A European Project on
Human Rights and Physical Health
of Residents in Psychiatric and Social Care Institutions
Funded by
the European Commission, DG Sanco
a project funded by the European Commission

Kenniscentrum 'Phrenos'

Centre of Expertise on treatment, rehabilitation and recovery of people of severe mental illness

Utrecht, NL

Phrenos Centre of Expertise was founded in 2010, as a result of the merger of two Dutch organizations: the Centre of Expertise on Rehabilitation and the Schizophrenia Foundation. Phrenos is supported and partly funded by 32 large mental health institutions from all parts of the Netherlands.

Phrenos is a network organization collaborating with several research institutes in mental health. The organization makes an effort in playing a central role in gathering knowledge on treatment, rehabilitation and recovery between all actors in this field.

Mission Statement

The centre of expertise defines its mission as:
Gathering, stimulating, developing, disseminating and implementing knowledge and expertise on treatment, recovery, rehabilitation and community support of people with severe mental illness.

Its goal is to give a substantial input to recovery oriented care, by stimulating self-help and using peer support, formulating quality criteria and developing high-quality rehabilitation methods and community support.

Our Activities:
  1. Dissemination of knowledge on mental health issues: treatment, stigma and discrimination, social in- and exclusion, anti-stigma, health policies, rehabilitation methods.
  2. Innovation and implementation of knowledge on mental health issues
  3. Organising conferences and symposia on these issues
  4. Publication of Journal on rehabilitation and recovery
  5. Team Members

    • Jaap van Weeghel, PhD, scientific director , programme coordinator research
    • Jeanne Nitsche, MA, general director
    • Dienke Boertien, MA, project coordinator recovery
    • Fons van der kar, MA, project coordinator education
    • Eleonoor Willemsen, MA, project coordinator community support and communication consultant
    • Ellen Otto, project coordinator IPS
    • Daniëlle van Duin, MA, project coordinator
    • Hetty van Hemme, project assistant
    • Petra Klabbers, office manger
    • Toine Ketelaers, information


    Phrenos Centre of Expertise
    Da Costakade 45
    Postbus 1203
    3500 BE Utrecht

    Phone: 030 2931 626
    Fax: 030 2936 322
    Email: kcr(at)kcphrenos.nl