330 healthcare professionals
More than 330 motivated professionals work at Yes We Can Youth Clinics, helping youngsters and their families get their life back on track. We do this with the following teams: therapists, counselors, coaches, psychiatrists, case managers, facility and household services, reception, secretarial services, HR, communication, care administration, financial administration, policy, nursing and contract and relationship management.
Of course, all Yes We Can Youth Clinics employees work in accordance with the Dutch legal guidelines of the national mental healthcare institution, such as a certificate of good conduct, required registrations, etc.
In total, more than 80 men and women are working at Yes We Can as psychologist or social workers under the collective term ‘therapists’. At Yes We Can they can really spend their time on the fellows, because every therapist treats no more than 4 fellows. The therapists working in the clinic look after the one to one sessions with the fellows and are responsible for the individual treatment plan. Together with an experienced by experience counsellor they attend the group sessions as well. Therapists at the head office in Oirschot are part of the intake procedure, are responsible for the programme for family coaching and counseling, and act as treatment coordinators.
Case Managers and Counsellors: experts by experience
We are extremely proud of the fact that we have been working with a team of experts by experience since the start. Right now, more than 30 experts by experience work at Yes We Can Youth Clinics. They have had to deal with mental health issues, addictions and/or behavioural problems themselves in the past and they therefore know better than anyone what is going on with the young people that are treated at the clinic. Because they recognise the problems our fellows face and have experienced these problems themselves, our experts by experience manage to create a real bond of trust. A bond that is essential to motivate and inspire young people and their parents, but also to confront them with their own behaviour when necessary.
Our experts by experience play a crucial role from the very first contact with Yes We Can Youth Clinics. At the head office in Oirschot, our case managers are the first point of contact. Our case managers offer a listening ear and give tips and advice. In addition, they are the first people to see the fellows and their parents when they come to Oirschot for an intake interview. During the treatment in the clinic the experts by experience guide the group sessions.
More than 60 coaches are available day and night for our fellows. They wake up the youngsters in the morning and guide them when they go to bed in the evening. They are, as it were, the brothers and sisters of the youngsters during the treatment. They offer support, warmth and love. They take care of the safety within the group and are also the ones to have a lot of fun with. The coaches provide psychoeducation, share their own life story and supervise the closing of the day. Sports are an important part of the treatment programme at Yes We Can Youth Clinics. All fellows spend no less than three hours per day doing sports activities. These activities are supervised by our coaches. They truly are a crucial part of the programme and it is therefore not surprising that our coaches are full members of the multidisciplinary team of Yes We Can.
Yes We Can Youth Clinics employs 11 psychiatrists, who are medically responsible and use their expertise to positively change the lives of the young people in the clinic. Also during the intake they play an important role. During the intake they obtain a complete image of the background of the youngster and his or her current situation. As member of the multidisciplinary team, they stand next to the other colleagues regarding participation.
Yes We Can Youth Clinics has a fantastic team of no less than 10 nurses, who look after the health of our fellows. They help with healthy nutrition and are the point of contact for fellows who don't feel well. Because sports and outdoor activities form a part of the treatment, they also apply first aid if necessary. At Yes We Can Youth Clinics the medical staff is part of the multidisciplinary team, and they also have personal contact with the fellows. They seamlessly integrate medical processes with the work of the treatment team and the activities of the youngsters. The medical service is present within the clinic 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
Nutrition plays an important role during the treatment of our fellows. In the 10 weeks that the fellows are with us, we try to limit the sugar intake as much as possible for example. But there is much more to healthy nutrition. For example, we use fresh, organic products as much as possible. We are proud of the fact that we can provide balanced dishes that contain an optimal mix of different nutrients and taste great at the same time. These menus are put together by a special task force, which include not only kitchen staff and the medical service, but also a renowned nutritionist. Our kitchen team is an important part of the organisation, and many fellows cherish warm memories of the nine-member team of chef Bart Janssen. They will never forget the extra effort the crew puts in on special occasions like Christmas or the birthday of a fellow in the clinic.
At Yes We Can Youth Clinics we find it extremely important that young people feel safe, welcome and appreciated. That's why we pay a lot of attention to our premises and grounds. And that pays off! The grass is always freshly mowed. The trees, plants, shrubs and hedges look neat and tidy. The walls are always freshly painted and in the unlikely event that something breaks, the seven men from the technical department are ready to repair it immediately. Also with our expansions we can do almost anything with this team without having to hire too many contractors.
We believe that the 150 young people who stay at Yes We Can Youth Clinics for 10 weeks deserve only the very best. In terms of care, in terms of food and certainly in terms of accommodation.
We are very proud of our very own fantastic household service. 20 super professional, sweet and enthusiastic colleagues who give the best they have every day to tidy up the clinic. From doing the laundry to vacuuming the rooms, these heroes make sure that everything is fresh and clean every day. They are truely loved by our fellows because they are always there for some uplifting words or some good advice.
The head office in Oirschot is the location where the intake interviews take place. Psychiatrists, expert by experience case managers and therapists form the intake team that our fellows and their parents meet when they come to Yes We Can Youth Clinics for the first time.
Besides everyone who has direct contact with our fellows and parents, we can't do without an incredibly beautiful team that works a little more behind the scenes of the treatment. Various staff departments work at the head office such as the care administration, reception, financial administration and communication. Dozens of people are working diligently to positively change the lives of thousands of young people and their families.
Yes We Can was founded in 2011 by Jan Willem Poot. After having to deal with mental healthcare in the Netherlands at a young age himself, Jan Willem grew a great desire to give back what he received during his recovery. He decided to establish an organisation that focuses entirely on helping young people with mental health issues, addictions and behavioral problems, and the families of these teenagers and young adults.
Marcel Pierre has been involved with Yes We Can as an advisor since its foundation. At the end of 2015 he became a member of the board of directors and CFO of Yes We Can Youth Clinics.
Hedzer Schotsman started as COO at Yes We Can Youth Clinics in 2019. In the years before that, he has worked in various managerial positions at public and private organisations - particularly in the healthcare sector.