Supported education in Youth Care: chances and challenges

Elker is an organization that offers care, cure and coaching to children and young adults, with and without psychiatric disabilities and their parents or caretakers in the northern province of Groningen. Like all organizations in the fields of youth care, social work and psychiatric cure and care it is currently reorganizing itself to meet the consequences of a major transition of policy; responsibility for care in the above mentioned fields is being decentralized to local authorities (municipal). The main objective of this transition is to provide care close to clients and in alliance with people close to them for as short a period as needed and without (expensive) specialist care when possible. The ultimate objective of all provided care is an optimization of participation in society.

Supported Education is being implemented by Elker in order to address these objectives. This presentation shows how SE  programs are integrated with existing methods of care and cure and deals with the challenge of focussing on student role behaviour in a patient role-based relationship.

Learning Objectives
Participants will have increased knowledge of the Supported Education  implementation process in a youth care organization.
Participants will have increased knowledge in working with Supported Education in patient role-based relationship

Lonneke Richardson has studied Social Work at the Hogeschool De Horst at Driebergen. After her study she has been working in various Youth Care organizations as a residential worker, the last 7 years for Elker Youth Care as residential worker and ambulant care worker. Since February 2014 she has been participant of the Supported Education Project coordinated by the Hanze Hogeschool at Groningen.
Dietrich van der Scheer has studied Psychology at the University of Groningen and has been working as a residential and ambulant care worker at Elker since 2002. He also participates in the Supported Education Project from February 2014 on