What is counseling? Counseling is a form of support provided usually by psychologists or experts from related professions with focus or specialisation of an advisory or psychotherapeutic direction. The basis of advisory work is conversation in a safe environment, based on trust


Depending on age, there are particular reasons why a person opts for counseling. Characteristic problems that youth encounter are individuality and independence, entering new roles during adolescence and early adulthood, different types of addiction, intimate relationships and love relations, sexual relationships and identity, friendships, confidence, communication. 


Why is group counseling good for youth and what are its characteristics? In a group, youth learn that they are not the only ones facing a particular problem, they share experiences and identify with their age group. Also, youth in groups can learn about themselves, how they communicate, build relationships, acquire and display trust, involve and react in contact with others. 


How does group counseling look like? Newly-formed groups go through the process of mutual introduction and establishing trust. Encounters can be organised thematically, on agreement with participants. Sometimes participants simply state the problems they have. Introduction into topics are often guided fantasies, exercises and experiments, and different creative techniques. Beside group counseling, an individual can also seek individual support. 


Do you feel like you could learn more about yourself? Do you encounter some of the problems you cannot resolve or even dare not discuss with family and friends? Are there some issues on your mind? You wish to know yourself better, learn something about emotions, raise your self-esteem, see your potentials and abilities, then counseling is the thing you need. Answers to these and similar questions can be found at the Educational-Leisure Centre for Youth SPAJALICA once a month and via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The activity is conducted as a part of Youth Strategy of IlidĹľa Municipality.


We are scheduling a session with a graduate psychologist and Gestalt psychotherapist for Saturday, 9 July at 1.00 PM at SPAJALICA. 


 

Cigarette consummation begins at an early age, at 14, on average. In our country, according to research, over 35% of youth below and 16 years old regularly consumes cigarettes (3% over 20 cigarettes a day). By the age 18, 50% of youth smoke cigarettes and 22% of youth consider that smoking does not represent a great risk. 


As a part of the "My Rights, My Decision" conducted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fĂĽr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) with the support of Bayer HealthCare, peer educators of KULT commemorated today, on 31 May, in front of the Fourt Gymnasium in IlidĹľa, from 12.00 to 2.00 PM the World Anti-Smoking Day Campaign. On the occasion peer educators handed out promo-material and transferred to youth alarming facts on tobacco smoke, cancerogenous chemicals in cigarettes, that every smoked cigarette decreases life expectancy by 7 minutes... The anti-smoking campaign, besides in IlidĹľa, has been realised in other 20 municipalities. 


"My Rights, My Decision" is a project of raising awareness on reproductive health and rights of youth aged between 14 and 26, and as a part of the project other topics of relevance for youth health will be included, such as preventing alcohol and cigarette addiction, preventing viloence and a healthy diet, and for the purpose of making healthy and right decisions.  



 

Peer educators from partnership municipalities of East IlidĹľa, IlidĹľa, Fojnica, Višegrad, Vitez, Novi Grad Sarajevo, Tešanj, attended during the past three days an advance training known as Follow Up. The 3-day training was held at SPAJALICA from 20 to 22 May of the current year. 


Educating peers on topic of sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as on other topics are conducted by young peer educators their local communities, elementary and high schools. Thus, the building and strengthening the existing knowledge of peer educators, particular dedication to skills of public speaking, preparing and managing presentations, practice in working with different age groups, were some of the Follow Up activities. 


The advanced training resolved many dilemmas of our peer educators. The held training was an ideal opportunity for youth to ask numerous questions and to be provided with accurate answers. During the advanced training, the skills that educators acquired in previous trainings were followed carefully, and they were indicated to those skills that they use rarely or not at all in their work. It is very important that an educator continuously builds on his/her knowledge with accurate and tested information. 


Follow up is the last link of the chain of activities for peer educators as a part of the GIZ youth health project. In the following period, since the whole training process is coming to an end, the peer educators will be awarded with certificates. 



 

International Organisation for Migrations (IOM) organised a training at Europa Hotel in Sarajevo on the topic of HIV/AIDS - Strengthening and Advocating as a part of the project entitled Building State Capacities and Raising Awareness on HIV/AIDS in BiH: Mobile Populations


The 3-day training welcomed 26 NGOs from all over BiH, and it was led by Italian experts: Mr. Stefano Volpicelli, Mr. Germano Calvi and Mrs. Viviane Sacco. The aim of training was to strengthen the abilities of communicating and advocating in local NGOs, as well as HIV/AIDS-related activism. 


Since "correct communication regarding HIV/AIDS can change the situation", the IOM is planning a series of trainings for NGOs and experts in area of mass media in order to strengthen their communiaction abilities related to prevention and care related to HIV/AIDS in mobile populations. 


The project is financed by the Global Fund for AIDS, TUberculosis and Malaria for BiH (GFATM), the funds in BiH are coordinated by the UNDP and it is implemented by International Organisation for Migrations (IOM). 



 

The last workshop for the month was held on 29 April at High School of Graphic Technology, Design and Multimedia. The educational class was conducted during Biology lessons. The Biology Professor stated that this topic in our educational system was not given much relevance and that it was not even included in the curriculum.  



 

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