Psycho-social interventions with children and families

Short presentation of the programme:

This program’s goal is to facilitate the development of professionals’ practice skills of working with children and families in the social, educational and health sectors. During their training the students will acquire theoretical knowledge and the most recent scientific data in the field of individual development and family relations and how those are related to children’s rights policies. They will learn about and practice skills, innovative methods and interventions in working with specific groups of children and families and will gain international perspective on the priority areas related to child and family developments in EU and globally.

The specific groups of children and families central to this program are:

● Children living in abusive and neglectful environment,

● Children living in residential services,

● Children in conflict with the law,

● Victims of trafficking, physical, and sexual abuse,

● Children involved in prostitution,

● Children with disabilities and their families,

● Children of different ethnic groups and cultures (Roma children, refugees, etc.),

● Children and families living in poverty,

● Children of parents working abroad,

● Children with chronic conditions (eg. HIV-positive children).

This program is designed for those applicants who have experience in working with children and families in social services, in the school and the health sectors. Applicants from other sectors are invited to apply too. The prerequisite for them is to take additional courses offered in the preparatory term before starting the internship section of the program aimed at acquiring skills for working with at-risk children and managing services for at-risk children.

The major goal of the program is to provide the students with the necessary knowledge and skills for implementing the Casework approach. Therefore, its central section is internhips under supervision. During the internship the students will integrate the acquired knowledge in their working with children and families developing specific skills used in the process of assessing, planning, and implementing interventions aimed at providing a safe for children in family and community life.

The program team will provide the students with the opportunity to:

- Practice Casework,

- Work in multidisciplinary teams,

- Understand the dynamics of professional-client relations,

- Understand and manage relationships within the multidisciplinary team,

- Understand the philosophy and ethical standards of modern practice in working with children, as well as the skills to apply them elsewhere,

- Using modern training methods, online discussions with lecturers and students from other European universities, participating in international webinars, use of online training resources in the field of child protection,

- Use this knowledge obtained to ensure the quality of their work, and to improve their professional environment.

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Psycho-social interventions with children and families
  • assoc. prof. Ekaterina Todorova, PhD PIDM528 The Child at Risk. Learning Difficulties
  • assoc. prof. Zlatka Mihova, Ph.D BEHM800 Dynamic Psychology PIDM501 Human Relations and Individual Development PIDM506 The Strengths Perspective in Working with Children and Families PIDM522 Social Work with Families. Psycho-Social Interventions PIDM529 Internship
  • Assoc. Prof. Margarita Stankova, Ph.D. BEHM803 Psychopathology, Adults PIDM502 Neurobiological Foundations of Developmental Disturbances PIDM517 The Child at Risk, Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders PIDM523 The Child at Risk. Mental Retardation and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • chief.assist. Polina Mihova, PhD PIDM515 Procedures, Implementation, and Management in Social Services
  • assoc. prof. Rumen Petrov, MD, Ph.D PIDM504 Casework: A Method for Individualized Care in Social Work PIDM505 The Child at Risk. Violence, Neglect, and Effects on the Development of the Individual the Family, and the Community PIDM509 Workshop: Policy of Deinstitutionalisation PIDM511 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Social Work. Part 2 PIDM521 Workshop: Social Work with Children with Multiple Needs PIDM527 Communities and Community Services - Development and Management
  • Assoc. Prof. Haralan Alexandrov, PhD BEHM801 Social Policy Analysis BEHM804 Psychology of Human Relations PIDM512 The Child at Risk. Exclusion from Community Life: Working in the Community and with the Community PIDM516 Social Policy, Communities, and Culture PIDM520 Workshop: Social Policy
  • Assist. Prof. Lubomir Djalev, Ph.D. PIDM524 Monitoring of Reforms and Impact Evaluation
  • Radostina Antonova PIDM512 The Child at Risk. Exclusion from Community Life: Working in the Community and with the Community PIDM513 Social Work with Families: Good Practices and Approaches PIDM525 Intervision, Supervision, and Mentoring in Social Work PIDM527 Communities and Community Services - Development and Management
  • Antoaneta Mateeva, PhD BEHM802 Introduction to Social Work PIDM504 Casework: A Method for Individualized Care in Social Work PIDM514 The Child at Risk. Sensory Disturbances PIDM515 Procedures, Implementation, and Management in Social Services PIDM516 Social Policy, Communities, and Culture PIDM524 Monitoring of Reforms and Impact Evaluation
  • chief assist. Galina Markova, PhD BEHM800 Dynamic Psychology BEHM802 Introduction to Social Work PIDM501 Human Relations and Individual Development PIDM506 The Strengths Perspective in Working with Children and Families PIDM507 The Child at Risk. Vulnerable Children at an Early Age - Children in Institutions and Residential Care PIDM508 Practice: Development of Case Formulation, Assessment and Intervention Plan PIDM510 Internship: Psycho-Social Programs for Families at Risk – Integrated Approach: Legal, Psycho-Social and Health Care Procedures PIDM518 Practice: Development of Case Formulation PIDM519 Practice: Case Work with Children Migrants and Unaccompanied Children. Family Inclusion PIDM525 Intervision, Supervision, and Mentoring in Social Work PIDM529 Internship
  • PIDM503 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Social Work. Part 1
  • Slavina Lozanova, PhD PIDM514 The Child at Risk. Sensory Disturbances
  • Yana Katsarova, PhD PIDM505 The Child at Risk. Violence, Neglect, and Effects on the Development of the Individual the Family, and the Community
  • PIDM503 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Social Work. Part 1 PIDM513 Social Work with Families: Good Practices and Approaches
  • Martin Nikolov, PhD PIDM502 Neurobiological Foundations of Developmental Disturbances