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 reearcher 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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., 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.
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.
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’.
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.
Dr. Jan Pfeiffer(Chair for the European Expert Group on Transition from Institutional to Community Care) - Developments in Eastern Europe with regard to transition from Institutional to Community Care
Dr Jean-Pierre Wilken(Professor of Participation, Care and Support HU Utrecht University of Applied Sciences; founder of CARe Europe) - Developments in Western Europe with regard to transition from traditional to recovery oriented care
Tamas Verdes, Stefánia Kapronczay, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) and Dorottya Karsay, Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC), – The role and practice of independent monitoring mechanisms in promoting the right to live in the community: evolving human rights standards and practice on the ground.
Andrea Spitálszky /Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC), Hungary - Human rights issues: the Stanev v. Bulgaria case: the importance of the right to live in the community.
Mental Health Policy
Armen Soghoyan (Armenia) - Mental Health Policy for the Republic of Armenia.
Ágnes Fazekas (Hungary) - ExchangeAbility Ambassadors’, an initiative to promote participation of disabled students in higher education
Katona Vanda (Hungary) - From institutional care to community care. Education of social professionals.
Parallel session 1.2 Venue: Room 6.87
Recovery and community mental health
Suzana Oreški (Slovenia) - The Recovery Paradigm in Practice. How to carry out a recovery approach in Slovenia?
Jose Buitendijk (Netherlands) - From Institutional care to independent housing: wishes of former homeless clients regarding housing.
Vesna Švab (Slovenia) - Development of Community Psychiatry in Slovenia.
Gabor Gombos (Hungary) - Experiences of the consumer movement in Eastern Europe
Parallel session 2.2 Venue: Room 6.87
Training and development
Nino Agdgomelashvili (Georgia) - A new approach in community mental health in Georgia. A cooperation between the Government, GIP and UNDP will lead to a basically new approach in community mental health, guided by training professionals in the approach of rehabilitation and recovery, an example of a comprehensive approach on community mental health.
David Blazey (UK) - Over and Above. Improving social inclusion, rehabilitation and recovery in South London