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Research group Expertise Forensic Care

of dr. Ruud van der Horst

More and more often, detainees with psychiatric problems are receiving forensic care. This care consists of tailor-made treatment and security. This way, relapse in delinquency of this group of psychiatric patients is limited. However, the increased demand for forensic care also puts pressure on the sector. In addition, the introduction of outpatient care within institutions has led to a densification of the patient population with more complex problems. There is also a greater need for forensic care expertise in adjoining sectors such as the regular mental health care, sheltered housing, addiction care, youth care, the prison system and the probation service. More than ever, these developments make demands on the professionalism of professionals.

The research group contributes to strengthening the craftsmanship and expertise of (future) professionals. If professionals can do their work better and more effectively, this will contribute to reducing the relapse of delinquency of patients and thus ensure a safer society. The research will therefore take place in close coordination and cooperation with the forensic care field.

The research group will deal with:

  1. Issues concerning the best possible match between treatment and treatment and the diversity of patients
  2. The translation of knowledge about active elements to the work practice
  3. How professionals deal with the circumstances that working in the forensic care sector entails.


Cooperating parties

The research group is affiliated with the Research Centre Innovations in Care and the Research Centre Urban Talent and the Social Work and Nursing studies of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Students and (teacher) researchers of the college and from the forensic care field are involved in the research of the professorship.

The professorship is funded by Fivoor and the Ministry of Justice and Security.

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