Welcome Remarks

W​​elcome to Vienna

It is my great pleasure as congress president to welcome you to the 33rd FICE CONGRESS & 2nd CYC WORLD CONFERENCE to be held in Vienna, Austria, from 22nd to 25th August 2016. Vienna is my home base and as a well travelled person I am always happy to be back here. This is why I am delighted to share this wonderful town with you. 
An exciting and diverse program is being currently organized by the committee. The congress will appropriately consider all aspects of professional child and youth care today. 


A superior faculty of speakers drawn from Europe, the U.S., Canada, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia will be addressing these issues. I have no doubt that this meeting will be an outstanding event, both professionally and emotionally. 

We can also promise international delegates an exciting and unique Viennese social program when they visit this city. Mid August is usually a great time of the year in Vienna, the historic and modern cultural centre of Austria. Social events in absolutely excellent settings will accompany the congress. A host of tours both during and after the congress will suit both, sightseer and professionals.

Hermann Radler
President FICE Austria/Vicepresident FICE Europe


Dear ladies and gentlemen,

Dear Colleagues,
welcome to the 33rd FICE Congress and 2nd CYC World Conference “Together Towards a Better World for Children, Adolescents and Families”. If you take the issue about children at risk to heart and you are taking seriously the necessity to join forces to make this world a better place for them, you will definitely find interesting and important topics in our agenda.


In order to make the world better for our children we need lots of expertise, good practices and a possibility to exchange knowledge. Colleagues from the two globally represented organizations FICE-International and CYC-network will present and share experience from all continents; universities and scientific institutes will report about their research work and the practical value of the results; children and youngsters will state their messages to the adults and will take part as equal partners in the congress days.

Whether or not a child will be happy depends mostly on the chance to be loved and to live with its family, to live in a peaceful and safe environment, and to be able to improve its talents. Children who for some reason have been deprived of this love and safety need our professional support.
FICE International's Congress in Bern, Switzerland in 2013 examined and showed us the ways of inclusion. We were able to gather the crystals of different good practices and today we continue sharing them on our web-page. In August 2016 in Vienna we will not only upgrade our information and look for innovative ideas and good practices, which we need in order to be able to give support to children and families. We will also gain more energy and inspiration for our work as social worker, psychologist, or any other specialist working with children. The global flame of energy and inspiration of this international congress will enable us and give us strength to fight in order to improve the world in which children live.

Despite all our efforts to support children at risk, in many parts of the world children are put in great danger. Refugee children and especially unaccompanied minors must become the focus of our professional attention. The support for this vulnerable group will be one of the important topics to be addressed at our event.

I would like to thank all the organizations which together with FICE- Austria will take part in the preparation of this congress. I would also like to express my deep gratitude to the municipality of Vienna for the support and good partnership.

Dear friends and colleagues, do not hesitate to register for participation and let us all join forces, knowledge and experience for the sake of a better world for our children!

Dashenka Kraleva
President of FICE International 





On behalf of CYC-Net, I am very pleased to welcome you to the 33rd FICE Congress and 2nd CYC World Conference. As Co-chair of the 1st CYC World Conference “Connecting at the Crossroads” held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, I am especially excited to see the connections continue. Child and youth care workers, social pedagogues, social workers, therapists, foster carers, and many other professionals involved with children, youth and families from around the world will gather together to share knowledge and ideas related to improving the lives of those we serve. I am honoured to be a part of this group and look forward to an educational and invigorating experience in Vienna.

Heather Modlin
Board of Governors Member, CYC-Net


I would also like to extend a warm welcome to you all here at this exciting 33rd FICE congress. The Danube University Krems and its Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosocial Health have – with the support of many other colleagues - tried to create a high-profile and diverse program for you all. I am particularly pleased that the program provides an opportunity for a large number of colleagues working in both research and practice to meet, to discuss and to further develop ‚best practice‘ from the standpoints of many different approaches.

Silke Gahleitner
Head of the scientific committee, University of Applied Sciences Berlin