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Croatian Association of Expressive Art Therapy and Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb warmly invite you to join the 4th Expressive Arts Therapy and Coaching Conference, which will be held in Zagreb, 12 - 14 October 2018, and become a part of an open and vibrant community dedicated to discovery through art!

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Growing Together – Community as Art

Living today for most of us means being affected by numerous scientific and technological achievements and being raised with the ideas of unlimited consumption, unending production and praise for individualism. Globalisation has made possible for these principles to spread all over the planet. However, now it seems that in this process some things were left behind.

Caring for the ones that surround us and for the environment itself is becoming more and more important each day, as the feeling of loneliness, depression and lack of meaning on personal levels follow the alienation that happens on the social and ecological level.

How can we be individuals and belong to a nourishing community?

This is what we would like to explore during this year’s Expressive Arts Therapy and Coaching Conference.

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Programme Schedule

Time schedule for the conference events

12 Oct 2018
13 Oct 2018
14 Oct 2018
9.00 - 10.00
9.00 - 9.30
10.00 - 11.30
10.00 - 11.30
Session C
10.00 - 11.30
Session G
11.30 - 12.00
Coffee break
11.30 - 12.00
Coffee break
11.30 - 12.00
Coffee break
12.00 - 14.00
Opening ceremony
12.00 - 14.00
Session D
12.00 - 14.00
Session H
14.00 - 15.30
14.00 - 15.30
14.00 - 15.30
15.30 - 17.30
Session A
15.30 - 17.30
Session E
15.30 - 17.00
Closing ceremony
17.30 - 18.00
Coffee break
17.30 - 18.00
Coffee break
18.00 - 20.00
Session B
18.00 - 20.00
Session F
20.00 - 22.00
Magical Zagreb tour
20.00 - 22.00
Jeboton concerts

* Please, note that the programme is subject to change, and will be updated continuously up to the conference on this page. If you have any comments or questions please contact us on


Workshops Overview

Time schedule and short info about conference workshops
* Purple box marks a key presenter


Key Speakers

Get to know our key presenters

About the conference

This Conference originated as a gathering of professionals from Clinical Expressive Arts Therapy and Jungian Coaching educational programs led by Avi Goren-Bar, Ph.D. in five countries (Israel, Greece, Slovenia, Turkey and Croatia), which evolved to many different programs shaped by creativity & expression.

Acting as an intense three-day laboratory for change, it creates a space for therapists, practitioners, artists, coaches and all other individuals interested in art therapy from these five countries and beyond to meet, share ideas, exchange knowledge and grow as people and as professionals.

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What is expressive arts therapy?

There is a long tradition of arts being used for purposes of healing, both in religious and cultural contexts, from cave art and ritual dances, to cathartic effect of witnessing the ancient tragedy. Art therapy, therapeutic approach that emerged in the 1940s, follows this tradition in acknowledging that art consumption and art making can help individuals and communities heal.

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Conference venue

The conference will be held at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Zagreb, the oldest institution of higher artistic education in Croatia.

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Interview with Avi Goren-Bar, Ph.D.

Fall in love with Zagreb

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Usual questions, briefly answered

I am not an artist nor a therapist; can I attend the conference?
Absolutely YES! The conference is open to all who are interested, everyone is welcome!
I am no longer able to attend the conference, and I already paid. Is there a refund possibility?
For cancellations until the 12th of September 2018, 70% of the total amount will be refunded.
For cancellations after the 12th of September 2018, no refund will be made.
Will I receive Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours for attending the Conference?
On the last day of the Conference, you will receive the Attendance Certificate. With this Certificate, you can submit your hours of attendence to you competent Chamber in your country.
Will there be conference-related out-of-conference activities?
Yes, there will be various additional coming-together activities that you can opt for and thus connect to other participants of the conference in a relaxed, fun and friendly way.
Some of those are: Magical Zagreb tour on the 1st evening of the Conference, community concert and party in the park on the 2nd evening of the Conference, and the opportunity for chilling in the cozy room during all three Conference days.

For more frequently asked questions and answers, go to our FAQ webpage.

Meet the team

Program Director

Avi Goren-Bar, Ph.D.

Certified Clinical & Educational Psychologist
Expressive Arts Therapist


Organizing Team Coordinator

Sandra Raković, psychologist

Members of Organizing Team

Ivan Barun, medical doctor and fine arts student

Matea Blažević, psychologist

Asja Dubravčić, speech and language pathologist, special education teacher

Gordana Knezić, psychologist

Sanja Zdunić, sociologist

Maša Žarnić, philosophy and french language and literature professor

Our Dear Sponsors

Organizations that helped bring this conference to life

We are looking forward to seeing you this October in Zagreb!