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Models that connect: The integration of academic and professional education within the new framework of a National and European collaboration

Workshop name: Models that connect: The integration of academic and professional education within the new framework of a National and European collaboration
Presenter Name and Surname : Vesna Petrovic
Co-presenter Name and Surname: Kenneth Evans
Workshop duration : 1 hr 30 min/ 3 hr

Biography of presenter:

Dr. Vesna Petrović is a Serbian psychotherapist and psychologist with 31 years of professional experience, has a PhD degree in Psychology, holds the National and European Certificate of Psychotherapy, is a President of the Serbian Association for Integrative Psychotherapy, is a full professor, a head of the Masters in Psychotherapy programme, Department of Bussines psychology, at the University Union in Belgrade. She is currently a member of the Scientific Research Committee of the European Association of Psychotherapy and a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychotherapy. She is the author of numerous published articles, chapters and four books in the field of mental health.

Biography of Co-presenter:

Dr. Ken Evans is current President of EAIP and founder of the European Centre for Psychotherapeutic Studies based in France and the UK where, together with Joanna Hewitt Evans, he runs training programmes in integrative psychotherapy, psychotherapy with children and adolescents and a supervision programme. He enjoys being a visiting trainer to several programmes across Europe providing a rich opportunity to meet colleagues from different nations and cultures. Living with loss and grief has been the most challenging encounter in his life being experienced as simultaneously devastating and growthful.

Workshop Abstract :

In this workshop we would like to present a model created by Dr. Vesna Petrovic and Dr. Ken Evans in Serbia, which connects both academic and professional education in psychotherapy, and also supports psychotherapy training beyond frontiers/borders through a formal collaboration between a national and foreign training organisation. We would also like to present the contents of the model and present an outline for the future development of the collaboration.

First of all we will consider the starting point, which was the intention to contribute to the development of psychotherapy in Serbia and consequently, in Europe. We achieved this with the formation of the Masters in Psychotherapy ( Integrative Psychotherapy) at the university level, at the Faculty of Law and Business Studies, University Union, Serbia.

We will then present the creation and formation of the Serbian Association for Integrative psychotherapy (SAIP), a four- year training programme with a range of outcome options. The School permits and offers students the opportunity to elect to combine academic education and professional outcomes, thus enabling graduates to secure a Masters degree, or a professional Diploma, or both.

A further very important specificity of this model is the collaboration at the national and European level. The whole process of co-creating, establishing, validating and developing the Masters in Psychotherapy in Serbia and the partnership between the Serbian Association for Integrative Psychotherapy and the European Centre for Psychotherapeutic Studies ( UK and France) and the Faculty of Law and Business Studies ( Serbia) will be explored.

Specific examples of this model will be offered to illustrate the programme, all the mentioned connections and their outcomes. We acknowledge the support of the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy (EAIP) which is the European wide accrediting body for integrative psychotherapy in Europe.

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