Supported Education as a bridge: the need for collaboration between psychiatry and education

Supported Education is an important asset to the psychiatric care professionals to be able to support young people with a psychiatric disorder in their aspiration to study. On the other hand Supported Education also offers valuable tools to professionals in the field of education e.g. in their attempt to prevent adolescents with psychiatric problems from dropping out.
The main topic of this workshop is the interdisciplinary collaboration between education and mental health care. How do the participants of the workshop experience and rate their own collaboration? How to work as a T-shaped professional: what are the do’s and don’ts and what inspirational examples can be taken home? In order to actually learn from each other, during this workshop the sharing of these experiences, together with exercises on this subject will be key.

Learning Objectives
The participants will have increased knowledge about the way SE can bridge the gap between education and (psychiatric) health care.
The participants will have taken home good practices on the above mentioned collaboration from both the Dutch situation with respect to SE as also that in the other countries represented by the participants.

Jelco Caro studied Social Work and Education at both the Hanze and the NHL Universities of Applied Sciences. He has been a social worker in the field of youth care and immigration and has been working as a lecturer for the past eight years at the Hanze UAP. Since the beginning of 2014 he has been the coordinator of the RAAK-project called Supported Education: new interventions for professionals.