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First International CBT Conference in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Banja Luka

June 6-9, 2013


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June 6-7, 10:00-17:00

Pre-Conference Workshops

June 7, 18:00-20:00

Keynote Speeches and Welcome Cocktail Party

June 8, 8:30-19:00

Conference Activities

June 8, 19:00-21:00

Gala Dinner

June 9, 8:30-14:45

Conference Activities

June 9, 14:45-15:00

Closing Ceremony

June 9, 15:00-20:00

Rafting Excursion & Vrbas Canyon Party

List of Lecturers
in alphabetical order

Fragiskos Gonidakis is a psychiatrist currently working at the 1st Psychiatric Department of Athens University Medical School. In 2010 he was elected Lecturer of Psychiatry in Athens University, Medical School. He is the co-ordinator of the Eating Disorders Unit since 2011. He has been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Systemic Family Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. He is the present chairman of Hellenic Association for Behavioral Reasearch (member of EABCT). Together with Ass. Professor E. Varsou he is co-ordinating a two year training cource on cognitive behavioral therapy for eating disorders organized by the Hellenic Association for Behavioral Reasearch. Dr Fragiskos Gonidakis is the co-author of 2 books on Eating Disorders. One on Anorexia Nervosa and one on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders. A third book on eating disorders for sufferers and families in currenty in press.

Giovanni Miselli is a Clinical Psychologist and a Psychotherapist. Graduated from Parma University and completed his PhD at IULM University in Milan. Currently serves in the Italian NHS Program for Autism and DGS working with Family and Children. He is a member of the Board of IESCUM, the ABA International Italian Chapter, a Charter Member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science,  and ACT-Italia (ACBS Italian Chapter) First President, is actively involved in the application and research of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Italy since 2005. From the beginning of his training in University studies the processes and applications of behavior analysis to clinical and training. Its theoretical and experiential training includes direct training and collaborations with authors such as S. Hayes, P.N. Chase, K. Wilson, J. Pistorello, R. Anchisi and P. Moderato.

Giovanni Zucchi is  clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. Graduated from Parma University and completed his Master's degree in Psychological Interventions programming received from the University of Parma. He graduated with honors in psychotherapy in 2010, at the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences of Parma. Since October 2005, he is Assistant Psychologist at Private Hospital "Villa Maria Luigia" Monticelli Terme. Since 2005 he has been actively involved in the study, research and use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and new applications of behavioral science. Was formed directly from the leading experts in cognitive behavioral therapy and, in particular, treatment of third generation (including R. Anchisi, L. Greenberg, R. Kohlenberg, A. Marlatt, F. Meleo-Meyer, P. Moderate, C. Papageorgiou, C. Sica, S. Hayes, M. Tsai, A. Wells, K. Wilson, J. Young).

Igor Krnetić is an Assistant Professor of psychotherapy and psychopathology at the University of Banja Luka and a president of the Centre for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He is an ACT therapist, Associate Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute, New York and Certified Supervisor for RE&CBT. He is owner of the first private psychological practice in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is a representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the European Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies as well as a representative of the Western Balkans Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He is the author of numerous scientific articles, most of which are in the area of ​​cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Kelly G. Wilson is an Associate Professor of psychology at the University at Mississippi. He is Past President of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. Wilson has devoted himself to the development and dissemination of ACT and its underlying theory and philosophy for the past 20 years, and has published numerous articles and chapters, as well as 6 books including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change and his newest books Mindfulness for Two and Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong. He has central interests in the application of behavioral principles to understanding topics such as purpose, meaning and values, therapeutic relationship, and mindfulness. Wilson is the founder of Onelife Education and Training, LLC and has presented workshops and provided consultancy in 20 countries.

Paul Salkovskis is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science. In 2010 he was appointed Programme Director for the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme at Bath. Previously he was Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science and Clinical Director in the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma at the Institute of Psychiatry (2000-2010). At the University of Oxford (1985-2000) he worked on theoretical, experimental and clinical applications of cognitive theory, particularly in the area of anxiety disorders and hypochondriasis (health anxiety). He was appointed to a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship, focusing on the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder and health anxiety. He has published numerous articles and chapters, as well as 7 books including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychiatric Problems: A Practical Guide (translated into local language).

Sonja V. Batten is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the area of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy since 1995. She is an expert in traumatic stress and works on national mental health policy for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. She is the President-Elect of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, has provided extensive training in ACT internationally, and is the author of the well received book, "Essentials of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy."

Tatjana Vukosavljević-Gvozden, a psychologist and Associate Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute in New York and Certified Supervisor for RE&CBT. She is also Certified Psychoanalyst and an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Belgrade. She is a member of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies Serbia, Belgrade Psychoanalytic Society and the International Psychoanalytic Association. She has published about 40 articles, books "The Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy" (2009) and "Empathy and Self Image" (2002), and a manual "Theory and Practice of Psychotherapy and Counseling" (2007). She is editor of the book "Psychoanalysis after Freud: Development of the Relational Perspective" (2007).

Vladan Beara, a psychologist and Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute in New York. He is working at the Centre for War Trauma Program at position of Director, Trainer and Supervisor, as well as in REBT PRAXIS Center for Psychotherapy and Counseling in Novi Sad. Since 1995 he works with war-traumatized individuals, leads trainings for psychotherapy and counseling with PTSD patients, and supervises professionals. Since 2003, together with his colleague Dr Miljanović, he works on development of comprehensive model for the reintegration of veterans in the post-war society. With his colleague Dr. Miljanovići he published a book: " Oh, where Have You Been, My Blue-eyed Son?: A Contribution to Understanding War Trauma"

Zorica Maric, a psychologist and director of REBT Training Center in Belgrade. She is Associate Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute in New York and Certified Supervisor for RE&CBT since 1997. She provides trainings and seminars in the Serbia as well as abroad, and supervises psychologists and psychiatrists from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Turkey, Georgia and Sweden. She has published numerous papers, written several manuals for trainees in CBT training and wrote a chapter  "Rational emotive behavior therapy" in the book "Psychotherapy" edited by Dušan Stojnov.