On March 1st 2017, Vivienne de Vogel has been appointed as a lector (professor) Working with Mandated Clients at the Social Innovation Research Centre HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht the Netherlands. The Working with Mandated Clients research group conducts applied research for and with social professionals who work in the context of correction and rehabilitation, for instance, probation supervisors, group leaders in forensic psychiatric centres, family supervisors in Youth Care or supervisors in detention and rehabilitation centres. These professionals provide a combination of care, treatment and assistance with risk management and control. Their work requires a high standard of professionalism, effective methods, specific skills and targeted training. The research programme has two main research lines. The first is ‘professionalism among staff in correction and rehabilitation’, in which factors of general effectiveness are the primary concern. The second line of research is ‘continuity in the corrective process’, which focuses mainly on the coherence between interventions. Vivienne will focus her work in the coming years on this second line of research.
Vivienne de Vogel, PhD, is a psychologist and has been working in forensic mental health care since 1998. Next to her work as lector, she is a researcher at De Forensische Zorgspecialisten. This is a forensic psychiatric centre in Utrecht, the Netherlands including the Van der Hoeven Kliniek, centre for clinical forensic psychiatry and de Waag, centre for outpatient forensic care. In 2005, she finished her dissertation into the value of structured risk assessment tools for violence in forensic psychiatry. Her dissertation, titled ‘Structured risk assessment of (sexual) violence in forensic clinical practice’ can be downloaded here. After finishing her dissertation, she worked on further improving risk assessment processes. Together with colleagues she developed several risk assessment tools, like the SAPROF (Structured Assessment of Protective Factors for violence risk) for the assessment of protective factors and the FAM (Female Additional Manual), an additional manual for violence risk assessment in women. Her research areas include gender differences in offending and in forensic care, violence risk assessment, victimization, psychopathy, recidivism, and inpatient violence. She published more than 100 articles and book chapters about her work.
She is a well-known speaker and is member of several committees and boards, both in the Netherlands and abroad. For example, she is a member of the advisory board of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS). Furthermore, she works as a teacher at the RINO groep and she was involved in founding the Forensic Academy of the RINO groep.
She is particularly interested in practice-focused research that provides professionals who are working with forensic clients with useful, concrete guidelines. The clients’ perspective and their interests must be at centre stage. With the research line continuity in the corrective process, she hopes to contribute significantly to further improvements for both clients and professionals in mandated settings and to a safer society.