Dagna Gmitrowicz


Passion is an energy.

Dagna Gmitrowicz has 10 references for past work as a trainer.

Dagna Gmitrowicz

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Current occupation

Freelance Trainer, artist, art therapist

Work experience

My work as a 'young' trainer started in polish association TPM (The Association for Youth Support). Since then I’ve been involved in many activities, trainings and projects, which had been parallel to my education. Finally my profession turned into artist, art therapist and freelance trainer.

My work experience:
As an art-therapist:
1997-2000 in Foundation for Children against the violence at home
2001 – 2002 in Foundation of Culture Animation
May 2002 art workshops for disabled youth during the International Theatre Festival for Disabled Youth
2002 Message- wisdom, beauty and experience – the European-wide project for older people touched by Alzheimer disease
2008-2014 an art therapist in Clinic of Psychiatry in Lodz/ Poland

2001 –2002 As an art teacher in frame of formal education in Public School

In frame of YOUTH (IN ACTION) programme

08. 2002 – 29.02.2004 The coordinator of EVS projects (hosting and sending one) in Masurian District.
The coordinator and trainer in many international projects for youth (trainings, workshops, contact making seminars, short study visits, exchanges, local initiatives etc)
2002-2004 mentor for EVS volunteers

As a freelance trainer:

Since 2003 up till now I am a trainer for Polish National Agency.

Since February 2004
trainer and coordinator in trainings dedicated to polish NGOs:
for beginners in hosting and sending European Volunteers
for not experienced hosting organisations (for coordinators and mentors)
evaluation trainings for experienced hosting and sending organisations
evaluation trainings for experienced mentors

Since 2007
The coordinator and quality manager of "Nonformal Academy of Project Quality" PAJP, organised by Polish NA of Youth in Action

Trainer in international trainings
06.2003 – EVS In the small towns and on the countryside / Poland
10.2003 – Youth work in small communities / Poland
08.2004 – For ways for Peace /Portugal
12.2004 – The experiment of alternative training , training for trainers/Poland
03.2005 –Call for participation, training for disabled youth leaders/ Estonia
05.2005 – Appetizer, net- training inspiring youth leaders for international projects / Poland
07.2005 – East-West Co-Up, Russia
08.2005 – The empowerment of nature / Armenia
05. 2006 - EVS is coming to Circus/Germany
07. 2006 – Under the common roof / Armenia, a
11.2006 – Shorter Way /Poland

10.2007 - 2 Seminars for experts from EEA Grants
11.2007 - IInd Polish Art Therapy Conference - workshop on labyrinth methodology

and many more which are mentioned and described as references.

Educational pathway

There were many aspects from informal education, non-formal and formal one which were important to form me as the trainer.

My path in formal education:
Master of Art (1995 – 2000) Academy of Fine Arts
Art-therapist (1998 - 1999) Art.-therapy Study
Designer (2000 – 2001) Art. & Decor, Interior Design
Therapist (2009 - 2013) Milton Erickson Institute, Poland

My path as participant in non-formal education
04.1998 Poland
How to understand your body – Laboratory of Psychological Education
TRI –ANGEL – summer academy of art-therapy , Scheersberg, Germany
24-25 . 05.2001 Poland
Schizophrenia. Art therapy. come back to society, conference and workshops , Warsaw
19-25.10.2002 Poland
„How to prepare yourself for realising EVS hosting Project In small places” – international training course
22-27. 08. 2003 Poland
Training for Trainers of EVS Volunteers Increasing Skills and Awareness in Transforming Conflicts- international training for trainers, Poland
2003 Weimar/ Germany
Learning Forum For EVS Trainers , international training for EVS trainers
04.2004 Lebanon, Jordan, Syria
“Follow the women”- peace demonstration
Peace conference in Amman
2004-2005, Romania, Greece, Italy
TOT, Training of trainers for European YOUTH.
December 2005
Group Building – training organised by Erickson Institute
February 2006
„Open group“ an intensive therapeutic training with elements of relaxation, meditation, group dynamic and communication. / Laboratory of Psycho education / Warsaw
December 2006
„Next step – new life” - an international training for EVS trainers, on personal development and life -long learning topic / Poland
November 2007
Training on diversity / Poland
November 2008
Training on conflict management and mediation / Poland
November 2009
Training on peer education and supervision/ Poland
Since September 2009
Studies on psychotherapy in Erickson Institute
New media in trainings, long term online training, Poland 2011

Fields of training expertise

  • (advanced) Animation
  • (advanced) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (expert) Change Management
  • (advanced) Citizenship Education
  • (expert) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (expert) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (expert) Creativity & Art
  • (advanced) Crisis Management
  • (advanced) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (intermediate) Drama & Theatre
  • (expert) Environment & Ecology
  • (advanced) Entrepreneurship (Social)
  • (expert) Equal Opportunities
  • (intermediate) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (expert) Event Management
  • (intermediate) Fundraising
  • (advanced) Global Education
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (intermediate) Health & Prevention
  • (intermediate) Human Rights
  • (expert) Intercultural Learning
  • (expert) International Youth Work
  • (expert) Leadership Development
  • (beginner) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (advanced) New Information Technologies
  • (expert) Open Space Technology
  • (advanced) Organizational Management
  • (advanced) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (intermediate) Peace Education
  • (advanced) People Management & Cooperation
  • (expert) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (advanced) Project Management
  • (intermediate) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (advanced) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (expert) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (intermediate) Social Media
  • (intermediate) Time Management
  • (advanced) Training of Trainers
  • (advanced) Valorisation of Projects (DEOR)
  • (expert) Volunteer Programmes
  • (intermediate) Youth Exchanges
  • (intermediate) Youth Information Work
  • (expert) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (intermediate) Youth Policy
  • (expert) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (expert) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)
  • (intermediate) European Institutions
  • (intermediate) Youth Partnership CoE-COM
  • (expert) Private Foundations

Working with specific target groups

  • (intermediate) Children
  • (expert) Families
  • (intermediate) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (expert) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (beginner) Men's Issues & Groups
  • (advanced) Minorities
  • (beginner) Religious Youth Groups
  • (advanced) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (beginner) Young People in/from Conflict Areas
  • (expert) Young People with a Mental Disability
  • (expert) Young People with a Physical Disability
  • (advanced) Young People with a Sensory Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (intermediate) Asia
  • (advanced) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (intermediate) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (expert) European Cooperation
  • (intermediate) Global Cooperation
  • (intermediate) South East Europe

Other skills

community building, design thinking, labyrinths, land art

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (intermediate) German
  • (intermediate) Russian

Other languages


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This profile was last modified on 2017-01-09

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