Contact Dutch Foundation



The Dutch Foundation for Psychiatry and Religion was founded in October 2000. The main purpose of the Dutch Foundation is to improve the relationship between psychiatry and spiritual care giving. In addition, the Foundation encourages research on the interface between psychiatry, religion and spirituality. It also stimulates the dissemination of knowledge and scientific data on religious and spiritual issues, in relation to psychiatry and allied domains. The Foundation organizes national and international conferences, workshops, professional training and public lectures.

The Dutch Foundation for Psychiatry and Religion collaborates with other national and international organizations:

KSGV, a Dutch Association, that endeavours to inspire the investigation of and reflection on current religious issues in mental healthcare and in society; see:;

SIG, the Special Interest Group on Spirituality and Psychiatry of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (London, UK); see:

WPA Section on Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry; see:

The Dutch Foundation for Psychiatry and Religion organized its first international symposium in 2002, Amsterdam. Recently, the material of this conference was published in a scholarly publication Hearing Visions and Seeing Voices, Glas et al. (eds.); Dordrecht: Springer; 2007. The book will be available at the conference. The executive committee of the second international conference is working on a proposal in order to publish the material which is going to be presented and discussed at this conference. 


prof. dr. Gerrit Glas, chair
Dimence Groep
P.O. Box 110
8000 AC Zwolle
the Netherlands
T: 31 38 4565848
F:31 38 4565701

prof. dr. Herman M. van Praag, co-chair
Maastricht University Academic Hospital
Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology
P.O. Box 5800
6202 AZ Maastricht
The Netherlands
T: 31 55 5760795
F: 31 55 5775612

Peter J. Verhagen, secretary                                         
GGZ Centraal Veluwe Veluwe-Vallei
P.O. Box 1000
The Netherlands 3850 BA
T: 31 341 566 911
F: 31 341 560 814

dr. Harold J.G.M. van Megen, treasurer
GGZ Centraal Veluwe Veluwe-Vallei
PO Box 1000
3850 BA The Netherlands
T: 31 341 566564
F: 31 341 560814

Board members

prof. dr. J.A. Van Belzen, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam
prof. dr. A.J. Braam, University of Humanist Studies, Utrecht
rabbijn A. Ringer, Rotterdam
prof. dr. R.W. Munk, University of Leiden, Leiden