Event Details

Duration:  5-Day Course

Course Dates:  16-20 June 2014

Venue:  University Rehabilitation Institute, Republic of Slovenia – SOČA, Linhartova 51, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Course Leaders:   Jean-Pierre Maes and Ann Gresswell, IHA Senior Halliwick Lecturers

Develop a better understanding of the therapeutic needs of children with neuro-developmental difficulties (Cerebral Palsy and similar conditions) and how to address these needs using the Halliwick Concept of swimming and rehabilitation in water, at an advanced level.


Course Participants’ Criteria: This course is open to Therapists (Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech & Language Therapists) and medical Doctors who are working with Children and Adults with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurological conditions. All participants will need to have completed a 4-Day Foundation (Basic) Halliwick Course prior to this course. The course will be run in English.

Course Fee:     450 € incl. VAT

The number of participants is limited to 24.


Course Organiser: Vesna Grabljevec,  Medical Programs Secretary University Rehabilitation Institute, Republic of Slovenia – SOČA Linhartova 51, 1000 Ljubljana Tel.: 01/ 4758 243, Fax: 01/ 437 20 70

E-mail: vesna.grabljevec@ir-rs.si



Aim: The aim of this course is to enable therapists and medical doctors, who have successfully completed a full Halliwick Foundation Course, to use the Halliwick Concept specifically in the context of therapy for children with neuro-developmental difficulties.  

Objectives: To enable course delegates (through active participation) to:

  • Further develop the application of the Halliwick Concept gained during a Halliwick Basic/Foundation Course.
  • Develop a better understanding of the therapeutic needs of children with neuro-developmental difficulties (Cerebral Palsy and similar conditions) and how to address these needs using the Halliwick Concept at an advanced level.
  • Identify and prioritise treatment aims.
  • Maximise the therapeutic opportunities given by working in an aquatic environment.
  • Develop treatment ideas and handling skills in the water.
  • Reconcile the clients’ needs on dry land with treatment aims in the pool.
  • Design appropriate activities for group work and individual sessions, to provide clients’ with new movement experiences and control of movement.
  • Create specific opportunities for sensory motor development in a recreational context.
  • Evaluate and progress practical sessions with clients in the water.
  • Justify therapeutic intervention, using clinical reasoning skills, based upon the individual clients’ unique presentation and needs.

Notes: This is course has a strong balance of theory and practical application throughout the five days. Full attendance and participation in the water sessions will be required. A certificate of attendance will be given upon completion of the Course.


About Ljubljana and Hotel Accommodation:


Ljubljana airport is easily reachable from many European cities, by Easyjet or Wizz Air flight connections for budget prices. Otherwise it takes just two hours by car from Venice, three hours from Vienna and one hour from Zagreb.

Ljubljana is a lively centre of creativity, excellent architecture, plenty of green areas (Tivoli, Grad, parks in the city centre and shopping centers. Ljubljana and Central Slovenia are also well known for their traditional hospitality and rich diversity of culinary offerings. Ljubljana’s character is somewhat shaped by the city’s proximity to the Mediterranean and the Balkans, whose cuisines, often fused with classic Slovenian fare, are very popular. More information at: http://www.visitljubljana.com/en/


We suggest you to book a room in Hostel Celica Art (Metelkova 8, near train station), which is top of the Lonely Planet list as No. 1 Hippest Hostel, also named one of the 25 Ultimate Places to Stay by Rough Guides and awarded No. 1 Slovenia hostel by guests’. It is at walking distance to the course site: http://www.hostelcelica.com/index.php (room per night aprox. 30 €).

For any other appropriate accommodation you can search on booking.com.

The city centre is close to the course site (10 minutes by city buses no. 19B, 19I, 7):