Other projects




International VISEGRAD FUND

This project dealt with the issue of drug addiction and more specifically the treatment process in the V4 countries. The project was developed under the leadership of Mgr. Zuzana Půžová within the Writing Projects course at the Department of Christian Education. The course was opened during the winter semester of the academic year 2014/2015.

The course aimed to plan a project with a group of students. In the first phase of planning, we looked for calls offered by different foundations and organisations and decided on the option of an international project supported by the Visegrad Fund. Our project aimed to deepen V4 cooperation, especially in the field of aftercare centres for drug-addicted clients. The different components of the project were sharing experiences, good practices, and discussion on new trends. The primary target group was social workers in the field of addiction and substance abuse. The project involved professionals from all four V4 countries, i.e. Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

The project resulted in a conference S.H.A.R.E. (Seek, harken and relay experience) dealing with the issue of drug addiction and more specifically the process of treatment in the V4 countries called “Conference about good practice and new trends in community care and subsequent treatment with drug addicted clients” . The conference took place on 17-18 June 2015.

The complete international experience - International Mental Health Programme

Project type: Erasmus+ project
Project Number: 2021-1-CZ01-KA220-HED-00003205
Total support: EUR 60 336
Implementation period: 11/2021-11/2024

Within the ERASMUS+ we are participating in preparing a project with ČVUT. Our task is to help students with adaptation and coping with stressful situations through training and psychosocial support. The support is provided for students leaving for a foreign stay or students returning to the Czech Republic. Further cooperation and the creation of programs to help students in this area are on the horizon.

Efficacy, effectiveness, and use of emotion-focused therapy in counselling for university students: an experimental study

Project type: Junior grant Palacký University
Project Number: 2021-1-CZ01-KA220-HED-00003205
Total support: CZK 3 840 737 (50% co-financing)
Implementation period: 2020-2022

Training and regular supervision of psychologists/counsellors who will provide counselling not only to UP students are currently underway. We are preparing all necessary documents regarding the ethical/legal aspects of the study and research management. We provide suitable facilities and equipment (cameras, tape recorders) to train the counsellors and the research experiment itself. We also develop the diagnostic and measurement tools we intend to use in the research in collaboration with experts. A review study on current research trends in emotion-focused therapy is in progress.

Changes in the perception of personal dignity during dementia

Project type: AZV
Project Number: NU20-07-00100
Total support: CZK 511 000
Implementation period: 5/2020-12/2023

The project aims to identify changes in the perception of self-respect among seniors with dementia over three years. Afterward, the factors that seniors with dementia perceive as threatening their dignity are defined. Interview script development and sample recruitment are in progress.


Type of project: ROCHE
Total support: CZK 1 004 000
Implementation period: 4/2018-12/2019

Initial phase
As part of the groundwork, there will be a meeting to prepare for recruitment of research participants, a preparatory meeting (of the expert advisory panel), preparation of interview scenarios, preparation of informed consent and documentation, and approval by the ethics committee.

1. Patient interviews
Interviews will be carried out with patients with haemophilia (with inhibitors), with people close to the patient and with health and support professionals. This is a longitudinal study, which means that the interviews will be repeated in each of these groups in three waves in the following sequence: at baseline, in 3 months and in 6 months.

2. Interview analyses
The first step of the analyses will be the transcripts of the interviews. As the interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis, the transcriptions and preparation of the analyses will also take place after the interviews have been conducted. NVivo will be used to define each theme.

3. Creation of publication outputs
Publication outputs will begin with an analysis of the available literature on the topic. These will be based on the research analysis and will form a substantial body of work, especially in the second part of the project. During 2019, two scientific outputs (Jimp) will be submitted. The publication strategy will be subject to mutual agreement. It will be mainly influenced by the research analyses. Possible journals: Haemophilia, BMJ, Quality of Life Research, Value in Health, etc.

Low awareness of this disease is often associated with misconceptions. Patients often have to " educate" pharmacists to get what they need. We would like to put an insight into patients' questions: what are they most afraid of? What is threatening to them? What does treatment and research for new drugs look like? For those around haemophiliacs: What is it like for a woman to know she is a carrier and, despite doctors' disapproval, make the decision to bring into the world a child who will struggle with this disease for a lifetime? In this short report we will present the daily life of a haemophiliac, his attitude towards the disease, how his family perceives it and last but not least we will interview a medical expert. This report will be made into one short video film.

Life balancing and the importance of spirituality in the elderly

Type of project: IGA
Project Number: IGA_CMTF_2014_011
Total support: CZK 242 165
Implementation period: 3/2014 - 2/2015

The research project is aimed at conducting research investigations on the experience of the life assessment of the elderly. The project builds on an existing study on active ageing supported by TAČR. In the interviews already conducted in connection with the study, it appears that the spiritual component is an important factor in the life experience of seniors. Thus, the present IGA research project focuses on this spiritual component - both religious and non-religious. The selection of participants will be made purposefully and measured on prominent personalities of the Czech intellectual community. In a broader context, the aim is to gain a deeper understanding of how persons with higher education experience their life reflections, and how they cope with the search for integrity.

The research aims to establish the prerequisites for placing some parts of the interviews on the web. The study is based on the international DIPEx Oxford project, which is under the auspices of the Health Experiences Research Group, University of Oxford, UK. The project will undertake a preparatory phase of engagement with the DIPEx project, which will involve conducting 10 qualitative interviews with older people and then transcribing and qualitatively analysing them according to the DIPExmethodology. The actual data collection must be carried out by a trained researcher. However, for selected students there will also be an opportunity to write a thesis on the topic of qualitative research using the DIPEx  methodology and thus engage in qualitative analysis of the interviews. Another dimension is to support the training and research activities of academic staff who will be trained in the DIPEx methodology and will subsequently conduct qualitative interviews with respondents and analyse and publish the results.