Work and education

From the time that a patient is admitted to the Van der Hoeven Kliniek, he will be set to work in one of the hospital’s 10 workshops. Work is an important protective factor for the safe and successful re-entry of patients into society. It provides patients with worthwhile daily activities, structure and an income too. Many of our patients have not had any education and, as such, have often not learned a trade. At the hospital, patients are able to attend various certified (vocational) courses, which will enable them to find employment with companies after completing their treatment. In this way, patients are able to work on reducing their risk of recidivism (re-offending) and on their futures too.

Work and/or training programme

When treatment starts, we will establish which training and/or work programme is most appropriate for the patient in question; we will involve the patient in this process. The criteria considered will include: capacity and incapacity for work, abilities, interests, motivation, education and work experience and the talents and/or unutilised qualities that the patient has.

Initially, patients will attend the training and/or work programme at the Van der Hoeven Kliniek itself. During later stages of treatment, we will see which possibilities exist outside the hospital. The hospital will then help patients to look for work or other worthwhile daytime activities outside the hospital. This will only happen when a patient is able to function safely in society.


At the Van der Hoeven Kliniek, there are various possibilities that enable patients to gain work experience. We try to find a suitable workplace for each patient, one that reflects his interests and possibilities. For example, patients who are capable of work will be able to work with metal or wood, or engage in assembly, administration, kitchen, shop, landscaping or cleaning activities. While gaining work experience, patients will learn to cope with work pressure and will experience the etiquette that they can expect to encounter outside the hospital too.


Patients are able to attend various courses and lessons in the Education Department. They are able to choose from an extensive range of courses and lessons, including arithmetic, Dutch, English or computer skills. Patients are also able to do vocational courses. If they opt to do this type of course, they will combine work, or professional practice, with a theory course. A recognised educational institution will conduct the corresponding examinations, after which patients will be awarded a recognised certificate that will enable them to gain work outside the hospital. Nine workshops in the hospital are recognised workplace training companies and enable patients to gain practical experience within the walls of the hospital. The Van der Hoeven Kliniek also uses support teachers. These are students who are in the last two years of their university studies and give lessons on a specific subject for which there is a demand from patients (Spanish or French, for example).

Van der Hoeven Kliniek is onderdeel van De Forensische Zorgspecialisten