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The CARe Network Training & Education Programme

The CARe Network is offering a variety of workshops and training opportunities.



We can provide workshops on the following topics:

1. Introduction to the recovery model

2. Working on social inclusion: community participation and support

3. Introduction to the model of ‘expert-by-experience’ and peer support

4. Social enterprises, a model for recovery and inclusion

5. Introduction to the CARe model: professional support for persons in recovery

6. Developing peer expertise and peer support groups



Training in the CARe methodology

The CARe methodology is an evidence-based professional way of effectively supporting persons with mental health problems in their recovery process. It is based on the principles of presence, recovery and empowerment. In the basic training programme, professionals learn how to apply the principles in a systematic way. The training consists of three training days and four coaching sessions. Coaching can also be provided through the internet (skype/face time).  For more information click here.



Training in the Strengths model

The Strengths model was developed by Charley Rapp and Rick Goscha from Kansas University in the U.S. The approach focuses on the strengths of the person and of the community. It supports personal recovery and participation. The training consists of 2 days complemented by coaching and supervision. For more information click here.


Train-the-trainer programmes

The CARe Network offers train-the-trainer programmes for persons who want to become a trainer in either the CARe model or the Strengths model.

For more information, email to


List of workshop leaders and trainers



The CARe Network Consultancy Opportunities

From the network of The CARe Network, we can offer advice and support in different fields.

Examples are:

* developing a new community based service

* developing a service focusing on recovery

* deinstitutionalising hospital services

* developing a social enterprise

* advocacy and human rights initiatives

* developing peer expertise and peer support

* developing a proposal for our partnership program

* developing a proposal for a training program


Below you will find a list of persons and their specific expertise. Our experts have substantial knowledge and experience over a long period of time.

The expertise in our network is free of charge, if you are an organisation which is a member of our network.

Consultancy and advice can be given by email or Skype. Our experts are also willing to visit your organisation and to offer personal advice on the spot. In this case only the expenses for travel and accommodation have to be covered.


Actual position

Fields of expertise

dr. David Blazey

Head of Social Inclusion and Recovery Projects at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Social Inclusion; Recovery; Developing grant proposals

dr. Zsolt Bugarszki

Lecturer at Tallinn University;

Advisor Mental Health Initiative

Deinstitutionalisation; social work; community based services

Gabor Gombos

Co-Chair, World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry; Senior Advocacy Officer, Mental Disability Advocacy Center, Budapest

Human rights; UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability; Advocacy

Dirk den Hollander MSc

Head of Training & Education CARe & Strengths-model

Rino Group Netherlands

Training and education; psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery

Jan Pfeiffer MD

Member of The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT)

Human Rights; psychiatry

Toon Walravens

Consultant at Walravens Zorgadvies

Peer support; forensic psychiatry

Prof. Jean Pierre Wilken

Professor at Utrecht University for Applied Sciences, Netherlands. Visiting professor at Tallinn University, Estonia.

psychosocial rehabilitation, recovery, participation, supported living; supported employment; community based services