Ingrid De jonghe

Ashoka Fellow
Belgium,
Fellow Since 2014

IDÉE

Depuis 2000, le nombre de jeunes ayant des problèmes de santé mentale a énormément augmenté en raison du monde complexe et stressant dans lequel nous vivons. TeJo offre une assistance psychologique donnée par des thérapeutes professionnels à des jeunes âgés de 10 à 20 ans. Les séances sont anonymes, immédiates, courtes et gratuites. Le service couvre les demandes d’aide à un stade précoce pour empêcher une escalade de la situation. L’objectif principal de la thérapie est d’augmenter le sentiment de compétence chez les jeunes, de leur donner la possibilité de garder leurs problèmes sous contrôle, de faire en sorte qu’ils deviennent plus résistants et qu’ils se sentent en sécurité. Cette brève thérapie orientée sur la recherche de solutions contribue à construire les qualités et les forces des adolescents.

 

IMPACT

Le modèle de consultance d’Ingrid de Jonghe à Anvers a permis à 3000 jeunes d’obtenir du soutien. TeJo a engagé 90 volontaires sur les 5 dernières années. Le besoin de cette assistance psychologique immédiate se traduit dans d’autres villes flamandes, où des groupes locaux ont ouvert des maisons TeJo à Renaix et Gand depuis 2014, à Malines et Turnhout en 2015 ainsi qu’à Lier et Courtrai en 2016.

 

QUI EST-ELLE ?

Ingrid a grandi à Anvers et est devenue avocate spécialisée auprès des mineurs. Elle a aussi fait des études de pédagogie et psychologie, avant d’obtenir un diplôme de thérapie comportementale à l’âge de 40 ans. Elle est aujourd’hui mariée et est mère de 4 enfants.

 

Citation

This profile was prepared when Ingrid De jonghe was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2014.
The New Idea
In an increasingly complex and stressful world, young people need accessible and anonymous counseling services to resolve challenges in their lives. Ingrid is responding to this growing mental health need by providing first-responder, primary counseling services. Depending on the issues a young person is facing (e.g. bullying, poor family relationships, negative self- image, anger management, etc.), Ingrid offers a lab of mental health solutions. The main service includes an average of ten to twelve sessions of therapy with a trained professional; but also other types of interventions such as art and movement therapy, group therapy, and workshops to better help young people know their rights. Ingrid ensures that each intervention is solutions-focused, helping youth to deal with their emotions while they wait to access state-run services for the longer term. Ingrid is thus offering an important missing link in Belgium’s health care delivery chain by alleviating pressure on youth welfare institutions that are overburdened and unable to serve a growing population of mentally distressed young people.

Ingrid places professional volunteers at the forefront of her workforce. These highly educated and motivated therapists and psychologists find a new sense of purpose and belonging as volunteer counselors, while at the same time sharpening their professional credentials and building closer ties to communities and the real problems at hand. Furthermore, independence from state-run institutions allows this citizen-based workforce to make faster judgment calls and treat distressed youth more efficiently amidst a welfare system that is increasingly pressurized by demand.

Moreover, by allowing various methodologies to co-exist in her counseling center, Ingrid's model allows for a cross-pollination of methodologies and the sparking of new ideas, lending to her lab of solutions. This 21st century counseling model invites a spectrum of ages, professional and educational backgrounds as well as creative approaches to counseling; a diversity that is necessary to treat an increasingly ethnically heterogeneous population.

Since the opening of her center in 2010, Ingrid’s counseling model has served more than 2,000 youth and engaged 90 volunteers, of which more than 60 are professional therapists, from across Belgium’s Antwerp region. Having demonstrated the model’s credibility and notoriety in Antwerp, Ingrid is in the process of replicating her model across Belgium and to the Netherlands, before taking it to other parts of Europe. Indeed, the engagement contracts are already signed by two other TEJO locations in Flanders, Ronse and Gent and another one is about to do so in the city of Mechelen.

Moreover, by allowing various methodologies to co-exist in her counseling center, Ingrid's model allows for a cross-pollination of methodologies and the sparking of new ideas, lending to her lab of solutions. This 21st century counseling model invites a spectrum of ages, professional and educational backgrounds as well as creative approaches to counseling; a diversity that is necessary to treat an increasingly ethnically heterogeneous population.

Since the opening of her center in 2010, Ingrid’s counseling model has served 1,050 youth and engaged 95 volunteers from across Belgium’s Antwerp region. Having demonstrated the model’s credibility and notoriety in Antwerp, Ingrid is in the process of replicating her model across Flanders and to the Netherlands, before taking it to other parts of Europe.
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