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Coping & Resilience International Conference

October 3-6, 2009, Dubrovnik - Cavtat, Croatia 


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International Conference, Coping and Resilience, Dubrovnik 2009

There is only one place on earth called Dubrovnik and all the excitement of this city will be captured in an exciting conference program and after conference extensions that will make your week to ten days in Europe completely memorable.

Keynote lectures:

Phillip Zimbardo, Ervin Staub, Michael D. Clark, Lena Dominelli and Cynthia Eriksson.


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3 October 2010: Gallery 1-A, Gallery 1-B,

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Coping & Resilience International Conference Dubrovnik 2009

The Coping & Resilience International Conference Dubrovnik 2009 (C&R Dubrovnik 2009) will bring together practitioners, researchers, community activists and academics working in the trans-disciplinary area of human coping with diverse challenging life circumstances and interested in the fascinating capacity of human resilience to most adverse life events. The conference aims to advance evidence-based practices in resilience promotion and hope building. It will look at interplay of individual, family, community and social responsibility factors in resilience and provide directions for future practice and research. It will create the most stimulating forum for people interested in the central themes of coping and resilience who will not want to miss this platform to listen to and learn from each other. The C&R Conference Dubrovnik 2009 will attract participants from all continents keen to advance collaboration and networking among different regions and professional fields.

The conference will be held from 3rd to 6th October, 2009, in the world famous area of Dubrovnik, at the location in Cavtat which is the pearl of the south Adriatic Sea.

Conference themes

Given the variety of approaches to studying coping and resilience issues and practicing skills to enhance both, the conference will provide a forum for addressing them from very different perspectives. Some of the illustrative topics are listed bellow:

  • Cross-cultural patterns of coping with hardships
  • Coping patterns and resilience factors in migration and acculturation
  • Personal and developmental factors in coping and resilience
  • Interventions for children and youth to enhance resilience in adverse circumstances
  • Strengths based practice in child protection and child safety
  • Resilience after loss and grief
  • Poverty, structural inequalities and and human resilience: implications for policy making
  • Challenges of coping with disability
  • Gender issues in coping and resilience
  • Resilience mechanisms in recovery from individual and collective trauma
  • Posttraumatic growth after extreme suffering
  • Challenges of reconciliation in multi-ethnic and post-conflict societies
  • Best practices in helping individuals in crisis
  • Best practices in empowering communities facing crisis and disasters
  • Asset-based community development
  • Spirituality as a coping resource
  • Spirituality, healing systems, alternative therapies and meditation in enhancing resilience
  • Remote rural communities, indigenous people and coping with life challenges
  • Strengthening resilience through e-communities and use of information technology

Who will be at the conference?

The range of applied, clinical, scientific, legal, social and policy issues that will be addressed in the conference program make it directly relevant to psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, rehabilitation consultants, counsellors and psychotherapists, GPs and medical specialists; cultural anthropologists, youth workers, NGO activists, community and humanitarian workers; spiritual leaders; emergency service and disaster workers, defence, police; justice and legal professionals, human rights advocates and policy makers; researchers, academics and educators. In short the conference will be a blend of practitioners, researchers, consumers, and decision makers.



Sponsors of the Coping and Resilience 2009 International Conference


The Doha International Institute for
Family Studies and Development is
one of the proud sponsors of the 
Coping and Resilience 2009,
International Conference organised 
by The Brisbane Institute of
Strengths Based Practice
AusAID of the Australian Government is one of the 
proud sponsors of the Coping and Resilience 2009 
International Conference organised by the Brisbane Institute of 
Strengths Based Practice

AusAID is responsible for managing Australia's overseas aid program. The objective of the aid program is to assist developing countries reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia's national interest.

AusAID provides advice and support to the Minister and Parliamentary Secretary on development policy, and plans and coordinates poverty reduction activities in partnership with developing countries.

AusAID's head office is in Canberra. AusAID also has representatives in 25 Australian diplomatic missions overseas.

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The Community Connections
is one of the proud sponsors
of the Coping and Resilience
2009, International Conference 
organised by The Brisbane
Institute of Strengths Based Practice.

Community Connections is a non-government organisation
which  supports people with a disability to achieve an  
ordinary life. Its objectives are to develop capacity for 
natural support  networks, minimise dependence on paid 
service and maximise inclusion in the community.


Venkat Pulla, Ph.D., MAASW (Accredited)
Brisbane Institute for Strengths Based Practice (BISBP), Australia


Dinka Corkalo Biruski, Chair
Department of Psychology, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Marina Ajdukovic
School of Social Work, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Lesley Chenoweth
School of Social Work, Griffith University, Australia

Dusko Sekulic
Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Raija - Lena Punamaki
University of Tampere, Finland and European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS)

Michael Wessells
Columbia University, USA


Dean Ajdukovic, Chair
SPA, Croatia

Peter Binyon, Vice Chair

Dragan Bombek

Petra Drazic

Dubravka Horvaticek

Dragan Jusupovic

Chris Montgomery


Zahava Solomon

Yael Danieli
New York, USA

Sven Hessle
Stockholm, Sweden

Veronika Ispanovic
Belgrade, Serbia

Juergen Nowak
Berlin, Germany (TBC)

Merle Friedman
Johannesburg, South Africa

Nora Sveaass
Oslo, Norway


Dean Ajdukovic, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the Department of Psychology and Head of the Chair of Social Psychology, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He is the head of the Chair for social psychology, and former chairperson of the Department and past director of Postgraduate Psychology Program. He has extensive experience in working with refugees and victims of organized violence, social reconstruction and mental health interventions in communities affected by violence and social transition, especially in work with families exposed to violence. He has published over 90 papers in journals and books in Croatian, English, Macedonian, Russian and Albanian and he has lectured in a number of centers of excellence in the US and Europe. He serves as consultant and trainer in a number of countries on psychosocial program development and evaluation, trauma and violence, NGO strengthening, community crisis interventions. He has been often invited to work in countries affected by upheaval such as Albania, Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ingushetia. He is president of the Society for Psychological Assistance (SPA), a regional mental health non-governmental organization based in Zagreb, Croatia, member of the Council of the International Society for Health and Human Rights (ISHHR, since 1998) and past president (2003-2005) and Board member (1997-2007) of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS).



Venkat PullaVenkat Pulla, PhD is President of Brisbane Institute of Strengths based Practice. Venkat is an accredited Senior Practitioner of Social Work well recognised in Australia and overseas as a highly committed trainer of human values and strengths based social work practice frameworks. Venkat is Vice President of the Australian Association of Social Workers and is a member of the accreditation panel for schools of social work in Australia.

Venkat spent some 14 years in teaching social work and a couple of years in training public sector management through DFID Projects in Metros India. In India he received a Fellowship of the Ashoka International Foundation in Washington and received other supports to become an international travelling activist/ lecturer for two years covering countries such as Germany, Netherlands, UK, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India and the USA, presenting on the inextricable relationships between He moved to Australia in 1992 and became the foundation Head of Social Work at the Northern Territory University, Darwin. Since 1996 Venkat worked extensively with refugees and migrants being the Acting Coordinator of Brisbane Migrant Resource Centre. Later, he moved to public sector to work in Child Protection amongst other areas. He holds a Senior Social Work position in the Disability Services of the State of Queensland.


3 October 2010: Gallery 1-A, Gallery 1-B,

3 & 4 October 2010: Gallery 3, Gallery 4



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