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 researcher 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.
From 1996-2007 he was Managing-Director of Research and Development at Storm Rehabilitation.
From 1 January 2008 to 1 september 2009 he was the Head of Knowledge Development and Quality Policy at the Rino Group. From 2002 he is a professor at Utrecht University for Applied Sciences. From September 2009, this a full time position.