Simone has a completed a Master in Orthopedagogy, coupled with a Post-Master in Mental Health Psychology. In 2004, she received Gentle Teaching advanced mentor training from John McGee, the founder of Gentle Teaching, along with Michael Vincent. Since 2004, Simone has been responsible for implementing Gentle Teaching in different organizations serving people with intellectual disabilities and psychiatric disorders across the Netherlands. She has served as a member of the GTI board and is now a key person for the Gentle Teaching European network. In 2015, Simone started training as an EMDR Europe practitioner and has since been combining these therapeutic skills with the Gentle Teaching framework. In 2020, she began her Ph.D. on Gentle Teaching in support and treatment for people with an intellectual disability.
In her work at Prinsenstichting; an organization that provides care, support and treatment for people with an intellectual disability, Simone’s main focus is on building relationships, particularly with those who have the most difficulty experiencing companionship. She strives to create an environment of unconditional love, acceptance, and mutual respect and believes that this approach not only benefits the individuals we care for, but also creates a positive impact on society as a whole.
In this presentation, Simone and Floris are on a mission to bring back the basics of Gentle Teaching! They’re here to give you a friendly refresher on the core concepts, shining a spotlight on the key pillars and tools that make up the heart and soul of GT. Let’s face it, with the craziness of everyday life, we can often lose track of these GT basics, even at GTI conferences. John McGee had this awesome quality for always kicking off and wrapping up with these essentials. It was like a gentle nudge, reminding us of the real deal—teaching those who need it most to feel safe and loved, to experience companionship with us!
Simone and Floris warmly welcome you to this experience, inviting you to step into the moment and rediscover the foundations of Gentle Teaching. Together, we’ll explore the basics through the power of words, music, videos, and a specially crafted piece of art designed to serve as a gentle reminder throughout our journey. Let’s embark on this exploration, where every element aims to bring the essence of Gentle Teaching to life.