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.