Chair of theories and methods of help

Head: Lea Šugman Bohinc ...

At the chair for theories and methods of help, postmodern concepts, approaches, methods and skills of psychosocial support and help are being explored as well as other forms of collaboration with individuals, families, groups and communities in dialogic processes of solving problems and realising desired change. With a »working relationship of co-creating« desired outcomes in a way of »individual working project of help«, the »science of doing« is explored and developed in social care, education, health care and criminal justice. They participate in diverse existing and  emerging national and international networks of researchers and professionals (e.g. ALLISW – Adult Lifelong Learning in Social Work, Open Dialogue Network) as well as in national and international research projects. Between the years 2008-2011 they conducted a developmental and research project (European Social Fund), titled Professional Basis for Further Development and Implementation of the Concept of Work "Learning Difficulties in Elementary School". During the period 2014-2016 they were leading a project (in the programme of Norway Financial Mechanism and Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy), titled Helping families in community: co-creation of desired changes for reducing social exclusion and strengthening health, and in the years 2018-2019 they carried out a market project Exploration of the processes of changing school community. During the period 2016-2019 they participated in international Erasmus+ project LIFE (Learning to Innovate with Families). In the year 2017 they cooperated in a project Interdisciplinary Lifelong Learning Programme in Child Protection, and a professional training Interdisciplinary and Inter-sectoral Approach to Child Protection was produced based on the project results. Since the year 2018 they’ve been participating in a COST project titled The European Family Support Research Network: A bottom-up, Evidence-based and Multidisciplinary Approach. In December 2019 they took over the leading of a work package 5 titled Fostering inclusion and equal societies within an Erasmus+ pilot project EUTOPIA (European Universities Transforming to an Open Inclusive Academy for 2050). Since the year 2020 they collaborate in Project work with non-commercial and non-profit sector – Students' innovative projects for social benefit 2016-2020, with the project title Improving communication with foreign students at the Health centre for students at the University of Ljubljana.