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IV Internacionalni interdisciplinarni kongres Gestalt psihoterapije

Ljubav i stanje sadašnjeg čovjeka

23.-26. septembar/rujan 2021 – Sarajevo, Bosna i Hercegovina

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Keynote Speakers

Sandro Spiteri

Dr Sandro Spiteri is a member of the Quality Assurance Committee of EAPTI-GPTIM. He has presented, published and/or consulted in Malta and internationally on family literacy, the teaching of writing, parental leadership, educational policy and quality assurance. He developed Malta’s national quality assurance systems for both compulsory as well as further and higher education, and authored its National Quality Assurance Framework for the latter. He is now Senior Executive for quality matters at the University of Malta, where he also lectures on governance, program evaluation, quality assurance and educational policy. Sandro regularly leads external quality audits in further and higher education.

Joyce Sciberras

Joyce Sciberras is a Gestalt psychotherapist presently working in private practice, as well as a supervisor and teacher at the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute Malta. She trained as a social worker at the University of Malta, later obtained a post graduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy from GPTIM and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy from Birmingham University.

Bertram Müeller

Bertram Müeller Dipl. Psych. works as a Gestalt psychotherapist in private practice in Düsseldorf and as Gestalt trainer and Supervisor in Germany and in several European countries like: Malta; Serbia, Italy, Croatia, Netherland and Russia. He has academic degrees in Philosophy, protestant Theology (1972) and clinical Psychology/ Psychotherapy (1981). He trained since 1973 in Gestalt Therapy in Europe and USA with Ischa Bloomberg, Erv and Miriam Polster, Bob Martin and Isadore From (from 1977-1982). He was Co-founder of the “Institute for Gestalt therapy Düsseldorf” (IfG), the founding Vice-President of the “German Ass. of Gestalt Therapy” (DVG), and president of the “German Otto Rank Ass”. (DORG). He was the founder and artist director (1979-2013) of the International Tanzhaus NRW (The Dancehouse of Northrhein/Westfalia),as well first President of the European Dance house Network (EDN) He was honored a.o. with the “Chevalier des Art et des Lettres” (1991) by the French Minister of Culture: Jaques Lang, and with the National, and received “German Dance Price 2014.He published articles on: Gestalt diagnosis; Gestalt methodology; Gestalt education and coaching; as well as on concepts of the Will by O. Rank and in Gestalt therapy; about the teachings of Isadore From as well as on artist and cultural development.

Elena Ilieva

Elena Ilieva is a Bulgarian psychologist and Gestalt therapist. Since the early 1990s, she has been living in South Africa. Alongside with her private practice there as a counsellor and Tomatis method practitioner, she dedicated time, skills, and energy to several NGOs, e.g. the Triangle Project, Nicro Woman Support Centre, and Coma Care. Since 2006, Elena Ilieva is a facilitator and later, trainer and supervisor in Systemic Family Constellations; since 2016, she is a Gestalt therapist. Elena has not severed her connection to her country of origin. Wanting to put her knowledge and South African contacts in use, she has founded two training institutions in Bulgaria: Family Constellations Bulgaria (2008) and the Bulgarian Institute for Gestalt therapy (2012). In the last ten years, she commits ever more time to the establishment of these institutions in line with the European training standards, adding new tools and working paradigms to the palette of therapeutic services in Bulgaria.

Mira Klarin

Mira Klarin is a tenured professor on the Department of Pedagogy in the Zadar University, where she teaches Developmental Psychology and Psychology of Communication, Family and Parenthood. She participated in several national and international professional and scientific projects. Her scientific interest is directed towards the area of study of socializing factors in context of development. Lately she is studying human relations, their development and the possible changes. She has completed her education for Gestalt Psychotherapist and she leads the Student Counseling at the University. She is author and co-author of around fifty scientific and professional papers and book chapters. She has received an award from the Croatian Psychological Society for the scientific published paper "Development of children in social context - parents, peers, teachers context of development of children", in 2006. She is a member of the Croatian Psychological Chamber, International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection and European Association for Gestalt Therapy.

Ceylan Das

Prof. Dr. Ceylan Das is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. She is both giving lectures in the psychology departments of Universities for years and she also has her private practice. She works with individuals, couples as well as groups. She started her Gestalt therapy training with Metanoia, England and continued with different Gestalt Institutes in the Europe and the USA. She is the president of the Turkish Gestalt Therapy Association and the editor of Contact: Gestalt Therapy Journal. She is the writer of Integration and Growth: Gestalt Therapy book both in Turkish and in English.

Charles Cassar

Charles Cassar has been a practicing Gestalt psychotherapy in private practice as a registered Maltese and European certified psychotherapist for the past eighteen years. For the past fourteen years, he has been the Chair of the NUOC within the EAP (European Association of Psychotherapy) and a Member of the Executive Committee of EAP. He has lately been elected as Vice President/President Elect of the EAP. He has held the position of President for the Malta Association of Psychotherapists (MAP) for the past eighteen years, to date. As President of MAP he has been actively and strongly engaged in lobbying for legislation which would regulate the profession. After graduating with an honours degree in psychology, Charles went on to pursue a diploma and eventually a Masters’ degree in Gestalt psychotherapy.

Nada Pop-Jordanova

Academician Nada Pop-Jordanova was born in Skopje (1947) where she graduated Medicine and Philosophy (Psychology). She is specialist pediatrician and subspecialist for gastroenterohepatology. Special interest of her activities were psychosomatic diseases and as a result she organized the special department for their treatment at the Pediatric clinic. She is a pioneer in Biofeedback/Neurofeedback methodology and Quantitative mapping of brain function in this region. All lifetime she was engaged at the Pediatric clinic in the treatment of children and solving their problems in the everyday life. As a tenured professor she was a teacher for Pediatrics, Medical psychology, Medical Ethics, Neuropsychology, and Developmental psychology at Faculties for Medicine.

Peter Schulthess

Peter Schulthess works in private practice in Zurich, Switzerland, since 1976. He teaches Gestalt therapy in Switzerland and several other countries, such as Germany, Macedonia, Poland, Greece, Italy, Bolivia, Russia, China, Serbia and Malta.

Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja

Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja is a neuropsychiatrist and psychotherapist and Ph.D. of Psychiatry (University of Zagreb, Croatia). She is world renowned and respected psychiatrist, subspeciality of child and adolescent Psychiatry. She was full professor of University of medicine and University of education and rehabilitation science till retirement. She deserved highly recognition with her professional achievements. One of the founders of the first Center for Autism in Zagreb 1985, in Croatia, then Center for Mental Health and psychological trauma of children in the Children′s Hospital »Klaićeva«. She was at the head of the national Center for psychological trauma, Department of Psychiatry and the reference center of the Ministry of health for disorders caused by stress. She founded private Psychiatric Policlinic Kocijan – Hercigonja, and is a president of the EIATCYP, and Croatian association for children and adolescent psychotherapy, Institute CYF. She leads trainings in Integrative Psychotherapy and Child and adolescent Psychotherapy.

Konstantinidou Antonia

BSc in Psychology, MSc in Social & Clinical Psychology, Gestalt Psychotherapist, Trainer, and Supervisor. Affiliations: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; Gestalt Foundation, Greece; Association of Greek Psychologists, H.A.G.T. (Hellenic Association for Gestalt Therapy – founding member, ex- president), E.A.G.T., E.A.P.; E.C.P. & EuroPsy Holder.Birth, 1969 in Thessaloniki, Greece. 27 years of private practice in psychotherapy with individuals and groups. For 20 years works as Gestalt Therapy trainer and supervisor. Co-founder of Training Institute “Gestalt Foundation". She conducts lectures and workshops with topics such as: mindfulness, diagnosis, psychopathology, and supervision in the context of Gestalt Therapy.

Renè Camilleri

Renè Camilleri was born in Malta in 1953. He is a Catholic priest, PhD in Theology, and has been teaching Systematic Theology at the University of Malta since 1984. Main areas of research: Faith and Culture, History of Religions, Belief in a postmodern frame of mind.

Giovanni Salonia

Psychologist, psychotherapist and theologian. Graduated in Gestalt Therapy (E. and M. Polster, I. From, J. Zinker), trained in Client Centered Therapy (H. Franta), Family Therapy (M. Kirschenbaum - C. Gammer), Bodytherapy (G. Downing). Former Professor of Social Psychology at the LUMSA University of Palermo; formerly Full Member of the Institute of Gestalt Therapy of New York (NYGT), former Visiting Professor at Southern Connecticut State University (USA), he was President of FISIG (Italian Federation of Gestalt Schools). Lecturer at the Pontifical University Antonianum (Rome) and School of Specialization in Psychiatry at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. Scientific Director of the School of Specialization in Gestalt Psychotherapy of the Institute of Gestalt Therapy hcc Kairos (Venice, Rome, Ragusa) and of the II level Masters with the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Rome He has written several books, including: Sulla felcità e dintorni (About happiness and surroundings), Dance of the chairs and dance of the pronouns and, as a co-author, Devo sapere subito se sono vivo (I must know immediately if I am alive) and The moon is made of cheese, I come Invidia (I like envy), La vera storia di Peter Pan (The true story of Peter Pan) end others which deal with both anthropological and clinical issues. He has also written numerous contributions from the Gestalt clinic published in articles and chapters of Italian and foreign scientific texts.


Jean Marie Robine

Jean-Marie Robine is a psychologist and director of the public clinic for Children and Families during 15 years. Training in Psychodrama, Expressive therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Couples & Family Therapy, Psychoanalysis. Training in Gestalt Therapy with different Institutes and trainers, and most importantly with Isadore From. He is a founder of Institut Français de Gestalt-thérapie, 1980, international trainer, Past President of European Association for Gestalt Therapy, Past President of Societé Française de Gestalt, Cofounder of Collège de Gestalt-thérapie, Member of New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, Member of editorial board of several international Gestalt Journals. Author or co-author of seven books of Gestalt Therapy translated in several languages, including Italian (“Il Rivelarsi del Sé nel Contatto”, Franco Angeli) and English-American (“On the Occasion of an Other”, Gestalt Journal Press). Lives in the countryside near Bordeaux, France.

Zoran Milivojevic

Zoran Milivojević, MD, is a psychotherapist with many years of practice in individual, partner, and group therapy. He was the first in Eastern European to obtain the highest degree of international supervisor and educator of the International Association for Transactional Analysis (ITAA), as well as the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA). He is the president of the Association of Psychotherapists of Serbia, expert director of the Psychopolis Institute in Novi Sad, the president of the TA Center - Association of Transaction Analysts of Serbia, and a lecturer at the International Transactional Analysis Academy.

He is the author of several outstanding textbooks and books, including Emocije – Psihoterapija i razumevanje emocija (Emotions - Psychotherapy and Understanding Emotions) [Psychopolis, 2007]; Formule ljubavi – Kako ne upropastiti sopstveni život tražeci pravu ljubav (Formulas of Love – How Not to Ruin Your Own Life by Seeking True Love) [Psychopolis, 2008]; and Igre koje igraju narkomani – Transakciona analiza problematicnog uzimanja droga (Games Played by Addicts – Transactional Analysis of Problem Taking drugs) [Psychopolis, 2007]. Together with several Slovenian colleagues, he published a very practical and richly illustrated manual, Mala knjiga za velike roditelje  (A Little Book for Big Parents) [Mladinski dom Jarše, 2004; Psihopolis, 2007]. This was a great Slovenian bestseller about raising children, in which Milivojević's "Mercedes model" was presented, which helps parents and educators to find balance in the upbringing of children. The book Uloviti ljubav  (Catch Love) [Psychopolis, 2011] contains notable columns that the author had published in the daily Politika for three years, and the book Psihologike svakodnevnog života (Psychology of Everyday Life) [Psychopolis 2014] which contains columns from Politika until October 2014.

He is an international lecturer who has given lectures, workshops or otherwise presented at numerous international congresses, seminars and symposia, mainly in Western European countries, but also in the United States, Russia, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. He was a plenary lecturer at the First Eurasian Congress in Moscow in 2013, as well as at the Seventh World Congress in Durban, South Africa in 2014.

Zoran Milivojević currently works in a private practice, splitting time between in Novi Sad and Ljubljana.

Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja

Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja is a neuropsychiatrist and psychotherapist as well as a holder of PhD in Psychiatry (University of Zagreb, Croatia). She is a world renowned and respected psychiatrist with subspecialty in child and adolescent psychiatry. She was a professor at the University of Medicine and University of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences. She was one of the founders of the first Center for Autism in Zagreb in 1985, Croatia, then the Centre for Mental Health and Psychological Trauma of Children in the Children’s Hospital “Klaićeva”. She was the head of both the National Centre for Psychological Trauma, Department of Psychiatry, and the Reference center of the Ministry of Health for disorders caused by stress. She founded private Psychiatric Polyclinic Kocijan Hercigonja and is a president of the EIATCYP and the Croatian Association for Children and Adolescent Psychotherapy. She leads trainings in Integrative Psychotherapy and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

Talia Bar-Yoseph Levine

Talia Bar-Yoseph Levine is a clinical psychologist, gestalt therapist, international trainer, supervisor and business consultant. Trained with Miriam and Erv Polster and a variety of GTILA trainers. Talia trusts that the Gestalt philosophy of being is an infrastructure to human connectedness, dialogic leadership, the bridging of difference and also uniquely contributes to a better world.  Currently she is chairperson of the Israeli Gestalt Association and its representative to the EAGT, president elect of AAGT, member of the Intagio EC and co-chair of Jerusalem Gestalt Institute. She was head of Gestalt department at Metanoia Institute in London and gained it an academic recognition as an MSc, was the academic director of an 8 years training in the Czech and Slovak republics and of 5 years training in Greece, participated in organizational training in Italy and Poland, co run supervision trainings. Edited books: ‘The Bridge – Dialogues across Cultures’, ‘Gestalt Therapy Advances in theory and practice’, 2011. She published a significant number of academic publications in books and journals and is on the editorial board of GJ. Paints, mostly Aquarelles, weaves baskets, loves to cook and totally enjoys two daughters and two grandchildren.

Emilia Stoimenova Canevska

Emilija Stoimenova Canevska is an established psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. She is committed to continuously building and developing the Gestalt Training Institute Skopje to a high standard training center that has an ongoing growth of students and graduates in Gestalt psychotherapy while retaining an exceptional quality. She is the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies at the International Balkan University, Skopje. She is supporting and leading the development of the Psychology undergraduate and postgraduate studies. She is a dedicated lecturer with more than 16 years teaching experience in diverse academic institutions in the area of Psychology, Research and PR Studies. Her passion for psychotherapy in general and Gestalt psychotherapy in particular has given her the motive to the pursuit of the lifelong educational background in the area and numerous trainings in the field. She has a notable volume of published work in established publications such as Patient’s rights in Psychotherapy 2013 and Retroflection as a creative adjustment of Macedonians 2014 among many others. She is one of the pioneers in the Macedonian psychotherapy field as to following European and world standards in the area of psychotherapy. She has active professional certification in: ECP-European Certificate for Psychotherapy, EAGT-European Certificate for Gestalt Psychotherapy, EAGT-Certificate for Supervisors, Diploma for applied Gestalt Practice in Organizations under the mentorship of Paul Barber and Ken Evans. She is committed to developing and teaching Gestalt psychotherapy within the region and actively cooperating with International Gestalt Institutes.

Sanela Selmanovic Podrug

Sanela Selmanovic Podrug graduated from the Department of Psychology and is in process of obtaining a Master degree at a scientific program in psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo. Although educated in the field of other therapies she chose exclusively Gestalt therapy. In 2018 she obtained Master Diploma in Gestalt Therapy. After obtaining a diploma in Gestalt therapy in 2006 she becomes a member of the European Associations for Psychotherapy (EAP) and Gestalt Psychotherapy (EAGT). In 2010 she became a member of the Board of Appeal in the EAGT. In addition, she completed the training in supervision and the application of Gestalt therapy in organizations. In 2003 she founded the Psycho-Integrum Ltd. Sarajevo, Association for education and services, and from 2004 to the present, she organizes and implements the training program of Gestalt therapy in Sarajevo, in cooperation with the GPTIM. She is also engaged as a consultant in a variety of universities, helping organizations and international companies for psychotherapeutic support. During the war and postwar years in Bosnia and Hezegovina she has worked in various international organizations on various projects of reforms in Bosnia and Hezegovina, regarding the judiciary, civil society, corruption, etc.

Margareta Mesic

Margareta Mesić, univ.spec., is a clinical psychologist, certified Gestalt therapist, supervisor and trainer in basic course of training in Gestalt therapy. Since 2007 (Psihika ltd.), she has organized and conducted training in Gestalt psychotherapy according to the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute Malta (GPTIM) programme and has conducted individual and group psychotherapy and supervision. From 1999 to 2014 she worked in clinical practice with risk population groups, drug users, their families as well as in primary prevention and mental health. She is a member of the Commission for psychotherapy of the Croatian Psychological Chamber, a member of the Supervisory Board of the Croatian Psychological Chamber and a member of the Board of DGIPH. She is an associate teacher in HITUDIM for students training in psychotherapy to work with children and youth. She is a member EAGT, a founding member of the European Association for Therapeutic Work with Children and Youth (EIATCYP) and an associate member of the Croatian Association for Supervision (HDSOR).