1st International Scientific and Training Conference on Methods of Psychological Help
„Mental health promotion - from theory to practice”
Warsaw, November 7-8, 2019

The Department of Psychological Counseling and Psychotherapy, Institute of Psychology, The Maria Grzegorzewska University invites you to a series of conferences exploring different aspects of psychological help.

Mental health promotion is one of several psychological help methods, alongside counseling, crisis intervention and psychotherapy.It has been increasingly recommended as an important form of prevention of mental disorder and an indispensable form of mental health empowerment.

The aim of the first conference, which is to take place in 2019, is to present the ways mental health can be promoted in different contexts, including among others:

  1. ineducational settings – in children, adolescents and students;
  2. in the workplace;
  3. in people who have experienced a mental health crisis and their families;
  4. in patients with chronic somatic conditions;
  5. in social exclusion risk groups, among others sexual minorities, migrants, the elderly.

Mental health promotion has a long history in many countries in Europe (among

others Norway, Finland) and the world (Australia, Canada). There is still a shortage of system solutions in the field of effective mental health promotion program implementation, execution policy and effectiveness evaluation in Poland. Implementation and execution of mental health promotion programs is recommended by a number of national and European documents. Therefore, presentation of both Polish and foreign best practice and its results is important, interesting and instructive.

We hope the conference will offer an opportunity for practitioners and researchers to meet and share their experiences as well as a chance to initiate cooperation and come up with joint actions in different environments.

On behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee

Prof. Czesław Czabała,

Dr Lidia Zabłocka-Żytka

Conference program

1st day – 07.11.2019

8:30 – 16:00 – Registration of participants

9:30 – 9:45 – Opening and welcome participants, Aula B

9:45 – 11:15 – Promotion of mental health – ideas and areas of activity – plenary lectures, Aula B
Moderator: Irena Jelonkiewicz – Sterianos

9:45 – 10:15 – Czesław Czabała, Mental health promotion and mental disorder prevention. A policy for Europe

10:15 – 10:45 – Tim Greacen, Mental Health Promotion in Europe: are we getting there?
10:45 – 11:15 – Bojan Šošic, Promoting Mental Health: Science and Human Values
11:15 – 11:45 – Kristian Wahlbeck, Public health interventions to promote mental health across the lifespan
11:45 – 12:00 – Discussion

12:00 – 12:30 – Coffee break

12:30 – 14:00 – Mental health promotion – examples of activities – plenary lectures, Aula B
Moderator: Lidia Zabłocka-Żytka

12:30 – 13:00– Rhonda Wilson, The safe and precise use of digital therapeutics for people with mental health conditions

13:00 – 13:30– Lilija Ye. Klos, Possibilities for solving mental health problems in the conditions of the Lviv Polytechnic Community Health Clinic

13:30 – 14:00 – Alicja Długołęcka, Prevention in the area of the psychosexual health

14:00 – 14:30 – Elżbieta Nerwińska, Promotion of mental health of children and youth at school – on the example of the „Zippy’s Friends” and „First Emotional Aid Kit”

14:30 – 15:30 – Lunch break

 15:30 – 17:00 

Workshops (parallel, to choose from, on-site registration on the day of the conference during registration)

1. Krzysztof Skarzyński, The program for the prevention and alcohol problems solving in the police, room 3511
2. Stanisław Radoń, Areas of application and specificity of mindfulness intervention strategies, room 3526
3. Emmanuelle Jouet, Enter Mental Health Network – an example of international activities in the field of mental health promotion, room 3528
4. Ewa Sokołowska, Lidia Zabłocka-Żytka, Sylwia Kluczyńśka, „PsychoŻak” – the health promotion program for youth and young adults, room 3628
5. A. Chmielnicka-Plaskota, R. Kompowska-Marek, Portrait in the art therapy – an example of activities in the promotion of mental health, room 631
6. Iwona Koszewska, Bulding up local prevention program on depression and suicide prevention, room 3605

17.10 – 18:30 – Drama Way, “Session T”– theater performance and theoretical introduction on the use of the theater method in education in the prevention of PTSD, Aula B

18:30 Glass of wine

2nd day – 08.11.2019

9:00 – 11:00  Promotion of mental health – research perspective, plenary lectures, Aula B 

Moderator: Barbara Weigl

9:00 – 9:30 PP. Chondros, M. Lavdas, Ch. Tatsi, Promoting refugees/asylum seekers resilience through community based mental health and psychosocial support interventions in Greece

9:30 – 10:00 Joanna Mazur, Agnieszka Małkowska-Szkutnik Monitoring of the mental health of adolescents based on the results of HBSC

10:00 – 10:30 Krzysztof Ostaszewski, Differences between mental health promotion and prevention of mental health problems. Recommendations for practice and evaluation

10:30 – 11:00 Lidia Cierpiałkowska, Emilia SorokoChildren of parents with mental disorders – diagnosis and preventions from the perspective of developmental psychopathology

11:00 – 11:15 Discussion

11:15 – 12:00 Coffee break and poster session, hall next to Aula B

12:00 – 13:30 

Parallel lecture sessions (to choose from)

Promotion of mental health at school and university
Moderator: Sylwia Kluczyńska, room 3131

1. Katarzyna Kocoń-Rychter, Anna Kwatera, Katarzyna Okulicz-Kozaryn, Good behavior game – playing good behavior – an alternative to traditional classroom management methods. Report from evaluation studies in Poland

2. Marlena Stradomska, Presuicidal prevention at the university – on the example of the „Good Life UMCS” project

3. Radosława Herzog-Krzywoszańska, Relationship between sleep procrastination, fatigue and the level of mental well-being of students

4. Katarzyna Chotkowska, The effects of abandoning the promotion of mental health in education of pupils and students

II Promotion of mental health in various target groups
Moderator: Marcin Sękowski, room 3332

1. Paweł Bronowski, Recovery of people with experience of mental illness. New competences and resources

2. Małgorzata Bandach, Promotion of mental health as an element of support and counteracting social exclusion of people with mental disorders and their families

3. Aleksandra Jastrzębowska – Jasińska, The program of support resilience and fluency of speech for stuttering children and their parents

4. Dominika Wiśniewska, Promotion of mental health among deaf children – a review of the actions taken at the Polish Foundation for Help for Hard-of-Hearing Children “Echo”

III Promotion of mental health in the groups with different specific needs
Moderator: Łukasz Baka, room 3605

1. Małgorzata Skwierczyńska, Promotion of mental health in the army

2. Mojca Urek, Mental health promotion in refugees and migrants

3. Agnieszka Hennel-Brzozowska, Psychological support for foreigner working in Poland – case study

4. Łukasz Baka, Is helping harmful? Emotional burdens at work and mental health of employees with a social mission

13:30 – 14:00 – Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 – Promotion of mental health – various perspectives – plenary lectures, Aula B
Moderator: Tim Greacen

14:00 – 14:30 Dorota Merecz, Protection of employees’ mental health as a task of socially responsible business

14:30 – 15:00 Stanisława Steuden, Dignity as a factor of protecting mental health

15:00 – 15:30 Panel discussion– Promotion of mental health – successes, defeats and challenges

15:30 Closing of the conference 

Keynote speakers

Lidia Cierpiałkowska

Children of parents with mental disorders – diagnosis and preventions from the perspective of developmental psychopathology


Lidia Cierpiałkowska - professor in clinical psychology, psychotherapist and honorary supervisor of alcohol addiction treatment. Professor of the Institute of Psychology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, head of the Department of Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology, Adam Mickiewicz University and postgraduate studies in specialization in Clinical Psychology. She works as a psychotherapist and specialize in the therapy of people with personality disorders. She is the author of many scientific papers, including published monographs and textbooks relevant to some fields of clinical psychology.

Her research interests focus on explaining the determinants of the effectiveness of therapy of patients with disorders caused by the use of psychoactive substances (the importance of therapeutic relationships and alliance), describing development pathways and life satisfaction of people from families with disorders caused by alcohol use and from families with serious mental disorders (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder). The issues of personality disorder according to object relations theory are very important in my research projects.

Emilia Soroko

Children of parents with mental disorders – diagnosis and preventions from the perspective of developmental psychopathology 


Emilia Soroko, dr hab., prof. UAM. She works at the Department of Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychology at the Adam Mickiewicz University. She is a head of the Laboratory of Qualitative and Mixed Research in Clinical Psychology. She is interested in the issues of clinical diagnosis in the psychotherapy, sociotherapy for youth, narrative psychology, as well as a qualitative and mixed approach in psychological research. In scientific research, she focuses on searching for intrapsychic mechanisms explaining the persistence of mental disorders. Most often she uses the interview method as well as qualitative and quantitative analysis of statements. She is the author of the monograph "Self-narrative activity of people with different levels of personality organization. Stories of close relationships "(2014).

Czesław Czabała

Mental Health Promotion Program for Europe


Jan Czesław Czabała – a clinical psychologist, professor at the Institute of Psychology of The Maria Grzegorzewska University, member of the Working Party on Mental Health at DG SANCO of the European Commission - 2001-2005, member of the WHO Task Force on Mental Health Assessment - 1999-2005, representative of the Ministry of Health for mental health at WHO, Chairman of the Council for the Promotion of Mental Health at the Ministry of Health - 1997-2006, managing the Polish part of the European Commission grant "Child and adolescent mental health in enlarged Europe: Development of effective policy and practices (CAMHEE)" - (2007-2009); participation in the research program financed by the European Commission "Developing the Evidence base for Mental Health Promotion and Prevention In Europe: a Database of programs and the production of guidelines for Policy and practice (DataPrev)" - 2007-2011; expert in the European Commission's research program "Promotion of Mental Health - Improving Practice and Policy" (ProMenPol) - in 2007 - 2010; participation in the grant: "IMHPA-Implementing Mental Health Promotion Action" financed by the European Commission and the Dutch Ministry of Health 2001-2004.

Tim Greacen

Dr Tim Greacen, former Chairperson of the ENTER Mental Health European Network, is Director of the Research Laboratory of the GHU-Paris Psychiatry and Neurosciences, where he has been managing the Paris contribution to EU projects such as Promoting Mental Health minimising mental illness and Integrating Social Inclusion through Education (PROMISE, DG SANCO, n° 2008-216), Best Practise in Promoting Mental Health in Socially Marginalized People in Europe (PROMO, DG SANCO, n° 2006-328), Best Practise in Access, Quality and Appropriateness of Health Services for Immigrants in Europe (EUGATE, DG SANCO, n° 2006-129), Dual diagnosis patient pathways through care (ISADORA, EC FP5: QLG4-CT-2002-00911) and Empowerment of Mental Illness Service Users Through Lifelong Learning Integration and Action (EMILIA, CIT-3-2005-513435), and, at a national level, managing projects such as the Parental Skills and Attachment in Early Childhood Program (CAPEDP) or the Housing First Program Un Chez Soi d’Abord. Author and editor of seven books and numerous publications in the field of mental health promotion, service user empowerment and doctor-patient relationships, targeting both scientific and professional audiences as well as the general public, Dr Greacen is a recognised figure in France in the field of mental health promotion and prevention, user empowerment, and user participation in health services. In 2014, he was elected chairperson of the Mental Health Working Group for the Greater Paris Area Health Services, a post that he still holds today.

Liliia Ye. Klos

Possibilities for solving mental health problems in the conditions of the Lviv Polytechnic Community Health Clinic


Liliia Klos works as an associated professor of the Department of Sociology and Social Work of the Lviv Polytechnic National University since 2003 after defending his Ph.D. in Pedagogy on the topic: "Development of medical education in Western Ukrainian lands (second half of the 18th - 30th years of the twentieth century). At the same time he worked as a pediatrician in the department of infectious diseases of the district hospital in Lviv oblast. Her doctors experience and the needs of social services in Lviv and the region determined the focus of her further professional activities aimed at developing to social work in the field of health care and health promotion. Her next doctoral dissertation on pedagogy on the topic: "The theory and practice of training future social workers at US universities to health care and health promotion activities" was defended in 2018. The results of her scientific research have found practical application in the education of BSW, MSW and PhD students in social work, contribute to the formation of their professional competencies in the field of health and in the further development of the social services in the community. An important place in the formation of the competence of social workers in the field of health care and health promotion isаsocial work in the mental health. Liliia Klos was the initiator and main executor of the preparation of the masters program specialization for "Social work in the field of mental health".

Elżbieta Nerwińska

Mental health promotion of children and young people at school - on the example of the "Zippy’s Friends" and "First Emotional Aid Kit"


Elżbieta Nerwińska, MA - graduate of MA and PhD studies at the Faculty of Education of the University of Warsaw. She has experience in the work as an early school education teacher, school counselor and sociotherapist. For years associated with the teacher training system. She was the director of The Methodological Center for Psychological-Pedagogical Counselling (currently the Centre for Education Development – ORE) and also twice act as the department director in the Ministry of National Education. Since 2010, she has been running a private teacher training center for Positive Education Center.

In cooperation with trainers from all over the country, she promotes programs such as Zippy's Friends, First Emotional Aid Kit and Smile Guards in kindergartens and primary schools, which developing social and emotional skills of children and youth.

Agnieszka Małkowska-Szkutnik

Monitoring the mental health of adolescents based on the results of HBSC research


Agnieszka Małkowska-Szkutnik, PhD- an educator, psychologist, psychotherapist. She works as an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Basics of Development and Sexology at the Faculty of Education of the University of Warsaw. Since 2003, she has been a member of the Polish team of the international research network HBSC. She works clinically, integratively with children and young people and their parents. Her scientific interests relate to: social support, health determinants of children and adolescents, health-related quality of life, and in particular functioning of school students with chronic diseases. She is the author or co-author of several dozen scientific publications.

Joanna Mazur

Monitoring the mental health of adolescents based on the results of HBSC research


Dr hab. Joanna Mazur- a biostatistican and epidemiologist, professor at the Institute of Mother and Child, currently head of the Department of Children and Youth Health. For 27 years associated with the international research network HBSC. Since 2004, she is the national coordinator of this research in Poland. Her interests relate to the implementation in the country of new tools for measuring the health of children and young people, as well as modern analytical methods. She managed five grants obtained in prestigious national competitions (KBN, MNiSzW, NCN). Dr hab. Joanna Mazur specializes in analyzing social inequities in health. She is the author or co-author of over 200 scientific publications.

Krzysztof Ostaszewski

Differences between mental health promotion and prevention of mental health disorders / problems. Indications for practice and evaluation


Dr hab. Krzysztof Ostaszewski- a researcher and preventionist. He works in the area of resilience, risky behavior of young people and promotion of mental health. Assistant professor at the Department of Public Health of the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw and head of the "Pro-M" Youth Prevention Laboratory. Author or co-author of over one hundred scientific and popular science articles. Scholarship holder of Fogarty International Substance Abuse Research Training Program implemented in 2003-2004 at the University of Michigan (USA). Expert of the National Bureau for Drug Prevention and The State Agency for the Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems (PARPA). Scientific editor of the monthly Remedium. A member of the Working Team on Suicide and Depression Prevention at the Ministry of Health's Public Health Council.

Bojan Šošic

Promoting Mental Health: Science and Human Values


Dr Bojan Sosic is a psychologist with vast experience in reforming mental health services and especially supporting mental health service users' initiatives, and mental health challenges related to migration. As a researcher, he has acted as principal investigator in studies conducted across Bosnia and Herzegovina and South-East Europe, with samples totaling several thousands of individuals, using biological, psychological or socio-economic indicators. He contributed to setting up a number of studies or psycho-social aid programmes in the field of mental health, quality of life and well-being, education and determinants of socioeconomic status, including programmes conceived after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Although he taught the subjects of psychobiology and personality psychology, Sosic’s academic career actually started in the field of history and philosophy of science, which will serve as background for his address at the 1stInternational Scientific and Training Conference on Methods of Psychological Help „Mental health promotion - from theory to practice”.

Rhonda Wilson

The safe and precise use of digital therapeutics for people with mental health conditions


Dr Rhonda Wilson is Associate Professor in Nursing at the University of Canberra, Australia. She has recently returned to Australia after living and working in Denmark (University of Southern Denmark) where she was Associate Professor of E Mental Health and Head of Research for the Telepsychiatric Centre in a regional psychiatric hospital service area. 

Rhonda has published extensively in international journals, book chapters and conference papers. She is a Registered Nurse in Australia, currently serving on the Australian Nurses and Midwives Registered Nurse Course Accreditation Committee. She has previously worked as a clinical nurse, researcher and academic in Australia in various roles over the last 30 years; the past 12 years as a mental health educator for student nurses and other health professions, as well as supervising higher degree research students. 

Through her work as a mental health clinician and as a researcher, Rhonda has specialised in the mental health care of hard to reach populations in regional and rural communities, and particularly with young people. Her main interests are in developing evidence-based precision digital therapeutics aimed at enhancing recovery. 

Her current research about The safe use of digital therapeutics for people with mental health conditions, will discuss the proliferation of digital health resources and the need to critique the quality and efficacy of current resources, while working towards the development of precision administration of digital therapeutics in the future.




Day – 1  07.11.2019.

8.30 – 16.00 registration
10.00 – 10.15 opening speaches
10.15 – 12.00 keynote speakers and discussion
12.00 – 12.30 coffee break
12.30 – 14.00 parallel sessions
14.00 – 14.45 lunch
14.45 – 15.15 poster presentations
15.15 – 16.30 keynote speakers and discussion
16.30 – 17.30 discussion with keynote speakers- Mental health promotion- successes and challenges


Day 2 –  08.11.2019.
9.00 – 11.00 keynote speakers and discussion
11.00 -11.20 coffee break
11.20 -13.30 parallel workshops
13.30 – 14.00 keynote speaker and discussion

14.00 closing speaches


The detailed conference program will be published 15.10.2019.

Registration and cost

The conference fee: 300 zł

Registration: The conference registration: 15.05.2019 – 15.09.2019.

The Maria Grzegorzewska University

The Department of Psychological Counseling and Psychotherapy, Institute of Psychology,

Ul. Szczęśliwicka 40,

02-353 Warszawa
+48 22 589 36 00

dr Lidia Zabłocka-Żytka lzablocka@aps.edu.pl