Lidija Vasiljević is a graduate psychologist with an MSc in Gender and Politics and is about to finish PhD studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences with the thesis “anti-discriminative and gender inclusive politics of mental health”. As one of the co-founders of the Regional association for psychodrama and integrative psychotherapy and founder of the Network for application and development of gender inclusive and egalitarian approach to practice and research, she runs training groups in Serbia and in the region. She has over 15 years of international experience in working with marginalized groups and individuals using psychodrama and other action methods in both clinical and educational contexts. Subjects of her specific interest are politics of mental health, gender inclusive psychotherapy, educational and pedagogy methodology and integration of psychodrama with other modalities. She is an author of number of papers presented at national and international conferences on a subject of politics, psychotherapy and gender. She is involved in leftist and feminist activism.
Mental health is one of the most important questions in psychology, psychotherapy, and social work, as well as human rights. The health care system should be guided by the principle of equal rights and opportunities in access to customers, including the availability of services, as well as the neutrality and impartiality in dealing with customers from different groups, but most often it is not.
The topic will be the issue of normality, as a political issue. The criteria of mental health throughout history was variously designed for the privileged and dominant in relation to minority and excluded groups (by sex, gender, class, sexual identity, etc.). I will talk about the dynamics of power as a political, therapeutic and emancipatory issue and the replicating imbalance of power in society in the therapeutic context. I will address the creation of "women's disease" and its use in the social system, and I am going to talk about the "disease" of political opponents, the poor, rebellious.