Peace & Positive Psychology Pilot Program in Europe
Hi, thanks for requesting your SLV.Global Info Pack for our pilot program in Europe. Our Peace & Positive Psychology Program in Europe has been created for people who have a passion for global mental health and who are keen to explore approaches to the treatment of mental health in a post-conflict environment.
This will be the first mental health placement or program we run outside of Asia, and it has been designed to provide participants with unparalleled, greater insight into mental health treatment in Europe; an area geographically and culturally closer to the vast majority of our volunteers’ backgrounds. The program will focus specifically on post-conflict psychology, and the modalities involved in their treatment; peace & positive psychology.
As the Program is still in the making at this stage, this will be a pilot program. With reduced fees, you will get the chance to experience the program in its early stages, absorbing all the knowledge from seminars, workshops and visits that you will take part in. In return, we look forward to your feedback so we can continue to evolve the program. The team leaders will be the founders of the organisation, which should mean that you are in good hands!
The program, which runs for 10 days, begins with a weekend in fun, bustling Budapest, continuing on to historical Zagreb for four days and ending with three days in the idyllic Croatian coastal city of Sibenik. In this short time, you will learn about post-conflict psychology, PTSD, peace and positive psychology, body movement psychotherapy and meditation.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The program will have two distinct focusses: Peace Psychology & Positive Psychology. The thematics of post-conflict reconciliation, and the program’s basis in Eastern Europe stems from the dissolution of the country of Yugoslavia and the immense effects this social and cultural change had on the population.
Peace psychology is a subfield of psychology and peace research that works with the psychological aspects of peace, conflict, violence, and war. The peace psychology portion of the program will take part in Zagreb. Seminars and workshops pertaining to this part of the programme are run in partnership with the Vrapče Psychiatric Hospital, the Society of Psychological Assistance and the Rehabilitation Centre for Stress & Trauma in Zagreb.
These workshops allow you to gain first-hand exposure to institutions and organizations that focus on the psychological aspects of the reduction and resolution of conflicts. In addition to visiting their workplaces, their teams will run interactive, practical workshops on current topics, discussing treatment of mental health concerns in former Yugoslavia, and this region’s psychological approaches to the European migrant crisis.
During the program, all sessions are run by local professionals, including clinical psychologists working on the frontline with a variety of disenfranchised client groups including; refugees, individuals affected by PTSD and other mental health concerns.
Positive Psychology, on the other hand, is the study of what makes life worth living, and the discipline of focusing on the positive aspects of life, rather than dwelling on the negative. This portion of the program, which will be taking place in Budapest and Sibenik, is designed to provide you with the knowledge and tools to improve your own life first, so you can then go on to improve the lives of others.
Throughout your time, our workshop leaders from will take you on experiential journeys through diverse exercises and experiences, sessions aimed at discovering and developing the best version of you, and using movement as medicine. There will be optional yoga and meditation classes, suitable for both the absolute beginner and those with more experience in mindfulness practices.
The first weekend will be spent in the magnificent city of Budapest which is the birthplace of the Father of Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, one of the most cited psychologists of our time across various disciplines of psychology. The program will continue from Budapest to Croatia’s vibrant capital of Zagreb for a week of peace psychology seminars and workshops. Late on Thursday evening we will travel South by coach to spend the final 3 days in Croatia's stunning coastal city of Sibenik, exploring positive psychology modalities.
Participants are welcome to arrive between the first Friday from 3 pm, and Saturday at 12 noon. The closest airport to the start of the program is Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD). Please make your way from the airport to the hostel to meet the team and get settled in. If you arrive on the Friday, you will have time to explore and stay in the hostel for the night.
The program will begin at 1pm on Saturday.
**This is a sample schedule designed to give you an idea of what you can expect. Workshops are subject to change.
At the end of the program, the closest airport for your onward travels will be Resnik Airport, the International Airport serving the city of Split, Croatia. Please book evening flights as you will have workshops on your last day.
What's Included in Your Program Fees?
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Shared dormitories will have 6-8 single bed in each room, plus bathrooms. Classic, no frills european Hostels vibe. In all locations, you will live together with other participants of the Program in shared dormitory accommodation. You will have evenings free to explore the sights for yourselves.
Breakfasts will be provided by the hostels. Due to the mixed nature schedule you will be given time to go find local cafes and restaurants for both lunch and dinner. Breakfast is included in the fees but lunch and dinner is covered by you.
+ 30+ hours of interactive training and practice
This program has a relaxed schedule and you will have free time to explore the beautiful surroundings of Europe. You'll be learning directly from mental health professionals working on the frontline.
+ Certificate of Learning - proof this is not a holiday!
We will provide you with an electronic certificate after you have completed the programme.
+ Support - we got you!
Our incredible team will be there to support you the whole time and are on call 24/7.
All transportation within Europe for the duration of the scheduled program is included in your fees. The team will meet at the first hostel on the Friday your program starts. You will be greeted by a member of the team and settled in to meet the other members of the team.
Any transport in your free time is your responsibility, but we have positioned the accommodation to be in the heart of both Zagreb and Sibenik so only walking should be necessary.
What’s Not Included?
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From London Approx £80 - £200.
Visas will be necessary depending on where you will be travelling from. EU/EEA citizens are free to travel between EU countries without needing a visa. Please check to see if you will need a visa from your home country.
+ Travel Insurance
Safety first!! Travel insurance is usually approximately £30 - £70, but will vary depending on the type of policy you will be needing.
+ Spending Money
Croatia and Hungary are both known for being cheaper than the average European country but as with all tourist destinations it is best to eat local! We suggest around £15 - 20 per day for both lunch and dinner.
£5 can get you a sandwich or slice of pizza from a deli with a soft drink. The tap water is safe to drink in Croatia & Hungary, so you really don’t need to worry about buying bottled water.
Pro tip: Bring a reusable water bottle to fill up and you're good to go!
Your evenings are free to do as you please and a night out can cost as much or as little as you choose!
+ Do I need experience to join the Peace & Positive Psychology Program?
Because we don't work with service users on this program, everyone is welcome to join us irrespective of experience! The only thing you will need is a keen interest in global mental health.
+ What should participants wear during the program?
Please dress smartly for the visits to the Psychiatric hospitals and organisations. It will be Croatia's summertime and will be hot so feel free to wear clothes that are lightweight - think "would a Mental Health Professional wear this?".
For the yoga and meditation, you'll need loose-fitting, comfortable clothing you can stretch in.
+ What support does SLV.Global provide on the program?
We're with you and on call 24/7 during the week and are always around if you have questions or need a bit of extra support during the course of the week.
+ Can I fundraise to pay the fees?
Absolutely! Most of our team make the most of the support their universities offer. From grants to bursaries, it's always worth investigating any options that might be available to you. If you've already finished university we recommend setting up a fundraising page.
+ What kind of luggage should I bring?
Due to the nature of the program, we will be moving around a lot between cities and hostels, so we recommend bringing hand luggage as it will make the moving process easier.