Psychological support to a 8-year-old boy in a counselling centre in Croatia: case discussion in Serbo-Croatian

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Durda Štefanec is a psychologist, specializing in the cognitive-behavioral therapy. Durda received a boy (aged 8 years) for a treatment into the Counseling center in Zagreb, Croatia. Boy is experiencing difficulties in learning, but also occasional aggressive turns to self and others. He is a child of divorced parents and he is living with his father. The mother has a new family and lives outside of Croatia. Boy is communicating with his mother by Skype on a weekly basis. In the school he feels isolated and also says that he has no friends. He rarely smiles and often avoids answering questions that Durda asks him. He is included in the prevention workshops where he has difficulty in relationships with peers.

The psychologist asks what interventions to use in working with the child and how much focus in their work she should put on the father.

Discussion will be organized in a way that respects the identity of the family/child involved in the treatment.

Language of the discussion - Serbo-Croatian.

Date and time for case discussion: 
01 Mar 2016 - 2:00pm
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Learning points: 

- It is important to inform the mother about the child's involvement in Counseling center
- It is important to examine the relationship between father with his parents to see if their anger is transferred to a boy
- It is really important to work individually with the boy and to present counselor as a positive role model
- It is commendable that the child is further involved in the prevention workshops in the local community for socialization
- It is important to examine the reasons why child speaks English and not Croatian. Supervisor stated option that a child in this way is trying to establish a relationship with his mother

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