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HAMK Wellbeing
International Week

Wellbeing International Week 2021 is online

The annual Wellbeing International Week at Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) in Hämeenlinna, Finland, is held in February. The week is organised by HAMK School of Wellbeing, bringing together lecturers and students of nursing, social work and early childhood education from different countries.

The Wellbeing International Week is an excellent opportunity to share your expertise, exchange ideas and network with colleagues/students from different countries and disciplines.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Wellbeing International Week 2021 will be arranged online, during February 22nd -26th 2021.

The Wellbeing International Week is aimed at HAMK students of social services and nursing, and students from our partner universities. The workshops and lectures require pre-registration.


The programme of the week

The week will consist of short lectures and longer workshops on a variety of topics related to social work, early childhood education or nursing.
The lectures are either synchronous (live) or asynchronous (pre-recorded video presentations). The workshops include an introduction, an individual or group assignment or activities, and a final discussion or presentations.

The lectures and workshops will be held during 11:00 -17:00 Finnish time (UTC+2). The lectures and workshops require pre-registration.

HAMK WIW 2021 Lectures

HAMK WIW 2021 Workshops

11.00 – 12.00




12.00 – 16.00



Loss, Grief and Bereavement
Clare Churcher & Maria Parry

Introduction to the Possibilities of Music and Soundscapes in Social Work, Health Care and Education
Mikko Romppanen

Strategies for Establishing Wellbeing in our Personal and Professional Lives
Janice Elich Monroe & Susan Durnford: The BREATH Pathway


16.00 – 17.00



In Search of Missing Pieces – Research into the Experience of Adult Adoptees who Search and Re-engage with Birth Families
Clare Hancock-Fraser

The Importance of Connection: People with Intellectual Disabilities
Stacey Rees & Ffion Poole

Conflict Tools for Social Work
Ashok Gladston Xavier


19.00 – 21.00


Virtual dinner for visiting lecturers and HAMK staff


11.00 – 12.00



‘Race’ and Racism
Linda Harms-Smith

How to  Develop a Social Enterprise Through Cocreation – A perspective on using creative tools to ensure the participatory voice of young people with learning disabilities
Frederikke Dybdahl Bilenberg

Body and Wellbeing – some ideas about rethinking the body as a source of wellbeing
Michael Blume

Being “Woke” at 9 Years Old – The tastes and cultural capitals of 9-13 year old big city girls from a Danish Children’s Folk High School
Peter Frostholm

Female Circumcision
Batulo Essak


12.00 – 13.00



Virtual visit at Hämeenlinna University Centre


12.30 – 15.00



Risk Behavior, the relation between substance use and family and the Icelandic prevention model
Jóna Margrét Ólafsdottír

The Dementia Friendly Society
Ina Holtrop & Wycher Van Den Bremen

Continuity in Difficult Times – collaboration with other healthcare partners, and ensuring our wellbeing
Peter Griffiths

Service Design – Rapid Prototyping
Seija Pajari-Stylman


17.00 – 18.00



Telehealth: Recreation based interventions for individuals with disabilities
Janice Monroe, Jojo Greenwood, Sammie Spisik, Kelcie McNamera


11.00 – 12.00


Innovative Technologies in Social Work and Social Care part 1 (continues on Thursday)
Helen Kool

Continuity in Difficult Times, Collaboration with Other Healthcare Partners, and Ensuring our Wellbeing
Peter Griffiths

Ethical Wellbeing
Lauren Leigh Henderson


12.00 – 13.00


Virtual visit at Forssa campus

13.00 – 17.00



Therapeutic Photography
Neil Gibson

Research on Student Wellbeing
Mirande de Roode de Geus

Mind Your Microbes – stress, our guts, and our brains
Kari Brossard Stoos


11.00 – 12.00



”Body, Mind and Heart in Music” –  Introduction to the possibilities of therapeutical use of Music
Mikko Romppanen

“Scottish Social Work and the Lessons We Can Learn from Other Countries”
RGU Students

Innovative Technologies in Social Work and Social Care part 2 (part 1 on Wednesday)
Meelis Rebane

The Use of Dance as Therapy
Jill Bunce


12.00 – 13.00


Panel discussion about the social and health care services reform in Finland 

13.00 – 17.00



Using Case Based Learning to Increase Wellbeing in Our Students and Clients During a Pandemic
Pamela Davies & Sara Morgan

Conflict Tools for Social Work
Ashok Gladston Xavier


12.30 -13.30


Closing session for all the participants in the wellbeing international week





Therapeutic Photography
Neil Gibson

Transformation in Child and Youth Care by Climbing the Ladder of Effectiveness
Janneke MetselaarLeadership as the Key to Change
José Middendorp

International Health Care Systems and Policies in a Changing Landscape: ´Contemporary Comparative Analysis
John Larkin & Lisa Kerr

The Role of Creativity in a Community Setting Using Movement, Arts and Cultural Perspectives
Jill Bunce


Visiting lecturers and students

Lecturers and students from HAMK’s partner universities have been invited to attend the event together with the Bachelor’s degree students of social services and nursing at HAMK.

Students from our Master’s programmes (Promoting wellbeing through culture and art activities, and Social and Health Care Development and Management) will cooperate with Master’s students and lecturers from the Regional Universities Network (RUN-EU)