On (Phd.). Lecturer at University of Haifa, teaching at child disorder department and counseling and human development faculty. I'm Specialized in treatment within domestic violence, trauma, psychopathy and callous unemotional traits. In the last 7 years I'm specializing in high conflict divorce and PA and conducting multi model of family intervention regarding reunification process. I'm also serving as a parental coordinator under court order. I'm conducting several training programs for judges, social workers, atrimoni custodian's evaluators, and family therapist regarding psycho educational and family interventions focusing on PA across various severity. I have an attachment certificate regarding AAI, ASCT.

Teodora Minčić

Teodora Minčić is a psychologist, a specialist in Medical Psychology. Since 1993, she has been working with children and adolescents at the Clinic for Children and Adolescents at the Institute of Mental Health in Belgrade. In 2003 she completed her specialization in Medical Psychology. Besides psychodiagnostic work with children and adolescents, her main area of interest is working with children who were abused and neglected, or exposed to manipulation during the divorce process. She has been a member of the Unit for the Protection of Children against Abuse and Neglect at the Institute of Mental Health ever since its establishment in 2000. She has also been a permanent expert witness in the cases related to children, divorce, abuse and neglect since 2006. She has participated in the courses related to training and establishment of the interdisciplinary teams for the protection of children from abuse and neglect, organized by Admire and Intercare from the Netherlands, Save the Children, and the Team for Child Protection of the Seattle Children’s Hospital. She continued her education by paying regular visits to the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center. She took part in training and supervision related to parental alienation, organized by Dr. Karen Woodall and Nick Woodall at the Center in 2019. Since 2010, she has been an educator in the project ‘Child and adolescent violence prevention’ organized by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia and the World Health Organization, and she also participated in the making of the handbook related to this program. She is also an educator in the project of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia called ‘The implementation of the special protocol of the healthcare system in the protection of children from abuse and neglect’ and one of the editors of the 2012 and 2019 editions of the handbook and the poster related to this project. She is the author of the chapters in this handbook which tackle the issues of children who witness domestic violence and parental manipulation in the divorce process.

 
Milica Pejović Milovančević
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Prof. Dr. Pejović Milovančević is a child psychiatrist from Belgrade, currently a professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade, where she teaches both on undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has been the organizer of the elective undergraduate course called Child Abuse and Neglect since 2012. 

She is the director of the Institute of Mental Health, as well as the head of the Child and Adolescent Clinic. Since 2001, she has been the permanent member of the Institute’s team of experts on the protection of children from abuse and neglect. 

From 2010 to 2018, she was the president of the Special Working Group of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia on the implementation of the Special protocol of the healthcare system in the protection of children from abuse and neglect. Until now, two versions of the Protocol have been published, as well as three editions of the Handbook on the Special Protocol Use, the latest containing a whole chapter dedicated to the phenomenon of parental alienation.

As a leader, lecturer and organizer, she took part in various types of training aimed at educating the professionals from the healthcare, education and legal sector in order to improve their knowledge and skills related to working with abused and neglected children and adolescents. Among others, she is cooperating with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, as well as UNICEF and the Child Rights Centre of Serbia.

 
Jill Salberg
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Jill Salberg, Ph.D., ABPP is a clinical associate professor and clinical consultant/supervisor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Her articles on Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma appear in international psychoanalytic journals and she has co-edited two books with Sue Grand, The Wounds of History: Repair and Resilience in the Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma, and Transgenerational Trauma and the Other: Dialogues Across History and Difference,(2017). Both books won the Gradiva Award for 2018.  She is in private practice in New York, U.S.

 
Francesca Wiley QC

Francesca Wiley QC practises in both private and public law Children Act and inherent jurisdiction Wardship cases where there are profoundly serious allegations against parents, carers and Local Authorities. She is ordinarily instructed at High Court and Appellate level but undertakes cases in every tier of court if needed. She accepts instructions via direct access in both private and public law cases and specialises in cases where there have been allegations of serious harm. Francesca also undertakes very many cases where an opposing party may have profound and as yet undiagnosed personality difficulties. Her recent case load has involved very serious cases of parental alienation. In 2016, she wrote Serious parental alienation: The approach of the courts and practitioners (Family Law Week) which provided clear guidance for legal practitioners when dealing with cases of parental alienation..

 
Karen Woodall
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Karen Woodall is the lead therapist at the Family Separation Clinic and is a specialist in working with divorce and separation and its impact on children. She is a psychotherapist with over twenty years experience in working with parents and children affected by family separation. Karen is an internationally recognised expert on children’s post separation rejecting behaviours and the phenomenon of the alienated child. She is also an author and blogger and writes for the Huffington Post on issues that affect the family. She is currently studying for a PhD. Karen was previously the Director at the Centre for Separated Families, a national charity that works with the whole family in order to bring about better outcomes for children. She is the co-author of Understanding Parental Alienation: Learning to Cope, Helping to Heal (Charles C Thomas 2017) and The Guide for Separated Parents (Piatkus 2007) and with her colleague, Nick Woodall.

 
Nick Woodall
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Nick Woodall is the managing partner at the Family Separation Clinic. He holds a Masters degree in psychodynamic psychotherapy from the University of London and is also a therapeutic mediator, accredited by the School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology, Regents University. He has worked with families experiencing divorce or separation since 1999 and co-founded the Family Separation Clinic in 2010, having previously worked at the Centre for Separated Families. Nick is an expert witness in the United Kingdom family courts. A former BBC Online parenting expert, he has worked extensively on family policy, developing new services for the UK government. Nick has written widely on family separation and divorce and is the co-author of Understanding Parental Alienation: Learning to Cope, Helping to Heal (Charles C Thomas 2017) and The Guide for Separated Parents (Piatkus 2007) with his colleague, Karen Woodall.

 
Simona Vlădică

Dr Simona Vladica is a psychologist working in Bucharest. She is an author, an authorised mediator and is a member of the Faculty of Psychology, Universitatea Ecologica din Bucuresti. Dr Vladica is the head of Health Media Group in Romania, a communications and public relations company dedicated to education and health care, and head of Department of Communications and PR, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. She is also a representative of the Professional Body of Mediators at Bucharest Court of Appeal.

 

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