Ferdi Bekken MSc became involved in the living group climate research during the bachelor degree course in Educational Sciences. Living group climate was first the subject of his bachelor dissertation and later his master’s dissertation. During his master, Ferdi also coordinated the national cross sectional longitudinal living group climate research. After completing his study, Ferdi spent several years in the field working with young people with behavioural problems and became involved in the research again in June 2014. Ferdi’s work consists of coordinating different research projects and managing contact with different practical institutions.
Jesse Roest MSc is conducting research into the therapeutic alliance in residential youth care. Focus is on the experience and perceptions of the alliance by children and young adults and how these are or are not in line with current theoretical notions and definitions of the alliance. In addition, obstacles to establishing an alliance with youth are also investigated along with factors that might lead to strains and ruptures in the alliance with youth in secure and forensic care facilities. As part of the research, two alliance measures have been developed for use with young children (4-8 years and 8-14 years) in residential care and therapeutic day care. Other empirical studies address the relation between alliance and treatment motivation and the effect on treatment outcome. Also, both theoretical and empirical research is conducted on alliance ruptures with youth in residential care. In his doctoral research, Ferdi addresses the mutual influences and relationships in relation to the living group climate research.