International Conference Live2Work: Increasing the chances for successful integration of people in situations of professional vulnerability

Date: January 11th and 12th 2019
Venue: Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal 

Registration to the L2W International Conference

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  • Awareness about the processes of the development of life projects with populations in situations of vulnerability
  • Presentation and dissemination of innovative methodologies and tools
  • Presentation of the process development and final results of the project
  • Dissemination of the project’s outputs
Conference Topics
  • Vulnerability (personal, social, professional)
  • Life projects (educational and employment projects)
  • Migration and refugees
  • Multiculturality and interculturality
  • Inclusion
  • Equity, social justice and social change
  • Staff training on life/career (education/employment) intervention
Target group
  • Academics and researchers
  • Educators (psychologists, social workers, professors, trainers)
  • Students
  • Political decision-makers
  • Social support institutions
  • Non-governmental organizations

No fees associated to the registration.

Registration includes:

  • Name Badge;
  • Conference bag;
  • Certificate of attendance as an author of a presentation (poster), or as a participant;
  • Coffee breaks
  • Final Conference Program (printed version);
  • E-Book of Abstracts
Call for abstracts / Abstract submission

Types of accepted contributions: Poster Presentations

The conference official languages are PORTUGUESE and ENGLISH.

All Abstracts and Presentations must be in PORTUGUESE or ENGLISH.

Poster presentations

This submission types can include:

  • Accomplished empirical or theoretical research with corresponding results or reports;
  • New developments in the given themes, employing qualitative or quantitative methods.


Proposals for presentations must include (Abstract Template: download here):

  • Title (max. 15 words);
  • Abstract main text (max. 300 words);
  • Keywords (max. 5)
Final paper publication

All final papers with a registration associated will be published in the E-Book of the conference.

  • Final paper submission: until 21st December 2018
  • Final paper template (download here)


The works must report original, previously unpublished findings in the field. All papers will be reviewed under the direction of the Scientific Committee.

Guidelines for presenters - Poster presentation
  • Presenters are required to prepare the content in a full-sized poster, with the following dimensions: A0 portrait (approx. 84 x 115 cm);
  • As they can be viewed from a certain distance, please make sure your typeface and graphics are easy to read;
  • Presenters should deliver the Posters duly identified at the welcome desk when making the check in to the conference.
  • Joana Carneiro Pinto, Faculdade de Ciências Humanas, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (FCH-UCP)
  • Helena Rebelo Pinto, Faculdade de Ciências Humanas, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (FCH-UCP)
  • Angelica Bucur (ALBCONSEIL)
  • Cecilia Leboeuf (Coneqt)
  • Helena Rebelo Pinto (FCH-UCP)
  • Joana Carneiro Pinto (FCH-UCP)
  • Mette Holm Harrsen (MYO – Mind Your Organization)

Important Dates

  • 11/30/2018

    Abstract submission (only posters)

  • 12/07/2018

    Notification to authors

  • 12/21/2018

    Author registration

  • 12/21/2018

    General public registration

  • 01/11/2019 & 01/12/2019


Provisory Program

Friday, January 11th

8.30 - 9.00
Welcome desk opening

9.00 - 9.30
Opening session

Prof. Doutor Nelson Ribeiro - FCH-UCP
Dr. Sérgio Cintra - SCML

Prof. Helena Rebelo Pinto – FCH-UCP
Dra. Nuno Tomás - IEFP

9.45 - 10.45
Panel L2W: Increasing the chances for successful integration of people in situations of professional vulnerability – Presentation of four outputs from L2W

Prof. Dra. Joana Carneiro Pinto - FCH-UCP
Dra. Mette Holm Harrsen - MYO
Dra. Cecilia Leboeuf - CONEQT
Moderator: Dra. Ana Cecília Cameira - CEFC-SCML

10.45 - 11.15
Coffee break
Posters session / L2W Outputs Room

11.15 - 12.00
Panel 2: Professional vulnerability situations – the institution´s role - “No one left behind”

Prof. Doutor Rui Marques, IPAV
Prof. Doutora Ana Cláudia Valente, ANQEP
Moderator: Prof. Doutora Helena Rebelo Pinto - FCH-UCP

12.45 - 14.30
Free lunch

14.30 - 15.00
Panel 3: Increasing the chances for successful integration of people in situations of professional vulnerability – Presentation of two outputs from L2W

Ing. Michal Šidlo - ARTEVIO
Mgr. Vladimir Vaďura, Ph.D. - PELICAN
Moderator: Dr. Rui Silva, IPAV

15.00 - 16.30
Panel 4: Multiculturality, Inclusion and Social Justice

Prof. Dr. Pedro Góis - Coimbra University
Dra. Eugénia Quaresma - Portuguese Catholic Migrations Services
Maria Helena Antunes - AidLearn
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Francisco Branco - FCH-UCP

16.30 - 17.00
Coffee break
Posters session / L2W Outputs Room

17.00 - 17.45
Panel 5: European Projects – cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Dr. Bernard Hugonnier - OECD
Dr. Rui Gato - ERASMUS +
Moderator: Prof. Augusta Gaspar – FCH-UCP

17.45 - 18.15
Closing session

Prof. Doutora Joana Carneiro Pinto - FCH-UCP
Dra. Angelica Bucur - Live2Work Quality Assurance Partners

Saturday, January 12th

9.00 - 13.00

My values - Image cards - Dra. Ana Azeiteiro
Strengths - Solitaire Cards - Dra. Ana Azeiteiro
Identifying Future Career Paths - Prof Dra. Joana Carneiro Pinto
Tree of Competences - Dra. Mariana Baptista
Diamond - Positive Focus - Dra. Mette Holm Harrsen
My Goals - SMARTE Model - Dra. Maria Manuel Sousa


  • SCML

    • Ana Cecília Cameira (CEFC-SCML)
    • Ana Azeiteiro (CEFC-SCML)

  • ucp

    • Helena Rebelo Pinto (FCH-UCP)
    • Joana Carneiro Pinto (FCH-UCP)

  • alb

    • Angelica Bucur (ALB CONSEIL)

  • ipav

    • Mónica Rocha e Melo (IPAV)
    • Rui Silva (IPAV)

  • coneqt

    • Cecilia Leboeuf (Coneqt)

  • myo

    • Mette Holm Harrsen (MYO – Mind Your Organization)

  • Artevio

    • Michal Sidlo (Artevio)
    • Veronika Skubalova (Artevio)

  • pelican

    • Dasa Pelikanova (Spolek Pelican)
    • Vladimir Vadura (Spolek Pelican)


Rosário Lopes: from the CRC-W (Católica Research Center for Psychological, Family and Social Well-being)

Conference Venue

Catholic University of Portugal
Palma de Cima
1649-023 Lisbon

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About the Catholic University of Portugal

Universidade Católica Portuguesa is an academic community that helps defend and develop the human being and his/her cultural heritage through research, teaching and services. It is a major presence in the Portuguese university world, characterized by a Christian vision of mankind and making a specific contribution to all areas of knowledge. UCP is recognized by the Portuguese State as a free, autonomous university institution of public utility. Since its foundation in 1967, it has made a significant contribution to the development of higher education in Portugal. Teaching at UCP - which has awarded degrees to around 44,000 students over the past 49 years - aims to combine academic excellence and education in human values.


During the first half of the year, preliminary versions of the first two videos - Tutorial and Self-knowledge - have been produced and released for comments by partners. Videos about world knowledge and transitional skills were filmed in October.

Nowadays, the video about Self-knowledge has been approved for upload to YouTube, while the other ones are going through testing and evaluation process at partner institutions, together with piloting period with the target group.

The preparation of IO5 Audio-visual learning scenarios depended on the time of finishing other outputs, mainly IO1 and IO2. During the first half of the year, the scenarios of the first two videos – Tutorial and Self-knowledge have been prepared. Video 1 has been presented at the project meeting in Lisbon, video 2 was finished shortly afterwards.

During the summer months, work on scenarios for videos 3 and 4 continued and in August, both scenarios were approved by partners. Videos 3 and 4 – World knowledge and Transitional skills - were filmed in October. Now, all four videos are going through testing and evaluation process at partner institutions, together with piloting period with the target group. We expect to collect all feedback and decide on future steps in November 2017. The last video – Promotional – will be prepared and filmed in 2018.

A handbook of conceptual framework for the project and the problem of (re)construction of life projects of people in situations of professional vulnerability. The first section presents our project in terms of its objectives, distinctive characteristics, and synthesis of each of the different stages and outputs. The second part focuses on the social relevance of this project, through the presentation of demographics, educational, and employability contexts in the different European countries, with particular emphasis on the situation of migrants and refugees.

The Manual also includes a reflection on the importance of including the theme of social justice with this target audience, along with the knowledge and skills of professionals working in the life project construction field. The third part analyzes the different theoretical contributions (eg, from the career normative models, career design, construction and management models, career systemic models, and career culturally adequate models) that were taken as basis for the development of the theoretical rational that supports the toolbox. Finally, the fourth part of the manual presents the four modules that derive from the theoretical rational and in relation to which the pedagogical activities were developed. Information about the pedagogical approach, organization, procedures and structure of the activities of the toolbox is also provided in this output.

We have a lot of work behind us. We have succeeded in completing the content for the IO1 Conceptual Framework and content for Toolbox within IO2. For both of these outputs, we designed a template based on the project brand manual that we use on our website. The aim of the design was to create sexy and catchy documents that will be intuitive, well structured, easy to read and understand by end-users. After the testing phase and gathering feedback from partners in cooperation with the end-users it would be possible to improve and adapt the documents for better use with the target group.

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In Denmark, the teams have been working hard on completing the final contents for the toolbox. This includes pedagogical descriptions of tools, and ensuring that all the tools are user friendly, comprehensive and relevant for end users.

The course guide and course PowerPoint have also been prepared, to assist our teams in running Live2Work pilot courses. These courses will not only test the materials produced, but also the methodology  recommended to running successful workshops.

Along with this, the Danish team has been busy contacting municipalities, companies and organisations involved in situations of professional vulnerability, to ensure dissemination of on-going work and results. We are preparing for the piloting workshops to be held in Denmark, and looking forward to running courses here in Copenhagen to receive feedback. During our work with development of tools, we have sought out feedback from experts and peers, active in the field of unemployed adults, and positive psychology, to ensure that we are on the right track.

The team aims to end up with a comprehensive course guide, that will assist other professionals in running Live2Work workshops with their peers and colleagues, further spreading the tools, methods and ideas for successfully working with the creation of new life projects.

After the piloting workshop in Denmark, the team is now compiling a report, to better understand the needs of the end users, and how to adapt the materials to suit these. The feedback has been extremely positive, with test persons showing great enthusiasm for the tools, as well as giving valuable professional insight, into their needs, when dealing with our target groups.

The next period will be spent perfecting the final versions and preparing the final multiplier events.

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Written by Cecilia Leboeuf-Hansen – Founder of Coneqt, member of the Live2Work development team.

The Live2Work project consists of a group of professionals from different fields, all involved, in one way or another, with unemployed young adults. The consortium got together for their first internal professional development workshop, to strengthen the team’s knowledge on the newest tools and research available in positive psychology. This training workshop took place in Copenhagen, Denmark in January 2017. To our delight, the training workshop, happened to coincide with a session at the Pedagogical University of Denmark, where Martin Seligman gave a lecture on; Positive Psychology – State of the Art. Some clips of the lecture can be seen here.

It was a very relevant and interesting lecture. Especially for our group, as it gave us the opportunity, to not only network and find people who could assist us in our work, but also to reflect on the prospects of the new ideas, that are being developed as we speak.

Happiness – the “undemocratic” state of being

One of the topics that Martin Seligman presented to us, was authentic happiness. This made us question, what happiness really is, and how an understanding of this can be useful in our work, of helping unemployed young adults enter the labour market. He told us that we were not to
confuse positive psychology with happiness. “Smiliness” is inherited, not changeable, and undemocratic in some ways. Happiness, it turns out, is genetic and not something that can be acquired (or at least, to a certain degree).

Well-being, however, can be defined as how well you are doing. This feeling depends on your mission. Where do you want to go and how do you intend to get there? Whether you are focusing on Positive emotions, Engagement, positive Relationships, Meaning, or Accomplishments (P.E.R.M.A.), depends on your goals in life, what is more pleasurable in life for the individual. We learnt that Positive psychology is descriptive instead of prescriptive, and that PERMA is something that is measurable and teachable.

How to measure PERMA

We learnt that we can measure PERMA, by looking at subjective and objective measures. This is because free, non-suffering people pursue the following;
– P= positive emotion; They hunt the good stuff. To develop this, one can try the following activity; for one week write down three things that went well each day and describe why you think they went well. This activity will give the individual higher life satisfaction and lower depression; and this will become an addictive action.
– E= Engagement; signature strength and professions. To work on signature strengths, one can close one’s eyes and think of something one must do at work, something that one doesn’t like to do. One can then recraft things in one’s mind, and visualise oneself doing things one doesn’t like, using one’s highest strength.
– R=Relations (ACR) Active – Constructive – Responding vs Active, Passive, Constructive, Destructive.

Martin Seligman explains that positive development takes place, when the individual is responding in an active – constructive way.

Meaning; How do you celebrate, rather than how do you conflict? Active and Constructive means to take time to let the other relive the good experience.
– M=Meaning and Purpose- pleasure vs altruism. (Kids/youths don’t know about this.) Doing something altruistic lasts and lasts, rather than hanging out with friends (the joy ends when it’s time to go home).
This means that if you want to feel better, go out and help someone! Belonging to and serving something bigger than yourself will give you better well-being.
– A= Achievement/accomplishment/mastering – Self-discipline and GRIT, account for success. Angela Duckworth has stated that grit, is twice as important as IQ.

So, happiness is not something you learn, it’s something that is in your genes, but well-being can be taught, and grit is the secret to making it as far as one has the potential. In order to help people in situations of professional vulnerability, we must then focus on the development of PERMA, and teach these individuals how to achieve lasting well-being.
You can read more about Martin Seligman’s theories on authentic happiness on his website: