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CV Mirena Pencheva

Function provided for under the project:

1. Family name: PENCHEVA
2. Given and father's name: MIRENA HRISTOFOROVA
3. Birth date: August 15, 1956
4. Citizenship: Bulgarian
5. Marital status: Married
6. Education: Higher

School (from date to date) Acquired educational degrees and diplomas:
October 1, 1974 - December 30, 1978 Completed higher education: Master's educational degree - Faculty of Law near St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University.
September 15, 1971 - June 30, 1974 Completed secondary education: High school with intensive study of French language.
September 15, 1963 -June 30, 1971 Completed basic education.

7. Language skills: Grades from 1 to 5 for degree of language skills (1 - excellent; 5 - basic)

Language Reading Speaking Writing
French 1 1 1
English 2 2 2
Italian 3 3 3
Spanish 3 3 3
Russian 3 3 3

Certificate No. 0016118360, dated August 7, 2006 and issued by University of Cambridge, First Certificate in English (ESOL), Council of Europe Level B2.

8. Professional organization membership: Member of Union of Lawyers in Bulgaria. Member of Sofia Bar College since 1986.

9. Other skills: (e. g. computer literacy, etc.) WORKING WITH OFFICE EQUIPMENT AND COMPUTERS Software: Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office Power Point, Microsoft Office Publisher. Operation Systems: Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Linux. Internet.

10. Actual title: Lawyer in Sofia Bar College and Director of Chance for Every Child Foundation since 2002.

11. How many years have been working for this employer?
Member of Sofia Bar College since December 1, 1986.
Director and Legal Representative of Chance for Every Child Foundation since June 2002.

12. Main qualifications (relevant to project subject):
  12.1. From October 1, 1990 to December 30, 1990 - 3-month internship and specialization in law office near Paris Bar College (France) specialized in the field of international family law and trade law.
  12.2. Since 1991 - Secretary of Bulgarian-French Union of Lawyers.
  12.3. From 1986 to 2007 my professional activity was focused on international family law and accompanying Bulgarian and foreign prospective adoptive parents in child adoption procedures.
  12.4. On March 10-11, 2005 - Completed training course 'The Management of European Funds - A Challenge before Bulgarian Business', organized by Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Sofia).
  12.5. From June 19, 2006 to December 22, 2006 - Completed 6-month qualification course for professional education under 'D' Program 'Managing and Providing Services to Children and Families in the Community', carried out in OKOM Industrial Relations and Management Institute, Professional Training Center near Professional Education and Training National Agency; Acquired profession: Social Worker, major: Social Services for Children and Families in Risk.
  12.6. From August 27 to August 31, 2007 - Completed vacation training, organized by Social Communities Foundation on the following themes: approaches for working with aggressive behavior children; approaches for working with anxiety behavior children; interactive methods for working with children's group; neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques for working with parents; system approach for working with families.
  12.7. Since October 1, 2003 - full-time student in New Bulgarian University: Completed basic program 'Behavior and Social Sciences'; Competing Bachelor's Program of Psychology.
  12.8. From March 24, 2007 to September 21, 2007 - specialization by correspondence in European Project Management in European College of Economics and Management (town of Plovdiv).
  12.9. 2009 Bulgaria, Sofia Completed course (120 academic hours) and received Certificate of Basic Training on Positive Psychotherapy No. 0078/2009, giving basic knowledge and skills for using positive psychotherapy method in individual and group psychotherapy, techniques of positive thinking and settling crisis and conflict situations and for developing personal social skills in the group. The certificate is issued by Positive Psychotherapy Association in Bulgaria (PPAB) – associated member of WAPP, WCP and EAP.

13. Specific work experience in the region:

Country From date to date
1. France,
Nantes
October 15-16, 1994

Invitation for participation and produced report at National Congress of Childhood National Federation: Families & Adoption.
2.France,
Paris
July 9, 1997

Participation in foundation of Petals of Bulgarian Rose Association with seat and registered office in Paris (Villmomble, 31 rue Aimé) with subject of activity: protection of Bulgarian children adopted in France; ensuring communication with competent authorities in France and Bulgaria; providing information (according to both country legislations) to people applying to adopt in Bulgaria; taking care of children's needs, including in institutions.
3. Bulgaria,
Sofia
February 11-12, 1999

Participation in conference dealing with issues of international adoption. Themes: Convention of the Hague, Juridical Aspects; Pre- and Post-adoption Procedures; Psychological Issues of Adaptation - with support of Catalonia Institute for Fostering and Adoption (Spain).
4. Bulgaria,
Sofia
October 18, 2001

Participation in First International Seminar on Relational Psychology and Motion with presentation of Mrs. Vessela Banova's 'Manual of Relational Psychology and Motion' and seminar for exchanging experience on providing services for children and preparation of people applying to adopt children in Province of Valencia (Spain).
5. Bulgaria, Sofia
March 21-22, 2002

Participation in Second Conference on Issues of International Adoption, city of Sofia, sharing experience of Catalonia Institute for Fostering and Adoption (Spain).
6. Bulgaria, Plovdiv
June 7-9, 2002

Participation in Conference on the theme 'The Right of Every Child to Have Parents, to Grow Up in Environment of Happiness, Love and Understanding', patronized by Mrs. Vessela Draganova - Deputy Chairwoman of parliament group of Simeon II National Movement. The USA adoption agency HOLT International shared experience in providing alternative cares to children at risk.
7. Bulgaria, Sofia
October 8, 2003

Participation in seminar on the theme 'Legal Framework of Non-Profit Juridical Persons', organized by Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law.
8. Bulgaria, Sofia
June 6, 2007

Participation in discussion on the theme 'Social Services for Children at Risk and Their Families in Sofia', organized by Step by Step Foundation upon project of Taking Care of Children Network.
9. Bulgaria, Sofia
from August 27 to 31, 2007

Participation in a Holiday Training - Summer 2007, carried out by Social Communities Foundation ; Themes:
1. Approaches for working with aggressive behavior children.
2. Approaches for working with anxiety behavior children.
3. Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques for working with children.
4. System approach for working with families.
10. Bulgaria, Sofia
October 5-7, 2007

Participation in the Second National Conference On Musical Therapy – 2007- Arts - Mediator between Language of Mind and Language of Emotions on the theme Arts in Psychological Work with Children and Adults.
11. Bulgaria, Sofia
October 8 and 9, 2007

The Second National Conference On Musical Therapy – 2007, City of Sofia Participation in Seminar (work-shop) on Active Musical Therapy with Children, lectured by Lyubka Muller.
Arts - Mediator between Language of Mind and Language of Emotions
12. Bulgaria, Sofia
November 19 2007

Participation in the constitutive assembly of Authorized Organizations to mediate in the procedures of international adoptions- the Foundation Chance for every child is become a member constitutive in the Organization /AOMO/.
13. Bulgaria, Sofia
December 7, 2007

Participation in Conference on the theme – the problems in the aria of international adoption in Bulgaria – organized by the Ministry of Justice and the Organization / AOMO/ formed by the Organizations licensed to mediate for international adoptions.
14. Bulgaria, Sofia
September 26-28, 2008

Participation in Third National Conference on Psychotherapy with international participants ‘The Psychotherapy in Bulgaria. History and Development’, organized by Bulgarian Association of Psychotherapy – equal to 30 academic hour psychotherapeutic training.
15. Bulgaria, Sofia
October 1-2, 2008

Participation in a seminar (20 hours) on the theme Hierarchy and Power in the Family and in Therapy Process, lectured by: Daniel Minuchin (USA) - Senior Lecturer in Minuchin Family Center, New York, Special Guest-Lecturer of PISEL - Psychotherapy Institute of Social Ecology of Personality (PISEP) Psychosocial Institute for the Family (PSIF) - training institute, full member of the Training Institute Chamber (TIC) of the European Family Therapy Association (EFTA), Milton H. Erickson Institute for Sofia, Bulgaria - licensed regional representative of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A
16. Bulgaria, Sofia
December 13, 2008

Participation in seminar, organized by Freud’s Field Association, rue d’Assas, № 74, 75006 Paris, France, in French Cultural Center in Sofia. Theme: ‘Family Complexes in Pathology’; lecturer: Daniel Roy.
17. Bulgaria, Sofia
February 22, 2009

Participation in seminar (12 hours) on theme Family Therapy and System Models, lectured by: Rumen Georgiev, Zhenya Georgieva -Senior Lecturers in PISEL Training Institute, registered in the Training Institute Chamber of the European Family Therapy Association.
18. Bulgaria, Sofia
March 15, 2009.

Participation in a in practical seminar (12 hours) on the theme (Using Art Therapy Techniques in Couple Therapy), organized by Psychotherapy Institute of Social Ecology of Personality (PISEP) Psychosocial Institute for the Family (PSIF) - training institute.
19. Bulgaria, Sofia
March , 19, 2009

Participation in the International Conference on the problems in the aria of international adoption in Bulgaria – on the theme Hague Convention on the juridical point of view, organized by the Ministry of Justice and the Organization / AOMO/ formed by the Organizations licensed to mediate for international adoptions.
20. Bulgaria, Sofia
April 11, 2009

Participation in the Practical seminar (9 academic hours) on the theme ‘System Art Therapy with the Family’; lecturer: Mr. Rumen Georgiev, Senior Lecturer, Director of Training Institute near the PTISEP/, organized by Psychotherapeutic Institute of Social Ecology of the Person (PTISEP)
21. Bulgaria, Sofia
April 25, 2009

Participation in the Practical Seminar on Family Dynamics – System Approach (10 academic hours) on the theme ‘Burden on Children, Caused by Unfinished Work upon Relations between Middle and Old Generations’; lecturer: Ms. Zhenya Georgieva, Senior Lecturer near the PTISEP, organized by Psychotherapeutic Institute of Social Ecology of the Person (PTISEP)
22. Bulgaria, Sofia
May 23, 2009

Participation in the Practical Seminar (10 academic hours) on the theme on the theme ‘Syndrome of Emotional Abuse or Story of Donkey’s Coat’; lecturers: Ms. Zhenya Georgieva and Ms. Valentina Marinova – Registered Trainers in Chamber of Training Institutes near Family Therapy European Association, organized by Psychotherapeutic Institute of Social Ecology of the Person (PTISEP)
23. Bulgaria, Sofia
June 23, 2009

Participation in the Seminar on the theme ‘Researches of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy’ (15 academic hours); lecturer: Dr. Horst Kehele – Psychoanalyst, Head of Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy near University in the city of Ulm, Germany.
24. Bulgaria, Sofia
July , 04, 2009

Practical seminar (10 academic hours) on the theme ‘Men and Women in Love Affairs’; lecturer: Mr. Rumen Georgiev – PTISEP, organized by Psychotherapeutic Institute of Social Ecology of the Person (PTISEP)
25. Bulgaria, Sofia
December 5-6, 2009

Training on the theme ‘Decision-Oriented Personal Development’ (15 academic hours), lecturer: Mr. Boyan Strahilov near Center of Psychological Researches and Consulting, Sofia.
26. Bulgaria, Sofia
January 16-17, 2010

Participation in seminar on the theme ‘Family, Art Therapeutic and Psychosocial Interventions, Prevention’, covering:
- risks for children’s psychic development, created by family’s dysfunctional structure;
- approaches, taking in consideration the needs of children in risk;
- art therapeutic and other psychosocial methods in prevention, health promotion and rehabilitation;
- working with stigmatizing and discriminating approaches of social workers and supporting specialists; lecturer: Ms. Zhenya Georgieva and team of the PTISEP and Bulgarian Art Therapy Association.
27. Bulgaria, Sofia
March 19-20, 2010

Participation in training seminar (15 academic hours) on the theme ‘Anxiety and Depression’, Sofia, lecturer: Dr. Jeffrey K. Zeig – Founder and Director of Milton Erickson Foundation, organized by the PTISEP and Milton Erickson Institute in Sofia.
28. Bulgaria, Sofia
March , 23 , 2010

Participation in National Conference ‘’the Adoption children- the challenges and responsabilities of the institutions and organizations involved in the process’’; Organizers: Ministry of justice of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Asossiation of the Accredited Organizations for intercountry adoption ( AOMO).

14. Professional experience

From date to date Place Company
Title
Description
Since December 1, 1986 Sofia Sofia Bar College Lawyer Providing legal advice and accompanying Bulgarian and Foreign applicants to adopt children
Since June 20, 2002 Sofia Chance for Every Child Foundation Director Providing legal advice and accompanying Bulgarian and Foreign applicants to adopt children

15. Other information (e.g. publications):
Publications:
• October 2003: 24 Hours Newspaper - 'The Adoption as a Challenge';
• 2004: 24 Hours Newspaper - Article 'Do We Need Amending the Order of Depriving People from Parenting Rights';
• October 17, 2005: 24 Hours Newspaper - 'There Are No Obstacle before a Single Man to Adopt a Child';
• 2007: Society and Law Magazine, issue No. 5 - Article 'The Adoption as A Consciously Taken Responsibility'.