We are delighted to announce that Geertrui Serneels, director of Solentra, is now a fellow of ASHOKA Belgium!
To find out more about Geertrui as a ASHOKA MMH fellow :
To find out more about ASHOKA:
The Youth of the Green Party holds an award show each year called Groene Bril ("Green spectacles") celebrating an organisation which eis fully committed to an important theme. This year the theme was Migration and Solentra is among the nominees!
Cast your vote right here!
On Saturday December 10, Geert Serneels received the Maselis Prize 2016.
This is a 2 yearly prize for an important original work in the area of Child Psychotherapy and/or Child Psychiatry awarded by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.
"Besides a clear scientific basis should this work in the first place to contribute directly to improved clinical supervision of children in relation to a specific or broad, outsourcing or internalizing behavior problems. Working preferably in the form of a concrete disclosed innovative method that can be adopted by other practitioners. This award is intended for Belgian graduates or master's degree in clinical psychology and psychiatric medicine. The prize may be awarded to a person or group."
We are very grateful for this recognizition!
Attention : Since 1 november we have a new helpdesk number for all your questions.
0483 613 484
The European parliament is supported by different commissions providing papers and studies to support parliamentary work.
One of the commissions, FEMM, works on topics related to Women's Rights and Gender Equality.
Their latest work provides information on the reception of female refugees and asylum seekers in the EU, with a case study of Germany and Belgium.
Solentra was happy to provide knowledge on the Belgian situation.
The study can be found here.
Solentra is pleased to announce that we will be joining the YUNECO network as of October first.
This network for mental health for children and adolescents will serve Vlaams-Brabant.
We are looking forward on sharing our knowledge of transcultural psychotherapy and thus move a step closer to reaching our goal of maximizing the accessibility and efficiency of mental health care for children and youth with a migration background!
Save The Date!
Geert Serneels is elected psychologist of the year 2016.
Every year, the Ghent Alumni Psychology (GAP) , presents the award "psychologist of the year". This year they choose director Geert Serneels because of the work done by Solentra involving trauma relief for refugee children.
The event will be held on June 2nd from 19:30 in the Aula University of Ghent (Volderstraat).
To maximize this opportunity to sensibilize the audience about the subject Solentra was involved in the set up of the evening.
The program is gradually taking shape: dr. Annik Lampo and laureate Geert Serneels are among the speakers. We also organize a fascinating panel discussion: Anja Dewilde (file coordinator UMs, Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons), Dr. Hilde Van Gastel (senior manager Asylum Seekers in Red Cross-Flanders), dr. Kathia Van Egmond (Medical coordinator, Fedasil) and Dr. Reginald Moreels already confirmed their presence.
We will communicate the full program as soon as possible.
All info can be found through the link provided, entry is free but registration is required.
Hope to meet you on June 2nd.
Following the decision made last month, Minister Jo Vandeurzen decided to pay a working visit to Solentra. He got introduced to the way Solentra works on trauma and psychotherapy. Coordinator Geert Serneels emphasized the benefits of the PACCT-method to reach vulnerable target groups with crucual elements like: outreaching, working with interpreters, cultural sensitivity and a hollistic approach.
Jo Van Deurzen, Flemish Minister of Welfair, Public Health and Family announced his action plan to support refugee children suffering from traumas. Coordinator Geert Serneels and etnopsychologist Alain Nlandu were invited to "Van Gils en Gasten" to explain Solentra's role. Watch it here.
How does it feel to be a refugee? This beautiful Panorama report tackles existing clichés and prejudice about Syrian refugees.
Etnotherapist Alain Nlandu explains in DS Weekblad how he works with traumatized refugee children at Solentra. We are grateful to De Standaard for bringing attention to this aspect of mental healthcare for refugees.
It's not always easy to find the right words... Especially when it comes to sexuality. Zanzu is a project of Sensoa, the Flemish Expertise Centre for Sexual Health, and BZgA, the German Federal Centre for Health Education. As a support in trying to break this taboo subject.
As not to lose oversight of things. A short yet clear explanation of the current situation of refugees from Syria.
UZ Brussels and Solentra return the visit at Dunya's Women's Cancer Clinic in Ramallah
Mission is to exchange expertise and help breaking the taboo surrounding cancer. More pictures can be found here
200 years of Breaking the Chains of Stigma
4th Dr. Guislain award
The Dr. Guislain Award Ceremy will be held at the Opera House in Ghent this year. Your non committal gift when subscribing will be donated to the workings of Solentra ! You can find the invitation and program here.
We are looking forward on meeting you at the Opera House
Music For Life: support Solentra during 'the hottest week'
Solentra is one of te good causes behind the benefit week of Music For Life this year. Keep an eye on our website and facebook or contact us if you want to organise a fundraising event.
STUDIEDAG: Kwetsbaarheid van vluchtelingenkinderen met of zonder familie
Op 18/6/2015 In samenwerking met FEDASIL
VISIT FROM DUNYA women's cancer clinic from palestine
26/4 - 1/5 2015 at SOLENTRA vzw and UZ Brussel
EXCHANGE PROJECT with DUNYA women's cancer clinic from palestine
26/4 - 1/5 2015 at SOLENTRA vzw
Project "Nataka Kusema"
06/04 - 17/04 2015 UVIRA
STUDIEDAG - SEMINAIRE "Good practices" NBMV/MENA - Afghanistan
12/13/18/20 - 11 - 2014
VISIT from JOHNSON & JOHNSON
12 mei 2014 at SOLENTRA vzw
Johnson & Johnson who delivered wonderful stuffed backbags for our migrant-children
SINDBAD A JOURNEY THROUGH LIVING FLAMES
16 februari 2014 om 11u - De Munt, Grote Foyer
Een ontmoeting met Howard Moody, Thierry Thieû Niang en Geertrui Serneels, etnopsychologe. Krystian Lada, directeur dramaturgie van de Munt, zal het met hen hebben over het creatieproces van deze complexe productie en over de problematiek van kinderen in een oorlogsgebied.