University College Ghent is the largest university college in Flanders, with three faculties, one School of Arts and 13,000 students. The department Orthopedagogics is situated in the Faculty Education, Health and Social Work.
VAD, the Flemish centre of expertise on alcohol and other drugs, coordinates most of the Flemish organisations that deal with the issues of alcohol, illegal drugs, psychoactive medication, and gambling.
VAD wants to educate the public from a health and welfare perspective and improve the expertise of intermediaries about the handling of alcohol and other drugs.
- enable discussion within society about alcohol and drug issues;
- expand (inter)sector networks with potential partners;
- support a high quality and scientifically based approach to deal with alcohol and drugs issues.
- VAD is for everyone: general public, intermediaries in the social sectors, government, the press, VAD members, and other organisations that are professionally engaged in prevention and assistance.
The cornerstones of the VAD activities are: publishing of information via channels such as Drugline, studies and research, prevention, assistance, and the creation and preparation of policy.
VAD is the partner organisation of the Flemish government dealing with the prevention of problems related to alcohol and other drugs.
VAD members work within the problem areas related to alcohol and other drug issues. We support each others' activities with our common knowledge and expertise.
VAD is active in very different networks within government, social sectors, and regional initiatives.
Tina van Havere
Dr. Tina Van Havere has worked since 2002 in the field of legal and illegal drugs. She started as a researcher in VAD for 7 years and was the coordinator of the nightlife studies on the Flemish level. In 2009 she started at the HoGent as a lecturer combining research with colleges to students. In 2012 she finalised her PhD on ‘prevalence and prevention of substance use in nightlife’ in the Pedagogical Sciences. Since 2014 she is also the coordinator of the Global Drug Survey in Belgium, which has been a success in Flanders. She has expertise in conducting various quantitative and qualitative studies on the use of legal and illegal drugs and prevention, especially in nightlife. Furthermore, she participated in an international project (Club Health) on Media in Nightlife related to drug use. She is also member of the European Society for Social Drug Research, member of the European Society for Prevention Research, member of the Club Health network and member of a working group on NPS in Belgium.
Jochen Schrooten has been working for 13 years in the field of prevention in recreational settings developing, implementing and evaluating different prevention and harm reduction interventions. Jochen was involved in different EU funded projects: as a project leader (eSBIRTes project 2010-2012), as a work package leader (e.g. Healthy Nightlife Toolbox-project, HEROES project) and as a workpackage member in the NEWip project. Jochen is also coordinator of the Flemisch Early Warning System on Drugs. He is a board member of the Nightlife, Empowerment and Well- Being Network and secretary of the European Part+ network.
Bert Hauspie (master in sociology) has been working for 6 years in the field of prevention, harm reduction and peer support. He started as a field worker in 2011 for the peer support- and harm reduction project Safe ‘n Sound, which is focused on party drug use(rs) in the nightlife and festival setting. Furthermore, Bert Hauspie has experience in the academic field as researcher on the topic of legal and illegal drugs. In 2015-2016 he worked for the PADUMI-project which resulted in the report ‘Substance use among people with a migration background: a Community-Based Participatory Research study’. Since September 2016 he is working as researcher for the ALAMA-nightlife project.