Jubilee scientific applied conference “BIO-PSYCHO-SOCIAL APPLICATIONS OF CHESS”

24 July, 2017

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION “CHOVEKOLUBIE”

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THE COLLEGE OF TECHNICAL AND WINTER SPORTS

AT THE NATIONAL SPORTS ACADEMY “V. LEVSKI”

 

 invite you to participate in an jubilee scientific applied conference

in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the founding of “Chovekolubie”

on the topic of

BIO-PSYCHOSOCIAL APPLICATIONS OF CHESS

October 6th – October 8th , 2017, in the city of Pazardzhik, Bulgaria.

For 25 years the Association “Chovekolubie” has been developing a theory for dealing with problems based on the game of chess. Until recently we thought we were the only ones in using chess for solving human problems. We gradually discovered that in all corners of the world certain people are using similar approaches, and perhaps, like us, feel alone in their endeavors. For this reason we are organizing this conference and invite all, who work in this area to create a community for cooperation and mutual help, which could develop into a professional organization.

ORGANIZATIONAL KOMMITTEE

President: 

NadezhdaKuzermanova – general manager of  the Mental Health Association “Chovekolubie”

Members:

Ass. Prof.  RadislavAtanasov – chess instructor at the NSA “V. Levski”, Sofia, Bulgaria

Roumen Bezergianov – licensed professional counselor at Arizona State University, Tempe,  USA

Dr. Emil Markov – psychiatrist  and consultant at “Chovekolubie”, Pazardzik, Bulgaria

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

President:

Prof. Dimitar Kaikov – NSA “V. Levski”, Sofia, Bulgaria

Members:

Prof. Sabine Vollstädt-Klein – Central Institute of Mental Health, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany

Prof. Martin Tabakov – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria

FORMS OF PARTICIPATION

  1. Participation with an abstract – sharing personal experience and/or scientific data;
  2. Participation as a speaker at the conference – an abstract is also necessary to be sent;
  3. Participation in online session – an abstract is also necessary to be sent;
  4. Participation as a listener.

DEADLINES

Deadline for submitting abstracts:  30.07.2017

Deadline for registration:  31.08. 2017

Deadline for paying registration fees: 31.08. 2017

GUIDELINES FOR THE ABSTRACT

  1. File Format: MS Word, Times New Roman, 12 pt., single-spacing;
  2. Title;
  3. Author(s) first name, last name, position, affiliation;
  4. Abstract should not exceed 300 words (excl.title)
  5. Contact information (Phone, e-mail address)
  6. Language: Bulgarian or English
  7. To be sent to: admin@chesstherapy.org

REGISTRATION FEES

  1. Participation fee for scientific applied program due if paid by 08.2017
  • Participation with an abstract and as a speaker – 230.00 levs
  • Participation with an abstract only –130.00 levs
  • Participation in online session – 130.00 levs
  • Participation as a listener – 2300 levs
  1. Participation fee due if payed after 31.08.2017  or at the opening day of the conference 260 levs
  2. Participation fee for scientific applied program includes: booklet,  interpreter, online session, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, 5 breaks.
  3. Participation fee for social program – 190 levs. It includes transport from Sofia to Pazardzhik, guide, museum fees, 1 dinner.
  4. Participation fee for scientific applied program plus participation fee for social program is 420 levs.
  5. Please transfer registration fees to: Association “Chovekolubie”

DSK Bank, branch 1201 – Pazardzhik;

IBAN BG53STSA 93000006045631

Subject:  Conference “Bio-Psycho-Social Applications of Chess”

  1. Course of exchange: 1 lev = 0.5 euro

 PRELIMINARY PROGRAM OF THE CONFERENCE

 Social program

October  4th  and 5th  2017

Arrival in Bulgaria

 October  5th  2017

10.00 – 16.00 Historic tour in Sofia

16.00 – Departure to Pazardzhik

18.00 – Arrival at hotel in Pazardzhik, Dinner

Scientific applied program

Pazardzhik, Association “Chovekolubie”, Dr. Long str. 12

 October 6th  2017

09.00 – 12.00  Introduction to the programs of  “Chovekolubie”.

12.00 – 13.00  Lunch

13.00 – 14.00  A game of chess with living pieces between conference participants and the people  of “Chovekolubie”.

14.00 – 15.30  Analysis of the chess game and sharing of experiences.

15.30 – 16.00  Break

16.00 –17.00 Review of the spectrum of  bio-psycho-social applications of chess at Association “Chovekolubie” – life as a game of chess.

20.00                Dinner

 October 7th  2017

09.00 – 12.00  Presentations, discussions, sharing of personal experiences

13.00 – 15.00  Presentations, discussions, sharing of personal experiences

15.00 – 20.00  Cultural program

20.00               Dinner

 October  8th 2017

09.00 – 12.00  Founding of professional organization

12.00               Lunch

Conference languages:  Bulgarian and English

Working model of the conference:  Universal chess model

HOTEL  INFORMATION:

Participants must arrange their hotel reservations in Sofia and Pazardzhik themselves. Organizers have contracted preferential prices as follows:

 Accommodation in Sofia:

Hotel City, “Stara planina” str. 6. Tel. 02/ 915 15 00;   359 890 111 108;

www.sofiacityhotel.com

Prices: Single room –  140 levs; Double room – 160 levs

For reservations use registration form on www.chesstherapy.org , Conference invitation

Accommodation in Pazardzhik:

Grand Hotel Hebar, “Esperanto” str. 6, Tel. 359 896 666 644;  www.grandhotelhebar.net

Prices: Single room –  80 levs; Double room – 100 levs; luxury apartment – 150 levs;

For reservations:  reservation@grandhotelhebar.net;

For information and comunication:

www.chesstherapy.org  ;  admin@chesstherapy.org  –  in English

www.chovekolubie.org; info@chovekolububie.org – in Bulgarian

 REGISTRATION FORM

Name:………………………

Phone, e-mail:………………….

Form of participation in the scientific applied program:

  • participation with an abstract only
  • participation with an abstract and as a speaker
  • participation with an abstract and an online session
  • participation as a listener

 (Please, underline the form you wish)

Participation in the social program:

  • Yes
  • No

/Please, underline the form you wish)

Date and Hour of arrival:

  • In Sofia………………………..
  • In Pazardzhik…………………..

Data for invoice (if necessary):

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The Association “Chovekolubie” is a nongovernmental organization in public benefit, founded in 1992 on the psychiatrist  Dr. Emil Markov initiative. Between 1992 and 2001 the members and clients of the association conducted their activities in the facilities of the Youth Home in the city of Pazardzhik. In 2001 Mental Health Center was opened. In 2002 a social enterprise  was launched. Since 2005 the Association “Chovekolubie” has provided delegated from the state social service “Center for Social Rehabilitation and Integration of People with Mental Health Problems”. Since 2009 the Association has expanded its activities in the town of Septemvri, where Mental Health Center was also opened. In 2011 the Sheltered Home for People with Mental Health Problems opened its doors in the city of Pazardzhik.

The mission of the Association “Chovekolubie” is to develop the human potential  and to strengthen mental health as value for every person and for the society as a whole.

Basic directions:

  1. To support and protect people with mental health problems through education and enhancement  of their coping skills, and for personal spiritual
  2. To increase psychological literacy and raise awareness in the society.
  3. To promote “Chovekolubie” Mental Health Center as a center for spiritual awakening, awareness of human values ​​and integrates the international experience in the area of mental health problems and informs the public about it.

For more informationwww.chovekolubie.org

 

 

Activity of the “Mobile Services” program

17 March, 2017

Every week a specialist from the Center for social rehabilitation and integration of people with mental problems “Chovekolubie” in the town of Pazardzhik take care of the clients of the “Mobile Services” program in the town of Septemvri. The program includes club meetings as well as home visitations. The meetings take place at the building of the Chovekolubie Mental Health Center, 26 “Bulgaria” blvd.

In March, the clients of this program actively joined the life of the local community. On the 1st of March, the Baba Marta Holiday was celebrated, as a part of the 25 Years Chovekolubie Association Anniversary. Martenitsas were given out to citizens, doctors, members of local institutions – Municipality of Septemvri, “Social Support” association, the Job Center. The celebration finished with a lunch at the local “Cottage Café”, where the participants of the initiative shared their impressions.

The members of the Center also commemorated the 8th of March – the International Women’s Day. They learned about the history of the holiday and made a tasty lunch as a part of the program for rehabilitation and household skills “Tasty-Club”. Psychological Consultations took place with help of an intern of the Chovekolubie Center – Deyan Stoyanov.

On the 22th of March, the participants of the “Mobile Services” Program will celebrate the Day of Spring.

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Chovekolubie Center celebrates the International Women’s Day

8 March, 2017

On the 8th of March, the Chovekolubie Center celebrated the International Women’s Day. An additional Family Relations Course took place, and the clients were presented with the history of the holiday. Information about honorable female citizens of Pazardzhik was read, as well as poetry in honor of the women. With a psychological test of unfinished sentences, the participants shared the most important moments of their lives.

To commemorate the holiday, the clients of the Chovekolubie Center visited the regional library “Nikola Furnadzhiev”, where, with the help of specialists, they made greeting cards and bracelets as gifts for beloved people.

The International Women’s day was commemorated in the town of Septemvri, too, with the clients of the Mobile Services of the Center.

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