Non-governmental organisation «Belarusian Association of Social Workers»
International Online Conference
«Developing a support system to build the capacity and resilience of families affected by mental illnesses»
28 September 2023 Minsk, Belarus
11:00 – 17:00 (Minsk time, UTC+3)
11:00 — Welcoming word
ZBOROVSKY Konstantin (Belarus) — Professor, Candidate of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor, Chairman of the Board of the NGO “Belarusian Association of Social Workers”, Head of the Department of Sports Medicine at Belarusian State University of Physical Culture.
11:05 — “Transformation towards Community Care. Building the Capacity and Resilience of Families Affected by Mental Illness”
Mr. JOHN SAUNDERS (Belgium) — Executive Director of EUFAMI, a European NGO serving national organisations of family members in mental illness.
11:30 — “Relevance of developing a support system for families affected by mental illness in Belarus”
Ms. LYUDMILA ZHILEVICH (Belarus) — Candidate of Medical Sciences, Chief Gerontologist of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus; Head of the National Gerontological Center “Active Longevity”, Deputy Chief Physician of the Minsk Regional Clinical Hospital for Disabled Great Patriotic War Veterans named after P.M.Masherov “.
12:00 — “Towards a scientific intervention for Dementia”
Dr BENNY LAM (Hong Kong), Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Counselling Psychologist, fellow member of Hong Kong Professional Counseling Association and member of American Psychology Association
Dr. ADRIAN LOW (Hong Kong), doctor of Clinical & Industrial/Organisational Psychology, president of the Hong Kong Association of Psychology.
Dr. ESKO HAINNINEN (Finland) — expert of international mental health policy recommendations as defined by United Nations, World Health Organization and European Union.
13:00 — “Mental Health: current situation, support services and prospects for service development”
Mr. ALEXEI ALEXANDROV (Belarus) — Ph.D., associate professor, chief doctor at Minsk regional clinical center “Psychiatry- narcology”.
13:25 — “Social support for families affected by mental illness in Belarus”
Ms. NATALIA MILKOTA (Belarus) — Candidate of Philosophy, senior scientist at Scientific Research Institute of Labor of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus.
13:50-14:20 — Break
14:20 — “Practice of support, education and counselling of families with an elderly person with dementia” SVETLANA ZANSKAYA (Belarus) - a doctor psychiatrist and narcologist of the highest category of the Minsk Regional Clinical of the Minsk Regional Clinical Hospital for Disabled Great Patriotic War Veterans named after P.M.Masherov.
14:50 — “Programmes of the NGO “Belarusian Association of Social Workers” aimed at capacity building and support for families affected by mental illness”
Ms. ALENA STANISLAUCHYK (Belarus) - Executive Director of the NGO “Belarusian Association of Social Workers”.
15:10 — “The experience of Progetto Itaca Roma in developing support systems and services for people with mental illness and their families” (Rome, Italy)
Speaker to be agreed
15:40 — “Experience of OBEO Hesed-Rahamim in providing support to family members affected by dementia” Ekaterina SERGEEVA (Belarus) - psychologist of OBEO “Hesed-Rahamim”.
16:10 — “PARTNERS IN CARE. Leveraging Community in Recovery from Severe Mental Disorders”
JEANIE TSE, MD (USA), Senior Medical Director at Fountain House New York City, associate professor at the NYU School of Medicine.
CRAIG ROBERT BAYER (USA) member of Fountain House, a journalist for the Fountain House Times, and the Editor and Founder of Fountain House’s international literary journal, ROAR.
16:50 -17:00 — Final round of questions and comments
17:00 — Closing
Dr. Adrian Low (Hong Kong)
As a Leading Psychologist who has been featured in NBC, CBS, FOX, Channel News Asia and major media channels in Hong Kong, Dr. Adrian Low is a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and a Coaching Psychologist (International Society of Coaching Psychology) that has graduated with a Doctor of Clinical & Industrial/Organisational Psychology. Dr. Low’s workplace stress research has won the presidential award for doctoral research excellence at the California Southern University and since then he has been invited to be a keynote speaker in many conferences worldwide. Dr. Low is the president of the Hong Kong Association of Psychology, a not-for-profit organisation. Besides that, he is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Worcester as well as an adjunct lecturer at the HKU (university of Hong Kong) School of Professional and Continuing Education. More recently, Dr. Low has been elected as an advisor to the Mental Health for World Leaders.
Mr. Alexandrov Alexei (Belarus)
Medical doctor, specialist in psychiatry, Ph. D. in medicine (2005). Ph. D. thesis on comorbid mental disorders and addictions. Specialist in public health. Associate professor in public health (2014 г.). Work experience as assistant professor at the department of psychiatry and narcology and associate professor at the public health department of the Belarus Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education. Chief specialist in psychiatry and narcology of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus (2008-2011) From 2011 work at the Minsk regional clinical center “Psychiatry-narcology”, from 2018 work as head (chief doctor) of this healthcare institution.
Working as invited lecturer at the Belarus Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education departments, participating in the research in the psychiatry and narcology.
Have some scientific publications, author of medical guidelines in the psychiatry and narcology and coauthor of national psychiatry and narcology treatment protocol.
Deputy head of the Member of Board of Belarusian Psychiatric Association.
Areas of interests: dementia, non-infectious diseases prevention, behavioral risk factors, mental health, HIV, alcohol and drug use, social aspects of health, drug policy.
Dr. Benny Lam (Hong Kong)
Dr. Lam has been in the USA for 16 years, worked as a clinical psychologist, ad-diction counselor, treatment director, family therapist in different settings, suchas: mental health hospital, prison and private agency. Dr. Benny Lam have more than 11 years’ experience in counseling, leadership, organization, management, supervisory, teaching and, last but not least, development. He graduated in 1998 and earned his MA degree in psychology counseling. He earned his Psy.D degree in Addiction Study and Family Counseling in July of 2005.
Dr. Lam is certified as an Advanced Certification Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ACADC) and has been licensed since 2001 (LADAC). He is an International Cer-tify Advanced Alcohol and Drug counselor (ICAADC). He is certified as a Prepare Enrich Family Counselor (CPEFC) and seminar director who can train and certify counselors. Dr. Lam is also a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) and a fellow member of Hong Kong Professional Counseling Association and member of American Psychology Association (Div. 12).
Dr. Lam has worked in a mental health hospital as a clinical psychologist in Springfield, MO. and has been working as a clinical psychologist in some private counseling clinics. Dr. Lam endorses a holistic approach to health and specializes in cognitive-behavioral, emotionally focused and solution-oriented therapy.
Craig Robert Bayer (USA)
Craig Robert Bayer (USA) is a member of Fountain House, a poet, a journalist for the Fountain House Times, and the Editor and Founder of Fountain House’s international literary journal, ROAR. He has traveled on behalf of Fountain House to help teach and promote Fountain House and the clubhouse model. He gradu- ated from Boston University with a BA in English in 1986. Before working at Foun- tain House, Craig was an administrative assistant at a broadcast talent agency. Craig is also a television news junkie and a huge baseball and classic rock fan.
Mr. Esko Hänninen (Finland)
Esko Hänninen is BSc and MSc in behavioural and social sciences, with further studies in College of Europe in Belgium, Academy for Public Administration in Germany and in Helsinki School of Economics.
From 1970 to 2012 he worked in management positions in Finland’s healthcare and social welfare administration, mental health (MH) policy included. Since 1997 he was coordinator of international R&D projects for Accessibility and Social Inclusion of people with MH conditions and other special needs in the National Research & Development Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki.
Since 1995 he has supported the creation of network of 25 psychosocial rehabilitation Fountain House Clubhouses in Finland. After retirement from his public positions since January 2013 he has continued his voluntary support to the psychosocial Clubhouse development in Finland and in Europe as a part of community-based mental health policy. In addition, he is an expert of international mental health policy recommendations as defined by United Nations, World Health Organization and European Union.
Dr. Jeanie Tse (USA)
Dr. Jeanie Tse (USA) MD, is the Senior Medical Director at Fountain House, a club-house community of people with serious mental illnesses in New York City. She is an Associate Professor at the NYU School of Medicine, teaching in the NYU Public Psychiatry Fellowship Program. She previously served as the Chief Medical Officer at ICL, a New York City not-for-profit serving people with mental illness and developmental disabilities where she worked for 15 years. She led ICL and its partners on award-winning integrated health initiatives, including development of the East New York Health Hub in an underserved Brooklyn neighborhood, and integration of primary care into Assertive Community Treatment and other behavioral health settings. She is past president of the NY Chapters of the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators and the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, and an alumnus of the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Psychiatry Leadership Program. She is the co-editor of “A Case-Based Approach to Public Psychiatry,” a text that explores the foundational principles of community mental health services and the care needs of special populations. She has a special interest in disrupting the impact of trauma on health outcomes, with an overarching aim to “bridge the gap” between academic psychiatry and the clinical challenges of disadvantaged communities.
Mr. John Saunders (Belgium)
John is the Executive Director of EUFAMI, a European NGO serving national or-ganisations of family members in mental illness. Prior to this post John was CEO of Shine, an Irish Voluntary mental health organisation. John is also Chair of Irish Government organisations concerned with Mental Health Policy and Regulation.
Ms. Milkota Natalia (Belarus)
Candidate of Philosophy, Senior researcher of the Research Institute of Labor of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus, Vice-Chair-man of the CPA “World without Borders” of the Charitable Public Association “World without Borders”.
She has many years of research experience in the field of social services and so-cial support for various categories of citizens and families. The main sphere of scientific and practical interests is the issues of assessing the needs of the elderly and people with disabilities, as well as families raising children with disabilities; monitoring and evaluating the quality of social services; monitoring the imple-mentation of the rights of children from vulnerable groups, including protec-tion from violence; deinstitutionalization of social services; demographic aging
of the population; social support for people with cognitive impairment and dementia; formation of an effective care system; development of social rehabilitation, habilitation of people with disabilities, as well as the introduction of the mechanism of state social order.
She took part in the development of a number of regulatory legal acts that ensure the introduction of innovations in the field of social services. Natalia specializes in scientific and methodological support for the implementation of innovations in the work of state institutions of social services and the development of appropriate methodological documents aimed at improving the activities of these institutions.
She actively promotes the social model of disability and a human rights-based approach in social services. Repeated-ly took part in socio-demographic and sociological research carried out with the support of UNDP in Belarus, UNFPA, UNICEF. Author of over 30 scientific papers on social support and social services, social rehabilitation, demographic and family policy.
Ms. Sergeeva Ekaterina
Psychologist at the public charitable Jewish organisation “Hesed Rahamim”.
Organiser and coordinator of educational and social events.
Expert on mental health, project manager, trainer on the topic “Person-centred approach in the work of social organisations with people with cognitive disorders”.
In 2000, she graduated from the Faculty of Defectology, specialising in Oligophrenopedagogy and Speech Therapy at the M. Tank State Pedagogical University.
In 2004 she retrained in the speciality “Practical Psychology” at the Institute of Professional Development and Retraining of Personnel at the M. Tank State Pedagogical Pedagogical University.
From 2004 to 2010 member of the board and deputy chairman, coordinator and organiser of educational events of the Public Association “Dialogue”.
Since 2005, she has been promoting a comprehensive approach to psychosocial rehabilitation of people with mental illnesses in Belarus. Since 2007, as part of her work as a psychologist in OBEO Hesed-Rahamim, she has been conducting trainings and educational events for specialists of state organisations and relatives in the field of “Person- centred approach in work with people with psychoneurological diseases”. Since 2016 on topics “Creatingfriendly environment for people living with dementia”, “How to communicate with a person with cognitive impairment”.
As part of the projects in recent years, the following has been carried out:
- more than 80 offline training and educational events for social sector specialists, volunteers, representatives of state and public organizations of the Republic of Belarus and Georgia.
-more than 120 webinars for relatives, organization employees, volunteers, representatives of state and public organizations in Minsk (Belarus, Russia and other CIS countries).
Since 2018, he has been participating as a lecturer in advanced training courses on the topic “Dementia” at the Republican Institute for Advanced Training of Social Workers under the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection.
She has repeatedly participated in projects implemented by UNFPA.
Area of professional interests: promoting the value of mental health among the population, a person-centered approach to working with people with various diseases. Organization of day centers and support at home, non formal education, social support for people with cognitive impairments.
Has many years of experience in developing and implementing programs and projects in the field of mental health, rehabilitation and non-formal education.
Ms. Stanislauchyk Alena (Belarus)
Board member and Executive director of Non-governmental organization “Belarusian Association of Social Workers”, Сurator of the Network of Clubhouses in Belarus, Director of Support Center for Mental Health Initiatives.
In 2004 graduated from the Institute of Management and Social Technologies of the Belarusian State University in Psychology and Social work. Alena has many years of experience in developing and running programs and projects in the field of social work, rehabilitation and non-formal education. Since 2011 she has been engaged in promoting International psychosocial rehabilitation model named Clubhouse in Belarus. Research and Professional interests: comprehensive rehabilitation and community-based social services, promotion of the rights and interests of older people, people with mental illness and their
family members; non-formal education as a tool for realizing the rights and strengthening the potential of vulnerable groups. She has many years of experience in developing educational programs and methodological recommendations for professionals in the field of social work and rehabilitation, preparing and conducting research to assess the availabil- ity and quality of social services. Author of publications on social and psychological support for vulnerable groups, social and labor rehabilitation of people with mental illness, community-based social work, ethics and management in social work.
Alena actively promotes a human rights based-approach and community-based approach in social work and rehabi- litation, Recovery-oriented approach in mental health.
Ms. Zanskaya Svetlana (Belarus)
Doctor of psychiatry, narcologist of the highest category, member of the Belarusian Association of Psychiatrists. From 2013 to 2021, she headed the geriatric (psychiatric) department of the National Scientific and Practical Centre for Mental Health of the Republic of Belarus. She has many years of experience in the treatment of mental disorders, neurocognitive and rehabilitation measures for older people, counselling and correction of co-dependent states in relatives. Author of articles on the specifics of degenerative disorders in older adults, specifics of care and rehabilitation. She actively uses neurocognitive skills training, occupational therapy with elderly patients, and psychocorrectional sessions with elderly patients and their relatives.
Mr. Zbarouski Konstantin (Belarus)
Professor, Candidate of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor
In 1992 graduated from the Minsk State Medical Institute.
Direction of scientific activity - medical and social protection, incl. complex rehabilitation of people with disabilities due to health defects and age factor.
He was a scientific supervisor and a responsible executor of the tasks of the State and industry scientific and technical programs.
He is an author of more than 150 scientific, scientific and methodological works, incl. 2 monographs and 11 study guides.
From 1994 to 1998 he worked as a research assistant at the laboratory of medical and professional rehabilitation for basic disabling pathology at BelarusianScientific Research Institute for Expertise of Working Capacity and Labor Organization of Disabled Persons. 1998 to 2001 headed the laboratory of
medical and social problems of disabled children at the same Institute.
2001 to 2004 - Associate Professor of the Department of Social Work of the State Institute of Management and Social Technologies of the Belarusian State University. In 2004, he organized the Department of Rehabilitation, which he headed until 2016.
▪ Member of the Scientific and Methodological Council of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus;
▪ Deputy Chairman of the Scientific and Methodological Council for Social Protection and Rehabilitation of the Educational and Methodological Association of Higher Education Institutions of the Republic of Belarus;
▪ Chairman of the Board of the NGO “Belarusian Association of Social Workers”;
▪ Head of creative teams for the development of state educational standards of the 4th generation for training in undergraduate and graduate programs in rehabilitation and social work;
▪ Member of the Scientific and Technical Council “Medicine and Medical Technologies” of the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus;
▪ Head of the Department of Sports Medicine at Belarusian State University of Physical Culture and Sports
Ms. Zhilevich Lyudmila (Belarus)
Lyudmila Zhilevich holds PhD in Medicine, she is an expert in the field of primary, palliative, medical and social care; Chief Gerontologist of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus; Head of the National Gerontological Center “Active Longevity”; Chairperson of the Public Association of Geriatricians and Gerontologists; member of inter-agency working groups on development of the strategy “Active Longevity 2030”, on problems of the elderly and people with disabilities. As a WHO expert on primary health care, she participated in implementation of international projects with the countries of the Baltic region, Northern Dimension, on rational distribution of human resources (IMPrim 1), IT development, remote DOTs treatment for TB, video-DOTs treatment, and etc. Lyudmila initiated new approaches to the financial model of rational allocation of resources in healthcare system, implementation of registers and automated
systems, phased transition to electronic format of medical documentation and development of telecommunication echnologies for medical counselling.