Mr Bert Gijsbers has been a Social Worker for 12 years, specialized in empowering multi problem families and marginalized people. After that, he became manager in Social Work, and introduced several new methods in Social Work in the Netherlands. He has experience in leading multi disciplinary teams in Social Work. Since 1989 he has been working at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen. As team manager he was responsible for the development of 6 deepening programmes and the thesis of the bachelor course of the School of Social Studies of Hanze University of Applied Sciences. He is active in international teaching and cooperation. He was president of the association for youngsters and adults with Autism in the northern part of the Netherlands, which brought him experience in social inclusion of mentally disabled people.