Catamaran EFCAP event

See, learn, teach

Attend De Catamaran EFCAP event ‘Different perspectives on youth forensic psychiatry’, which will take place in Eindhoven on 19-20 April 2017. Also, participate in masterclasses on youth forensic psychiatry.

We are pleased to announce De Catamaran EFCAP event ‘Different perspectives on youth forensic psychiatry’, which will take place early in 2017 at the NATLAB in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Several renowned speakers will be present, including Prof. dr. Robert Vermeiren, Prof. dr. Klaus Schmeck, Prof. dr. Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen, Prof. mr. E. M. Mijnarends, and many others. Accreditation has been requested.

09.00Welcome! Reception with coffee and tea
09.30Opening by Marie-Louise Vossen and Joep Verbugt, Board GGzE
09.40“Forensic Youth Psychiatry: On measurability and malleability”, by prof. dr. Robert Vermeiren

Does measurement lead to knowledge in forensic youth psychiatry? It is debatable. Do we not do the same as astronomers, spotting the contours of heavenly bodies which are lightyears away? Even our view of planets that are relatively close to us is limited. Some don’t rotate, so all we can see is one side. The same applies to juvenile offenders. All we see are outlines; our instruments can detect no more. We only know what youngsters tell us, in answer to our mostly structured and language-based arsenal of questions. A lot of information remains hidden to us. What are they like outside the consultation room? And when they are with friends? And above all: what is the context of their lives? As a result, many changes over time and changes due to treatment are very hard to measure. A new perspective is called for, one which through our pursuit of measurability and malleability no longer reduces individuals to a summation of items or to a homogeneous average. In this lecture, I will reflect on this theme.
10.15"Personality development in juvenile delinquents", by prof. dr. Klaus Schmeck

Personality development is a transactional process that is codetermined by constitutional dispositions and environmental (psychosocial) influences. In a high proportion of juvenile delinquents we find both temperamental traits like sensation seeking, impulsivity or fearlessness and abnormal situations of upbringing that are characterized by early or long lasting traumatization. In this population the prevalence of personality disorders is increased already before the age of 18.
In this talk I will describe a transactional model of personality development and will reveal empirical data on personality traits / personality disorders and delinquency in adolescents. Beside other studies the results of our own Swiss epidemiological study on delinquent children, adolescents and young adults in residential care will be presented.
11.20“Youngsters can do so much, and are capable of so much more”, by prof. dr. Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen

The background of youngsters who have committed an offense and/or get into serious trouble is very important. Important components of that background include the family they grew up in, their friends, opportunities they did or didn’t have and the psychiatric problems they were confronted with. Such background variables have always received a lot of attention in the treatment of youngsters, ultimately with the aim of keeping youngsters out of trouble. Recent developments in the area of eHealth and positive psychology allow us to examine risk factors, protective factors and capabilities of youngsters with renewed vigour.

13.30“De aanpak van jong volwassen delinquenten en de worsteling van de strafrechtsketen”, by prof. mr E.M. Mijnarends

The place of adolescents in the justice system will be discussed in this lecture.
13.55Caroussel De Catamaran.
Learn about the research at De Catamaran
• Jongeren van De Catamaran, Lisette Janssen
• Autisme & delinquent, Alexa Rutten
• Model Willem Kleine Schaars, Ilja Bongers
• Participatie van jongeren, Marilyn Peeters
• Adolescentenstrafrecht, Charlotte Barendregt
• 'Quality of life assessment of people with psychiatric problems in need for help. One size does not fit all’ (QoL-ME), David Buitenweg
• e-health, Meddy Weijmans
15.15“Sex matters”, by dr. Jeroen Dewinter, dr. Cyril Boonmann

Sex is part of our lives, both online and offline, whereby the line between what is considered normal and what is not is not always distinct. Sexual behavior may even give cause for forensic investigation and treatment. In this lecture, we consider ‘normal’ sexual development, the role and influence of new media and possible risk factors and vulnerabilities of youngsters and their online sexual behavior. Scientific research and suggestions for upbringing, assessment and treatment are discussed.
16.05Wrap up by Joep Verbugt, Board GGzE
16.30Business café


But wait… There is more! You also have the opportunity to participate in a masterclass on youth forensic psychiatry. The masterclass provides an exclusive opportunity to learn about developments in youth forensic psychiatry.



The masterclasses take place the day before the symposium at Landgoed De Grote Beek in Eindhoven. The first masterclass is provided by Ed Hilterman (GGzE, Justa Mesura) and Michiel de Vries Robbé (Van der Hoeven Kliniek, DFZS). This Masterclass centers around the SAPROF, an instrument for the structured assessment of protective factors for violent behavior. In the second masterclass, the methodologies ‘‘Nieuwe autoriteit’ en ‘Geweldloos verzet’ are discussed. How can these methodologies be applied in residential and ambulatory care settings? The second masterclass is provided by PI research.



Planning to attend both the masterclass and the symposium? Bed and breakfast ‘Landgoed De Grote Beek offers a place to spend the night.



The entrance fee for the symposium ‘Different Perspectives on youth forensic psychiatry’ is € 250,-, including lunch and taxes.

Participation in one of the masterclassess costs € 225,-, including a book (for the masterclass on the SAPROF), lunch and taxes.

Participants can register by sending an e-mail to Thea Smits.


Accreditation has been requested for the symposium and for the masterclasses.



The symposium ‘Different Perspectives on youth forensic psychiatry’ takes place in the NATLAB, Kastanjelaan 500, 5616 LZ in Eindhoven. The NATLAB is very accessible by public transport, car or bicycle. Detailed directions can be found at the NATLAB website

The Masterclasses take place at Landgoed De Grote Beek, Dr. Poletlaan 45, 5626 ND Eindhoven.

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