2014 – present:
independent consultant (Owner, Weerts Mental Security) Jos Weerts is providing training, coaching, counseling and advice in stress management and coping with trauma for organizations, teams and individuals working in high-risk conditions.

2013 – 2014:
senior advisor/consultant Veterans Institute,

2003 – 2013:
deputy director Veterans Institute,

2000 – 2013:
head, Centre for Research and Expertise, Veterans Institute, and member of the Management Team of the Institute

The Veterans Institute was founded in 2000, by the Dutch Ministry of Defence. Its task is to carry out the veterans policy (promoting social recognition, care and research). It employs a staff of approx. 35 employed and 350 volunteers, with an annual budget of 5.3 million Euro. It is 100% funded by the MoD. The tasks of the Centre for Research and Expertise are to promote the development, collection and dissemination of scientific information. Up until July 2013, I managed a team of 8 to 10 professionals, and I was the deputy director

Special tasks and projects include(d) a.o.:

  • conducting a large scale survey (N=6000) into the health and wellbeing of the Dutch veterans’ population;project leader Interview
  • Project Dutch Veterans, a oral history project, managing a dataset of 1300 in depth interviews with Dutch veterans from World War II up to and including Afghanistan;
  • guiding and supervising two Ph.D. candidates in my staff;
  • representing the Institute and handling ongoing and special affairs during the absence of the director.

In this period, I served, a.o., as:

  • Chairman of the Working Group on Mental Health Care for Veterans (2003 – 2007). This committee was made up of 14 representatives of the civil (national) organisations of mental health care en social work, as well as of representatives of the military mental health care, social work and chaplaincy. Its objective was to discuss and assess developments in the field of veterans care, and to coordinate services offered. This working group developed the blueprint for a national structure for veterans’ care, that has been adopted by the MoD in 2007, with the founding of the National Care System for Veterans (LZV – Landelijk Zorgsysteem voor Veteranen);
  • Chairman of the Dutch Working Group on Theory and Good Practices of Debriefing after critical incidents;
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the research project into the effects of depleted Uranium, and, following this, of the research project on Veterans and Suicide;
  • Member of the Advisory Board to the Ministry of National Security and Justice regarding risks and early recognition of so-called “Jihadists”, Dutch young men, travelling to Syria to join the rebels and thereafter return to the Netherlands, as well as the Working Group on “Potentially Dangerous Individuals” (lone wolves);
  • Chairman of the Working Group on Guidelines and Criteria regarding the physical and psychological wounds, qualifying for the “Insignia Wounded Soldier” (Dutch equivalent of the Purple Heart);
  • Chairman, Veterans Health and Welfare Working Group of the Standing Committee on European Affairs (SCEA) of the World Veterans Federation (WVF) (2008 – present).

1999 – 2000:
member of the project team developing the Veterans Institute, chairman of the working group developing the Centre for Research and Expertise

1993 – 1999:
consultant research and strategy at the BNMO (Association of Dutch Disabled Veterans), conducting a project of the Ministry of Defence regarding evaluation of the so-called programmes for after-care for veterans of the war in Indonesia, and program development for psychological, physical and social support for veterans of peacekeeping operations
Publication (co-editor) of the book “Veteranen in Nederland”. (‘Veterans in the Netherlands’, First copy presented to HM Queen, Beatrix, in 1995)

1987 – 1993:
director, National Institute for the Victims of War (ICODO, Information and Coordinating Office for the Services for Victims of War, 25 staff, budget 3 million guilders = appr. 1.4 million Euros). The population to serve included veterans; the Ministry of Defence contributed 15% to the budget

Special activities included a.o.:
  • advising the “trustee for the former military serving in the former Dutch East-Indies” (Vertrouwensman oud-militiaren Indiëgangers) on the development of veterans’ policy;
  • advise and financial support for 30+ volunteer organisations;
  • directing the press communications and the psychological support for victims of war upon release from prison of the last two convicted German war criminals (1989);
  • founding and organizing an Association of Parents of Missing Children (children who have disappeared without trace);
  • secretariat and organizing the Psychotrauma Studygroup (1987 – 1992), a bi-monthly study and research meeting on psychotrauma;
  • developing and maintaining a registry of psychiatrists and psychologists specialized in psychiatric/psychological symptoms related to war time experiences;
  • secretary of the organizing committee of the Second European Conference on Psychotrauma, in Amsterdam/Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands (1990);
  • secretary of the organizing committee of the first World Conference of the (International) Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in Amsterdam (1992, with attendance of HM the Queen, Beatrix);
  • organizing the Conference “Het ondergedoken kind”, august 1992, in Amsterdam, in close cooperation with former Major of Amsterdam and Minister of the Interior and Kingdom relations, Ed van Thijn and with Awraham Soetendorp, former rabbi of the liberal Jewish community in the Netherlands, as a follow up to the conference “The Hidden Child” (New York, 1991).
1983 – 1987:
research assistant University Utrecht, dept. of General Medicine (quality assessment in the cooperation between general practitioners and specialists for internal medicine)

Research co-ordinator Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Utrecht
  • co-ordinating the study into the effects of an alternative therapy for cancer, the so-called Moerman-therapy
  • working on the development of a national screening program for breast cancer (focusing on scenario development and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis)
  • 1977 – 1980: co-ordinator of the pilot project on Multiple Family Therapy at the Department of Psychiatry, Academic Hospital Nijmegen
  • 1975 – 1983: lecturer/teacher at School of Health, dept. of physiotherapy (public health and psychopathology, in Arnhem and Heerlen, Netherlands)
  • 1971 – 1975: coordinator, Release (volunteer organisation for advice and assistance re. social and psychological problems of youth)
  • 1994: post-doctoral training in evaluation research, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • 1990: post-doctoral training “Effective management”, School of Business Administration, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
  • 1990 – 2005: several post-doctoral trainings in group work and trauma counseling, as well as in evaluation research, biomedical statistics and epidemiology
  • 1980: doctoral degree in medicine at the Catholic University at Nijmegen (presently Radboud University, (libero arbitrio, primary discipline psychiatry, with secondary disciplines neurology, internal medicine and social medicine – techniques and methodology of research in social sciences and epidemiology)
  • 1973: candidate in medicine, Catholic University at Nijmegen (presently Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • 1968: Gymnasium β, Bernardinus College, Heerlen