Workshops on the topic of lecture WHEN THE BODY SAYS NO

NINA VENE

is a medical doctor, Reality Therapy psychotherapist. She is working as a doctor specialized in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine. She provides psychotherapy for clients with mental and psychosomatic disorders with counselling especially dedicated to healing from distress of chronic disease and chronic pain. She also has long-standing experiences in counselling and raising the awareness of a healthy lifestyle in chronic disease prevention of modern society.  She is a member of teaching staff of European Institute for Reality Therapy.

OLGA LILIJA HRIBERNIK

pedagogue and sociologist, Reality Psychotherapist with European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP) and a specialist for supervision. A Supervizor of WGI. She was employed in the Prison for Juveniles in Celje. Most of the advisory therapeutic experience she has by working with individuals and groups with the problems of socially unacceptable behaviour, problems with addiction, adjustment problems due to the deprivation of freedom, with psychosomatic disorders, with suicidal aspirations and problems of  education. She has experience of leadership, training and supervision of professional workers in the field of education and social protection.She has been an active pensioner since 2017.

JANKO BRAS

special education teacher, social worker, psychotherapist,A registered instructor at the William Glasser Institute and a faculty member at the EIRT. A licenced EIRT teacher-coach, clinical practice supervisor and an educative psychotherapist. Janko Bras has been active in the area of mental health services for thirty-seven years. He runs a private counselling and psychotherapy practice, cooperating with people who face various psychological, psychosocial and/or psychosomatic problems, as well as with their close relatives, working with individuals, couples and families, as well as with individuals who, trying to increase the quality of their lives, wish to improve their relationship with themselves and with others. Apart from his psychotherapeutic engagement he is actively involved in education and training. As a supervisor licenced by the Social Chamber of Slovenia he carries out supervision – individual, group or team supervision – in various governmental and nongovernmental organisations in the field of social welfare.

KSENIJA CENTA

is psychologist and psychotherapist. She is Reality Psychotherapist since 2009 and holder of The European Certificate of Psychotherapy since 2011. After 11 years in public employment service she has worked in Public Health Service for 17 years as psychologist in the field of mental health of children and youth, a few years also with drug addicts. She collaborated with the National Institute of Public Health as on-line counsellor to adolescents and as psychotherapist to adults. Since 2009 she had part time privat practice, which is her full time job since 2020. She offers individual psychotherapy, psychotherapy for couples and families.
She is a faculty member of European Reality Therapy Institute.

JELENA BIĆANIĆ

a senior instructor with long experience working as a teacher of Reality Therapy and Choice Theory. She works in a private psychological center, doing individual psychotherapy with different clients, partner counselling and focus groups, as well as group psychotherapy at the Polytechnic in education in propaedeutic. For one non-governmental organization, she supports parents of children with malignant diseases.

MARIJANA RAJČEVIĆ KAZALAC

Psychologist since 2007, permanently employed in Counseling center for children, youth, marriage and family in Poreč, psychotherapist of reality therapy since 2019., supervisor WGI and EIRT, member of Teachers Council EIRT

TANJA GADŽE OKIĆ

BRANKA ANĐUKIĆ

DAVOR APOSTOLOVSKI

ŠTEFANIJA PROSENJAK ŽUMBAR

JOSIPA VUČICA

LEANDRA MILETIĆ

MIRJANA ZEĆIREVIĆ

DANKO BUTORAC

NIKOLINA ESSERT

CVITA VASILIJ STUDAK

SILVIJA JURČEVIĆ

JASNA SLOKOVIĆ

IRENA KRAJCAR KOKALJ

AIDA GANOVIĆ

DUBRAVKA STIJAČIĆ

ŽIVANA STEGIĆ

ASJA PALINIĆ

MARIJA POSAVEC

They Can’t Find Anything Wrong’

Integrating CT/RT into the Recovery from Chronic Pain

This practically – focused session will be based on the understanding, issues, and ideas raised in the presentation session. There will, hopefully, be time and opportunity for questions, demonstrations and practices geared to the recovery and, perhaps, prevention of such ‘mind-body’ / Total Behaviour’ disorders.

JOHN BRICKELL

DC is a Doctor of Chiropractic, a counsellor/psychotherapist and coach (specialising in Choice Psychology, Reality Therapy & trauma treatment); and is a certified practitioner working in association with the ‘SIRPA’ organization – dedicated to recovery/healing from psycho-physiological distress and chronic pain. He is the co-author of two books and numerous publications in Choice Theory psychology, Reality Therapy, and in the field of psycho-physiological stress.

John is a Senior Faculty member of the William Glasser International institute and Director of Faculty Development for the William Glasser Institute UK. He has taught CT/RT in North America, the Far East, the Middle East, in several European countries and throughout the UK.

As well as currently focusing on counselling and supporting people with Chronic Pain, John has a wide experience as an independent counsellor/psychotherapist, and was for several years a drug and alcohol addictions counsellor in the city of Milton Keynes, in the UK.

Couples Therapy

Couples often begin to perceive in a relationship problems that cause worries, resentments, resistance. They think that their partner is not behaving in accordance with their expectations. Bad will, struggle or withdrawal becomes part of the everyday life of their partnership. Many people remain formally and physically in a relationship, and mentally and emotionally, they begin to distance themselves from the other person. Couples who still have a desire in the background to better reconcile differences and disagreements, or to correct or maintain a relationship, choose partner psychotherapy as one of the possible solutions to improve the relationship. The decision to change is, of course, important, but the decision alone is not enough to succeed. To succeed, it is necessary to ensure the possibility of coexistence with your partner, to choose different thoughts and activities. It is often necessary to establish a different reality.

At the workshop, I will present my holistic approach to partner`s psychotherapy with examples of practice that encourages partners to identify different possibilities and to use the knowledge in their own lives.

TAMARA VELIKONJA POHLEN

RT psychotherapist with the European Certificate for Psychotherapy. Since 2014. I also have a wealth of knowledge and a lot of work experience in the field of education. I am a doctor of educational sciences and a class professor with special education. Employed at the Center for Communication, hearing and speech Portorož, where I work with children with special needs. I also give lectures for teachers and parents on the topic of educational issues for children and adolescents at the national and international level, as well as workshops on emotional literacy and social skills for children.

An hour and a half with Boba Lojk

In this workshop, I want to share with you whatever you are interested in from my rich practice as a counsellor and teacher, ideas that I developed at a time when we did not meet and work together. This includes, in particular, the theoretical content written in the book Theory and Practice of Reality Therapy. I will be happy to answer all your questions and challenges you will ask me. Therefore, I cannot summarize the content of this workshop. I leave it to your curiosity and initiative. I am sure you do not miss it and I am looking forward to our time together.

BOSILJKA BOBA LOJK

Psychotherapist RT with a European Certificate for Psychotherapy. EIRT and WGI senior instructor. Expert head of the European Institute for Reality Therapy. Secretary General of the European Association for Reality Therapy (EART). He has been working in the field of counselling for four decades and since 1990. she has been teaching choice theory and its applications in various fields of human activity (counselling, teaching, leadership). Together with her husband Leon, she established a five-year study to achieve the title of psychotherapist of reality therapy as well as a four-year study to achieve the title of counsellor of reality therapy. Author of numerous articles and co-author of several books.

“What am I talking about when I talk about a client”-

-the importance of supervision for the development of psychotherapeutic identity

Reality therapy as a modality allows the therapist to help the client recognize, understand, and change their behaviour through the idea of taking control of their own lives. Choice theory understands the individual as a free and responsible being who is internally motivated and behaves purposefully throughout. The purpose of behaviour is to satisfy his needs in accordance with the notions of good for him. Through interacting with others, entering and reconciling with their life stories, our beliefs come to the fore. How Choice Theory helps us understand the individual in the role of psychotherapist and why a psychotherapist needs supervision? Is a supervision a metapsychotherapy for psychotherapist? The workshop will look for an answer to the question why do we need supervision to acquire a psychotherapeutic identity.

DUBRAVKA HROVATIČ

is a social worker and RT Psychotherapist with a European Certificate for Psychotherapy with 30 years of experience in the field of social protection. She is a member of the EIRT Teachers’ Association and conducts programs in education, supervision and teaching of Choice Theory She is a supervisor with a license Social Chamber of Slovenia for supervision in the field of social protection and an Inside out coach with a license Academy of Choice. She offers individual, group and partner psychotherapy.

To fight or to accept

The process of replacing the external control psychology beliefs (S-R) with the Choice Theory beliefs (CT) and their integration involves changes in various aspects of this process.

During the workshop, we will pay attention to changes in total behaviour in the function of changing beliefs, including the occurrence of so-called “symptom” behaviour that we associate with the most common (long-term) struggle against someone or something. We fight against someone or something when we believe that the other is to blame, manifesting personal creativity through a whole range of diverse, often “subtle”, visible and invisible behaviours associated with the meaning of “fighting “. We often fight against our own behaviours that we want to get rid of, so we also fight against ourselves, when we are not the way we would like to be. We fight to “get rid” of our perceived fears, anxieties, symptoms of illness etc.

We struggle when we feel like we have fallen into a trap set for us by others. However, the “trap” is the way we perceive the world around us, ourselves and other people. The way out of the trap involves understanding, accepting and integrating beliefs that we give our own interpretation of everything within and around us. It involves CT believing that others cannot control me; I am not frustrated by another person’s behaviour but my own expectations and by interpreting the behaviours of others. Fighting with others becomes unnecessary when I realize that I cannot change others, just as they cannot change me. Everyone has his or her own expectations, perception and responsibility for his or her own behaviour. The process of changing beliefs involves self-assessing past beliefs, understanding and experientially testing new beliefs and integrating them into new, “reprogrammed” behaviours.

By embracing CT beliefs, we can work to better meeting our needs, to achieve better inner balance by aligning with others and circumstances, we can become a different, more favourable circumstance for other people. Accepting new beliefs often means change, which in itself is not easy because it involves accepting one’s own responsibility for one’s life, without the “culprits on duty”, which we are not always ready for.

Through various exercises and discussions in small groups, we will have the opportunity to share our understanding of the process of changing beliefs and find answers to various questions such: How from CT aspect understand the “fight or flight” mechanism described in psychology related to “defense mechanisms” facing stressful situations. How do we understand the statement that a more permanent change in behaviour is not possible if we do not change our beliefs? Why is this process often difficult and time consuming? What sense do we find in supporting S-R beliefs that we sometimes find hard to renounce? How do we understand the possible benefits of accepting S-R beliefs and the behaviours we generate from them? Can we “get rid” of frustration and stress forever by changing our beliefs?

MIRJANA ZEĆIREVIĆ

graduated in psychology and English. She is RT Psychotherapist with European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP), member of the EIRT Teachers’ Council, senior WGI instructor with long- term experience in teaching and supervising students in TI/RT trainings. He has experience in various fields of applied psychology, especially juvenile delinquency, partnership and family issues, vocational rehabilitation, career skills development and human resource management, with many years of experience in providing individual and group counselling and psychotherapy to people facing various difficulties of personal, partnership’s and professional functioning.

LEANDRA MILETIĆ ČINIĆ

is a doctor of medicine, a specialist in school medicine, RT Psychotherapist with European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP), a WGI supervisor and a member of the EIRT Teachers’ Council. Employed at the Institute of Public Health “Dr. Andrija Štampar” in Zagreb and at the counselling center for eating disorders and obesity. As a school doctor, she has many years of experience working with children, young people and his parents. She deals with different types of mental and psychosomatic disorders in counselling and psychotherapy.

ŽIVANA STEGIĆ

is a teacher, RT Psychotherapist with European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP), member of the Faculty Board of EIRT and HURT, basic instructor of WGI with many years of experience in teaching students in CT / RT education. She has experience in various fields, primarily in the field of education. She has been practicing psychotherapy and counselling since 2009. Since then, in cooperation with associations and institutions and private practice, she has gained experience in various areas of difficulty that people encounter in their lives, in different relationships and areas.

Planet B – The world through my glasses

There are as many worlds and realities as there are people. How do we create this own, unique world, life, reality? What is behind this? What are we talking about when we talk about our interpretation of the world, and what does our perception say about us? We will look for answers in various ways in an interactive workshop entitled Planet B – The world through our glasses.

TADEJA RAJK

social worker, RT Psychotherapist with European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP),. She has been involved in reality therapy since 2005 and has many years of experience with clients with various personal problems, mental distress and relationship problems. She provides individual and partner psychotherapy (in person and online) in Ljubljana.

PETRA CVEK

andragogue, HSE Coach, RT Psychotherapist with European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP). Since 2016, she has been offering personal counselling and education in the field of personal growth and since 2019 also psychotherapy. She has experience with clients who face a variety of personal problems, relationship problems, and mental distress. She provides individual and partner`s psychotherapy online or in person in Celje and Kranj. In her work, she combines reality therapy with other ways of self-help – UFOs, HSE, Brainspotting.

Psychotherapist’s torment

The aim of the workshop is to raise awareness of the challenges in psychotherapeutic work with “demanding” clients. Who are the demanding, difficult clients for us psychotherapists? What and how do we work with such clients? Where do we find support when facing challenges? How lonely are we to our work? These are some the questions we will try to answer. The workshop meant as a kind of intervision group.

NINA HRENIĆ

Professor of Psychology, RT Psychotherapist with European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP), President of the Section for Psychotherapy of HURT, has been working in her private psychological practice in Koprivnica for the last 13 years.

The baggage of the past – the “disease” of the present

How much of a role our inner world plays as we align with the world around us on a daily basis! So are we and to what extent are we aware of our own inner world? How much and when do we get to know our inner world or when does it really matter to us? Illness is often the circumstance through which we have the opportunity to realize that this is our best attempt to reconcile our own world with the outside world. Although painful. Beliefs understood through the concept of holistic behaviour we can view as baggage or as the consciousness of the individual.

Through first-person experience, we will ventilate the baggage of the past, raise awareness of our inner world and through awareness, act as a disease prevention or even treat trapped.

BARBARA KRNC

pedagogue and sociologist, Reality Therapy psychotherapist with a European Certificate for Psychotherapy, couch. She is a member of the teaching staff of the European Institute for Reality Therapy and co-founder of the Institute. In the context of psychotherapy trainings, she works as a teacher-trainer, supervisor of clinical practice and therapist for personal experience. She has therapeutic and counselling experience with families, partner`s therapy, educational and mental health problems. The last 12 years she has been working in her private practice in Koper.

Shaping an understanding of the client’s problems

We will formulate the difficulties of one client in two different groups then we will discuss the similarities of the differences of formulation and explain our understanding.

DUBRAVKA STIJAČIĆ

RT / CT teacher, Reality Therapy psychotherapist with a European Certificate for Psychotherapy , EIRT senior educator, supervisor and mentor and personal therapist.

Many years of experience in psychiatry as the head of the Center for Psychosocial Methods of Treatment. She led trainings in social skills, group and individual psychotherapy with people with different psychiatric diagnoses.

President of the Croatian Association for Reality Therapy (HURT).

In my own movie

In what movie am I living in?  What story am I living? What kind of part am I playing?

How do I see myself? What makes me unique?  What are my potentials, qualities? What do I expect from myself? How do I perceive other people and life circumstances – scenography? What do I do when life is not “going in my way”? What, if life circumstances “do not go my way”?  Do I turn them into my victories or defeats? How do I connect that with my own beliefs? How much is my self-knowledge helping me when working with clients?

In this workshop, in addition to playing and having fun, we are going to deal with ourselves- question what defines us and what creates “our own story” to become aware of the beliefs that are the basis of the role we are creating for ourselves. Searching and questioning the script of our own movie, but also making parallels with scenarios and roles that other people are forming in “movies of their lives”.

IRENA KRAJCAR KOKALJ

RT Psychotherapist with a European certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP). Senior Faculty of WGI.  Majority of her career employed in Social Services. Past fifteen years employed in the Family Centre in Pula dealing with individual, marriage or family counselling. Teaching Choice theory as a Training Supervisor and Instructor mainly organizing and leading workshops for children, adolescents, parents and other groups in different fields of human activities, such as life-parenting, marriage and education.

JASNA SLOKOVIĆ

teacher EIRT, Psychologist and psychotherapist with a European Certificate for Psychotherapy. The majority of her professional career employed as a Psychologist in High School focus on counselling.  Also contracted as an external associate Psychotherapist in the City Counselling Centre in both Pazin and Buzet.  Teaching Choice theory as a Training Supervisor in different fields of human activities, such as parenting, marriage and education.

ANA IVANČAN

social pedagogue and rehabilitator. She has many years of experience working in the education system, leading trainings and educations for teachers, principals and professional associates. She is a member of the Teachers’ Council of HURT and EIRT, Reality Therapy psychotherapist with a European Certificate for Psychotherapy, she deals with individual and partnership counselling, leading groups and educating other professionals, working as an educator and psychotherapist. She also has a master’s level certificate in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) and a basic education in the field of Mindfulness.

MARIJANA RAJČEVIĆ KAZALAC

Psychologist since 2007, permanently employed in Counseling center for children, youth, marriage and family in Poreč, psychotherapist of reality therapy since 2019., supervisor WGI and EIRT, member of Teachers Council EIRT.

Therapeutic contract

At the workshop, we will share experiences on the use of therapeutic contracts in working with our clients. Through the discussion, we will touch on a number of questions, including whether therapy contracts are necessary, whether we need them, what they are for, whether and how much we use them, whether we prefer oral or written form, and finally what the EAP says about all this.

IVICA MILANJA

psychologist and psychotherapist. For about 20 years, he worked in the school system and higher education, cooperating with institutions in the social welfare system, the penal system and the civil sector. He completed a series of educations in the field of psychological and psychotherapy treatments – among others reality therapy, expressive art therapy and EMDR.

In recent years, he has been offering therapeutic services to adult individuals and couples through a private therapeutic practice.

The use of different therapeutic techniques in working with the client: Case presentation

In order to better “reach” different clients (and sometimes the same client in different stages of therapy), it is good to have different tools at hand. Using the example of working with client, we will have the opportunity to see in which ways the therapist approached and explored the content that the client offered during therapy and how the therapy developed.

IVICA MILANJA

psychologist and psychotherapist. For about 20 years, he worked in the school system and higher education, cooperating with institutions in the social welfare system, the penal system and the civil sector. He completed a series of educations in the field of psychological and psychotherapy treatments – among others reality therapy, expressive art therapy and EMDR.

In recent years, he has been offering therapeutic services to adult individuals and couples through a private therapeutic practice.

Theory of change

How does our behaviour change? What is it that prompts us to change? Frustration, perception, self-evaluation? Is there a certain way of change or is it individual, different for everyone? What do they have in common? When we consciously and deliberately make a change? What is experiential verification in the context of reality therapy?

On this and other topics, through exercises and theory, we will consider and reflect on what leads us to change, how these insights can benefit us both in education and in working with clients.

ANA IVANČAN

soc. pedagogue and rehabilitator. She has many years of experience working in the education system, leading trainings and educations for teachers, principals and professional associates. She is a member of the Teachers’ Council of HURT and EIRT, Reality Therapy psychotherapist with a European Certificate for Psychotherapy, she deals with individual and partnership counselling, leading groups and educating other professionals, working as an educator and psychotherapist. She also has a master’s level certificate in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) and a basic education in the field of Mindfulness.

JOSIPA VUČICA

Social pedagogue, RT psychotherapist, WGI supervisor, member of EIRT and HURT. For the last nine years, he has been working in the non-governmental organization MoSt (Split, Croatia) in the field of counselling and education of children, young people and their families. He enjoys working with vulnerable groups of young people and developing programs for the prevention of behavioural mental and emotional problems in children and young people.

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Pleasant experience as a source of learning

Pleasant experiences are an integral part of our desired personal inner world of quality and are one of our behavioural guidelines, as we constantly try to bring our real world as close as possible to our personal world of quality.

The question is are we more focused on negative than positive experiences in our lives, because there are many people who believe that they have learned the most when they have experienced something particularly bad. It is no wonder that problems “are translated” into challenges in recent times, which means that negative experiences is a source of learning. How do we think about positive experiences? Do we pay more attention to mistakes or to good outcomes for us? Do we spend more time dwelling on our mistakes or on our achievements? Do we still, even though we do not live in the savannah and wild animals do not attack us, pay more attention to problems than to successes? Are we in the habit of trying to deepen our understanding of a pleasant experience through deliberate self-evaluation? Our conversation will be about this and more. I look forward to our stories.

DARJA MATIČETOVA

is a university graduate pedagogue and psychologist. Her professional experience ranges from pre-school to high school as a counsellor and psychology teacher. She was also a teacher at the Logatec Educational Institute and a counsellor at the Koper Counselling Center.

She is a WGI supervisor and a psychotherapist with a European Certificate for Psychotherapy and a specialist in the Specialist Study of Supervision at the Faculty of Education in Ljubljana.

She is now retired, but still works in the field of supervision and psychotherapy.

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Awareness of changes well-being in the psychotherapy process

In the psychotherapy process, understanding the purpose of action is crucial, as the client thereby becomes aware of his beliefs, which motivate him in action. By being aware of how we feel, we contact with whether our expectations met or not. Both the feeling of frustration and the feeling of satisfaction are important moments of self-awareness. It is important for the psychotherapy process that the client learns to be aware of his perception, which creates a certain feeling. In the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experience awareness of their perception and well-being in concrete situations offered.

MIRJANA PALČIČ BUBNIČ

Social worker and RT Psychotherapist with a European certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP). Supervisor and instructor of the Choice Theory and Reality Therapy. Director of the European Institute for Reality Therapy and member of the Teachers Assembly of this Institute. She has 25 years of working experience at the Izola Social Work Centre, working with people with various problems. She has been running her own psychotherapy practice for the last 12 years. She is a supervisor licensed by the Social Chamber of Slovenia and an InsideOut Coach lincensed by Academy of Choice.

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Mind: Me – Who is in charge?

Sometimes it seems that our brain and mind are pulling the strings and have a will of their own. It`s like we are on autopilot. So how do we understand personal responsibility and free will in that context?

The question of free will is the main question of philosophical, religious, and ethical debates that have been going on for over two thousand years. At this workshop, we will get to know the perspective of psychologist and neuroscientist Michaela Gazzaniga and examine our understanding of the concept of free will from the perspective of the choice theory.

JOSIPA VUČICA

Social pedagogue, RT psychotherapist, supervisor of WGI, member of EIRT and HURT. For the last nine years, she has been working in the non-government organization MoSt (Split, Croatia) in the field of counselling and education for children, young people, and their families. Enjoys working with vulnerable groups of young people and developing programs to prevent behavioural, mental, and emotional problems among children and young people.

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When Kata/Fata walks around the triangle

During the workshop, in small groups with educators, we will work on excerpts with the content that the clients gave during the therapy sessions. The task for the educators in small groups is to define the beliefs, behaviours, roles and ways in which the clients adapted to the circumstances in their lives from the provided excerpts of the clients’ stories. At the end of the workshop, each small group will present to the large group the main points of discussion in the small group, and other educators will have the opportunity to ask questions or add their thoughts.

AIDA GANOVIĆ

RT Psychotherapist with a European certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP), WGI Supervisor and member of the teaching council of the European Institute for Reality Therapy. Since 1999, she has experience in individual and group counselling work, since 2008, she has the status of a supervisor in the process of teaching the Choice Theory. Since the founding of the Association for Reality Therapy Choice Theory in Bosnia and Herzegovina, she has been a member of the management board of the association. She has completed a three-year education “Philosophy and methods of psychodrama”. She is the author of several articles on direct counselling, individual and group work.

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MAJA PERIĆ

psychologist, reality therapy trainee under supervision and member of Faculty Board of the EIRT. Since 2016, she has been working at the Mostar Employment Service as a psychologist, trainer and consultant. It offers individual and group therapy services in several counselling centers in Mostar.

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ŠTEFANIJA PROSENJAK ŽUMBAR

social pedagogue, reality psychotherapist and Basic Week Instructor WGI. She has acquired her professional experience by working with children and adolescents having behavioural disorders within the social care and educational institutions as well as in the police on jobs related to criminal and legal protection of children and domestic violence.

Recently works as a psychotherapist in the Counselling Centre for children, martial affairs and family as a counsellor for the Club of women treated for breast cancer. She is heading the programme of psychosocial treatment for persons, committed domestic violence. Actively heads pre-martial preparatory courses and is engaged in prevention of addictive and behavioural disorders.

She is a member of non-government organizations whose target is to assist to people with various needs.

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Demonstration of work with the client

MARIJA POSAVEC

a medical doctor, psychotherapist and CT/RT supervisor. Works as school medicine specialist and Head of Youth Counselling Centre for children, young and parents. She is a member of steering committee of Croatian Chamber of Psychotherapists, and regularly participates in HURT activities. Has years of experience in psychotherapy. Her field of interest is lead management.

AIDA GANOVIĆ

RT Psychotherapist with a European certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP), WGI Supervisor and member of the teaching council of the European Institute for Reality Therapy. Since 1999, she has experience in individual and group counselling work, since 2008, she has the status of a supervisor in the process of teaching the Choice Theory. Since the founding of the Association for Reality Therapy Choice Theory in Bosnia and Herzegovina, she has been a member of the management board of the association. She has completed a three-year education “Philosophy and methods of psychodrama”. She is the author of several articles on direct counselling, individual and group work.

ASJA PALINIĆ CVITANOVIĆ

MD, RT Psychotherapist holding the European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP).  She has 38 years of experience in counselling and working with schoolchildren and their parents, couples and war veterans, as well as with people suffering from addiction and those with certain mental health problems.  Since 2002, she has been teaching the Choice Theory and its application in different fields of human activity (counselling, education, management). She actively participated in numerous Croatian and EU congresses, conferences and seminars.

How I became what I am

Through working in small groups, the participants will have the opportunity to create some new experiences, but also to recall some “old” ones with the aim of answering the questions of how we arrive at our specific instructions, which are the basis for our current behaviour. As autopoetic systems, we develop by behaving, but at the same time, we build our inner world of complaints that make up the specific instructions of our organism. In the group discussion, we will try offer explanations for the terminology we use in education, which is difficult for most participants to understand. We will associate terms such as first- and second-order cybernetics, teleology, epistemology, circular causality, negative feedback and metatheories with the exercises we will do that is, with the participants’ own experience.

DANKO BUTORAC

The psychologist and Psychotherapist currently works at the „Family centre“– a state-funded counselling service in Senj, Croatia. In his daily practice, he works with individuals, couples, families, and groups. As a member of the faculty board of the European Institute for Reality Therapy, he is involved in providing training programs – supervising and teaching Choice Theory. Currently he serves as president of the European Association for Reality Therapy (EART). He is happily married and a father of five wonderful children.

CVITA VASILIJ STUDAK

Social pedagogue, RT psychotherapist with European Certificate for psychotherapy (ECP), supervisor of WGI, member of Faculty board EIRT and HURT. She works for 15 years in social services with children and young people with behavioural disorders and with their parents. Has years of experience providing psychotherapy for clients with eating disorders. As a Faculty Board member of EIRT provides training programs, supervision and personal experience therapy. Married, mother of two boys.

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NIKOLINA ESSERT

a psychologist, RT psychotherapist, EIRT supervisor, member of EIRT and HURT, member of Faculty board EIRT. Employed in her own private psychotherapy practice working with individuals, couples, as well as with individuals who wants to improve their relationship with others.  Has experience in leading psychotherapy groups. For the last 7 years, she has worked with people who have eating disorders.

For decades, she has worked in a preschool institution as a psychologist. Has years of experience in the field of parenting through experiential and educational workshops as well as through individual counselling of parents. Secretary of the Chamber of Psychotherapy Croatia (2019.-2022.)

MIRJANA BELAVIĆ

RT psychotherapist, psychologist with experience of working in the field of education and social welfare, as an external collaborator involved in the projects of several associations as an implementer of individual counselling and group workshops. Wife to one husband, mother of three children, mother-in-law’s daughter-in-law in the yard.

SILVIJA JURČEVIĆ

master’s degree in psychology, RT psychotherapist under supervision. Wife and mother of two girls.

Lives and works in Tomislavgrad, employed at the “Nova Nada Center” for the Education of Children and Youth with Developmental Disabilities, external associate of the Center for Social Welfare and Kindergartens in the Tomislavgrad.  Municipality, and founder and manager of the NGO Educational Advisory Center Magis. In all areas, she actively works to protect the mental health of children, young people and families.

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When bridges collapse

The goal is to recognize/make aware of one’s own understanding of a partner relationship (marriage, divorce, extramarital affairs). Connect these concepts and understanding with specific instructions and experiences we have and social expectations (“frames”). Discuss choosing between instructions and one’s role in certain circumstances (e.g. choosing to stay with the other person despite dissatisfaction versus ending the relationship). With this, we become aware of the beliefs related to the partnership relationship. We will discuss about an affair: what it is, whether we are cheating on the other person or ourselves,

Is it “against” someone or “for us”; do we associate divorce with our own value and “abandonment”? I am a victim: can we get out of the relationship without blame and duty – do we have the right to change our minds and what kind of circumstance are we for the other (are people aware of the consequences of the choice?). Does the relationship end with physical separation or are we still in a relationship mentally?

Conclusion:  what bridges are?  Is the end of a marriage the end of existence, realization and partner relationship? (it is salutary to keep the image that we once chose that partner and maintain that memory regardless of the experience – related to the destruction of values – we build new bridges despite the experience (example divorce and losing the role of partner while still remaining a parent and connection with the ex-partner). What circumstance am I for myself – what bridge will I build with myself. Despite the experience and the broken bridge with one person, it does not mean that we cannot build new bridges with perhaps a new partner and maintain the bridge with the ex.

LJUBICA KRIŠTO

master’s degree in nursing, RT Counsellor, employed in the health care system for over 15 years. Since 2011, she has been working at the Center for Mental Health, Dom zdravlja Livno. She also works in a counselling center for people with mental disabilities in Livno. She is a certified trainer in the field of mental health for FBIH. She gained experience in leading people through numerous roles in a basic institution and as an external employee. In his daily work, he has experience in leading TI focus groups with users of non-governmental organizations with the aim of improving the mental health of individuals. She joined the education in 2015, as part of the education she also completed Choice coaching in 2018. Actively works on the promotion and prevention of mental health in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

SARA NOVAK

master of pedagogy and psychotherapist of reality therapy under supervision, certified conciliator. Worked as an external associate of the Center for Social Welfare. Since 2016, employed as a teacher in a secondary vocational school. Volunteer at the BEA Center for Eating Disorders. In her daily work with clients, she has experience with marriage therapy, leading support groups for women and divorced mothers, and running a school for parents based on TI.

My working time is over

We believe that there is no person who has not once uttered or heard sentences like “My working time is over!” or “A society is a society, a job is a job.”  Is it really so? Do we break up with everything that is at work the moment we leave that job? Can we really separate society and job? In other words, how much does our work, primarily the relationships with people, affect our satisfaction with that same job, and then our satisfaction with life in general? Can my working hours end if my working relationships are unsatisfactory? We will try to answer these questions together with our participants, and jointly raise awareness of the importance of choice theory in a preventive sense, with an emphasis on our working relationships. The idea for this workshop came from information about an increasing number of people who seek the help of a psychotherapist every day because of the difficulties they experience at the workplace.

ŽIVANA STEGIĆ IVAS

a teacher, RT psychotherapist with EAP certificate, member of the Teacher Council of EIRT and HURT, basic instructor of WGI with many years of experience in teaching participants in TI/RT education. She has experience working in different fields, primarily in the field of education. She has been engaged in psychotherapy and counselling since 2009. Since then, in cooperation with associations and institutions and private practice, she has gained experience in various areas of difficulties that people encounter in their lives, in various relationships and areas.

KATARINA RANA GLUHAN

social pedagogue, employed as the head of the Dubrovnik Probation Office since 2015. Through her workplace, she meets people who manifest various difficulties in their psychological functioning. She is continuously improving herself through shorter and longer educations organized by the Ministry of Justice and Administration, some of which financed as part of European projects. She gained her previous work experience through the educational system, as a professional associate in an elementary school and a kindergarten, and actively participated in the work of the Horizon association, which deals with the promotion and protection of mental health. The writing of the final thesis for obtaining the title of reality therapy psychotherapist is in progress.

MARTINA DUMANČIĆ VRANJEŠ

professor of social pedagogy, graduated from the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation of the University of Zagreb, majoring of behavioural disorder. Since finishing her studies, she has been working as a professional assistant at the Marin Držić Primary School in Dubrovnik. She promoted to the title of mentor in 2017. She is the head of the County Expert Council for preventive programs of primary, secondary schools and student dormitories of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. She actively participates in the education of teachers, professional associates and teaching assistants at the county and state level. She was a mentor to students of the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation, as well as to students of Teacher Education in the Early Social Pedagogical Intervention course. She is a member of the Committee for Quality Assessment of Programs/Projects of Civil Sector Associations at Dubrovnik-Neretva County. She is member of the Teacher Council of EIRT and HURT. In 2022, she obtained a certificate for a reality therapy psychotherapist.

SILVIJA JURČECIĆ

master’s degree in psychology, RT psychotherapist under supervision. Wife and mother of two girls.

Lives and works in Tomislavgrad, employed at the “Nova Nada Center” for the Education of Children and Youth with Developmental Disabilities, external associate of the Center for Social Welfare and Kindergartens in the Tomislavgrad.  Municipality, and founder and manager of the NGO Educational Advisory Center Magis. In all areas, she actively works to protect the mental health of children, young people and families.

Why does loneliness hurt?

The workshop intended for participants in the third and fourth year of education. Due to the large number of participants, four leaders will work in four smaller groups with the presence of a leader, according to the CT group principle.

The workshop begins with an interpretation of the difference between the concepts of solitude and loneliness using the terminology of choice theory and the neurobiological interpretation of the pain of loneliness. The presenter explains with her own experiential examples. This followed by an experiential examination of the participants in the CT groups, during which they will be aware of their perceptions of situations in which they had the selected perception of loneliness, but not solitude, and situations in which they were perceived as alone, but not lonely. How do they understand the perceptions so chosen? What are the expected performances?

The following are examples from clinical practice where these perceptions are recognized. How did they understand then and what would they face today? How do we produce pain? How to offer everything to the client in an informed manner?

At the end, participants will be able to present their dilemmas and self-evaluation with the questions: What have I learned about myself? What new field of work did I discover? How will I use it working with clients?

ASJA PALINIĆ CVITANOVIĆ

MD, RT Psychotherapist holding the European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP).  She has 38 years of experience in counselling and working with schoolchildren and their parents, couples and war veterans, as well as with people suffering from addiction and those with certain mental health problems.  Since 2002, she has been teaching the Choice Theory and its application in different fields of human activity (counselling, education, management). She actively participated in numerous Croatian and EU congresses, conferences and seminars.

KATARINA RANA GLUHAN

social pedagogue, employed as the head of the Dubrovnik Probation Office since 2015. Through her workplace, she meets people who show various problems in psychological functioning. She is constantly improving at shorter and longer training courses organized by the Ministry of Justice and Administration, some of which are financed within the framework of European projects. She gained her previous work experience through the education system, as a professional colleague in a primary school and kindergarten, and actively participated in the work of the Obzorje association, which deals with the promotion and protection of mental health. She is preparing the final assignment for obtaining the title of reality therapy psychotherapist.

MARTINA DUMANČIĆ VRANJEŠ

prof., social pedagogue, graduated from the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation of the University of Zagreb, majoring in behavioural disorders. Since finishing her studies, employed as a professional assistant at the Marin Držić Primary School in Dubrovnik. In 2017, she promoted to the title of mentor. She is the head of the County Expert Council for preventive programs of primary and secondary schools and student dormitories of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. She actively participates in the education of teachers, professional colleagues and assistants at the county and state level. She was a mentor to students of the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation and students of Pedagogical Studies in the Early Social Pedagogical Intervention course. She is a member of the Commission for assessing the quality of programs/projects of civil sector associations of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. She is a member of the Association for Reality Therapy and the Team of Reality Therapy Teachers in the Republic of Croatia. In 2022, she obtained a certificate as a reality therapy psychotherapist.

S. DOMINIKA ANIĆ

supervised psychotherapist, RT teacher trainee. She conducts workshops for target groups, parents, spouses and young people. She also conducts forums and lectures on the topic of RT, as well as radio interviews and shows.

S. MARINELA DELONGA

is a nun and works as a religion teacher in primary school. In education of Choice Theory is 23 years, as Supervisor WGI for 8 years. CT is a part of her life in all areas working (school, choir, focus groups), where she witnesses her beliefs. The motto she lives by is “Humble love is what makes the world move!”

Eraser

When we were school children, an eraser was a very important item in our school pens. They came in different shapes and sizes and helped us create something more beautiful and better in our work. With an eraser, we could erase everything we did not like, everything that was wrong or not good enough to be satisfied with what we wrote or drew. In a strange way, the eraser was our escape from failure. Even today, the eraser still means a lot to us, whether we use it to manually erase on paper or erase with a mouse on a computer. In order to experience satisfaction and success, it is important for us to know that we can erase what is wrong or not good enough for us and create something better, more beautiful and more meaningful. The eraser helps us understand that in our hands is the power to make everything we do the way we want.

Where is the choice theory in all this? What erasers it offers us to erase everything that seems wrong, everything that makes us unhappy, everything that we are not satisfied with, and everything that does not make us feel important and successful in life? What is the choice theory eraser that gives us the opportunity to remove everything in our life that is not beautiful and pleasant to us and instead create the life we ​​want?  So, let us start with the practice of using the choice theory eraser as a powerful tool to change our perception and our beliefs.

ŠTEFANIJA PROSENJAK ŽUMBAR

social pedagogue, reality psychotherapist and Basic Week Instructor WGI.

She has acquired her professional experience by working with children and adolescents having behavioural disorders within the social care and educational institutions as well as in the police on jobs related to criminal and legal protection of children and domestic violence.

Recently works as a psychotherapist in the Counselling Centre for children, martial affairs and family as a counsellor for the Club of women treated for breast cancer. She is heading the programme of psychosocial treatment for persons, committed domestic violence. Actively heads pre-martial preparatory courses and is engaged in prevention of addictive and behavioural disorders.

She is a member of non-government organizations whose target is to assist to people with various needs.

DAVOR APOSTOLOVSKI

Psychologist, reality psychotherapist and senior instructor WGI. He has acquired his professional experience working in the social care system and non-government organisations dealing with social issues related to refugees, children and adolescents. He worked as a psychologist in the health and educational system. Recently working as a school psychologist and as a psychotherapist and counsellor.

He is heading courses of quality parenthood and educative and training programmes of creative thinking.

He is a member and cofounder of non-governmental organisations whose engagement directed towards children and adolescents. As innovator, he created a number of didactic toys and games.

DENISE VOJVODA SCROBE

is a RT psychotherapist with a European certification in psychotherapy, WGI supervisor and EIRT Faculty Board. She employed in the social welfare system, where she deals with counselling, mainly of children, young people and their families, partner counselling, and as an external associate – psychotherapist at the counselling Down Center in Pula. She teaches the choice theory through education as a supervisor, and in different areas of life – parenthood, marriage, education.

BRANKA ANĐUKIĆ

RT psychotherapist with EAP certification, supervisor  WGI, member of  EIRT Faculty Board, with experience of many years standing in group and individual work (NGO and institutions) with women and children (domestic and war violence), working for over 20 years in Family and partnership counselling „Plavi telefon“.

How do I prepare a presentation for the practicum?

In many works, we find ourselves in a situation where we have to present or explain a topic. This is especially common in training, where both, the participant in the training and the teacher, spend a lot of time in a role where they have to present the topic or their understanding and internalization of the topic. This also applies to choice theory education, and the very process of preparing for the presentation, as well as the presentation itself, are learning situations in which we learn the basics of choice theory from our own experience.

At the workshop, we will meet with questions:

– What is information for me?

– When is a presentation where I am a quality teacher?

– What do I want for myself at a presentation prepared by someone else?

– What goals do I pursue when I present a topic to others?

– What do I expect from myself, what from others when I am in the role of teacher or lecturer?

– How does the relational aspect affect the quality of the presentation?

The lecturers also did a self-evaluation when preparing their presentation and the participants will also have their chance at the workshop.

ANA NUŠA KERN

Instructor of the choice theory, for more than 25 years she has been the principal of Preserje Primary School near Radomlje; since 2001, the school has been in the process of choice theory education and since 2007, she has been the principal of Glasser’s quality school. She is the author of several articles, co-author of history textbooks and author of history workbooks.

RUBEN BELINA

has a bachelor’s degree in physics engineering with a specialization in physics education. He has 35 years of teaching experience in high schools. In the school, he also works as a mentor and instructor of the program: Developing positive self-evaluation of children and adolescents.

He completed a 4-year education in the RT/CT at the European Institute for Reality Therapy (EIRT) and graduated on December 9, 2020 as RT counsellor.

He hosts practicums at Glasser’s quality school Preserje near Radomlje and works as a supervisor in the 1st year at EIRT. He had several contributions at the Days of Leon Lojk, and conducts workshops on the choice theory in further education and training programs for professionals in education.