Plenary Speakers EDU2021 |

Constantin NECULAPr. Associate Professor PhD habil.
Associate professor at the Faculty of Theology “Sfântul Andrei Saguna” of the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu | ROMANIA

He is an associate professor at the Faculty of Theology “Sfântul Andrei Șaguna” of the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu and mission, pastoral and image counselor of the Archdiocese of Sibiu, Metropolitan Church of Transylvania.

Research directions in the field of Theology: catechesis, homiletics and Christian pedagogy.

He has given almost 400 lectures in the country and abroad, being the author of over 60 specialized books in the field of Theology and over 350 studies, articles, prefaces, published reviews. He participated in numerous radio / TV debates, as a journalist, trainer and spokesman of the Metropolitan Church of Transylvania.

Among the published works we mention: The Joy of Loneliness [Bucuria însingurării] (2017), The Healings of Christ and Our Healing [Vindecările lui Hristos și vindecarea noastră] (2017), The Pastoral Care of the Church in Times of Crisis [Pastorația Bisericii în vreme de criză] (2012), Preaching and Social Education [Propovăduire și educație socială] (2010).

He has a rich educational, scientific and missionary record, by supporting various activities on the following levels such as: research and development, teaching and continuing education, support and affiliation, prominent member in centers, groups and academic, specialized and administrative commissions, ecumenical and theological dialogue commissions, editorial teams, editorial boards and national and international professional organizations in the educational, cultural and social fields. He received over 80 diplomas of excellence / honour, awards and distinctions for his entire activity in the service of the Romanian Church, society and education.

Plenary Speech Title The role of Faith in the Sciences of Education

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Adrian OPREProfessor PhD
Department of Psychology and dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the “Babeș ‑ Bolyai” University of Cluj ‑ Napoca, Romania

Adrian Opre is a university professor at the Department of Psychology and dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the “Babeș ‑ Bolyai” University of Cluj ‑ Napoca, holder of the courses “Cognitive Psychology” “Psychological counseling: cognitive ‑ behavioral intervention programs”, ” Religious coping in psychological counseling”, “Personality: diagnosis and intervention ”and the president of the Association of Cognitive Sciences in Romania.

In the last decade, his professional preoccupations have focused, primarily, on the elaboration and development of programs for the development of socio-emotional skills in children and adolescents, the continuous training of teachers in university and pre-university education, but also on ways to combine strategies of counseling and psychotherapy with Christian religious principles and practices.

He is a member of national and international scientific and professional associations (Romanian Association for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, European Society of Cognitive Psychology, European Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, American Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapists, etc.) and director or coordinator of several national and international scientific research and development projects / grants. Along with his initial academic training, completed at doctoral level at the “Babeș ‑ Bolyai” University, he benefited from training and research internships at prestigious universities in the United States and Europe.

He has published as an author, co-author and / or coordinator 10 specialized books (including: The Cognitive Unconscious: Theoretical Models, Experimental Support and Applications, 2002 (Inconștientul cognitiv: modele teoretice, suport experimental și aplicații, 2002); Second Edition 2012; Personality in Contemporary Psychology Approaches, and over 70 scientific articles in national and international journals.

Plenary Speech Title The credibility of educational reforms: primacy of axiological-character education

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