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CARe Seminar 2012 PROGRAM

“Transition from institutional to Recovery-Oriented Community Care:
Challenges Throughout Europe”



Welcome by Prof. Katalin Tausz, Dean and Dr. Zsolt Bugarszki  ELTE University, Faculty of Social Sciences

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

  • 10.30-11.00 Coffee break
  • 11.00-13.00 Workshops


Parallel session 1.1  Venue: Room 6.53

Chairperson: Gabor Gombos
Advocacy and Human Rights
Tamas Verdes, Stefánia Kapronczay, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) and Dorottya KarsayMental 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. Seminar handout
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.
Social Inclusion
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.

Toon van Meel, Frans Withagen, José Buitendijk (Netherlands) -  Measuring Fidelity and Quality of CARe.

  • 13.00-14.00 Snack lunch
  • 14.00-15.00 Plenary session
Prof. Dr. Robert van Voren (Chief Executive of Global Initiative on Psychiatry) Current and future developments

Dirk den Hollander (Head of CARe Training RINO Group Netherlands; Founder of CARe Europe) Headlines of the CARe methodology

  • 15.00-15.30 Coffee Break
  • 15.30-17.00 Workshops

Parallel session 2.1  Venue: Room 6.53

Consumer perspectives
Annelies Hoefsloot and Martine Ganzevles (Netherlands) - Connecting perspectives of users and professionals. Experiences in USA and the Netherlands
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
  • 17.00 Plenary closure


On Friday 30th March, there is a meeting of professionals working with the CARe methodology, Venue will be Room: 0.99. CARe is a well described comprehensive approach which can be used both in clinical and community care. It is based on a personal relationship with clients, on (creating) friendly environments and supportive social networks, in order to support recovery and social participation in society. Also people who are interested in knowing more about this approach, are welcome to join this meeting.

Social companions at Seminar evening events: €50
This fee provides a place for a social companion of workshop speakers/country representative/participants (e.g. husband, wife or partner) to attend the evening Dinner gathering event on 31st March 2012 after the CARe Europe Seminar. Reservation is necessary.  For reservation please email ( to make prior reservations.