Research Group Participation, Care and Support
Everyone has the right to develop themselves and to fully participate in society. This also applies to people with a functional disability. The research group studies how to give shape and meaning to the professional support regarding quality of life and social inclusion in the best possible way.
Lines of research within the research group
Supportive Relational Care
Supportive Relational Acting, in English known as the CARe Approach, is a basic methodology used in the field of mental health care, social work, care for the disabled and nursing home care. It is based on the principles of relational care.
The research group is closely linked to social work education. Our work contributes to the development of the bachelor programme in Social Work and the master programme in Community Development. Lecturer-researchers are also involved in learning workplaces, study groups and curricula related to mental healthcare, care for people with mental disabilities, and informal care.
The research group works together with dozens of organisations in the social and care sectors, both regionally, nationally and internationally. Regionally, the group is affiliated with the Kennisplatform Utrecht Sociaal (kUS). Nationally, it is part of the Onderzoekersplatform Disability Studies, Inclusie and Belonging. Internationally, it is affiliated with the CARPE Network, PowerUs and the European Social Work Research Association.