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dinsdag 17 juni 2003 00:00

9de EFTC conferentie van 14 tot 17 mei 2003 in Venetië

Tijdens de 9de EFTC conferentie van 14 tot 17 mei in Venetië, heeft Martien Kooiman de EFTC-award ontvangen.
Het is de tweede keer dat deze prijs voor uitzonderlijke verdienste is uitgereikt.
Dr. Martien Kooiman heeft als eerste het model van de drugvrije therapeutische gemeenschappen naar het Europees continent gehaald en heeft ook aan de wieg gestaan van de internationale samenwerking en de oprichting van de European Federation of Therapeutic Communities.
Dit in zijn streven om het TG model steeds weer te verfijnen en verbeteren.
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Dear Martien,

I am very proud, as one of your graduates from the 70’s, to have the opportunity to be here involved by the presentation of the EFTC-award. The EFTC award is for us a very special award. As we al know, the TC model is always under a lot of pressure, we always had to concur al kind of medical or social solutions.
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As one of the first in the Netherlands you realised that it is important to show people the negative sides of drug abuse, but you also showed them immediately a possible solution.

I had a long chat this week with one of the first six experimental methadone clients of a program in The Hague, Martin started working in this program in the late 60’s early 70’s as a psychiatrist. In that time the program was totally manipulated by six clients. All had lots of methadone at home and they used opiates and speed as much as they could get. There was hardly any heroin in Holland in that time.
The methadone was only for hard times or to sell to buy heroine.

This young Dr Kooiman started to make things difficult, they had to come on weekly sessions and their methadone prescription was also weekly. He was always nagging about using opiates and speed next to there methadone. Later on he started giving liquid methadone on daily bases. He also started to introduce urine controls, luckily he was so naïve to let you close the door, so there was room enough to manipulate your urine and you even got a compliment some times; he good guy, you did not use opiates this weekend.!!!!
Bit by bit Martien made additional use of drugs more and more difficult, in the hope this would motivate us to kick the habit. In the same time he started the first residential treatment programme; the Emiliehoeve in The Haque.

Three of the group of six methadone users went there and what’s the most important thing; they stayed clean!! This really impressed us.

In the beginning Martien used the token economy system with rewards for positive behaviour.
After a wile he went to the USA, where he was confronted with the HTC model and the bonding therapy. A lot of American ex-addicts came over for staff-training and they also implemented the typical American methods into the program; dishpan, bowl heads, haircuts, shields, encountergroeps and so on.

He also organised the first anti-methadone demonstration in the Netherlands in 1976.

And also he started to develop day-care programmes based on the TC model en helped to develop TC’s all over the Netherlands and later on in Spain, Italy, Greece and Eastern Europe

He started residential detox programmes based on TC methods. I do remember a very special incident.
One of our residents, by the way, an Italian guy, misbehaved in a strange way, at once he jumped naked over the balcony and hided in the garden of the neighbours. When we tried to confine him to come back with us, he looked angry but also very freighted.
I called Martien for advice, he decided to come over to handle this case by him self. It worked out well, after a few minutes Martin came back with a enormous big blue and green eye.

Martien was always involved in the international TC movement. It was under his inspiring leadership that we managed to organise the WFTC conference in Noordwijkerhout in The Netherlands.
Martin was one of the inspirations to start the EFTC.

One of the strongest points of Martin was that he always worked in all necessary levels and on all available positions. As therapist, as a teacher and also as a managing director but also and always as a brother in arms.

Next to all the jobs he did he managed to make a dissertation about success predictors in TC programs, to become a Doctor in the psychiatry.

Dear Martien,

I know that your are still not seriously thinking about retirement; sometimes a friend of a good friend needs some therapy. Or a good friend in Belgium needs some training for his TC staff-team. I think you probably will go over to your good friends in Lubljana, to give some lessons in the Bonding therapy.

Martien I think after you brought the concept over to the continent of Europe, you also were one of the fathers who brought the concept all over Europe.

I know that I am talking in the name of al the 1000 and 1000 ex-addicts, there parents, brothers and sisters, there husbands, wife’s and kids, so I thank you for what you did for us.

25 years ago we were standing opposid each other, you handed me my graduation certificate and a lot of good advices. I do not think that I followed al your advises, but I am very proud, that I, in the position as vice president of the EFTC may hand you over the EFTC award.



Alphonse Franssen
Vice-president EFTC

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