The 1st European Conference
November 16-17, 2015
The onset of psychiatric disabilities generally occurs between the ages of 17 and 25 – the years in which young adults follow higher education (including advanced vocational education), which is a major channel in our society to prepare for a career and enhance life goals. But for people with psychiatric disabilities, this resource is largely unavailable.
Although people with psychiatric disabilities often attempt higher education, they often meet with overwhelming obstacles, including stigmatization and discrimination. In an economy that requires (higher) education for upward occupational mobility, people who are unable to succeed in postsecondary/higher education or training may find themselves ultimately underemployed or unemployed.
Therefore, it is of the utmost importance for the social inclusion and future (labour) opportunities of young adults with psychiatric disabilities (1) to have better access to higher education, and (2) to be able to complete such a study succesfully. The Erasmus ImpulSE project and the RAAK-project Supported Education: new interventions for professionals will contribute to ‘empower’ these young adults to do so. The purpose of both projects is to develop and implement Supported Education services (Toolkit) in European countries and to establish a European Network Supported Education (ENSEd) and a national Spported Education project in the Netherlands.
Supported Education (SEd) is defined as the provision of individualized, practical support and instruction to assist people with psychiatric disabilities to achieve their educational goals ( Anthony et al., 2002).
To complete two Supported Education projects, the Research and Innovation Centre for Rehabilitation of the Hanze University Groningen in collaboration with the national and international project partners, organize a two-day international conference on Supported Education. The conference seeks to bring together educators, mental health practitioners, researchers, students, consumers, family members, policy makers and other stakeholders who are interested in issues related to Supported Education. The goal of this conference is to share knowledge of Supported Education practice around Europe and the rest of the world.