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Expert conference
28 March 2017, 9.00-16.00
Poznań Town Hall, the White Room




 
 

Description of the Conference

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Caring about a safe and happy development of teenagers, and making sure they grow up to be fulfilled, valued adults is a commonly accepted priority for educators and psychologists. But how many of us ever stop to think about the fact that at least one in twenty teenagers is non-heterosexual? Do we realize that some children are being brought up by same-sex couples?

The topic of homosexuality is present in today’s media and political discourse, causing many social controversies. Avoiding this topic among children and youths will not eliminate the questions and difficulties that the victims of homophobia struggle with, sometimes so painfully that it threatens their safety. The aim of the conference is to present homosexuality as an aspect of life that no child should face alone. As the organizers, we would like to present factual state-of-the-art knowledge on the topic of psychosexual orientation, homophobia and, most of all, the needs of non-heterosexual teenagers and children raised by non-heterosexual parents. We would also like to invite all the participants to reflect upon the possibilities of developing local antidiscrimination initiatives. So that to ensure that a sexual minority identity is not an obstacle for any child’s happiness, in the same way as poverty, ethnicity, gender or disability shouldn’t be.

All psychologists, educators, social workers and non-governmental organization activists, employees of municipal institutions for children and youths, caregivers, teachers are welcome to participate in the conference. As the author of The Little Princesaid: “only the unknown frightens people”. By facing the unknown, we can create a new quality for young people who are growing up under our care. Let’s not waste this opportunity.

Opening speech:

Marta Mazurek’s welcoming speech:

Panel discussion: Czy Poznań bez homofobii to miasto lepsze dla wszystkich? Czy i jak budować inkluzywny Poznań?

Invited speakers

Malin Björk

is a member of the European Parliament for the Swedish Left Party since the last election, in September 2014. Her political priorities include refugee policy, gender equality and LGBTI rights. She is also a member of the cross-political network All of Us in the European Parliament, which promotes sexual and reproductive health and rights. Prior to her political office, Malin Björk has been a women’s rights and LGBTI rights activist for several years. Among her former work places is the NGO European Women’s Lobby in Brussels. She was born in 1972 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

dr Aleksandra Chodecka

is a psychologist, clinical sex therapist, psychotherapist, member of the Polish Society of Sexual Therapy, Polish Psychological Society and Polish Society of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. She has been affiliated to the Faculty of Psychology at AMU since 2003. Dr. Chodecka is experienced in psychotherapy and psychoeducation for adults, youths, and children. She works on problems connected with close relationships, psychosexual functioning, crisis situations and parenting skills. She cooperates with Clinic of Endocrinology and Rheumatology for Children at Karol Jonscher’s Hospital in Poznań, where she provides help for people sex determining disorders and their families. In consort with Monika Zielona-Jenek, she is the coauthor of a monograph titled I Am a Girl, I Am a Boy. How To Stand For Child’s Sexual Development, Gdansk, 2010.

[Prezentacja – “…Ciebie kocham, Ciebie lubię, Ciebie pocałuję…”]

Agata Jarzyna

Agata Jarzyna

is a psychologist, therapist and family mediator at an interventional-medical centre in the Committee of the Rights of The Child in Warsaw; she runs mediations, psychological consultations, individual therapies and psychoeducational-support groups for parents in crisis concerning family breakdowns, and trainings in social skills for the youth and adults. She graduated from the School of Family Mediation Coaches ran by the NGO Trainers’ Association, and the School of Psychotherapy in the Mabor Centre in Warsaw, recommended by the Polish Psychiatric Association. She has experience in working with women who are raising their children in same-sex relationships, for whom she has organized training workshops called “Rainbow Moms”, with the help of Tamara Pocent.

[Prezentacja – “Tęczowe mamy”]

Tamara Pocent

Tamara Pocent

is a member and the founder of the Family Mediators Association and the Centre of Psychological Diagnosis and Support “Syntonia” in Warsaw. An educator, mediator, coach, social skills trainer, counsellor and family matters consultant. She runs workshops for parents with an intention of increasing their pedagogical skills, trainings and clinical supervisions for pedagogists and psychologists, and she is also a personal coach. She is interested in the issues concerning a child’s situation in parental conflicts and protection of the rights of the child in the broad sense. She is the co-author and co-organizer of workshops for parents raising children in same-sex relationships called “Rainbow Moms”.

[Prezentacja – “Tęczowe mamy”]

Izabela Podsiadło-Dacewicz

Izabela Podsiadło-Dacewicz 

is a trainer, coach, mediator, therapist. She is professionally involved in the education and work in the business environment, public administration and NGOs. Currently, she is working at the Centre of Socio-Educational Innovations and Trainings in Warsaw. She is skilled at coaching and trainings in developing psychosocial skills and diversity management, preventing discrimination, exclusion and violence in the school environment.

Among other things, co-author of the first Polish educational package relating to the prevention of discrimination titled “Antidiscrimination” (2005) and a coach’s guide titled “School Without Homophobia” (2016).

She collaborated with the Warsaw City Council in creating a programme in aid of promoting diversity and preventing discrimination called “Diverse Warsaw”.

[Prezentacja – “Działania antydyskryminacyjne na terenie szkoły.”]

dr Marek Przybylski

dr Marek Przybylski

works as a history teacher in one of the schools in Poznań. He has experience in business trainings and trainings for educational workers. He is an anti-discrimination coach in preventing homophobia in schools. He is interested in safety in education and the educational laws. Based on these interests, he authored a monography “Criminal Responsibility of the Principal and the Teacher for Violation of Occupational Safety and Health Rules at School” (Poznan, 2012).

[Prezentacja – “Przeciwdziałanie homofobii szkolnej w świetle prawa”]

dr Joanna Śmiecińska

dr Joanna Śmiecińska

works as an adjunct at the Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Her scientific interests concern English linguistics, and her social activity centres around LGBT+ families. A member of the Stonewall Group Association. Co-author of a publication (together with Jowita Wycisk) titled “Strategies and the consequences of revealing the sexual orientation by lesbian couples raising children together” (Roczniki Socjologii Rodziny, XXII/2012).

[Prezentacja – “Dzieci mówią”]

dr Jowita Wycisk

dr Jowita Wycisk

is psychologist and cultural expert, she works as an adjunct at the Faculty of Psychology in Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. She gives lectures on anti-discrimination and advises pedagogical staff on prevention of homophobia in schools. She is the author of research and publications about parenthood of LGBT-oriented people and attitudes of psychologists towards working with this kind of families, including articles entitled “Strategies of Revealing One’s Sexual Orientation By Lesbian Couples Raising Children Together and Their Consequences” (in consort with Joanna Śmiecińska; Roczniki Socjologii Rodziny, XXII/2012); “Attitudes of the Future Psychologists to the Unisexual Families with Children” (Sociological Studies, 4/2014) and “The Minority Stress of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Parents. Specificity of Polish Context” (Polish Psychological Bulletin, 4/2015). She is the founder of the Academic Circle of LGBT Psychology at AMU Institute of Psychology. She is a member of the Stonewall Group Association, where she acts for integrating the non-heteronormative parents and coordinates psychological and counselling initiatives aimed at LGBT+ people and their relatives.

[Prezentacja – “Homofobia i jej konsekwencje dla dzieci i młodzieży”]

Recordings

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The Registration is now closed
The proceedings will be video-recorded and posted online

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Second part:

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Organisers

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The conference is organised by the Poznań City Council, the AMU Institute of Psychology, and the Poznań Stonewall-Group Organisation.
The conference is under the matronage of the AMU Interdisciplinary Centre For Research on Gender and Identity.
The project is coordinated by dr Jowita Wycisk and Dr Joanna Śmiecińska.

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