6. The Benefits and Challenges of Participation in a Supported Education Program for Persons with Mental Illness:  A Comparative Study in Denmark and Israel

Abstract

Limited knowledge exists regarding the ways in which the participation in a supported education program could help persons with mental illness.  Therefore, a comparative international study was conducted with students participating in supported education programs at the Aarhus university in Denmark and at the major universities in Israel to address this gap in knowledge.

A mixed methods study was conducted with 80 students with mental illness in Israel and with 59 students in Denmark. The students responded to  structured questionnaires and open-ended questions about the barriers and difficulties they experience in their studies,  their sense of social inclusion within  the universities and the extent to which they felt that their mentors supported them with their difficulties.

 

Presenters

  • Ron Shor, Ph.D., School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Rune Kjaer Kappel, Team Leader, Psychological and Educational Counselling Team, Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Martin Pors Knudsen, Teaching Assistant Professor, Psychological and Educational Counselling Team, Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Louise Margrethe Pedersen, Teaching Assistant Professor, Psychological and Educational Counselling Team, Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Shlomik Avshalom, Teaching Assistant Professor, Psychological and Educational Counselling Team, Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Penina Weiss PhD, OTR, Head of Supported Educational services in mental health, Nathan Co., Israel Vered Speier Keisar- Senior Director Department of Supported Education, Social, Leisure and Mental Health Services, Ministry of  Health, Jerusalem, Israel