The center is built on three main pillars:
- Implementation, training and further development of new methods in the work with serious behavioral problems,
- research linked to evaluation and development of new methods, and
- research regarding spread and development of behavioral problems among children.
Aims, activities and responsibility
The center’s aim is to strengthen the knowledge and raise the competence in work with behavioral problems among children. The center shall also stimulate interdisciplinary research on this subject and strengthen the connection between research and practice. The center’s activities shall build on an interdisciplinary perspective and promote the cooperation between the different occupational groups that are linked to the center and between researchers with different background and profile. The center shall engage in research, developmental work, education, counseling and training.
Through its activities, the center shall work towards that children with serious behavioral problems and their families get assistance, which is based on research, relevant, individually adjusted and has effective results according to today's knowledge level. The activities at the center shall be interdisciplinary and integrated, and they shall contribute to development of competence and effective family- and community based initiatives to prevent and intervene relations to serious behavioral problems with children.
The center has a responsibility as a network for researchers and environments that work with research and building competence in the work with children and behavioral problems.
The center will also engage in education and guidance of occupational groups linked to schools, child welfare and mental health care.
Funding and organization
The center is financed through a joint commission from The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, The Norwegian Directorate of Health and The Norwegian Directorate for Primary and Secondary Education. From 2009 The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs is in charge of coordinating the commission.
The center is a subsidiary of Unirand Ltd, which is wholly owned by the University of Oslo.
The center has four departments: The research department, The developing department for children, The developing department for youth – and a limited administration of five employees.
Members of the board
The first board of directors for the Norwegian Centre for the Studies of Behavioral Problems and Innovative Therapy Ltd was appointed on the 10th April 2003. Members in 2015 are:
- Tore Hansen, Professor, Faculty of Social Science, University of Oslo. Chairman.
- Monica Dalen, Professor, The Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo. Also deputy for the Chairman.
- Erik Gulbrandsen, Manager, Unirand AS.
- Odd Arne Tjersland, Professor, Faculty of Social Science, University of Oslo. Deputy for representatives from University of Oslo and Unirand.
- Egil Larsen, section leader, Øverby Kompetansesenter. Deputy: Anne Thorbjørnsen, Director, Øverby Kompetansesenter.
- Ellinor F. Major, Division Director, Norwegian Institute for Public Health. Deputy: Kristin Schelderup Mathiesen, Department Director, Norwegian Institute for Public Health.
- Frid Hansen, Borgestadklinikken. Deputy: May Britt Drugli, deputy manager at The Regional Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Mid-Norway.
- Anett Apeland, Assistant Clinical Director, Atferdssenteret. Employee representative. Deputy: John Kjøbli, researcher.