Round table: “Lost and Found – Vitality in Communities”

Giles Barrow (TSTA-E)

Ioana Cupșa (PTSTA-P)

Mihail Iordache (Psychologist, Psychotherapist)

Dan Solcan (History professor)

Flori-Ana Buzilă (Psychological counselor, Psychotherapist)

Moderator: Alina Rus (PTSTA-P)

Conference: Saturday, October 26th, 11.00 - 12.30

Just as the individual may go through traumatic events, so can groups of people (from families to larger society) go through periods and events that shake their existence and stunt their growth and identity. Nowadays, we can see many examples: war and economic refugees, ethnic minorities from many states, depopulated cities, areas with severe lack of resources, etc. Our guests will share their experience of working with these groups and together we will think about social responsibility and the impact we can make as mental health professionals.

Since his very early experience as a teacher he has been involved in outdoor education. He became qualified in leading expeditions to the mountains in the UK and Europe and frequently accompanied groups of adolescents during the beginning of his career in education. Since then, having now lived on a farm, his experience outdoors has focused much more on providing rural camping experiences for young people from the city. Sometimes the groups are of children with mental health issues, or who are experiencing crisis or hardship. Now his interest is far more about the role of the natural environment in bringing about being well in the world, rather than as simply a beautiful backdrop to the educational activity.

Flori Buzilă is a leading psychological counselor and psychotherapist as an independent practitioner, coordinator of the Anti-Mobbing/Bullying Department within the Institute for Trauma Study and Treatment. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Bucharest, of some masters and postgraduate programs in psychotherapy within the same faculty, as well as of a professional training in Italy focused on antimobbing counseling. She is currently practicing psychotherapy and psychological counseling in the office, and in parallel she carries out programs and interventions in organizations to improve the organizational climate, to increase employee satisfaction, to prevent discrimination and psychological harassment at the workplace and in schools.

She is a psychologist and psychotherapist Certified in Transactional Analysis, trainer and training supervisor, born in Timișoara and currently living and working both in Romania and in Switzerland, the adopting country for the last six years. Over time she has had the opportunity to experiment and learn about the phenomenon of cultural shock and its impact on identity, as part of her own life and her family´s life outside the borders of the country, living in two different countries and cultures: the United States of America and Switzerland. The present and future of the Romanian AT community are important to Ioana, because she feels connected to it by the contribution she had together with her colleagues, in laying the foundations of the National Association for Transactional Analysis and the first training program offered under the custody of the Association. She is glad and honored to be invited to this round table, a premiere for her. She wishes everyone an experience full of vitality.

Mihail Iordache is a psychotherapist in Transactional Analysis, in body psychotherapy and dance and movement psychotherapy. He is certified as an international trainer in non-formal education, anti-discrimination and alternative learning techniques. In the communities where he worked, he sometimes encountered mourning, loss, conflict and recovery processes. He is interested in the dynamics of these processes in the context of the cultural script and in the possibility of addressing the difficulties of the community using its own resources. He has given courses, conferences and workshops in Europe (Germany, Spain, Hungary, Belgium, Estonia, Lithuania, Scotland, Italy, Serbia, Albania, Ireland), Asia (Nepal, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Thailand, Myanmar), South America (Suriname), Middle East (Jordan) and Africa (Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo, Botswana, Tanzania, South Africa). Mihail also uses elements of social theater, participatory education, yoga and mindfulness when working with groups.

Dan Solcan has been a history teacher since 1992. He has worked with students not only in class hours (history and history as an optional class), but also outside them (including a very interesting study on a Roma community), in history projects and in related projects. of non-formal education. He is the coordinator of Club 3.14 («a club for making and taking ideas apart »), in which he has collaborated with several hundred students over the last seven years; The Club’s departments are: dance, music, theater, volunteering, essay, photography, drawing / painting, page layout (editing of magazines), film, public speaking (newly established). He is the coordinator of the theater group “treivirgulăpaișpe”, in which he has collaborated with about 100 students over the last four years. He is the author of the paper “La piété chez Plato: Une lecture conjuguée de l’Euthyphron et de l’Apologie de Socrate”, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2009.