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"Transitions towards recovery based community care"

Conference 2012 Speakers

Dr. Jean-Pierre Wilken

Professor of Social Work

Was educated as social scientist and psychologist. Professor of Social Work since 2002 at HU Utrecht University of Applied Sciences. In the past he worked for as a practitioner in long term psychiatry, as a researcher and consultant at the National Hospital Institute of the Netherlands and as trainer, developer and director of Storm Rehabilitation, research centre for psycho-social rehabilitation.

Dirk den Hollander

Master in Pedagogical Studies

Dirk den Hollander was educated as a nurse a master in pedagogical studies. He worked as a care professional in several psychiatric hospitals, a general hospital and in several nursing homes, from 1972 till 1986. He has experience as a team coordinator and (interim) manager from 1981 till 1998.

Dr Robert van Voren


Robert van Voren (1959) is a Sovietologist by education. A graduate of Amsterdam University, he obtained his PhD at the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas (Lithuania) where he is Professor of Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies. He is also Professor of Soviet and Post-­‐Soviet Studies at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia and currently teaches political science. He holds a similar position at the Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Dr Jan Pfeiffer

Psychiatrist and leading advocate of reform for mental health care

Dr Jan Pfeiffer is a psychiatrist and a leading advocate of reform for mental health care as well of deinstitutionalization of the services for other disability group. Active in Czech Republic as well Europe-wide, he chairs European Expert Group on Transition of institutional to community-based care. He is also a member of CPT committee as well as the Committee against torture and ill-treatment of the Council in Europe.

Gábor Gombos

UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Gábor Gombos is a world renowned independent disability rights defender. A person with psychosocial disability himself, Mr Gombos has been advocating for a just and inclusive world where all persons with disabilities enjoy all their human rights without any kind of discrimination.

Tamás Verdes

Hungarian Civil Liberties Union

Tamás Verdes has been the Program Coordinator of Hungarian Civil Liberties Union's Disability Rights Program since 2009. 

Dorottya Karsay

Project Manager of MDAC's Detention Monitoring Project

Dorottya Karsay has been the Project Manager of MDAC's Detention Monitoring Project since November 2010. As Project Manager she is responsible for increasing the effectiveness and knowledge base of inspectorates at the UN, Council of Europe and domestic levels with regards to the rights of persons with disabilities in places of deprivation of liberty, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and monitoring methodology in psychiatric and social care institutions.

Andrea Spitálszky

Legal Officer, Mental Disability Advocacy Center

Andrea has been a Legal Officer at the Mental Disability Advocacy Center since January 2011. She is responsible for strategic litigation regarding persons with intellectual and with psycho-social disabilities in Hungary. 

Armen Soghoyan, MD, PhD

Honorary Member of World Psychiatric Association (WPA), Psychiatrist

Armen Soghoyan (1967) is the President of Armenian Psychiatric Association, Head of Licensing Agency of Ministry of Health of Republic of Armenia, Associate Professor at Yerevan State Medical University after Mkhitar Heratsi (YSMU), Editor in Chief of Armenian Journal of Mental Health.

Agnes Sarolta Fazekas

Faculty of the Social Sciences, Eötvös Loránd Science University

Agnes Sarolta Fazekas is a student of Social Policy Master Programme at the Faculty of the Social Sciences, Eötvös Loránd Science University in Budapest, Hungary. 

Vanda Katona

Eötvös Loránd Science University Budapest Faculty of Special Education

Vanda Katona is a sociologist and she works as a researcher in the Eötvös Loránd Science University Budapest Faculty of Special Education. She studies in a Ph.D. programme in the university and the topic of her researches is the social roles of people with disabilities that she is examing with qualitative method.

Suzana Oreški, Ph.D.

Counsellor Office Manager, NGO ALTRA

Suzana Oreški, Ph.D., Assistant Lecturer, social worker, consultant, researcher, Counsellor Office Manager at the non-governmental organization ALTRA and is a member of various professional bodies in the mental health and social protection field in Slovenia.  

José Buitendijk

CARe coach, CARe auditor and Strengths trainer

José Buitendijk, MSc, is educated as a health care psychologist, CARe coach, CARe auditor and Strengths trainer.  In the past she worked as a social worker with homeless people. 

As. prof. Vesna Švab

Psychiatrist, Medical faculty Ljubljana Slovenia

As. prof. Vesna Švab, psychiatrist, Medical faculty Ljubljana Slovenia  preapred the Community psychaitry action plan for Slovenia and introduced community care reform with cooperation of psychiatric hospitals, NGOs, social services and general practitioners. 

Toon van Meel

Nurse and Manager, Emergis in the Netherlands

Toon van Meel, a nurse and manager at the mental health organisation, Emergis in the Netherlands .

Frans Withagen

CARe teacher, CARe auditor and CARe coach

Frans Withagen is active as CARe teacher, CARe auditor and CARe coach at Traverse, an organization for homeless people in Tilburg, the Netherlands. 

Martine Ganzevles

Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

Martine Ganzevles (MSc) is a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht - institute for Social Work. Amongst other things she is currently involved in the following two study minor-programs: ‘Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry’ and ‘Mental Health Social Worker’. 

Annelies Hoefsloot

Workshop Speaker

A professional with peer experience and peer with professional experience. Annelies went to the U.S. for the Strengths and Recovery tour last January.

Dr. David Blazey

Social Inclusion, Rehabilitation and Recovery Project Manager

Dr David Blazey works with clinical teams at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and with community organisations, to develop projects that promote social inclusion and recovery and access funding for them.

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