The Association KSGV
The KSGV (‘Expertise Centre for Religion and Mental Health’) is an independent Dutch association which aims to explore the relationship between faith/religion/meaning and mental health. To this end, KSGV endeavours to inspire a scientific investigation of and reflection on current religious issues in mental healthcare and in society. It pursues a critical discernment regarding a mentally healthy approach of religion and (personal) meaningmaking.
KSGV issues publications in its Dutch-language ‘Second Series on Mental Health’ (since 1972). Since 2014, KSGV, in association with Shaker Verlag, is also publishing an English-language series, the International Series in Mental Health and Religion. Up to 2022, five volumes have already been released in this series. For more information, please click on the link below:
International Series in Mental Health and Religion.
KSGV has also established, and is funding, six Extraordinary Chairs: the first one of ‘Religion and Mental Health, in particular the Psychological Aspects’ (Clinical Psychology of Religion) at Tilburg University; the second one of ‘Religion and Mental Health, in particular in the area of Spiritual Care’ at the University of Groningen; the third one of ‘Religion and Mental Health, in particular in the area of Psychiatry’ at the University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht; the fourth one of ‘Religion and Mental Health, in particular the Societal Aspects’ also at Tilburg University; the fifth one of ‘Religion and Mental Health, in particular the Psychiatric and Spiritual Aspects’ at KU Leuven (Belgium); and the sixth one of ‘Religion and Mental Health, in particular the Philosophical, Religious and Psychoanalytic Aspects’ at Radboud University Nijmegen.
In addition, KSGV organizes each year a well-attended and lively study conference.
KSGV has some 800 members and benefactors (2021 statistics), from mental and physical health care, spiritual and pastoral care, the churches, social services, nursing and other caring professions and (social-cultural) education. This diversity of professional backgrounds adds to the attractiveness of the organization.
Members, i.e. those who pay the annual fee of at least € 45,00 receive the new publications, twice a year, free of charge. They can also attend the study conferences at a greatly reduced rate. Furthermore, members get attractive discounts on several of the other books, published by KSGV’s own publishing company.
On becoming a member, one will receive three books from our list of publications, of one’s own choice, free of charge.
List of Most Recent Publications (all in Dutch, titles translated)
2-97 Kees de Groot & Anne Vandenhoeck (Eds.): Knowing the markets? Worldview diversity in the care for meaning. (2022)
2-96 Lia Vergouwen & Herman Westerink (Eds.): Rage, violence and worldview. (2021)
2-95 Kees de Groot, Herman Westerink, Arjan Braam, Hetty Zock, Jos Pieper & Rien van Uden (Eds.): Magical Mystery Tour. On Worldview and Mental Healthcare. (2020)
2-94 Walter Krikilion & Jos Pieper (Eds.): Positive Psychology and Meaningmaking. Integration and Applications. (2019)
2-93 Rien van Uden & Lia Vergouwen (Eds.): Vulnerable – resilient. Cultural and moral aspects of loss. (2018)
2-92 Ton Bersee: Spiritual care and working in ‘evidence based’ ways. (2018)
2-91 Herman Westerink & Arjan Braam (Eds.): Mentally healthy? Karl Jaspers – psyche and borderline experience. (2017)
2-90 Barbara Zwaan: A beautiful dance. A therapeutic tuning of distance and nearness in the work of Carl Rogers, Martin Buber and Henri Nouwen. (2017)
2-89 Hetty Zock, Jos Pieper & Walter Krikilion: Meaning invisible? Care for meaning seekers today. (2016)
2-88 Patrick Vandermeersch: Scepticism as a way of believing. Contemplations of a psychologist of religion. (2016)
2-87 Arjan Braam, Walter Krikilion a.o.: Pain, struggle and meaning. (2015)
2-86 Ruud Abma: Bend that which is inflexible. Buytendijk and the Catholic Central Association for Mental Health. (2015)
2-85 Gerrit Glas a.o.: Making Meaning Last a Long Way. Meaningmaking as Cost and as Profit in Healthcare. (2014)
2-84 Ruard Ganzevoort: Trauma, Violence and Religion. (2014)
2-83 Ruard Ganzevoort a.o.: Violated Trust. Sexual Abuse in a Religious Context. (2013)
2-82 Jan Bodisco Massink: Reading between the lines. Psychotherapeutic skills for ministry and pastoral care. (2013)
2-81 Rien van Uden & Jos Pieper (Eds.): Rituality between Salvation and Healing. (2012)
2-80 Hanneke Muthert: A Space for Loss. Spiritual Care in Psychiatry (2012)
2-79 Hetty Zock & Walter Krikilion (Eds.): Finitude in Mental Healthcare. (2011)
2-78 Frans Maas: The splendour of the ordinary. Spirituality and mental health. (2011)
2-77 Ruud Abma a.o.: Evidence and existence. Evidence-based treatment and beyond… (2010)
2-76 James W. Jones: Religion and the Relational Self. (2010)
2-75 Ad van Heeswijk: Breaking into a Void. Essays in the Clinical Psychology of Religion. (2009)
2-74 Erik Stoppelenburg a.o.: Mindfulness. Spiritual Tradition or Therapeutic Technique? (2009)
2-73 Leo Tijhuis a.o.: Individuation, Existence, Psychotherapy. The Individuation Process of a Psychotherapist with a Rare Carcinoma. (2008)
2-72 Rienk Janssens a.o.: Mental Disorder and Criminal Offence. The Ongoing Dilemma between Care and Punishment. (2008)
2-71 Jacques Janssen: Religion in The Netherlands: Can’t Have it Both Ways? (2007)
2-70 Lia Vergouwen a.o.: Sacred Faith, Sacred Duty: Orthodoxy and Mental Health. (2007)
2-69 Jan van der Lans: Experiencing Religion. Essays on the Psychology of Religion. (2006)
2-68 Ad van Heeswijk a.o.: Finding your Story. Religious Biography and Mental Health. (2006)
2-67 Arthur Hegger a.o.: On Guilt and Shame. (2005)
2-66 Guus van Loenen: Keeping the Spirit in mind. Meaningmaking as a Task of Mental Healthcare. (2005)
2-65 Jan Bodisco Massink: As a Sacred Text. Essays on Pastoral Care and Psychotherapy. (2004)
2-64 Giel Hutschemaekers a.o.: Asking for Meaning. Mental Healthcare Clients’ Perspectives. (2004)
2-63 Jozef Corveleyn: The Psychologist does not Look into the Soul. Themes from the Clinical Psychology of Religion. (2003)
Board of Executives
- Prof Dr Arjan Braam (Chair), Consultant Psychiatrist and Chief Tutor, Altrecht Mental Healthcare in Utrecht; Researcher with Altrecht Mental Healthcare, Utrecht and VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam; Endowed Professor at the KSGV Chair of ‘Religion and Mental Health, in particular in the area of Psychiatry’ at the University for Humanistic Studies, Utrecht;
- Prof Dr Kees de Groot, Assistant Professor at Tilburg University, and Endowed Professor at the KSGV Chair of ‘Religion and Mental Health, in particular the Societal Aspects’, Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Tilburg University;
- Prof dr Rien van Uden (Vice Chair and Coordinator of Endowed Chairs), Professor Emeritus of Psychology of Religion and Endowed Professor at the KSGV Chair of Clinical Psychology of Religion, Department of Cultural Studies and Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Tilburg University; Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist;
- Dr Lia Vergouwen (Secretary-Treasurer), Psychologist of Religion and Culture, Staff Member of the Carmelite Centre of Spirituality in Haarlem;
- Prof dr Piet Verhagen, Endowed Guest Professor at the KSGV Chair of ‘Religion and Mental Health, in particular the Psychiatric and Spiritual Aspects’ at KU Leuven (Belgium); Psychotherapist;
- Prof dr Herman Westerink, Psychologist of Religion; Assistant Professor Philosophy of Religion at Center for Contemporary European Philosophy, and Scientific Director of Titus Brandsma Institute at Radboud University Nijmegen; Endowed Professor at the KSGV Chair of ‘Religion and Mental Health, in particular the Philosophical, Religious and Psychoanalytic Aspects’ at the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen; former Endowed Guest Professor at the KSGV Chair of Religion and Mental Health, with particular attention to Spirituality, Mysticism and Psychoanalysis’ at KU Leuven (Belgium);
- Prof Dr Hetty Zock, Theologian and Psychologist of Religion; Endowed Professor at the KSGV Chair of ‘Religion and Mental Health, in particular in the area of Spiritual Care’ at the University of Groningen.
- Dr Walter Krikilion (coordinator), Theologian and Psychotherapist, Clinical Manager for the areas of ‘Meaningmaking and Worldview’, ‘Ethics’, and the ‘Knowledge Centre’, Psychiatric Centre, Geel (Belgium); also in private psychotherapeutic practice at the ‘Centre for Worldview and Meaningmaking’, Turnhout (Belgium);
- Prof Dr Hans Alma, Professor of Spiritual Care and Religious-Humanistic Meaningmaking at the Faculty of Religion and Theology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Former Rector Magnificus and Professor at the University for Humanistic Studies, Utrecht;
- Dr Marc Calmeyn BA, Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst, Bachelor of Philosophy, working in Psychiatric Hospital OnzeLieveVrouw Brugge and in private practice ‘Lelieveld’, Loppem (Belgium);
- Koen De Fruyt MA, Head of Chaplaincy at the Psychiatric Centre ‘Sint-Amandus’, Beernem (Belgium) and Staff Member Pastoral Care for the Care Services of the Provincial Administration of the Brothers of Charity in Belgium;
- Dr Joris Dewispelaere, Clinical and Developmental Psychologist; Psychotherapist for individual, relationship and family treatment; Tutor and Researcher at the Training and Knowledge Centre for Family Sciences, Hogeschool Odisee (Belgium);
- Prof Dr Anne Vandenhoeck, Theologian, Tutor of Pastoral Care and Church Welfare Work, Chair of the Academic Centre of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences, KU Leuven (Belgium);
- Prof dr Piet Verhagen, Endowed Guest Professor at the KSGV Chair of ‘Religion and Mental Health, in particular the Psychiatric and Spiritual Aspects’ at KU Leuven (Belgium); Psychotherapist and member of KSGV Board of Executives.
- Prof dr Jos Pieper (Chair), Psychologist of Culture and Religion; Endowed Professor Emeritus at the KSGV Chair of ‘Religion and Mental Health, in particular the Societal Aspects’, Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Tilburg University;
- Prof dr Kees de Groot, member of KSGV Board of Executives;
- Drs Ad van Heeswijk, Honorary Clinical Psychologist, Mountbatten Hospice, Newport, Isle of Wight, Great Britain;
- Dr Miranda Vroon – van Vugt, Mental caretaker at Elisabeth-TweeSteden hospital in Tilburg;
- Prof dr Herman Westerink, member of KSGV Board of Executives;
- Drs Geert Eijsbouts, Secretary-General of KSGV, Catholic Permanent Deacon.
Drs Geert Eijsbouts, Secretary-General of KSGV, Catholic Permanent Deacon.