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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 2013

Lauri Leppik
Professor of Social Policy

Lauri Leppik is a professor of social policy in Tallinn University, Estonia. He will speak about the "New developments in Social Policy in the Baltic Countries". Lauri Leppik, Doctor's Degree, 2006, (sup) Taimi Tulva, Transformation of the Estonian Pension System: Policy Choices and Policy Outcomes, Tallinn University. ... 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. 

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Geoff Shepherd
Recovery Programme Director

Professor Geoff Shepherd trained originally as a clinical psychologist. He has worked most of his career in the National Health Services in the United Kingdom as a practitioner, manager and researcher... Read more


Workshop Speakers Bio:

Oliver Kukk

Peer Counsellor in Estonia

Moving from the institution to the community; Experiences in Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Croatia and Georgia

Dr. Narine Khachatryan

Lilit Baghdasaryan (Armenia)

Dr. Mikhail Popkov (Kyrgyzstan)

Oksana Gulak (Kazakhstan)

Ada Stojanovic Babic (Croatia)


Nino Agdgomelashvili (Georgia)


Dr. Zsolt Bugarszki (Hungary)

Dr. David Blazey (UK)

Social Inclusion, Rehabilitation and Recovery Project Manager

Theo Euverman (Netherlands)

CARe Trainer, User Expert

Sylvia Cox (Netherlands)

Director of Voluntary Services Ravelijn

Külli Mäe (Estonia) 

Anita Kurvits,

Oliver Kukk,

Urmo Reinik,

Anneli Valdmann

Henk Geelen (Netherlands)

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