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Speakers Bio

The CARe Network for Recovery and Inclusion is an International network which serves professionals, service users and organizations to promote the transition from institutional to community-based and recovery-based care. Speakers Bio for CARe Europe Conference 2012

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 ... Read more

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.


Together with Jean Pierre Wilken, he developed the CARe Approach, initially in Holland but later on in several (mostly Eastern European) countries. His special interest lies in the care for the most vulnerable; it is Dirk’s life mission to develop methods for adequate support.


From 1997, Dirk was the Director of Education of Storm Rehabilitatie, since 2008, he is Senior Teacher (trainer and coach) and responsible for programs regarding the CARe approach and the Strengths Model at the Rino group in Utrecht (the Netherlands). He is also responsible for the training (programs) for trainers and coaches. Dirk has always been committed to the most vulnerable clients, and has been involved in making recovery-oriented (teaching) programs, for instance  for clients with autism, borderline personality disorders, intellectual 

disabilities and clients with brain traumas. Dirk is also very experienced in implementation programs.

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Zsolt Bugarszki
PhD. expert of social policy

Zsolt Bugarszki, PhD. expert of social policy. I have spent more than 20 years with the development of community-based services in different countries and lately in Estonia I work on innovative solutions how to use modern technology, ICT tools and economic models to support vulnerable people in the community. I lead the Social Entrepreneurship MA program of Tallinn University following the project-based learning method. 

Jan Pfeiffer

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.


Workshop Speakers Bio:

Dr. David Blazey

Social Inclusion, Rehabilitation and Recovery Project Manager

Tamás Verdes

Hungarian Civil Liberties Union


Gábor Gombos

UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Martine Ganzevles

Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

Annelies Hoefsloot

Workshop Speaker

Dr Robert van Voren


Frans Withagen

CARe teacher, CARe auditor and CARe coach

José Buitendijk

CARe coach, CARe auditor and Strengths trainer

As. prof. Vesna Švab

Psychiatrist, Medical faculty Ljubljana Slovenia

Suzana Oreški, Ph.D.

Counsellor Office Manager, NGO ALTRA

Vanda Katona

Eötvös Loránd Science University Budapest Faculty of Special Education

Agnes Sarolta Fazekas

Faculty of the Social Sciences, Eötvös Loránd Science University

Armen Soghoyan, MD, PhD
Honorary Member of World Psychiatric Association (WPA), Psychiatrist

Andrea Spitálszky

Legal Officer, Mental Disability Advocacy Center

Dorottya Karsay

Project Manager of MDAC's Detention Monitoring Project

Toon van Meel

Nurse and Manager, Emergis in the Netherlands

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