UDAPS: The Association for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy of Serbia

UDAPS (Read Serbian version here)

Association for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy of Serbia
 (Udruzenje za deciju i adolescentnu psihoterapiju Srbije)


UDAPS was founded in 2009 in Belgrade and registered as an association in 2010. It was established by a group of psychotherapists and psychoanalysts working with children, adolescents and their families in Belgrade and other towns of Serbia. This group of professionals has been in continuous supervision since 1997 with Branka Pecotic, consultant child and adult psychotherapist from the Tavistock Clinic in London. Over the years other Tavistock teachers, notably Jonathan Bradley and Cathy Urwin, came to Belgrade to lecture and supervise.

In March 2010, at the National Delegates Meeting in Leuven, Belgium, UDAPS was accepted as a member of the European Federation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, EFPP (Child Section), and was given the observer status. In May 2012, at the EFPP Conference in Athens, UDAPS was promoted into the associate status. Full membership was acquired in February 2013 at the Executive Board meeting in Berlin.

In October 2012 UDAPS was unanimously accepted as member of the SDPS (Assembly of Psychotherapy Associations of Serbia).

Over the years since its inception, local UDAPS members have taught, lectured, run workshops, seminars and public programmes at the Psychotherapy Sections of Vojvodina and Serbian Medical Societies, Serbian Association for (Adult) Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, etc. (professional engagements and activities of UDAPS members teachers from abroad are not listed here).


The aims of UDAPS are to promote and develop clinical, research, teaching, consultative and publishing practice in the domain of child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy.


Members can be associate, full and honorary. Full members are qualified child and/or adolescent psychotherapists who maintain clinical practice and fulfill the criteria for continuing professional development. Associate members are students of child and adolescent psychotherapy, as well as other professionals who have made a contribution to the area of child psychotherapy.

Honorary members are distinguished child and adolescent psychotherapists from Serbia and abroad, who have made a significant contribution to the development of child mental health theory and practice.

Educational Programmes, Events and Activities

We are currently recruiting students on the programme of EFPP recognized child and adolescent psychotherapy training, which is delivered in Serbian, Croatian, English, Italian and Greek language (students can choose). Press Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training for more information and to download an Application Form.

There are also shorter programmes, weekend workshops and lectures which can be attended as part of the continuing professional development. Press Events and Activities to get information and download an Application Form.

Relevance of CAP training

There has never been any formal training in CAP in the countries of former Yugoslavia, nor is there one in the neighbouring countries – with the exception of Greece, which has its own, locally developed and staffed training school. The Tavistock Clinic child psychotherapists have taught individually in some of the countries of Central or Eastern Europe and in the Balkans, but there has not been a fully recognised EFPP training. This Programme presents a historic opportunity for child mental health services in the wider region.

Child and adolescent psychotherapy differs from child psychiatry, which provides medical care and support for the child and his family; and from clinical psychology, which applies diagnostic techniques and supportive or other brief forms of therapeutic work. The Tavistock model of child and adolescent psychotherapy offers both short and long term in-depth treatment to children and adolescents, as well as their carers, with the aim of understanding and transforming their inner world, thus enabling healthy development to take place. This contributes significantly and determines their future mental health as adults.

The Tavistock model of psychotherapy enables clinicians in the public and private sector institutions to treat children individually, in their families or in groups with other children of similar ages. There is a strong emphasis on evaluation of outcomes and effectiveness of psychotherapy and on research.

Staff on the Programme

The Organising Tutor, Branka Pecotic, is a Tavistock trained consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist and principal adult psychotherapist who works in the public and private sectors in London and teaches on postgraduate courses at the Tavistock Clinic and elsewhere. She has been supervising CAP trainees in England for many years and is past Chair of the Scientific and Programme Planning Committee and member of the Executive of the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) in Great Britain. She has been engaged in teaching and supervising colleagues in Belgrade for the last twenty years and is the founder of UDAPS, its representative in the EFPP, and organiser of this training.

There are five other Tavistock trained consultant child and adolescent psychotherapists on the programme, with a variety of clinical experience and high expertise in teaching and supervising in England and abroad. They are:

Effie Lignos (Athens); Dr Marija Stojkovic, Selina Perocevic, Zora Goodland-Radonic and Ivana Ruzic (Great Britain).

Belgrade based child and/or adolescent psychotherapists are:

Dr Olivera Aleksic Hill, Mr Sci, child psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and family therapist; Dr Ruzica Galovic-Stojanac; psychiatrist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist; Dr Biljana Pirgic, child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst; Dr Zagorka Bradic, adolescent psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist; Nina Popadic; psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist; Sandra Stankovic-Simic, psychoanalyst, group analyst and special needs therapist; and Dr Gordana Bokalovic, psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

Deputy Organising Tutor in Belgrade is Sandra Stankovic-Simic and in London dr Marija Stojkovic.

For further details please contact Branka Pecotic in London (+44207-328 0918) or Sandra Stankovic-Simic in Belgrade (+381-64 1581 702).

The Application Form can be downloaded here (Microsoft Word format).