Assoc. Prof. Mojca Urek, has worked at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Work since 1992. Between 2001-2013 she was the Chair of the Department of the Community Mental Health at the Faculty. She has undertaken research on the narrative approaches in social work, mental health, deinstitutionalisation and gender based violence.
Beside involvement in several national researches, she was the national lead in four European mental health projects with a strong training element on empowerment through education and employment, on participation of children with mental disabilities in taking decisions about their life, on inclusion of experiential knowledge in academia and services, on methods of overcoming prejudices and heteronormativity practices in homes for older people through staff-training,and others.
She was a lead of a national project on the introduction of statutory advocates into the psychiatric hospitals and social care homes under Mental health Act in Slovenia.
She is the author of the monograph “Stories at work: narrating, recording and reporting in social work” and co-author of five other monographs on long-term care, innovation in care homes, violence against women in intimate relationships and changes of the family life in Slovenia.
She took an active part in the processes of deinstitutionalisation of mental health services in Slovenia.
Together with her colleagues she founded the Women's Counselling Service in Ljubljana at the beginning of the 1990s’.
The title of presentation:
“The right to have a say” in the whirlwind of delayed deinstitutionalization: participatory and advocacy practices as the essential tool for transforming services.