suncana kusturin


I’m a social worker, supervisor in psycho-social work, youth worker and a trainer. I love to mix diverse competencies I've acquired through both formal and non-formal education.This mixture gives me a possibility to be a responsible, well organised, resourceful trainer and at the same time creative, playful and curious. Over the years, my professional journey has involved managing NGO and projects but also direct engagement with children, youth, parents, teachers and youth workers.

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suncana kusturin

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Current occupation

freelance trainer in the youth field

Work experience

"I worked at Association Play from 2002 to 2016, fulfilling various roles such as office manager, supervisor, trainer, and program coordinator. Additionally, I took on the responsibilities of a group and youth leader across several projects. Since 2017, I have pursued a path of self-employment, offering training, facilitating sessions, and providing supervision services to a diverse range of organizations.
My professional journey has been enriched through collaboration with numerous esteemed national and international organizations, including but not limited to the Council of Europe (COE), Swedish National Agency, Hungarian National Agency, Croatian National Agency and Slovenian National Agency. I have also collaborated with SALTO-YOUTH Inclusion & Diversity, SOS Children's Villages in Croatia and Serbia, Interculturales Zentrum and Croatian Youth Network, gaining valuable insights and experiences.
My focal areas of expertise include social inclusion, alternative care, youth work, professional stress and wellbeing, mentoring, non-formal methodology and creative techniques. Over the years, I have successfully facilitated both large and small scale national and international events, showcasing my ability to work independently or within a collaborative team setting.

Some of the trainings/event i worked at are:
„Professional stress and burn-out“
„Gender-based violence“
„ Basic group work with children and youth”
„Specificity of work with children with behavioral disorders“
“Team work”
„Interpersonal communication“
„How to CONTACT“
„Promoting YIA“
„Include me” training for inclusion of youth with fewer opportunities in YIA“
Training for trainers: „To know“
"More opportunities"
“Empowering youth to combat discrimination” "Developing Competences in Organizing Youth Outdoor Projects"
"Behavioural disorders- a view from a different corner"
"How to MENTOR"
"Youth Studies-Module: Youth work"
"Capoeira as a tool when working with youth with fewer opportunities"
"International forum: ME TOO! Conversations on social inclusion"
"International seminar on cross-sectorial cooperation-Key to inclusion"
EVS On-arrival and MID-term trainings
Training: “Training professionals working with children in care”
"Realising children’s rights"
"Academy of Central European Schools, ACES-act local"
Study visit and networking activity “We are all in”
Facilitation of meeting Inclusion & Diversity Colleague Support Group meeting "Inclusion Goes Local"
Training “Key to inclusion” within European solidarity corps programme, online
Training for local government representatives: “Europe goes local”
Training for mentors of volunteers within European solidarity corps programme

Educational pathway

Formal education:
- University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law – Department of social work
- Specialistic postgraduate study in supervision in psychosocial work
- Doctorate study in Social work and social policy

Non-formal education:
- COE (TOT): “Non-formal youth education”
- COE (TOT) “Gender based violence”
- Youth partnership (TOT): “TALE – trainers for active learning in Europe”
- TRANSformas: «Step up on stage- Theater for development»
- CESI: "Sensibilisation for Questions of Gender/sex"
- Training of Trainers: Preparing for leaving care, CELCIS and SOS Children’s Villages International
- Training of trainers: Building capacity of care professionals working with children and youth in care, SOS Children’s Villages International
- Training for trainers: „Youth and human rights“, Iuventa

One/two day workshops:
“Gestalt in working with children”
“Reality therapy in working with children”
«Therapy with puppets»
«Acting and education»
«Physical body in psychological support work»
«Psychotherapy with children – victims of violence”
«Experiential pedagogy»
«Team work»
«Associative cards»
“Participatory methodology & approaches to learning in training”
«Trans-generational transition of violence and understanding of child’s drawing”
„Management of human potentials"
„Experimental learning – in accordance to Outward Bound method“
«Workshops for education of non-profit organizations in development of appropriate partnerships, and education on presentation and writing project proposals according to European commission”
„Stress at work and development of personal responsibility for relationship and accomplishment“
„Loss and support in a grieving process“
„Youth participation and youth studies“
"Course in basic use of MoD"
„Digital photography course“
ETS Trainers skills workshop: “How to support wellbeeing in training practices

Online training programmes:
- On-line course: “Caring for vulnerable children” (6 weeks, 4 hours per week) , University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
- Online course: „Getting care right for all children“ (6 weeks, 4 hours per week) , University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
- Online webinar: “E-TEC: design and facilitate TEC training online”
- Online course: Trauma and alternative care: An Introduction to Using a Trauma-Informed Approach”, SOS Children village Croatia

I like to intertwine knowledge that I have as a social worker, youth worker, supervisor and trainer. These different kinds of trainings and workshops enabled me to create trainings that are tailored for needs of specific target group.

Fields of training expertise

  • (intermediate) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (advanced) Communication Skills
  • (beginner) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (advanced) Creativity & Art
  • (beginner) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (beginner) Drama & Theatre
  • (beginner) Education through Sports
  • (advanced) Equal Opportunities
  • (beginner) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (intermediate) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (expert) Health & Prevention
  • (intermediate) Human Rights
  • (beginner) Intercultural Learning
  • (intermediate) International Youth Work
  • (intermediate) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (expert) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (intermediate) Project Management
  • (beginner) Public Speaking
  • (expert) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (intermediate) Training of Trainers
  • (intermediate) Volunteer Programmes
  • (beginner) Youth Exchanges
  • (intermediate) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (beginner) Youth Policy
  • (advanced) Youth Violence & Criminality
  • (advanced) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (advanced) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering

Working with specific target groups

  • (expert) Children
  • (advanced) Families
  • (beginner) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Marginalized & Excluded Youth

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (intermediate) South East Europe

Other skills

profesinal stress and mental health; supervison as a tool for profesinal development

Language Skills

  • (fluent) Croatian
  • (fluent) English

Trainer references

This profile was last modified on 2024-03-17

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