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The professional association
NVO, the Association of Educationalists in the Netherlands, is a national professional association. It aims to assure and advance the quality of its member educationalists’ professional practice, and to represent their interests in a way that is recognisable.
NVO’s members comprise over 6500 academically trained professionals, supported by a permanent office in the city of Utrecht in the heart of the Netherlands.

The profession of educationalist (‘pedagoog’) in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands the profession of ‘(ortho)pedagoog’ (educationalist or remedial educationalist) is a discipline in its own right. Educationalists’ academic training is separate from that of psychologists and is offered by specific faculties at six universities.
The ‘(ortho)pedagoog’ focuses on educational and developmental disturbances and learning and behavioural disorders. His or her subject includes the child, the parents, the school, and other professional or non-professional educators.

Wide field of activity
NVO members work in a variety of fields. The most important of them are:
- education
- mental health care;
- youth care;
- disability care (for people with an intellectual, physical, sensory or multiple disability);
- research (particularly at universities or institutes of higher education)
Members can maintain contact and exchange information on issues and developments in their specific field via networks that are linked to themes.
A section of the membership have their own practice as educationalists, sometimes in combination with a position as employee in one of the above sectors.
The NVO website features lists of names and addresses of independently practising NVO educationalists who can be approached directly, for each region of the Netherlands.

Professional code
Monitoring the quality of professional practice is one of NVO’s key aims. The association has its own professional code, which all members are expected to abide by. The code describes the minimum conditions for sound professional practice. This ensures that clients, referring organisations, fellow institutions, employees, contractors and insurers know what NVO members stand for. NVO has an independent Supervisory Board and Appeals Board, which deal with complaints about the professional conduct of NVO members. While members who are the subject of complaints can count on NVO support, their actions are also critically assessed in relation to the professional code to which they are committed. The code and complaints procedures are public, and are available from the NVO website.

Professional competence registrations
NVO fosters and facilitates the acquisition of additional qualifications by its members to broaden their expertise. To obtain these qualifications, known as ‘NVO registrations’, members must successfully complete theoretical and practical assignments, and have sufficient relevant work experience. A registration represents a qualification in addition to a university degree in educational theory. This is important in a society that demands an increasing level of quality in professional practice. Registration also enhances members’ position in the job market. NVO regards its registration as a General Educationalist as being of an equivalent level to registration as Health Care Psychologist under the Individual Health Care Professions Act (BIG).

Information, service and advice

NVO organises congresses, workshops and courses for members and non-members.
The association has its own magazine, NVO Bulletin, in which leading experts express their views on topical scientific and social themes related to upbringing and education.
NVO brings out publications itself and also jointly with related professional associations and organisations.
The NVO helpdesk provides information and advice to members on legal, ethical, professional and employment issues.
The website has a generally accessible section including other information on the organisation, professional code, complaints procedure, courses and registrations. There is also a section with notices and job vacancies, and a database in which visitors can search for an independently practising educationalist. All information is available in Dutch, and a start has been made on a modest international page in English.
The members only section includes members’ contact details and information on activities by the networks that enable the different professional fields to maintain contact.

Dyslexia Expert File
Together with NIP, its sister organisation for psychologists, NVO maintains a Dyslexia Expert File. This records members who possess at least one of the following registrations: NVO General Educationalist, Child and Youth Psychologist, NIP or Health Care Psychologist under the Individual Health Care Professions Act (BIG). They are also able to provide a declaration of expertise in which they confirm their specific knowledge and skills, approach, and willingness to participate in further training in the field of dyslexia.
The file is generally accessible and can be consulted via the NVO website.

NVO supplies background information to the media on the work and profession of educationalist, and related issues. On request the association provides experts and spokespersons for interviews and radio or television programmes. This service is in increasing demand from the media. In most cases, experts recommended by NVO speak in a personal capacity.

Promoting members’ interests
NVO promotes the interests of its members. In doing so, the organisation consults with representatives of organisations or groups whose work relates to or affects the work of NVO members. These include the education, justice and health ministries, parliament, institutions offering postgraduate education, professional associations, health insurers and research institutes.

International cooperation
NVO has contact with sister organisations in various European countries, and aims to extend and develop this cooperation.

NVO (office)
Catharijnesingel 47
3511 GC Utrecht
The Netherlands
tel: +31 (0)30 – 232 24 07
fax: +31 (0)30 -- 2369749

Professional competence profile of the remedial educationalist/psychologist in care provision for people with an intellectual disability
This professional profile has been drawn up to clarify the services that can by supplied by remedial educationalists and psychologists working in salaried employment or independently in the provision of care for people with intellectual (and multiple) disabilities. This does not include care for people with purely physical disabilities or non-congenital brain damage, although people in the latter group are often admitted to institutions that provide care for people with intellectual disabilities. In some organisations the term behavioural specialist or behavioural scientist is used. This profile applies to academically trained remedial educationalists and psychologists, who have graduated from a Dutch university or who have completed an equivalent programme in another country. The curricula of such programmes in remedial education and psychologist should provide a broad basis with a depth of study that is sufficiently relevant to the field of work.