International Conference on Peer Run Organizations to be Held in June 2013

Meeting with staff from Jansen Pharmaceuticals, a Division of Johnson and Johnson, as well as mental health professionals from GGze Breda, and the Rokus Loopik Organization, Dr. Richard Pulice, Professor and Chair of the Social Work Department and Director of the Institute for Community Research and Training at the College of Saint Rose began the planning of an International Conference on Peer Run Organizations to be held in June 2013. This exciting event will be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands and include mental health peers from across the US and Europe. A final date will announced in late August 2012.

For further information email Dr. Pulice at

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Dr. Richard Pulice, Professor and Chair of the Social Work Department and Director of the Institute for Community Research and Training at the College of Saint Rose was in the Netherlands last week and presenting the findings of an ICRT project that examined the quality of life and goals of consumers of mental health services at DeBoei a shared professional and peer run organization in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Commenting on the findings of the report Dr. Pulice stated “DeBoei is an excellent example of a collaboration between peers and professionals, ensuring access to high quality and meaningful programs to persons recovering from a mental illness”.

ICRT has ongoing projects related to mental health care in the United States and in Europe. Dr. Pulice has worked for over 20 years in Eastern and Western Europe providing training and consultation on program development.

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Professionals Study Tour to Amsterdam, The Netherlands October 27 – November 4, 2012

Join in on this exciting opportunity to visit and learn from Mental HealthDevelopmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse professionals in the Netherlands. Our group will be based in Amsterdam visiting agencies there and in other parts of the Netherlands.  Visits will be tailored to your needs and interests and lead by our Dutch Liaison Rokus Loopik, a Psychiatric Nurse with over twenty years of experience and by Dr. Richard Pulice , Professor of Social Work at the College of Saint Rose.  Dr. Pulice has also worked in the Netherlands as a consultant to programs for over twenty years.  This will be a “real Dutch Experience”.

The group will depart from Albany, New York and arrive at Schipol International Airport, just outside of Amsterdam.  The cost is $3175.00 (inclusive).

The price includes:

  • Round trip airfare to Amsterdam via Delta or United Airlines
  • All train and other ground transportation while in Holland
  • 8 nights’ accommodation in a 4 Star Hotel in Amsterdam’s Central District
  • A guided tour of the famed RED LIGHT DISTRICT provided by a Dutch sociologist
  • All agency visits and fees
  • Some meals

CEU’s can be arranged (for an additional fee)

Plenty of time will be available for visits to museums, galleries, to cruise the canals and to sample the many fine ethnic and Dutch restaurants.

Please contact Dr. Pulice at or call him at 518-454-5151 for further details and to enroll in the tour.  The deadline to sign up is July 10, 2012.

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Rokus Loopic: ICRT Advisor, Instructor at LEAP Institute, Amsterdam Area, the Netherlands

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