Prague 2018

The thirteenth annual ESCIF Congress was organised in cooperation with Czech Paraplegic Association - CZEPA. It took a place in the beautiful historical city of Prague in the Czech Republic from 8 - 10 August 2018. The theme was:

 'Peer support – a unique resource'

About the Speakers

Lucy Robinson

Lucy Robinson joined the world of spinal cord injury after a sailing accident in 2006, completing rehabilitation at Stoke Mandeville. Lucy has worked with Back-Up since 2007 designing and delivering peer led activities and continues to volunteer as a group leader for them. In 2010 she founded peer led training services at CRP in Bangladesh which CRP is currently expanding further into rural parts of Bangladesh. In 2015 Lucy returned to Stoke Mandeville, she runs the Peer-led Patient Education service which aspires for each patient to learn the skills needed to live successfully in the community. 

Christel van Lueewen, PhD

Works in Rehabilitation Centre De Hoogstraat in the Netherlands, as a psychologist and researcher in the spinal cord department. She studied neuro and rehabilitation psychology at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In 2011, she completed her PhD thesis on quality of life in persons with spinal cord injury at the University of Utrecht. She travelled to Switzerland to obtain more experience in spinal cord injury in Nottwil. Her research focus is on the implementation of psychological factors in treatment programmes of spinal cord injury.  She has two children and a husband with Czech roots, therefore she is very excited to be at this conference in Prague. 


Congress venue was Clarion Congress Hotel Prague. The hotel is located nearby a wheelchair accessible subway station. The journey to the city centre takes 20 minutes. 

Gogole Maps Location

Web: www.clarioncongresshotelprague.com


Wednesday 8 August 2018


Arrival of delegates at the airport, at the latest!



Arrival of delegates at Congress venue in Prague

Welcome drink and snack





Opening of the Congress
- Welcoming address from ESCIF

  • Gunilla Åhrén

- Welcoming address from CZEPA

  • Alena Jančíková
  • Jiří Kříž


General introduction to the topic of the congress: CZEPA



“Peer support – a unique resource”
(moderator: Nuutti Hiltunen)

   - Lucy Robinson 

18.45 End of travelling and working day
19.30 Get-together dinner at the hotel



Thursday 9 August 2018


Various approaches to peer support and various ways to organise the peer support program

(moderator: Janez Trdina)

  • Frans Penninx
  • Janko Ehrlich-Zdvořák
  • Kevin Schultes
10:30 Coffee break + Official photo

Peer supporter role in adaptation process in context of different coping strategies types

(moderator: Tomáš Moravik)

 - Christel van Leeuwen




Assembly of Delegates

(chairman: Daniel Joggi)

15:45 Coffee break

Parallel workshops  

Workshop 1 (moderator: Martin Jára): For and about peer supporters and peer counsellors - personal experience sharing

Workshop 2 (moderator: Gunilla Åhrén): For other participants - Brainstorming for project “With a little help from your friend” – mentoring for organisations

18:00 End of working day for workshop 2 (more or less!)


End of working day for workshop 1 (more or less!)


Delegates’ Dinner at the hotel



Friday 10 August 2018




Definition of peer support

(moderators: Gunilla Åhrén and Lucy Robinson)
- Group discussions
- Plenary discussion


Various approaches to peer support and various ways to organise the peer support program

(moderator: Nuutti Hiltunen)

  • Anni Täckman
  • Charlie Fraser
11:05 Coffee break

Presentation from main sponsor; Škoda Auto

(moderator: CZEPA)



Ambassador programme

(moderator: Nuutti Hiltunen)
Results and discussions


Invitation to ESCIF Congress 2019

  • Gunilla Åhrén

End of the Congress

(moderator: Janez Trdina)

13:00 Lunch


Optional sightseeing
Extension of your stay