The 1st World Conference
Supported Education

November 2-3, 2020
Groningen, the Netherlands

The onset of (severe) mental health problems generally occurs between the ages of 17 and 25 – the years in which young adults  follow higher education (including advanced vocational education), which is a major channel in our society to  prepare for a career and enhance life goals. But for people with mental health problems, this resource is largely unavailable.
Although people with mental health problems often attempt higher education, they often meet with overwhelming obstacles, including stigmatization and discrimination. In an economy that requires (higher) education for  upward occupational mobility, people who are unable to succeed in postsecondary/higher education or training may find themselves ultimately underemployed or unemployed.

Therefore, it is of the utmost importance for the social inclusion and future (labour) opportunities of young adults with mental health problems (1) to have better access to (post secondary) education, and (2) to be able to complete such a study succesfully.
Supported Education (SEd) is defined as the provision of individualized, practical support and instruction to assist people with (severe) mental health problems to achieve their educational goals.

After the 1st European Conference on Supported Education in November 2014, the Research and Innovation Centre for Rehabilitation of the Hanze University Groningen organize a two-day world conference on Supported Education. The conference seeks to bring together educators, mental health practitioners, researchers, students, consumers, family members, policy makers and other stakeholders who are interested in issues related to Supported Education. The goal of this conference is to share knowledge of Supported Education practice around the world.

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