Prof. C.L. Mulder is a psychiatrist and professor of public mental health. He is program leader of the Research Centre O3 at Erasmus University Medical Centre, department of psychiatry, psychiatrist and teacher at BavoEuropoort psychiatric institute, and the Municipal Health Centre of Rotterdam. He is involved in research projects concerning help seeking behaviour, emergency psychiatry, victimisation, assertive outreach, compliance, and coercion.
He works as a psychiatrist in an ACT-team. He received more than thirty research grants and published over a hundred articles in (inter)national scientific journals and books.
Margret Overdijk is director at the mental health care institute InGeest in the region of Amsterdam and Haarlem. She started working as a psychiatric nurse in 1982. She graduated for the Bachelor in Business Administration in Health at the Hogeschool Utrecht in 1997. She graduated for the executive MBA (Master Business Administration) at Nyenrode Business Universiteit in 2011.
Margret is experienced in strategic and operational management in the field of mental health care for (difficult to engage) people with severe mental ilness. Besides this she is experienced in developing and implementing strategic policies on assertive outreach and intensive home treatment. Margret was involved with the CCAF (Centre for the certification of ACT and FACT) from 2007 till 2017.
Drs. Marijke van Putten ( 1957) is psychiatrist and CEO of Mental Health Institute (MHI) Noord Holland Noord (NHN). She worked for more than twenty years as a psychiatrist, director and innovator.
The MHI NHN is specialized in deinstitutionalization, recovery-oriented care, inventor of the Flexible ACT and Intensive Home Treatment, and has a lot of experience in e-mental health, also for people with Severe Mental Illnesses.
Marijke is president of the board of the museum of psychiatry ( Het Dolhuys, Haarlem, Netherlands) She is member of the supervisory board of the Dutch center of excellence for people with personality disorders. She was member of the board of Phrenos, center of excellence for people with severe mental illnesses.
Jan L.D.J. Berndsen, RN, CEO Lister, Association of Community Mental Health and Sheltered Living.
Jan has been working in the Mental Health for over 25 years. He has been involved in building many facilities for those who suffer from severe mental illness and drug addiction.
Jan supports the development of recovery-based care and is co-founder of ‘the Dutch Workplace for recovery-oriented care’. He also participates actively in the deinstitutionalization of the long-term mental healthcare.
After completing his basic training in nursing, Fred Koops worked as a manager in different health care setting: mental health organisations, general hospitals, a psychiatric department of a general hospital and a university hospital. As an interim manager he reorganized the Rutgers Nisso Group, i.e. the Dutch Expert Centre on Sexuality. Most recently he was general director at the SymforaMeander centre for psychiatry.
He obtained the title of Master in Health Administration (MHA) at the TiasNimbas Business School - Tilburg University. In 2000, he completed his training at the Lemniscate Institute in association with the University of Jönköping in Sweden, where he obtained his master degree in Business Administration (MBA).
As chairman of the Sympopna Foundation (congress organisation), he brings to his ambition the lifelong education of mental health care workers on different levels. Currently he is also the owner/director of Frean Holding, institute for advice and management support in health care.
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Prof. dr. Torleif Ruud is head of the R&D department for mental health services at Akershus University Hospital and professor of psychiatry at the University of Oslo. He has earlier been medical director of a community mental health centre and Research Director for Mental Health Services Research in SINTEF, Norway.
He has done mental health services research, epidemiological studies, follow-up studies, studies on professional training, and development of instruments. He is presently in charge of a national research based evaluation of ACT teams in Norway, a national network for quality improvement and research in acute mental health services, and a study on committed collaboration between health and mental health services for persons with severe mental illness. He is also involved in several other projects and studies, including a randomised controlled trial of short and long term group psychotherapy.
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Michiel Bähler (born in 1959): After his study and working as physical therapist, he started his study psychology at the University of Amsterdam. After this study he started working in the field of psychiatry. First in Eindhoven, later in GGZ Noord Holland Noord (GGZ NHN), a mental health institute in the north-west of the Netherlands.
Soon he started to work as advisor innovation of care in GGZ NHN specialised in working on rehabilitation and recovery. He was involved in the deinstitutionalisation of persons with a severe mental illness (SMI) and the start of the case management teams.
Together with Remmers van Veldhuizen, he transformed the case management teams in the GGZ NHN in to the Function Assertive Community Treatment Teams (FACT).
The FACT model is now a well described model and used all over the Netherlands.
In GGZ NHN he also introduced and implemented Individual Placement and Support (one of the Evidence Based Practices) in the organisation and is currently involved with the introduction of the strengths model into the FACT teams.
Recently he introduced a shared decision-making program into the psychiatry.
He is advisor and auditor to the CCAF and as an expert involved in the nationwide project of recovery oriented care for persons who stay in long stay care.
Berno van Meijel is a registered nurse and social scientist. He completed his PhD-thesis on relapse prevention in patients with schizophrenia in 2003. He worked for 13 years at the University Medical Center Utrecht as a nurse-researcher and innovator. In 2003 he was appointed as associate professor of mental health nursing at Inholland University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam, where he launched a research program on mental health nursing. Currently he is supervisor of 20 research projects. He is (co-)author of approximately 80 publications in international peer reviewed journals. Since 2014 Berno van Meijel is professor of mental health nursing at Inholland University of Applied Sciences (Amsterdam), VU University Medical Center (Amsterdam) and Parnassia Psychiatric Institute (The Hague).
Rokus Loopik is a Mental Health Nurse. He developed Mental Health Care for Homeless Individuals in Amsterdam for 18 years as an Outreach Worker and Head of the Rehabilitation Team for Homeless Individuals (Rehab Team). He worked for Pathways to Housing in New York and took their Housing First program to the Netherlands.
Rokus trains ACT teams and is a regular (keynote) speaker on ACT, Homelessness and Housing First. He has been writing columns for the Street Journal of the Province of North-Holland for 12 years. He has developed and organized 10 Learning Expeditions to New York and the Netherlands for managers, mayors, directors, nurses, social workers, peers, psychiatrists and policymakers since 2002. His Study Tours received accreditation from the Dutch Association for Psychiatry. In the three days prior to this First European Congress on Assertive Outreach Rokus will organize a three day EAOF Study Tour in various cities and programs in the Netherlands.
Mike Firn is a Mental Health Nurse who qualified in 1986. He has sixteen years’ experience using the Assertive Outreach Model in England, and has managed and set up teams and services including Assertive Outreach, Home Treatment and Early Intervention across South West London.
Mike is also Chair of the National Forum for Assertive Outreach, www.nfao.org a practice network delivering regional and national meetings in England. He has co–authored, with Prof. Tom Burns, the book Assertive Outreach in Mental Health; a manual for practitioners, published by Oxford University Press in 2002 and numerous peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He lectures and teaches regularly on assertive outreach and service improvement techniques and is currently involved in two large randomised controlled trials associated with assertive outreach delivery.
Drs Floor van Dijk (1971) is a psychiatrist and director of Altrecht Aventurijn, a specialized, partly forensic, treatment center for people with severe externalizing behavior spectrum disorders. The center offers clinical and ambulant treatment for people with and without intellectual disability and for adolescents. Also an expertise Centre for aggression management is developed with focus on gaining and sharing knowledge on factors triggering and minimalizing aggression in externalizing spectrum disorders. Altrecht Aventurijn (together with Altrecht WA) started one of the first forensic ACT-teams in the Netherlands. Forensic ACT /FACT for people with mental disability will start in 2012.
Floor van Dijk started working as a psychiatrist in an outreachend team for people with severe behavioral problems and intellectual disability. Afterwards she worked in an ambulant team for forensic treatment and in a forensic ACT-team.
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Professor Ph.A.E.G. (Philippe) Delespaul is professor in Innovations in Mental Health Care at the University of Maastricht (department of Psychiatry and Psychology). He works as a clinical psychologist at the Mondriaan Mental Health Trust in Maastricht/Heerlen and as program leader for Integrated Care and Psychotic Disorders. He is a member of the board at the CCAF and (F)ACT-Nederland. He is working on mental health service development and has a special interest in (determinants of) symptom variability in persons with a psychotic disorder.
Yolande Voskes is a nurse and mental health scientist. She completed her PhD on the reduction of seclusion in psychiatry from a care ethics perspective.
Currently she is working as an assistant professor at the department of medical humanities at the VU University medical centre in Amsterdam and as a senior researcher at mental health institute GGZ Breburg (Tilburg). She is the programleader of 'ethics and psychiatry' and is the supervisor of research projects on High and Intensive Care (HIC), Forensic High and Intensive Care (FHIC), Active Recovery Triad (ART) and coercion in the outpatient care.
Moreover she is a board member of the HIC foundation and the CCAF.