Report on the meeting in Novo mesto, Slovenia

By Maria Cauto
Società Dolce

On the 22 of November all SRAP project partners (25 social workers) met in Slovenia for a three-days training meeting.
In that period, we finished the research-action and the objective of the meeting was to find a good and common way to start the real prevention action.

Previously, at the meeting in Spain we had decided that good methods or tools were the Motivational Interview and the Life Skill.

During the first day in Novo Mesto we attended the lesson held by the Doctor Giampaolo Guelfi about the Motivational Interview.
It was very interesting especially because after the theoretical explanation we had the possibility to simulate some different kinds of interview. In this way, we have felt what our users feel every time that we interview them, and also realized the mistakes that we often make.

About the change of people Blaise Pascal say “People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others”.

The second day we attend to the lesson of Richard Ives from England about Life skills.
The ten life skill strategies and technique more important are: problem solving, critical thinking, effective communication skills, decision-making, creative thinking, interpersonal relationship skills, self-awareness building skills, empathy, and coping with stress and emotions.
Self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence are essential tools for understanding one’s strengths and weaknesses. Consequently, the individual is able to discern available opportunities and prepare to face possible threats. This leads to the development of a social awareness of the concerns of one’s family and society.

Subsequently, it is possible to identify problems that arise within both the family and society. With life skills, one is able to explore alternatives, weigh pros and cons and make rational decisions in solving each problem or issue as it arises. It also entails being able to establish productive interpersonal relationships with others.

In these three days we worked a lot, but we had also the possibility to stay together, discuss about our work and relax in the wellness centre in the hotel.
It was a very important opportunity especially because we improved our knowledge and  discussed about the SRAP project.


RIC Novo mesto which co-organized this work meeting also invited a local TV network to the training, who then prepared a report (in Slovene) about the meeting. In this report, the content and the importance of the project was presented by the head of the SRAP project, Patrizia Marani; the director of RIC Novo mesto,Marjeta Gašperšič; and the coordinator of the SRAP project at RIC Novo mesto, Tea Sulič. A participant from the training was also invited to participate in the TV segment – Špela Novak,a student, who gathered her experience with teaching Roma youth in the elementary schoolfor adults.