On February 24 2018, the Serbian Society of Autism held an introductory event for the IPA+ training at the University of Belgrade (Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation), attended by 60 professionals of different profiles and with varying years of experience, out of 72 people who applied for course.
For two and a half hours, lecturers-mentors Dr. Nenad Glumbić and Dr. Milica Jačevski, held a presentation of Module 1 and IPA+ Technician and trainer Sunčica Petrović introduced the online learning platform. There were many questions and the excitement and expectations were palpable.
Professionals from 15 cities throughout Serbia (Belgrade, Pozarevac, Kragujevac, Novi Sad, Sabac, Subotica, Vrbas, Leskovac, Aleksinac, Vrsac, Paracin, Sombor, Kraljevo, Apatin and Vrnjacka Banja) participate in the first IPA+ training sessions, which will last 11 weeks. The course will be blended with both face-to-face and online sessions, which will stimulate participation, especially for employed professionals.
The training developed under the European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme IPA+ includes a basic level for professionals who will work with people on the autism spectrum, and an advanced level for professionals who want to acquire specialist knowledge and skills. The training curriculum has a lifelong perspective, following an evidence-centred approach, and the contents are based on scientific advances and outputs.
Due to continuous interest in the course, the Serbian Society of Autism has already opened a waiting list for the next round (announced for the end of the year).