Ajutăm anual peste 2000 de copii și pe familiile lor. Vezi cum facem asta
We help over 2000 children and their families annually. See how we do it
Sacred Heart University

Maria Beatrice Center – Practice Center for Sacred Heart University Connecticut – USA,
, within a 5-year partnership, 2019-2023

Program funded by Sacred Heart University Connecticut – USA

The clinical practice of American students at the Maria Beatrice Center is coordinated by university professor Dr. Heather Miller-Kuhaneck, PhD, OTR/L, and clinical assistant professor, Ellen M. Martino, OTD, OTR/L, NDT instructor – both from the same American university, Sacred Heart, Department of Occupational Therapy, mentor Mirela-Carmen Burllău, TO, FKT, vice-president of APTOR (Association of Occupational Therapists in Romania) and Liliana Vidican, TO, Psychopedagogue APTOR.


In the 5 internships so far:

20 students from the American University, totaled 450 hours of practical learning at the Maria Beatrice Center

45 children beneficiaries of the Maria Beatrice Center were observed in therapy and evaluated by the 2 university professors, mentors of the students from the USA, observation sheets and therapeutic recommendations were drawn up for them.

Over 400 of students, master’s students, occupational therapists, special education teachers, participated in courses and webinars, including 60 studentssfromOccupationalTherapy from Oxford Brookes University in Great Britain, together with Dr. Carmen Liana Nagy (PhD.) Senior Lecturer, Occupational Therapy, MSc Subject Coordinator, Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

Within the “Global Health Program” at the Maria Beatrice Center, the clinical learning internship is held annually for a group of American students from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA”, who are in their last year of occupational therapy studies, funded program by American University.

Partners in the project:

  1. Sacred Heart University (SHU), reprezentată de Heather Miller-Kuhaneck si Prof . Ellen Martino
  2. Professional Association of Occupational Therapists from Romania (APTOR), represented by Mirela-Carmen Burllău (TO, FKT, APTOR vice-president)
  3. Professional Association of Occupational Therapists from Romania – APTOR Oradea
  4. Maria Beatrice Association through the Maria Beatrice Center, Alba Iulia
  5. ″1 December 1918″ Alba Iulia University (UAB), Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, Study Program – Occupational Therapy
  6. The Vision of the Blind Project Association, Alba Iulia
  7. “1 Decembrie 1918” University, Alba Iulia, Department of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
  8. “Vasile Alecsandri” Bacău University, Faculty of Motor Science, Sports and Health Sciences
  9. University of Pitesti, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Social Sciences and Psychology

We enjoy the presence of American teachers and students in Alba Iulia!

We thank the colleagues from the Occupational Therapy Department of the Maria Beatrice Center and all the parents of the Center’s beneficiary children, participants in clinical practice, for all their involvement and openness during the 4 years so far!