19. Participatory psychiatry & Education

Participatory Psychiatry is a model of working with young adults with psychiatric problems that covers different aspects of their daily life (e.g. school, work, social activities, etc.).  “School” is a prominent aspect of this model with a focus on getting and keeping regular education. A unique characteristic of the model is we actually support the participants in their daily activities (e.g. going to school) to help them to participate in the community.  Psychoeducation as a tool is part of the model and used individually and in groups. The poster gives a general description of the model and describes the psychoeducation tool in more detail.

Pascale van Damme graduated as a bachelor nurse in 1985. After graduating, she worked at the pediatric oncology department of the University Medical Center Groningen for several years, before specializing as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in 1993. Pascale started working at Accare in 1997, where she gradually focused more and more on the treatment of adolescents and young adults with autism, helping them on their road to adulthood and independency, concentrating on all   aspects of their lives (e.g. school, work, social activities, etc.). Pascale participates in the “Supported Education-project”, focusing on helping students with psychiatric problems getting and keeping regular education.