13. A Supported Education toolkit for educators, mental health practitioners and policy makers: results from the ImpulSE project


The ImpulSE project’s (an Erasmus Multilateral project) main goal was the development of an implementation toolkit for Supported Education (SEd). SEd is defined as the provision of individualized, practical support and instruction to assist people with psychiatric disabilities achieve their educational goals (Anthony et al., 2002). The toolkit is aimed at students counselors, trainers, teachers and tutors, mental health managers and workers, and local authority officials involved in policymaking concerning people with psychiatric disabilities. It enables field workers to improve guidance and counseling to students/young adults with psychiatric disabilities, supporting them with their educational careers. These students/ young adults will be better ‘empowered’ to be successful in their educational careers (improving access and/or preventing drop out) and their chances on the labour market will be improved.

The toolkit is based upon needs- and resources assessments (interviews with students with psychiatric disabilities and professionals, and literature reviews) from the four participating countries: Norway, Czech republic, Portugal and the Netherlands, as well as good practices from these. The toolkit provides relevant and practical Supported Education interventions, and also guidelines for implementing these tools. In the poster presentation the background and contents of the toolkit are described in more detail.


Jacomijn Hofstra is a social psychologist with a PhD.degree in Behavioural and Societal Sciences. She works at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen: both as a lecturer at the department of Applied Psychology; and as a researcher at the Research and Innovation Center for Rehabilitation. She is the coordinator of the project called ‘ImpulSE: Supported Education for people with psychiatric disabilities’. In addition, she provides Supported Education services to students with psychiatric problems.