[Romania] Three Webinars about Three Real Case Studies of Gender-Based Violence (Case discussions)

27 Apr 2020

We invite you to join our new webinars in which a social counsellour and a psychologist present three case studies on how gender-based violence affects children and young migrants in Romania.

Gender-based violence against children and young people is increasingly encountered by those working to assist vulnerable people in general and migrants in particular. Based on this premise, the Terre des hommes Foundation has identified the need for training specialists working in this field, and proposes a course to support them. The training will consist of 3 learning sessions (webinars), each built around a case study. All three of the cases that will be presented are real, but the victims will remain anonymous as the trainers are involved in their assistance activities.


1. 'Stockholm syndrome and how we identify abuse'

In the first webinar (7 May at 17:00 in Romania // 16.00 CET ), participants will learn how to easily recognize those vulnerable to abuse and neglect among migrant children and young people. The psycho-emotional consequences that these traumatic situations produce on the personality of those involved will also be highlighted and discussed. Stockholm syndrome, which is very common in children abused by parents or others close to them for long periods of time, describes a victim's attachment to their aggressor, and will be addressed through practical examples. 

Click here to sign up for the 7 May webinar. 


2. 'From intervention to solution'

In the second webinar (11 May at 17:00 in Romania // 16.00 CET ), models of inter-institutional and multidisciplinary intervention into cases of sexual abuse will be presented, and participants will be invited to identify new solutions to overcome difficulties in their daily practice. 

Click here to sign up for the 11 May webinar.  


3. 'Cultural differences: how they change social intervention'

In the third webinar (14 May at 17.00 in Romania // 16.00 CET ), our specialist will describe how cultural differences sometimes make social and medical intervention difficult by using a a specific example of genital mutilation.

Click here to sign up for the 14 May webinar.


Both specialists presenting the webinars come from the Icar Foundation, and have vast experience in the social field. 

Elena Pătrățeanu is a coordinating social counsellour at the ICAR Foundation, an organization that provides medical, social, psychological and integration services to asylum seekers and refugees in Romania. Elena has a bachelor's degree in communication, a master's degree in Islamic studies and more than 6 years of experience working with vulnerable groups, such as survivors of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment and sexual and gender-based violence. She is also a trainer, certified by the Romanian National Qualifications Authority, and has provided training to public authorities and NGOs on topics such as working methods with refugees, identifying refugee vulnerabilities, social rights of asylum seekers, social assistance models in working with migrants, etc. In 2016, Elena was selected as a Professional Fellow for the US State Department Professional Fellows On-Demand Program for NGO leaders working with refugee communities in Europe. Within the ICAR Foundation, she has worked with asylum seekers, refugees, third-country nationals and undocumented migrants, gaining valuable experience working for and with migrants, implementing social counselling and assistance models that involve clients directly, and by focusing on their active participation and feedback to promote customer integration and well-being.

Anca Bucur is a trainer, psychologist and psychotherapist. She has worked for over 10 years at the ICAR Foundation rehabilitating victims of torture and other inhuman and degrading treatment. She has taken courses and attended trainings both in Romania and abroad, specializing in the field of trauma psychotherapy. She has thus acquired excellent skills in working with traumatized people. Anca is a trainer accredited by the National Authority for Qualifications. She has great experience both in supporting specialization and adult training courses, as well as their didactic design — being involved in numerous European course development projects dedicated to specialists  working in the field of migration and dealing with severely traumatized people. She has also gained a wealth of experience working with children, young people and adolescents as a school psychologist. She is well-versed in interactive learning methods to activate and motivate working groups appropriate to the proposed purpose.


The BRIDGE project is implemented under the lead of the Terre des hommes Regional Office for Europe together with partners from Belgium (Defense for Children International DCI-Belgium and FEDASIL), Greece (ARSIS), Malta (Kopin) and Romania (Tdh Romania), and has the general objective to strengthen the statutory response to GBV affecting children and young people on the move in EU countries. 

The BRIDGE project is supported by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014–2020).

The content of the case discussion studies represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.

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