Projects and programmes

Counselling centre – providing psycho-social support for eating disorders sufferers and their families. Assistance in recovery process, guidance in individual and group therapy, support for parents and carers. 

Support groups- for young people with symptoms of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Two support groups - for adolescents under 18 years of age, and for female patients aged 19 years and older .Group meetings once a week. Obligatory individual session before joining a group. Group leaders: Ivana Kurtov and Kristina Tojčić

Saturdays in BEA: Psycho-education for community:

Themes in 2016:

Hungry Heart; Food and Stress – body oriented therapists Ana Katarina Sansevic and Dane Cvijanović

How to understand suffering? - Sociologist and reality psychotherapist Jelena Balabanić Mavrović

Inner Critic – psychologist Sunčana Rokvić

Mindfulness for Eating Disorders Sufferers – psychologist and cognitive-bihevioral therapist Dragica Barbarić

Psycho drama – social pedagogies and psychodrama teacher Damir Mihalić

Suppressing of our Thoughts – White Bear Effect – psychologist Sunčana Rokvić

My Journey to Recovery – social pedagogies Andrea Klapčić and psychiatrists Dubravko Kužina

Parental Role – Boundaries - psychologist Nikolina Essert

Parental Shadow - Stories about growing up – psychiatrist Hrvoje Handl


Preventive programme – „Who is that in the mirror? “, author Jelena Balabanić Mavrović, implemented in 14 secondary schools in Zagreb, more than 1.200 adolescent girls included. Interactive multimedia workshops in small groups, 10 workshops in 10 weeks for each group. Scientifically tested: significant change of attitudes on importance of weight for quality of life; significantly higher self-confidence of participants; significantly lower risk behaviour for developing eating disorders (misuse of laxatives, self-induced vomiting, drastic dieting, everyday weighing, obsessive workout to lose weight etc). 

Yoga – groups for girls with ED’s symptoms. Relaxation, breathing exercising, accepting one's body, recognizing body needs and individual rhythm. In association with OM Yoga Centre, Zagreb.

Art therapy- using art expression to improve metallization for ED’s sufferers. Workshop leader: Kristina Kovačević, member of Britain Association of Art Therapists.

Psycho-educational workshops- intended for wider population of young people to improve communication skills, self-esteem and stress management. Workshops leaders: Dunja Dejanović, Lejla Talić, Nikolina Vodanović; Project manager: Antonela Meštrović

INFO POINT – providing relevant information on prevention, treatment and psycho-social support possibilities for eating disorders' sufferers in Croatia via mail, phone and individual meetings.

Inter-sectoral cooperation – with hospitals, universities, public institutes, schools, private psycho-therapists, civil society organizations and all other relevant actors to improve prevention, treatment and psycho-social support to ED's sufferers.

Networking and education of professionals in the field – to exchange knowledge and experience in work with EDs, to raise general professional knowledge on recognizing ED's symptoms and providing support to sufferers and their families. PROFFESIONAL FORUM : Psychotherapy in treatment of eating disorders: psychodynamic approach and cognitive-behavioural therapy( February 2013)/ translation of Quick reference guide- Eating disorders, Developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (2013)/ on line brochure Treatment of eating disorders in Europe and USA(2012)

Knowledge transfer- mentoring, study visits and learning from foreign experts: study visit to Unit for eating disorders, Ljubljana, Slovenia ( Karin Sernec); hosting prof. Carolyn Costin in Zagreb / Croatian premiere of documentary America the Beautiful/ publishing 100 Questions and Answers on Eating Disorders, Carolyn Costin, Mozaik knjiga 2010.

Raising awareness initiatives – media initiatives and actions in local community to raise awareness on eating disorders' issue. Voluntary actions, public campaigns.