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Dr Gideon de Jong

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 3490, Mobile: 0403203827, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.423
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 3490
Mobile: 0403203827
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.423  


Dr Gideon de Jong is a Senior researcher and lecturer (PhD) in mental health nursing and public/community mental health issues within the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Current teaching 

 NCS2102 Mental Health and Illness.


Senior researcher (PhD) in medicine and social sciences, and more in particular in (public) mental health issues.

  • February 2016 - onwards. Senior researcher and lecturer at Edith Cowan University, School of Nursing. Subject: research in (public/community) mental health issues in Western Australia.
  • September 2014 - September 2015. Researcher and lecturer at the VU University Medical Center (Vrije Universiteit medisch centrum) in Amsterdam, Department of Medical Humanities, EMGO+. Subject: Process and outcomes of Family Group Conferencing in public mental health care.
  • September 2013 - onwards. Research fellow at the University of San Gil (UNISANGIL), Colombia. Improving the research capabilities of teachers of UNISANGIL. Setting up a research project on financial inclusion of young people in the region of Santander, Colombia.
  • September 2014 - onwards. Mental health nurse at Arkin in Amsterdam. Working at different units for mental health care and addiction care.
  • Past: Researcher at both the University of Groningen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) from 2008 to 2011 and Hanze University of Applied Sciences (Hanzehogeschool Groningen) from 2009 to 2013. Working in different mental health care units of GGZ Drenthe as a nurse from 2004 until 2013.
  • From 2008 to 2015 - I was the supervisor of around 200 bachelor and master students completing their theses. These students came from various studies (Nursing, Social Work, Educational Sciences, Sociology, Psychology, Earth and Life Sciences) of the Hanze University of Groningen (Hanzehogeschool Groningen), University of Groningen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) and the VU University Medical Centre (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam).
  • 2014 - PhD Doctoral Degree, Netherlands.
  • 2008 - Studied Master of Educational Sciences (M.Sc. with honours), Netherlands.

Professional Associations

  • Reviewer for Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Public/community mental health issues
  • Family Group Conferecing
  • Supported decision-making
  • Family and carers involvement.


  • PHD, Netherlands, 2014.
  • Master in Educational Sciences, Netherlands, 2008.


Recent Research Grants

  • Family Group Conferences for suicidal adolescents: A responsive evaluation of process and outcomes,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2017 Round 1,  2017 - 2018,  $5,300.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Schout, G., De Jong, G., (2018), Nursing and the emergence of egoless care: A discussion on social engineering in mental health care. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Early View(Early View), 1-7, DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2017.1387626.
  • De Jong, G., (2017), Reasons to temper enthusiasm about open access nursing journals. Contemporary Nurse, 53(2), 262-266, Melbourne, Victoria, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2016.1257922.
  • Schout, G., Meijer, E., De Jong, G., (2017), Family Group Conferencing ? Its added value in mental health care. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(6), 480-485, Philadelphia, USA, Taylor & Francis Inc., DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2017.1282996.
  • Meijer, E., Schout, G., De Jong, G., Abma, T., (2017), Regaining ownership and restoring belongingness: Impact of family group conferences in coercive psychiatry. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(8), 1862-1872, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/jan.13270.
  • De Jong, G., Schout, G., Abma, T., (2017), Understanding the process of Family Group Conferencing in public mental health care: A multiple case study. The British Journal of Social Work, article in press(article in press), p. 18, Oxford, United Kingdom, Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcx037.
  • Schout, G., Van Dijk, M., Meijer, E., Landeweer, E., De Jong, G., (2017), The use of family group conferences in mental health: Barriers for implementation. Journal of Social Work, 17(1), 52-70, London, United Kingdom, Sage Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1468017316637227.
  • Schout, G., De Jong, G., (2017), Collecting feedback as a tool to reduce care paralysis: Something for Family Group Conferencing coordinators?. Child and Family Social Work, 22(3), 1197-1206, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12336.
  • Vafeas, C., Graham, R., De Jong, G., Sharp, J., Ngune, I., Maes, S., (2017), Alcohol consumption patterns of older adults: A study in a regional town in Western Australia. Contemporary Nurse, 53(6), 647-657, Australia, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2017.1421051.
  • De Jong, G., Schout, G., (2016), The erosion of nursing in Dutch mental health care: A critique on the proliferation of psychologists. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 23(6-7), 449-454, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12301.
  • De Jong, G., Schout, G., Meijer, E., Mulder, CL., Abma, T., (2016), Enabling social support and resilience: outcomes of Family Group Conferencing in public mental health care. European Journal of Social Work, 19(5), 731-748, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2015.1081585.
  • De Jong, G., Schout, G., Pennell, J., Abma, T., (2015), Family Group Conferencing in public mental health and social capital theory. Journal of Social Work, 15(3), 277-296, United Kingdom, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/1468017314547675.
  • De Jong, G., Schout, G., Abma, T., (2015), Examining the Effects of Family Group Conferencing with Randomised Controlled Trials: The Golden Standard?. The British Journal of Social Work, 45(5), 1623-1629, Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcv027.
  • Schout, G., De Jong, G., Van Laere, I., (2015), Pathways toward evictions: an exploratory study of the inter-relational dynamics between evictees and service providers in the Netherlands. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 30(2), 183-198, Netherlands, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10901-014-9401-x.
  • De Jong, G., Schout, G., Abma, T., (2015), Community conferencing as a means of conflict resolution in social housing: challenges for civic engagement. Restorative Justice, 3(2), 233-255, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/20504721.2015.1069530.
  • De Jong, G., Schout, G., Abma, T., (2014), Prevention of involuntary admission through Family Group Conferencing: A qualitative case study in community mental health nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(11), 2651-2662, United Kingdom, Blackwell, DOI: 10.1111/jan.12445.
  • Schout, G., De Jong, G., (2013), Public mental healthcare: Towards a superfluous safety net. Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice, 22(3), 50-64, Utrecht, Netherlands, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences.
  • Groot, N., De Jong, G., Schout, G., (2013), Sociale netwerken bij Eigen Kracht-conferenties. Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice, 22(3), 65-84, Igitur Publishing, DOI: 10.18352/jsi.372.
  • De Jong, G., Schout, G., (2013), Researching the applicability of family group conferencing in public mental health care. British Journal of Social Work, 43(4), 796-802, Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcs006.
  • De Jong, G., Schout, G., (2013), Breaking through marginalisation in public mental health care with Family Group Conferencing: Shame as risk and protective factor. British Journal of Social Work, 43(7), 1439-1454, DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcs050.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master Of Science (sociology): Together Stronger? The Effects Of Family Group Conferencing For Clients In Public Mental Health Care
  • Master Of Educational Sciences: A Qualitative Study Into The Plus-facility In The Province Of Groningen: Extra Support For Congested Youth
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