Invitation to the INCREASE Final ConferenceINCREASE Final Conference in Graz, AT

Date and time
Final Conference | 27 SEP 2017, 9:30 am to 5 pm (Arrival: 8:30 am)

Venue
Steiermarkhof | Krottendorferstraße 81, 8052 Graz, Austria

Participants
Approx. 140 persons.

The conference

On 27 September 2017, the final conference of the Erasmus+ co-funded INCREASE project took place at the Steiermarkhof conference centre in Graz, Austria. Like the project itself, the conference focussed on the development of interdisciplinary competences of employees in residential youth care homes. In particular, social paedagogues, social workers, psychologists, and volunteers working with young people in residential homes were introduced to the INCREASE project in general and to the outputs of the project in particular. This included the INCREASE Research Study, the INCREASE Training Curriculum and the INCREASE Policy Paper, all of which were presented by the project partners. (Download PRESENTATION IO1 & IO2 and PRESENTATION IO3.)
Those who work with young people not only need a socio-paedagogical background; they also need to know about the interfaces between medical services, drug abuse programmes and other support services. Current education and training, however, does not sufficiently cover this field of cooperation, and that is where the INCREASE project sets in. One of its main targets was the development of an innovative training programme to provide youth workers with the knowledge to interact with other disciplines in complex situations that occur every day.
The importance of this topic was also stressed by Prof. Dr. Ute Ziegenhain, head of the Section of Paedagogy, Youth Help, Attachment Research and Developmental Psycho-Pathology at the University Hospital in Ulm, Germany. In her speech, Prof. Ziegenhain talked about the chances and the stumbling blocks of interdisciplinary cooperation and networking. (Follow this LINK to view the recording of Prof. Ziegenhain's speech.)
Workshops offered the possibility to exchange perspectives with experts from a variety of fields. The participants discussed topics reaching from anamnesis/diagnosis and attachment to team/cooperation and care/support systems. (Download FLIPS.)

About 140 participants took part in the conference. All project outcomes (Intellectual Outputs) can be downloaded from this project website.