Preconference "Growing resilience: researching beyond academia"

ERFCON2017 PRECONFERENCE RESILIENCEIt is our pleasure to invite you to the preconference event
Growing resilience: researching beyond academia

This one-day conference will be held on 16th of May 2017, a day before ERFCON 2017 conference. The preconference is organized by the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb and the project Specific characteristics of families at risk: contribution to complex interventions planning (FamResPlan), that is supported by the Croatian Science Foundation.

The preconference event will explore many different aspects of resilience with the emphasis on meaningfully engaging youth and communities in the research process so that we can change social structures that support adversity in order to foster resilience of people at risk for social exclusion.

With the focus on youth and community engagement, the main questions at the conference are:
How do academic researchers include people at risk for social exclusion into research, as partners? Could that be a first step toward their inclusion into society? How to integrate resilience theory, research, practice and policy with the aim of supporting health, wellbeing and social justice? How to create practice friendly science along with evidence – based practice? How to best share findings with both policy makers and the public?

Some of the answers to these questions, as well as examples of comprehensive co-productive research, will be offered by two excellent and well known resilient researches: Professor Linda Liebenberg (Dalhousie University, Canada) and Professor Angie Hart (University of Brighton, UK).
Both have conducted extensive research internationally, and have a wealth of knowledge and experience in conducting co-productive resilience focused research.

Along with them, other researchers, practitioners, policy makers, service users will examine what resilience research is telling us about the ways of fostering healthy responses when faced with risk and adversity.

We believe this preconference will offer an exciting and innovative space for many passionate and creative people in the field to share their ideas and develop further cooperation.

The discussion on resilience will continue at the main ERFCON 2017 conference, where the celebrated Ann Masten will present a plenary lecture.

We are very happy to welcome you in Zagreb, Croatia, on 16th of May, 2017!


The ERFCON 2017 PRECONFERENCE Growing resilience: researching beyond academia invites presentation proposals in the following topics:

  1. Overcoming structural inequalies: how to change unequal rights and opportunities in order to foster resilience of children, youth and adult at risk?
  2. Ways of building participation of people at risk for social exclusion into research
  3. Use of resilience research results (resilience of individuals, families and communities) to create evidence-based and practice-friendly interventions
  4. Presentation of reselience research designs
    During one breakout session junior as well as senior researchers will have opportunity to present their research design on resilience and they will get opportunity to discuss their design with keynote speakers. PhD students are especially welcome here!


SYMPOSIUM (4 - 5 presentation around one topic, 90 minutes)


16 MAY 2017
Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences
Campus Borongaj, Borongajska cesta 83f, Zagreb


50 €


Deadline for proposal submission: 5 April, 2017
Notification to authors of paper acceptance or Notification of acceptance: 15 April, 2017
Deadline for application: 5 May, 2017

Abstracts should be submitted online via the Comet system.
All abstracts should be submitted and presented in English.


LLLinda Liebenberg, PhD., is a leading researcher and evaluator in the field of youth wellbeing and community resilience. Her core interest is children and youth with complex needs. Her work explores the promotion of positive youth development and mental health, using formal and informal processes of resilience, including community development, through both evaluation of service provision and research of youth experiences. As a key component of this work, Linda reflects critically on the best ways in which to conduct research and evaluations with children and their communities (including multiple service providers). These approaches include participatory image-based methods; sophisticated longitudinal quantitative designs; and the design of measurement instruments used with children and youth. Linda’s work emphasises culturally sensitive approaches and she has a long history working with historically and socioeconomically marginalised communities. Linda consults internationally and offers training in conducting research with children, youth and their communities, data analysis, writing and dissemination, as well as researcher self-care. She has published extensively, and presented on all five continents, on culturally and contextually meaningful approaches to promoting positive psychosocial outcomes of children and youth as well as the ways in which this can be researched and evaluated.

AHAngie Hart, PhD., is Professor of Child, Family and Community Health at the University of Brighton. In collaboration with community practitioners, service users and students she has published widely on resilience based approaches to supporting children and families. Angie also coordinates the efforts of a group of academics, students and community members who live and breathe collaborative resilience research and practice development, in Brighton and beyond ( Together they have developed Resilient Therapy and a Resilience Framework, both of which can be used to help children and families having challenging times. She has also developed the Academic Resilience Approach, a free to access web-based intervention for schools ( Angie’s resilience research profile is underpinned by professional experience as a mental health practitioner and personal experience as the parent of three children adopted from the care system.


AnnMastenThe workshop "Promoting Resilience in Early Childhood: Translating Science into Action" will describe a resilience framework for action and discuss examples of interventions designed to promote positive development in young high-risk children. Early childhood is a window of opportunity to build a foundation for learning and competence leading to success in school. Professor Ann Masten will illustrate strategies from her research on families at risk due to homelessness and poverty, with a particular focus on executive function skills as a key foundation for school readiness.



08:30 - 09:00 REGISTRATION
Welcome coffee
09:30 - 10:15

Linda Liebenberg
Engaging youth & their communities in resilience research: Creating partnerships for success

10:15 - 11:00

Angie Hart
Developing co-productive resilience research to impact inequalities

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 13:00






Resilience at different levels and populations: studies conducted at Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences


Family resilience – from theoretical framework and research to the practice-friendly interventions
Berc, G. Kokorić, S.B.
University of Zagreb, Croatia

Assessing family resilience in a multicomponent program with adolescent at risk and their families
Gomila, M.A., Orte, C., Ballester, L., Amer, J., Vives, M.
University of Baleric Islands, Spain

Growing resilience of children and adolescents of divorced parents
Batić, D.
Faculty of Security Skopje, Macedonia

Perceived Financial Difficulties and Adolescents' Well – being: The Role of Parental Monitoring
Rezo, I., Ajduković, M., Kletečki Radović, M.
University of Zagreb, Croatia

Do vulnerable families have resources? The perspective of professionals of the program P.I.P.P.I. in Italy
Ius, M.
University of Padua, Italy

Connection Between Resilience and the Criminal Justice System
Tomita, M.
University of Timisoara, Romania

The Family Relation with Young Offenders in Criminal Justice System
Ungureanu, R., Tomita, M.
University of Timisoara, Romania

The role of media coverage in supporting vulnerability and resilience in child sexual abuse (CSA) survivors: Content analysis of online CSA news and comments
Popović, S.
University of Rijeka, Croatia

Strengthening the collaboration between health and education sector in adapting national graduation exam’s technology for pupils with special educational needs and severe health conditions
Horvatić, S., Pavić, Šimetin, I., Stančić, Z.
University of Zagreb, Croatia

The Role of Resilience given the risk and outcomes of people with depression: Ph.D. thesis research design proposal
Vranko, M.
University Psychiatric Hospital Vrapče, Croatia

Research of individual resilience: adolescents in Children’s homes in Croatia
Maurović, I., Žižak, A.
University of Zagreb

Research of family resilience: high school students and their parents perspective
Ferić, M., Maurović, I., Mihić, J., Ratkajec Gašević, G., Žižak, A.
Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences , University of Zagreb

Family resilience: youth at risk and parents perspective
Žižak, A., Ferić, M., Maurović, I., Mihić, J., Ratkajec Gašević, G.
Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences , University of Zagreb

Some aspects of individual resilience in relation to family resilience: college students perspective
Mihić, J., Ferić, M., Maurović, I., Ratkajec Gašević. G., Žižak, A.
Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences , University of Zagreb

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:30

Ann Masten
Promoting Resilience in Early Childhood: Translating Science into Action

15:30 - 16:00 COFFEE BREAK

16:00 - 17:30






Community resilience: Measurement and Implications
Bakić, H., Ajduković, D.
University of Zagreb, Croatia

Assessing Resilience in War – Affected Children and Adolescents: A Critical Review
Karadzhov, D.
University of Strathclyde, UK

Using mix – method lens to explore resilience to crisis situation across social classes in Croatia
Ančić, B., Cepić, D., Doolan, K., Domazet, M., Rodik, P., Župarić – Iljić, D.
Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, University of Zadar, Institute for Political Ecology, University of Zagreb, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studeis, Croatia

The lives of those who flourish and those who languish: the results from initial CRO-WELL survey
Tadić, Vujčić, M., Brajša Žhanec, A., Kaliterna Lipovčan, LJ., Prizmić Larsen, Z.
Institute of social sciences, Ivo Pilar, Croatia

Narratives of Risk, Coping and Resilience in the Context of Social Change: Youth Growing up Experiences in Socialist and Post-socialist Slovenia
Kovačić, T.,
National University of Ireland, Galway

Enhancing educational and personal outcomes from in – care student’s perspective
Sladović Franz, B., Branica, V., Urbanc, K.
University of Zagreb, Croatia

Resilience of youth leaving care for emancipation
Burgund, A., Zegarac, N.
University of Belgrade, Serbia

How do professionals help for resilience in people with difficulties?
Petrova-Dimitrova, N.P., Staneva, Y.
Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Bulgaria

Drawing resilience: A method to train professionals and foster client participation
Ius, M.
University of Padua, Italy

Child and Youth Protection Centre of Zagreb in mission to improve resilience in every family
Roje,M., Buljan Flander, G.
Child and Youth Protection Centre, Croatia

RESCUR: A Resilience Curriculum for Early Years and Primary Schools – Curriculum Activities in Croatia
Miljević – Riđički, R.
University of Zagreb, Croatia

Opportunities and resilience for all children in school
Skytte Jakobsen, I., Villumsen, A.M., Ensig, T.
University College Lillebaelt, Denmark

Interpersonal relationships: emotion regulation strategies as predictors of students’ resilience
Penić, A., Janković, I., Velan, K.
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek

Comparing different methodological approaches in understanding students’ resilience
Križanić. V., Penić, A.
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek

Attachment and resilience
Nikić, Lj.B., Voloder, D., Križanić, V.
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek

17:30 - 17:45


17:45 - 18:15

Linda Liebenberg & Ivana Jeđud Borić

21:00 - ... PRECONFERENCE DINNER (optional)

Short session where a small group of attendees, drawn from the large conference, discusses specific subjects or aspects of the broad theme of the main gathering. Also called a breakout meeting.

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