suncana kusturin


I’m a social worker, supervisor in psycho-social work, youth worker and a trainer in youth field. I love to mix all skills and knowledge I gained through formal and non-formal education. This mixture gives me a possibility to be responsible, well organized, resourceful trainer and at the same time creative, playful, and curious. I have been working directly with children, youth, parents, teachers and youth workers and I have managed NGO and inclusion programs.

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suncana kusturin

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Current occupation

freelance trainer in the youth field

Work experience

Within the Association Play (2002-2016) I worked as an office manager, supervisor, trainer, coordinator of the program and a group leader on several projects.

My expertise is in the field of social inclusion of children and youth with problems in behaviour and those that are placed in alternative care.

As a free lance trainer and external associate of faculty of social work I was involved in several formal and non-formal activities (trainings, supervisions, educations..) for professionals, students and volunteers that aimed at competence development and care for mental health.

As a trainer I worked on these trainings:
“Intercultural learning”
“Group work”
“Family as a system”
“Creative techniques”
“Stress and Supervision”
«Youth and sexuality»
„Works with parents”
“Learning and creative techniques”
«Risk factors and protective factors in raising children and youth with behavioral disorders»
«Relationship with students and educational process»
„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

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 (currently attending)

Non-formal education:
- COE (TOT): “Non-formal youth education” and “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"

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“

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 2020-04-24

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