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6th and 7th October 2022


the detailed programme

The CARe Network is welcoming you to a conference that brings together experiences and knowledge about recovery, open dialogue, experiential knowledge, and community inclusion.


The conference will emphasize social solidarity and worldwide support to Ukraine from the international community. Sharing stories of sorrow, hope and resilience, and developing a programme to support rebuilding lives and communities will be our contribution to social cohesion, social capital and inclusion at an international level. We especially focus on the support we can offer for restoring mental health services, and for psychological and social recovery.


The conference takes place in the ancient city of Split, located on the beautiful coast of the Adriatic Sea.


Venue: Meeting centre of the Bar Association, Zrinsko-Frankopanska street 8, Split, Croatia.


​The programme includes a mix of key-note presentations, workshops and creative activities.


Because the number of places is limited, please register as soon as possible.

October 5th, 2022

17:00 – 20:00 – Meet Feniks Split - optional


In Elementary school „Skalice“, Put Skalica 18, 21000, Split

Association for the promotion of mental health Feniks Split invites you to the Carpentry occupational therapy workshop LET'S ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES FOR MENTAL HEALTH.  We want to contribute to the end of all forms of marginalization, stigmatization, and social exclusion of people with mental health problems and offer concrete and quality content. The project is supported by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia, City of Split, and County Splitsko-dalmatinska.

During this year 22 workshops will result in handmade wooden seats and tables made for the open air Cinema under the stars, and an enriched small garden of Mediterranean plants in the area of the "Skalice" elementary school. Upon completion, pupils and teachers will have an open-air classroom for different workshops, film screenings, and other social events open to all interested citizens as an interactive space in the community.

The project's idea of social inclusion and breaking down prejudices was primarily intended for people with mental disabilities, however, all interested citizens are welcome to the workshops.

The aim of the activities of the Occupational Workshops is to strengthen our members' positive self-perception through concrete physical and craft work. Let's create something beautiful together!


Thursday 6th of October “Transforming and Enriching Mental Health Care”


8:30 – 9:00 Registration, signing up for workshops


9:00 – 9:40        


Pavel Říčan, Radmila Stojanovic Babic and Marina Vidovic on behalf of the organising committee.

Anka Slonjšak, Ombudsman for people with disabilities, Croatia, (video message)

Greetings from city officials, Split


9:40 – 10.10

The next step in deinstitutionalisation: connecting to the community, Jean Pierre Wilken, Dagmar Narusson and Aster Tooma


10:10 – 10:30 coffee / tea break


10:30 – 11:00    

The next step in developing recovery services: adding your experiential knowledge to mental health care, Alie Weerman


11:00– 12:30     

Parallel workshops

  1. Peers in action: Power of self-help with Dirk den Hollander and Zsuzsa Kondor

  2. Peers in action: Power of self-help with Zdenek Císař and Michal Kašpar


12:30 – 13:30 lunch


13:30 – 13:45

Open Dialogue, principles and practice

Dagmar Narusson


13:45 – 14:30 “Creating islands” interactive workshops with presenters


14:30 – 15:00 coffee / tea break


15:00 – 15:45 “Excursions – visiting islands and building bridges” sharing ideas and building connections


15:45 – 16:15 Lessons learnt – summary from the day


17:00 – 18:00 GAGA dance session – (40 to 50 people max.)

Discovering and strengthening the body and adding flexibility, stamina, agility, and skills

Nataša Novotná (locaton: Gradski kotar Spinut - City Council Spinut, Ul. Antuna Gustava Matoša 29,


Evening program – Tour with a guide in old Town of Split




Friday 7th of October “Building a support programme for recovery and community (re) building”


This day we concentrate on the new challenges connected with war events, how to find hope after experienced destruction, trauma and loss. To do so, we want to build on the knowledge collected on the previous day. We will share stories and experiences and develop together ideas and strategies that can be part of a psychosocial support program that can contribute to overcoming trauma and rebuilding communities.


9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and introduction of the day           


9:10 – 9:50 Stories of loss, resilience, and hope, Nino Makhashvili


9:50 – 10:50

Sharing experiences of oppression, trauma and recovery. What is needed to support resilience, recovery and community building?


Ukraine: Galyna Guk, Mykola Khomitskiy

Armenia: Lilit Baghdasaryan, Narine Khachatryan

Georgia: Nino Makhashvili


10:50 – 11:20 coffee / tea break


11:20 – 12:20

Sharing experiences of oppression, trauma and recovery. What is needed to support resilience, recovery and community building?


Kazakhstan: Bakytzhan Khudiyarov, Gulzhan Amageldinova

Kyrgyzstan:  Begaiym Borbieva, Aigul Alikanova

Croatia: Dolores Britvić


12:20 – 12:30 Wrap up of the morning


12:30 – 13:30 lunch


13:30 – 14:00 Refugees, return and entrepreneurship. Leendert de Bell


14:00 - 16:00 (coffee / tea break in between)

Developing ideas, strategies, and programs that can be used to support post-war recovery, trauma-informed mental health care and community (re)building.


16:00 - 16:30 Wrap up and closing of the conference

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