Keynote speakers


Stefan ter Horst
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Endre Stigen
Stefan ter Horst is working as a lecturer at the Hanze University Groningen. Primarily he teaches  at the Associate Degree (AD) programme ‘Expert by Experience in Mental Health Care” and he is a guest lecturer in other programmes at the School of Social Studies.
“In 2011 I have started a brand new Associate Degree programme called: “Expert by Experience in Mental Health Care” at the Hanze University Groningen. In 2013 I graduated. Now I am a lecturer in this programme and active in the further development of the AD. 
For fifteen years I have been a cliënt of the Mental Health Care System, and I also received treatment for my addiction. Despite several setbacks during these years I’ve had several jobs. From  building site cleaner up to director of a large cinema. I also attempted a study to become a engineer in dredging technology. None of the above were very succesfull. For me finishing a study was a new experience. Receiving, and being able to receive support during my education made the difference and helped me to succesfully complete this training.
Working as a lecturer as well as being an expert by experience I meet a lot of people who want to study but do not dare or do not know how to. I think providing SEd  can create opportunities for a lot of people. I know by experience what  consequences a lack of support can have, because of this I’m so passionate about this topic”.

From Psychiatry to PhD; an Educational Journey with Support
Endre Stigen, M.Sc, has just embarked on a Ph.D program funded by Helse Vest RHF (the Western Norway Regional Health Authority) focusing on preclinical imaging and gene therapy in cancer. His academic background lies within Biology and Medical Cell Biology. “If someone told me ten years ago that I would one day give a talk at a big conference, let alone start a PhD program, I would have thought they had the wrong guy. Thats not me! You´re thinking of someone else!
I have been a user of mental health care services for most of my adult life. For years I attempted to “solve” my mental health problems on my own. My strategies at the outset revolved for the most part around avoidance, isolation, self-medication and emulation. I entered my “Cave Man” phase. Getting back on track was a long and arduous process, filled with small victories and devastating setbacks.
During the fall of 2006 I heard from a fellow user of mental health care services of a Supported Education pilot project in Bergen. Despite the fact that my health care providers warned me against higher educational aspirations, I contacted the project and was invited for an interview. My own goals and motivation were all they needed. I’ve been affiliated with the project ever since.
It is safe to say that without the support of this project I would not have succeeded in achieving my educational goals. Perhaps more importantly, I would not have found own voice in my own process of Recovery. Supported Education helped me unlock my potential.”

Karen Unger
Karen Unger, EdD
Karen V. Unger, M.S.W., Ed.D., has been a leader in the field of supported education since the 1980s and was instrumental in the initial development of the concept. She has completed research and demonstration projects to test the efficacy of supported education as a viable rehabilitation option, consulted with community agencies and colleges throughout the United States to establish supported education programs, and disseminated the concept through numerous presentations, workshops, peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and other writings. She is author of Handbook on Supported Education: Providing Services to Students With Psychiatric Disabilities and The Evidence-Based Practice Kit for Supported Education, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. government. Dr. Unger is currently a research associate professor at Portland State University and President of the consulting firm, Rehabilitation Through Education. She resides in Portland, OR, USA.

Marianne Farkas
Marianne Farkas, ScD is the Co-Principal Investigator of the Research and Training Center and a Clinical Professor in Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University for over 15 years. The Center developed the first Supported Education programme in the USA.
Dr. Farkas has authored and co-authored over 60 articles in professional journals, 4 textbooks, a dozen book chapters and 6 multi-media training packages.
For more than 30 years, Farkas has worked in various capacities in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation, and recovery that have enabled her to promote the use of effective strategies to diverse target populations around the globe.  Among her many roles providing training, research and consultation, Farkas was in charge of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, providing training, consultation and research expertise to the WHO network around the globe.  She also currently heads an effort to create standards of evidence for disability research and a process for translating the research into practice tools across disability fields.
She is on the editorial review board of journals ranging from Psychiatric Services, Community Mental Health Journal, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal and Implementation Science.
Jose Ornelas José Ornelas is an Associate Professor with Aggregation at the ISPA- Instituto Universitário, in Lisboa, Portugal. At ISPA-IU, he is the Director of Community Development course and Community Psychology Masters and Doctoral programs. His first doctoral degree was at Boston University in Psychology, and the second doctoral degree was at the University of Oporto in Portugal. Over the last 30 years he has developed research and practice in the field of community psychology, particularly in the domains of community mental health and community integration. He was the first president of the European Association of Community Psychology and was a member of two national commissions, one to reform the mental health system and the other for higher education on new psychology curricula. Recently, he has released a book, written with several of his international colleagues, entitled “Community psychology and community mental health: Towards transformative change”, published by Oxford University Press.

Chantal van Audenhove
Chantal van Audenhove, PhD
Prof. dr. Chantal Van Audenhove is a full professor at the Academic Center for General Medicine (ACHG). She teaches courses in psychology and applied communication for medical students and students in dentistry. She is also the director of LUCAS, the Centre for Care research and consultancy of KU Leuven, expert in practice- and policy oriented research.
As promotor-coordinator of the Policy Research Centre for Welfare, Public Health and Family (SWVG) she is responsible for the management of a network of researchers all over Flanders.
Her research mainly focuses on mental health and the care for people suffering from dementia. Within the field of mental health care, her main research topics are: Community mental health care and mental health reform, prevention of depression and suicide, stigma and discrimination, shared decision making and vocational rehabilitation.

Michelle Mullen

Michelle Mullen, MS, CRC, CPRP
Michelle G. Mullen is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions at Rutgers University.  Professor Mullen is currently leading nine research and developmental projects evaluating the effectiveness of various interventions for college students with psychiatric conditions. Her current studies focus on a cognitive remediation intervention for college students as well as evaluating the services that are effective for young people to develop meaningful, long-term careers. Professor Mullen is co-principal investigator of the first, true RCT study of the mobile model of Supported Education. She is also the PI on a study that seeks to evaluate attitudes toward students with psychiatric disabilities in a health professions university.  In addition to conducting research, Professor Mullen has provided SEd, developed and overseen programs in the US, and currently provides technical assistance and training throughout the US.
 Lies Korevaar  Lies Korevaar, PhD
Lies Korevaar is professor of Rehabilitation at the Hanze University Groningen, the Netherlands and principal investigator Supported Education projects. He has been a clinical psychologist in the field of Mental Health for almost 25 years. Since 1998 he is involved in Supported Education. Since then he initiated several SEd research and innovation project and in 2010 the national Expertise Centre for Supported Education was launched. In March 2015 he published the Handbook Supported Education (in Dutch).
 Lex Wunderink Lex Wunderink, MD, PhD
Lex Wunderink, MD, PhD, psychiatrist (61), is head of the Department of Education and Research and head of psychiatry residency training at Friesland Mental Health Services, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. He is a research fellow at the University Centre of Psychiatry, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands. His recent work on antipsychotic dose reduction in first episode psychosis has been published in JAMA Psychiatry, 2013. The surprising results, showing twice the recovery rates compared to maintenance treatment after 7 years of follow-up, elicited a debate about the pro’s and con’s of antipsychotic treatment. His present work is focusing on early detection and intervention in psychosis and other severe mental illness, and trajectories of psychopathology. He is leading the Early Detection and Intervention Network in the Northern Netherlands, covering a 3.5 million catchment area and coordinates a consortium developing screening tools for mental health problems in primary care.
 MpJ9nm4P Marian de Groot
Director of the Dutch Expertise Centre for studying with disabilities in Higher Education

Handicap + Studie, the Dutch expert centre for studying with disabilities, stimulates the participation of students with disabilities in higher education. The mission of handicap + studie is to allow students with a handicap to successfully participate in the higher education of their choice. – See more at: