Testimony: Camellia Hancheva's STSM in Heidelberg
The STSM at the Institute for Psychosocial Prevention, University of Heidelberg gave me the opportunity for a month to be a part of this word-known center of excellence.
The experience, both stimulating and challenging, was enhancing for my professional and personal development. The highest standard in research and treatment established and maintained by Prof. Svenja Taubner and Dr. Jana Volkert, was infiltrated in every text, act and gesture of the whole team.
I was able to participate in different stages of the process of planning and/or implementing several projects focused on utilization and application of attachment and mentalization theoretical ideas in finding clinical and social solutions of serious problems (like adolescence conduct disorders, integration of refugees, families at risk etc.). The specific knowledge, “know-how” and information provided is a highest standard in contemporary field of psychodynamic ideas and were absolutely invaluable in terms of supporting me to develop similar research and practice in my country. I was given also the opportunity to benefit by prolific discussions in supervisions, providing a full-blood experience of a mentalization based therapy. Trainings on process measures of therapeutic process and interview techniques were unique opportunity to start adapting such measures in a different socio-cultural and language context.
As it is well known special “moments of meeting” are to be acknowledged in their full scale only retrospectively. From a distance of several months I could positively say that generocity, mindfulness, open-mindedness and curiosity of all of the researchers I’ve met at the Institute would leave a remarkable trace in my attitude as a professor and researcher.
Camellia Hancheva, PhD