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"NEW SHOES" Summit 2019




NEW SHOES Summit Programme CNSS2019

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30​th​ of May

9.00 – Registration – coffee

9.30 – 10.00 – opening by Jean Pierre Wilken, Mayor Elly Blanksma and Dirk den Hollander

10.15-10.45 – Key Note Speaker 1: Vesper Moore (KIVA Massachusetts, Recovery Learning Community) Title:  Transforming Systems: Building Communities of Healing

10.45-12.15: First (plenary) Workshop by participants of Nei Skoen Helmond/

Title: A New Life Starts on New Shoes (in the central hall of Nei Skoen) 

12.15-13.15: Lunch Break

13.15-13.25: Bridge over troubled water. Performance by Theo Maas and Damir Mumini. 

A father reads from the letters he wrote to his daughter

13.25-13.55: Key Note Speaker 2: Toon Walravens. International well know peer specialist, co - founder of ‘Groeirijk Eindhoven’ Recovery Center

Title: Getting On Your Feet and Moving Forward

14.00-15.30: Second round of workshops on research issues: 

1. Research on new mental health initiatives – 

Lucia Csabai, Lilit Baghdasaryan, Joyce Thal-Mols. Joyce did research on Nei Skoen

2. ICT based sharing economy model - Helpific teams. What can ICT mean for recovery

3. A Sense of Place - David Blazey A Sense of Place.  

How parties in London work together on recovery

4. Building on recovery - a visual recovery method. Marlie van de Berg and Danny Jacksteit

15.30-15.45: Break

15.45-16.15: Keynote speaker 3: Paul Monks; painter & founder of Core Arts London

Title: From Spaces To Places

16.15-17.00: Open dialogue between Key note speakers and guests. 

Chair: Jean-Pierre Wilken

18:00: All-inclusive party with Barbeque and live music: 

Nei Skoen is 2 years on this location

BBQ food will be served, there will also be vegetarian options available.

CARe Ambassadors Meeting

We have the pleasure to invite you for a meeting with our ambassadors and everybody else who is interested in how the CARe Network is doing.

This meeting will take place on Thursday 30th May at Nei Skoen Recovery Centre, starts at 17.30 and takes around half an hour, just before the Nei Skoen dinner party starts.

The programme looks like this:

  1. Welcome by Jean Pierre Wilken, president

  2. Update CARe Network activities over the past year by Zsolt Bugarszki, general coordinator

  3. The role of ambassadors in the CARe Network: promoting collaboration around recovery and social inclusion


31st of May

9.00 Registration and coffee


Round 3 Workshops:

How to create and develop a recovery learning community. Vesper Moore, Kees van Rest, Dirk den Hollander and others

2. Training in het the CARe approach and CARe methodology (‘Steunend Relationeel Handelen’) in Armenia and Czech Republique. Narine Khachatryan and Lilit Baghdasaryan and Jana Pluharikova Pomajzlova and Marek Prochazka

3. Howie the HarpTM (HTH) – Cecile Malingre and Danya Tempelman

  Trainings center for Peers Rotterdam

4. Vroukje Goedhart: (Participant Nei Skoen) Voice Liberation

10.45-11.00: Coffee Break

11.00-12.30: Pitching event and Eurovision Song festival

Judging panel decides which pitch and which song wins

12.30-12.45: Summary and closure – Jean-Pierre Wilken​

Summary of Abstracts

1. Mehmet Yucel – Netherlands

Workshop leaders: Marlie van de berg, Danny Jacksteit

What is the Yucel method “building on recovery” The method aims to help people identify and solve their own problems. The method rests on three pillars. The first pillar is an inventory of I, family, eco forces. The second pillar is building a spatial arrangement with colored blocks. This arrangement represents the current or future situation of the client. The third pillar is talking and thinking about the own life situation, the problems and the supporting factors in life on the basis of this set-up. The method assumes that people themselves are in control of their lives and of the support they receive when overcoming problems. Own power, family and their immediate environment seek solutions in the first instance. Expert help and support have a serving, supporting role in this.

Goals of this day: You will learn how to apply the Yucel method. This means: from the attitude of a committed (but temporary) supporter, focused on the individual’s own strength and system, you can work with the blocks from the block box.

• Learn to tell your story by making visual arrangements

• Working in a strength-oriented way: having insight into the fact that people and families have a lot of their own power that becomes visible during the guidance of the people.

2. Nei Skoen - Netherlands

Abstract: A new life starts on new Shoes

This presentation is moderated by Kees van Rest and Dirk den Hollander: two of The founding fathers of Nei Skoen. Nei Skoen is a healthy environment: a Recovery Learning Community where people learn, develop and recover together. Participants of Nei Skoen will demonstrate what Nei Skoen means for them. This will be done in various ways, that will make the presentation visual and vivid.

3. Lucia Csabai - Hungary

Community-based social movement – without well-functioning local communities? The overall aim of the presentation is to highlight the current challenges of the community-based social services from the perspective of the local environment. Many years after the beginning of the community-based social movement and the revelation of the UN CRPD, we still have to face the problem of dysfunctional communities as part of the existing social environment. Based on the theory of Warren (1978), we are able to analyse five locality-relevant functions:

(1) production-distribution-consumption,

(2) socialisation,

(3) social control,

(4) social participation, and

(5) mutual support.

By researching the relationship between the dysfunctional local communities and the current difficulties of the community-based social services, it becomes evident that the atomised, dysfunctional localities are not able to serve the expectations of the community-based services (for instance supported housing system). Our aim is to strengthen the functions of local communities by establishing community capacity building projects in cooperation with community-based social services.

5. Lilit Baghdasaryan – Armenia

Study of the Results of Social Reintegration (Inclusion) of People with Mental Health and Intellectual Disability on the Example of the First Community Based Care House in Armenia

The Mental Health Strategy approved in 2014 by the RA Government provides for a transition from an institutional model of support for people with mental health and intellectual disabilities to the community based care homes. Within the framework of the strategy, the first community based care home was established in Armenia, in the city of Spitak. Before transition from the large institution to community based care the assessment was made of the residents of Vardenis psychoneurologic boarding house. Assessment was made with CANSAS questionnaire, the psychopathological assessment questionnaire (S.S. Sukiasyan), as well as a demographic questionnaire. People with the best scores, who were recognized more capable to live independently were transferred to Spitak Care Home. Before transfer users were asked to sign informed consent. To assess how much the new community model contributes to the social reintegration of people, a year later the same methods were carried out. New study showed an improvement in all indicators. The average index of mental state decreased by 37% - from 4.9 points to 3.1 points. Drug treatment did not change, which means that the improvement is related to resocialization and a return to life in society, and the right to make decisions.

A reassessment revealed an increase in autonomy among the residents, almost all of them were keeping an eye on their personal hygiene and cleanliness of the rooms, most women were involved in some work in the kitchen and improved their cooking skills, and many learned how to shop on their own. Since some residents of the community house again began to receive their disability pensions personally (which they were deprived of in a boarding house), the new acquired skill was the ability to distribute the pension during the month, as well as make the necessary purchases (this goal was achieved for the majority). Almost all the residents of the communal house already go to the city independently: to the store, library, clinic, etc. One of the residents of the Spitak Care Home returned to the family, one woman is preparing to return home, one of the residents was able to restore his working capacity. The results show the success of social reintegration.


6. David Blazey – UK

A Sense of Place

We will look at how services and projects aimed at improving people’s mental health use their relationship with a particular environment or setting to help achieve better outcomes. All the projects, based in different parts of South London, have been supported by the Maudsley Charity as part of its mission to promote recovery. The examples we will discuss include

A hostel for homeless people A Recovery College

A horticulture project
Two distinctive “Cafe” projects
A gallery​ based project for artists
A gallery and museum ​based project for people with dementia
A music project for people with psychosis
There will be an opportunity for people to consider how they could introduce similar projects in their own work and to share their experience of projects that have “place” as an important element.

8. Howie the HarpTM (HTH)

Danya Tempelman & Cécile Malingré – Netherlands

Howie the HarpTM (HTH) is primarily a training programme to become a peer specialist in paid employment in the nonprofit and profit sectors. The expertise Howie the Harp offers aims to train students as peer specialists, based on their own diverse range of competencies and abilities. The goal of the training programme is to enable people to take the step to sustainable paid employment through obtaining the Howie the HarpTM certificate.

Therefore, the focus is on the future, what are you working towards? HTH program in the Netherlands is located in Rotterdam, Arnhem, Amsterdam and Waalwijk.

Description of the workshop:

We will show you in this workshop how Howie the Harp as a training offers a new environment for the recovery of students (and employees); We encourage our students to use our locations and the programme to be creative. Think about:

• Poems written by talented students to describe their recovery.

• Special lessons such as Photo Voice lesson

• Art

• Use of music during final presentations and lessons

• Recovery story pen

• Peer to Peer support In short; Howie the Harp offers an open atmosphere where students can express their recovery in creative ways.

Danya Tempelman is a graduated Howie the Harp student from Arnhem and she will take the visitors in a creative way to highlights of recovery.

Cécile Malingré is a member of the Howie the Harp team in the Netherlands since 2014 and has been gratefully supported many Howie the Harp students in Arnhem and Rotterdam.

9. Joyce Thal​Mols – Netherlands
Presentation of the outcomes of a mixed method participatory research (’17​’18) conducted at ‘New Shoes’ in Helmond. By: Joyce Thal​Mols, Fontys Academy for Applied Sciences, Fontys Hogeschool Sociale Studies Eindhoven.
Presentation of the highlights of this research study, that shows how New Shoes has become a striking appearance and a reliable network partner in the regional landscape of care and welfare.

10. Narine Khachatryan – Armenia


The course “Recovery and Psychosocial rehabilitation in mental health” was implemented in the curriculum of MA degree program (“Personality Psychology and Psychological Counselling”) at Yerevan State University as an optional course. Since 2015 it has been taught every year. The course is aimed at forming the knowledge and skills in recovery-oriented services in mental health care practice. The content of the course covers the following topics: recovery principles and different ways of organizing the recovery oriented services, methodology of CARe and other approaches, the nature and the role of relations in recovery process, working with the environment.

Based on four years of teaching experience the following challenges and opportunities for overcoming the latter’s can be defined:


Main challenges:
· Rigid curriculum structure and course modules.
· Students attitudes – professional and non-professional.
· The lack of recovery oriented services, which could serve as a model of real work.
· Lack of interest among students in alternative services in mental health care. Particularly, students specialised in psychology are more interested with courses oriented in psychotherapy and clinical psychology.


· Recruitment and enrolment the students from other specialisations who are interested in mental health issue.
· Implementation the “Internalisation at home” concept which gives the opportunity to establish on-line connection with recovery based services outside of Armenia.
· Stimulate reflection trough getting familiar with experience of both peoples with mental health problems and their family members.
· Develop educational projects (research, advocacy, awareness campaign) and run it during the course.

11. Jana Pluhaříková Pomajzlová – Czech Republic

"The support of recovery as personal enthusiasm or a system ́s change"
It seems recovery as a term become a matter-of-fact in mental health care systems. But how do we apply this in our daily routine and practice? How we may be sure, we live the principles and do not lose the main meaning of recovery under the growing pressure to prove our efficiency? There can be a long way from declaration of the believe in recovery and a realisation of a real change in the mental health care system to support recovery in daily practice.

In this workshop we would like to share our experiences with implementation of recovery oriented practice in different contexts in The Czech Republic. Within past 3 years we could experience different processes of implementation of Model CARe in the inpatient and outpatient care and we will discuss similarities and specific issues in accordance to involved organisations.

There is an ongoing process of implementation in the psychiatric hospitals (PN Horní Beřkovice, PN Bohnice, PN Jihlava and more), we will share the experience with the transformation of the long term living facility for people with serious mental health issues (transformation of the living facility in The Castle Rychmburk) and in the community services in the organisation Fokus Vysočina, z.ú.

We will highlight the successes and steps, which helped us in implementation process, but we will present also the obstacles we are facing and how do we think about further steps in the transformation of the services. We hope to open the discussion and sharing about supporting of personal recovery and supporting of recovery on a system level, to help to live recovery in the whole organisation.

Mgr. Marek Procházka

Psychologist in charge of quality assurance and implementation of recovery oriented practice and psychiatric rehabilitation in the Psychiatric Hospital Horni Berkovice in The Czech Republic. He is responsible for the implementation of Model CARe approach and methodology in inpatient departments in this hospital and closely cooperate with Platform CARe CR. At present he is a head of hospital transformation process as part of the country-wide mental health reform underway in The Czech Republic, including implementation of the WHO Quality Rights programme.

12. Helpific –– Estonia, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Germany and Netherlands

ICT based sharing economy platform in order to create supporting communities

The aim of the workshop is to share and discuss the results of Helpific platform which has been researched by Tallinn University (Estonia) and ELTE University (Hungary) over the last three years. Also policy analysis and pilot research has been started at the University of Vechta (Germany) and Saxion University of Applied Sciences Netherlands) about the adaptation of Helpific platform into well established welfare models. Representatives of Helpific Estonia, Hungary, Croatia, Romania and Netherlands, and also students from Saxion University and Vechta University will participate in the workshop sharing their experiences.

Another aim of the workshop is to recruit new teams to pilot the Helpific platform from different countries. We expect people interested in ICT based developments and the concept of network societies to participate and discuss further development opportunities.


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"NEW SHOES" Summit 2019
30 May 2019, 09:00 - 31 May 2019 12:00
Hoofdstraat 133, 5706 AL Helmond, Netherlands
Summary of Abstracts
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