Slovenia

Slovenia1

Available programmes:

1. Gerontopsychiatry

2. Treatment of drug addictions

3. Unit for emergency psychiatry (optional)

See the detailed description of the programmes below!

The best thing about Slovenia is the country’s size – small in its surface but big in options what to do. And the same with people – small in number but huge in their friendliness. In case you would like to jump to the seaside or go skiing straight from work and on the way back even take a glance of the Alps, than Slovenia is a country to visit. Or you can just wander around its rather small but immensely cute capital Ljubljana.

City: Ljubljana

Location: University Psychiatric Hospital Ljubljana

Address: Studenec 48, 1260 Ljubljana

www.psih-klinika.si (unfortunately the page is in Slovenian only) 

1. Gerontopsychiatry

Description:
Specialized tertiary level based gerontopsychiatry unit: multidisciplinary team approach (psychiatrist, neurologist, internist, psychologist, occupational therapist, social worker, physiotherapist, specialised nursing team): diagnostics and treatment, different levels of care and support, psychoeducation, psychotherapy groups, social care and rehabilitation in inpatient and outpatient settings with additional day hospital. Academic research team.

Introduction:
The unit is divided into 6 wards: 1. Emergency gerontopsychiatry, 2. Treatment of behavioural and psychological symptoms, 3. Treatment of depression and gerontopsychiatric rehabilitation, 4. Prolonged treatment, 5. Treatment of memory disorders, 6. Early diagnostics and gerontopsychiatric rehabilitation (day hospital).

Length:
2-6 weeks

Periods available:
Possible year-round, but July and August not advisable due to summer holidays and lack of personnel.

Language:
English language since it is being spoken by the majority of population and basically all of the hospital personnel. Also German language but probably less. Basic knowledge of Slovene language as well as Croatian, Bosnian or Serbian language can be very helpful but is not mandatory.

 

2. Treatment of drug addictions 

Description:

Specialized tertiary center with multidisciplinary team approach (psychiatrist, psychologist, occupational therapist, social worker, specialised nursing team): inpatient and outpatient services with day hospital, individual and group psychotherapy and counseling, dual diagnosis treatment programme, coordination with other outpatient programmes.

Introduction:
Inpatient care programme (14 weeks): 1. Department for detoxification (6 weeks): detoxification therapy, stabilisation. 2. Department for prolonged treatment and rehabilitation (8 weeks): additional stabilisation with intensive health- and psychosocial rehabilitation 3. Day hospital: 3 times per week, including pre-admission preparation. Outpatient care: first examinations, individual and group therapy.

Length:
2-6 weeks

Periods available:
Possible year-round, but July and August not advisable due to summer holidays and lack of personnel.

Language:
English language since it is being spoken by the majority of population and basically all of the hospital personnel. Also German language but probably less. Basic knowledge of Slovene language as well as Croatian, Bosnian or Serbian language can be very helpful but is not mandatory.

 

3. Unit for emergency psychiatry – general admissions ward

Description:

Admitting male’s and female’s ward at Centre for clinical psychiatry covering emergency and acute psychiatric presentations.

Rotation possible for shorter period in combination with one of the previous two options.


Travel information

  • VISA needed: Not required for all EU countries, may be required for some other countries according to their regulations. Candidates should check prior. The clinic itself cannot provide any guarantee letter in case of official requirement.
  • Travel and health insurance needed: Not covered but basic is needed (like European health insurance card or similar).

Accommodation:

  • A diverse range of nice hostels in Ljubljana (among others Art Hostel Celica: former No.1 hippest hostel in the world by Lonely Planet). Also Air BnB, CouchSurfing etc.
  • Hospital residencies available: no.

Other info:
Central unit of Psychiatric Hospital is approximately 4 kilometers from the downtown, having several direct bus lines, also bike accessible (the unit for treatment of drug addictions is even closer). Costs of meals are not covered, lunches possible at hospital cafeteria, usual price is 2,5-4 Eur. Ljubljana can be somewhat more expensive than the rest of the country but still very affordable comparing to many other European countries. In average a decent meal in downtown comes at 5-10 Eur, regular coffee at 1-2 Eur, beer at 1,5-3 Eur. Ljubljana is a very safe city, with majority of points of interest existing on walking distance and a great night life. Slovenia is a small country, offering great mobility and lots of beautiful sightseeing spots.

Useful websites

www.slovenia.info
www.visitljubljana.com/en/

www.lonelyplanet.com/slovenia
www.booking.com: www.hostels.com; www.hostelbookers.com; etc…

Additional information available @ local coordinator.

 

Contact 

National Coordinator: Andrej Babnik

andrej.babnik, source - personal

andrej.doc@gmail.com

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