5. Implementation of Supported Education: easier said than done!?


Despite the growing interest in Supported Education services for people with psychiatric disabilities, it is not so easy to really initiate and implement a Supported Education program. Implementation of Supported Education requires efforts of all stakeholders involved, especially from Educational and Mental Health organizations. In the poster presentation we describe the background of Supported Education in the Netherlands. Also an overview of the developed SEd programs and services will be presented. Based on a Good Practice study done in four European countries, the bottlenecks and barriers of the implementation process are described in more detail. In addition, some general remarks are presented concerning the essential elements and conditions for the development and implementation of a Supported Education program.


Lies Korevaar is professor of Rehabilitation at the Hanze University Groningen, the Netherlands and principal investigator Supported Education projects. Since 1998 he is involved in Supported Education. In March 2015 he published the Handbook Supported Education (in Dutch).