Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

An independent international centre for advanced studies


08 Jun 2014 - 14 Jun 2014
Course directors:
Vito Flaker, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Shula Ramon, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Lorenzo Toresini, Centre for Research in Menthal Health, Merano, Italy
Course description:

Since its inception, after World War Two, deinstitutionalisation has become an interna-tional platform both globally as well as in European Union. The right to live in the community is being warranted by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and constitutes a legal base for the policies and practices of deinstitutionalisation. Stories of deinstitutionalisation in different countries, even towns, differ, however. Some countries have made considerable changes in the provision of care across different sectors, some only regarding specific groups; some have already quite a history of closing down the institutions, some have only began recently. In some instances movements were the main vehicle of change, in some it was more a top down reform. This year we want to ‘compare the notes’, talk about the different stories and different outcomes. This is important since the process has commenced in some countries anew and because there are some issues still unanswered in the settings where it has been carried out. Also the deinstitutionalisation is an important part of changes happening globally. Fight against closure is one of the items on the agenda of the new social movements and it can be a model for reconstructing the communities.

Potential contributors (alphabetically):

Miroslav Brkić, Serbia; Goran Čerkez, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Amadeus Erhard, Italy/ Germany; Jean-Yves Febery, France; Germany; Nikola Jelovac, Austria/ Croatia; Jim Mandiberg, USA; Massimo Marsili, Italy/ France; Roberto Mezzina, Italy; Bruno Norcio, Italy; Alexandru Paziuk, Rumania; Jan Pfeiffer, Czech Republic; Hans - Pfefferer Wolf, Germany; Andreja Rafaelič, Slovenia; Dragana Stanković, Serbia, Richard Warner, USA.

Recommended reading:

Common European Guidelines on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care

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Those interested in taking any of the courses may register with the IUC secre-tariat, school organising director, course organising director and/or any of the course directors by providing name, address, academic standing and affiliation.

2 ECTS are awarded for participation, 5 ECTS for participation with active partici-pation (slides or abstract), 10 ECTS for active participation and published report and 15 ECTS for active participation and a published reviewed academic article. ECTS are awarded and certified by course directors. However, it is the participants’ responsibility to make the arrangements with the home establishment for validation of the credits awarded if such an arrange-ment does not already exist.

Attached documents
Course programme
Social Work Dubrovnik 2014 - General Info