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Call for participants: RAN Mental Health Meeting “Rehabilitation and reintegration of extremist offenders from a mental health perspective”

This online meeting will take place on 10-11 March 2021 (13:00-16:00 CET, both days)


Mental health aspects in the process of rehabilitation and reintegration are often ‘forgotten’ or looked at rather late in the process. Possible negative consequences are an inability to function in society or even recidivism. During this meeting participants will discuss the possible mental health issues of (formerly) radicalised released prisoners and what this means for their rehabilitation and reintegration. Rehabilitation can be defined as the individual process of returning to a healthy or mainstream way of life (back in society). Reintegration is the process of re-entry into society and focusses more on the social/relationship aspects.

The main focus of the meeting will be on what mental health aspects are relevant for the rehabilitation and reintegration of extremist offenders and how treatment focused on mental health can be incorporated in the most practical and feasible way in reintegration trajectories of terrorist or extremist offenders to prevent reoffending.

Call for participants

We are currently looking for mental health practitioners, probation and police officers, youth and social care practitioners, community workers and family workers experienced in rehabilitation and reintegration of terrorist/extremist offenders who would like to share their ideas and experiences during the meeting.

In order to find the best suited participants and also to gather input for the meeting, please answer the following questions:

  • What line of work are you in? What is your experience with the rehabilitation and reintegration process of extremist offenders?
  • Is there a structure/process in place for information transfer concerning the mental health (treatment) of the offender? If so, could you explain this process/structure? What are possible challenges?
  • In your experience, do released extremist offenders suffer often from mental health problems? If so, what are common (mental health) problems for the offender after release? How do these problems hamper rehabilitation? And reintegration?
  • What kind of support/treatment do they receive for these problems? Are there specific structures/processes in place for the mental health support/treatment of released extremist offenders? What are the challenges during treatment?
  • What are the protective factors of mental health treatment for the rehabilitation of extremist offenders? And the reintegration?
  • Do you have any good practice in place related to the rehabilitation/reintegration of terrorist or extremist offenders?


Send your answers no later than 17 February to Rik Scheele, Jordy Krasenberg and Feline Deniz.

We will invite participants based on this information. If you know other suitable participants for whom this meeting is interesting, feel free to forward the call.

Please keep in mind that we only have a limited number of places available for this meeting, so participation is not guaranteed.