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Greece and the University of Patras welcomes the 9th ENSEC conference!

Social and Emotional Learning promotes Mental Health and Well-being, Resilience, Intercultural Understanding, Sustainable Development and Lifetime Achievement through Education to children and adults

Main conference theme: Social Emotional Learning for lifetime achievement


The conference themes are:  

  1. SEL and Mental health in schools

  2. Teacher training in SEL

  3. SEL and intercultural understanding

  4. SEL and technology-media

  5. Resilience-Trauma

  6. Well-being-Mindfulness

  7. SEL and educational policy development-consultation

  8. SEL and inclusive practices

  9. SEL and assessment

  10. SEL for sustainable development

Dates of the conference: 5-7 September 2024

Venue of the conference: Crete, Chania at the International Conference Centre of CIHEAM.

Keynote speakers:

  1. Eva Oberle, The University of British Columbia, Canada

  2. Stephen Elliott, Arizona State University, USA

   3. Helen Skouteris, Monash University, Australia

   4. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, University of Illinois, USA

   5. Michael Teutsch, European Commission Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

   6. Stephanos Vassilopoulos, University of Patras, Greece

‘Global Solutions to Working with Vulnerable Children and Young People’

  • Sharing international insights into the inclusion of socially and emotionally vulnerable children and young people.

  • Celebrating their resilience in surviving trauma, loss and displacement. 

Our Aims

At this conference we aim to bring together practitioners and academics from around the world to:

· share and explore the difficulties encountered by socially and emotionally vulnerable children and young people (CYP) in the current international context.

· learn about research activities and evidenced based interventions from around the world that are informing our practice and improving or challenging the experiences of this vulnerable group.

· celebrate the successes and resilience of vulnerable CYP and those who work with them in overcoming the challenges presented by the current context.

· hear about, and learn from, the lived experience of the CYP themselves as well as those who care for them.

Through keynote presentations by experts in the field, the sharing of academic papers by researchers, and practitioner workshops, we will explore such themes as mental health, displacement, the lived experience and inclusion in relation to children and young people of all ages. 

Target Audience

The conference will be of interest to practitioners and academics working with this vulnerable group of children and young people of all ages in a wide variety of contexts such as education, health, social care and charitable organisations. 

Confirmed Keynotes

Reimagining post-covid education: a whole school approach to mental health.

Professor Carmel Cefai, University of Malta.

Excluded Lives: Understanding marginalisation from multiple perspectives.

Professor Harry Daniels and Associate Professor Ian Thompson, University of Oxford.

What kind of refuge? Post-migration needs of displaced children.

Professor Mina Fazel, University of Oxford.

Implementing the principles of good autism practice in education: Inclusion in international contexts.

Professor Karen Guldberg, University of Birmingham.

Trauma informed education: From the inside out.

Dr Anne Southall, La Trobe University, Melbourne. ​

2 ½ Day Full delegate fee only £398 (SEBDA Member £328) Inc. Drinks Reception & Gala Dinner.

Please go to the conference website for details of how to submit an abstract if you would like to present your work, or in order to book your place as a delegate.

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ENSEC is celebrating International SEL Day  
by organizing a free webinar on SEL assessment
March 21st, 2023.

8th ENSEC Conference 

"Social Emotional Learning and Positive Development"

30th June – 3rd July 2022,

Stefan cel Mare University from Suceava, Romania


International SEL Day
March 21, 2022



Innovative approaches to inclusion

16.00-17.00 CET

17.00-18.00 UTC+1

10am-11am Washington Time

7am-8am PST

On the occasion of International SEL Day on 21th March 2022, ENSEC is organizing a webinar on SEL and inclusion.

Keynote presenter: Alessia SIGNORELLI, Research Fellow at University of Perugia, Italy


Registration is free of charge. 

Registration form:
Link to access conference:
ID: 975 5072 7828
For more information:

Download the program

International SEL Day
March 26, 2021


Children of the Pandemic: The mental health and resilience of children during COVID 19

On the occasion of International SEL Day on 26th March 2021, ENSEC in collaboration with the Erasmus + Project Promoting Mental Health in Schools (PROMEHS) and the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health at the University of Malta, are organising a webinar on mental health, wellbeing and resilience of school children during the pandemic.

Keynote presenters include Prof Michael Ungar and Prof Helen Cowie.


Registration is free of charge. 

Registration form:

For further information: 

Mollie Rose ORiordan


We strongly encourage ENSEC members to participate in the webinar.

Past events

ENSEC conferences

2019 Budapest, Hungary 

Book of Abstracts

2017 Stockholm, Sweden    

Conference program 

Presentation Part 1 
Presentation Part 2 

2015 Lisbon Portugal        


2013 Zagreb, Croatia

Conference flyer

2011 Manchester, UK          


2009 Bogazici, Turkey        


2007 Malta                                   

2022 Suceava, Romania 


Conference program

Book of Abstracts


Other Events

International SEL Day
March 27, 2020

The Urban Assembly and SEL4US invite communities across the globe to celebrate the importance of social and emotional learning (SEL) on the first annual International SEL Day on March 27, 2020

Join the Movement !​

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