Back to school is an educational and practice based program offered at a community college, supporting people with psychiatric disabilities to explore, choose and realize a new or next educational step. Back to school contains both individual and group support and consists of a ‘developmental’ and a ‘discovery’ part. The program is offered at a regular community college. We strive for as little as possible (e.g. financial) limitations for students to start the program.
The Back to school program started back in 2005 when a group of different stakeholders (supported employment organization, mental health organizations, community college and a disability fund) wanted to realize an explorative course focused on future education, based on the need for people with psychiatric disabilities to continue their education with a suitable and attainable study. The course has developed into a regular education course.
The program is provided by both teachers from the community college as well as coaches from mental health organizations and a job coach.
The poster will inform you about:
-Collaboration (with respect to: Funding; Curriculum and coaching; between the various stakeholders; Sustainability)
-Results of the program
-Plans for the future
Marion Ammeraal (occupational therapist) is a delegate of the steering committee enabling to continue this program during the years. She is a staff member of the participation team Actenz of GGZ inGeest in Amsterdam.