Already the fifth professional meeting “Days of Leon Lojk” is behind us. Although we found ourselves in the emergency situation of the COVID-19 pandemic this year, we rejected the possibility of cancellation and decided to organize it online. Without hesitation, but very bravely and with all seriousness, we took over this big project. For those of us who have had no experience with this type of organization so far, it has been a great adventure.
Now that everything is behind us, we can say that, taking into account all the circumstances, we have done this job very successfully. We have learned a lot about how to take advantage of the opportunities offered by technological advancement so we are not afraid of new challenges. More than 270 students, faculty in the education program and guests from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia could choose between 32 workshops, which offered theoretical explanations and insight into the possibilities of practical application of choice theory. There were many more choices to participate in the workshops than opportunities at real time to participate in everything we wanted . Unlike previous years, this year we did not have live lectures, but not because we would not have lecturers. We opted for recorded lectures by Dr. Glasser and Leon Lojk. Many of our students have never had the opportunity to listen and see them live, and many have gotten involved in education when it was no longer possible. Our author Dr. Glasser unfortunately left us in 2013, and Leon a year later, and since then a whole generation of students has passed through the institute in a five-year program.
That is why we decided, instead of live lectures by invited lecturers, to offer recordings of their lectures, the content of which is just as relevant today as at the time when they were held. We enriched the program with additional content that was available to participants outside the regular program. There was a whole series of recorded lectures by authors whose books are on the list of our professional literature: Gazzaniga, Glasser, Lipton, Lojk, Lynch, Marken, Szasz, Varela, Witheker, as well as a series of recorded demonstrations of reality therapy with an individual, couple and group. These contents will be available here from now on. The charm of these conference is not only in learning but also in socializing and exchanging experiences, especially informal socializing and connecting among participants. Unfortunately, this was not possible this year same way, but neither we nor our students gave up on informally hanging out on the zoom, sharing impressions, laughing and even making a toast.