International sharing of knowledge and expertise

on psychological and psychiatric comorbidity

in adults with visual impairment

Background

The complexity of a visual impairment with multiple additional disabilities is often the reason for adopting a highly individualistic approach. A pilot study by Boesen et al. (2016) showed that there is hardly any literature available on how to deal with these multi-problems. Especially literature on the combination of psychological and psychiatric symptoms with a visual impairment is missed. Within the entire population of people with a visual impairment, this is a small group. It is therefore inevitable and necessary to work together with partners from abroad in order to better support this vulnerable group of clients through joint expertise. The method we use for this is the sharing of best practices.

Goal

During six Transnational Project meetings, professionals and clients from five countries share their knowledge and expertise in this area. All good practices shared during these meetings will be collected in a digital ‘Good Practices Book’ that will be used for further training of professionals (educators and trainers) in working with adults with a visual impairment and additional psychological/psychiatric problems. With the ultimate goal to better assist service users.

Approach

Six ‘Transnational Project Meetings’ (TPM)

Every participating country will organize a TPM of two days in which a specific comorbid mental disorder will be the theme of the meeting. During this event the following activities will take place:

Expert’s talk

The organizing country will invite an expert to share the latest knowledge about the specific mental disorder.

What’s the situation

Each country will present how is dealt with the specific mental disorder in their own organization. How many service users experience the specific mental disorder, how do they provide care to these adults and what are their questions.

Case discussions

Each country will submit a case which will be presented during the JSTE and knowledge and experience about how to deal with the case will be shared.

Themes

The following TPM’s with specific themes were organized:

Organisation

Country

Theme

Date

Robert Coppes Foundation The Netherlands Personality Disorders & Psychoses January 2020
Centar za odgoj I obrazovanje Vinko Bek Croatia Eating disorders & addiction June 2021 (online)
Vakok Ovodaja, Altalanos Iskolaja Hungary Behavioural disorders October 2021 (online)
Istituto Regionale Rittmeyer Per I Ciechi Italy Autism spectrum disorders May 2022
Berufsförderungswerk Halle Germany Depression & anxiety September 2022
Robert Coppes Foundation The Netherlands Post traumatic stress disorder October 2022

Outcomes

  • An external evaluator monitors the quality of the project’s progress and outcomes.
  • On completion of the project all collected good practices from the six JSTE’s are brought together in a digital ‘Good Practices Book’. This book can be shared on different platforms and can be used for training.

Duration

September 2019 – January 2023.

Grant

Erasmus+

Contact

Marit van Buijsen

Coordinator Expertise, Innovation & Knowledge
Dep. Expertise, Innovation & Knowledge
Robert Coppes Foundation

mvbuijsen@robertcoppes.nl