At 25-05-2012, PZG was established as an initiative by Aram Hasan and in cooperation with Gea Beenakker, Tjeerd Zaaijer and Ton Teunissen.
Drs Aram Hasan
Aram is a psychiatrist, originally from Syria and since 2012 working as trauma specialist at Stichting Centrum ‘45/ Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group. For War Trauma Foundation, he is ‘Middle East advisor’ and gave trainings in Kurdistan (North-Iraq) and Ukraine. He is founder and chairman of the foundation Psychiaters Zonder Grenzen. In addition, he is also founder of the Aram Hasan CoTeam. With CoTeam, he shares his expertise in psychological treatment and diagnostics of refugees, both national as well as in the surrounding countries.
After studying Dutch Language and Literature with extra courses in Business Economics, Tjeerd has held various corporate and government positions. His last employment was as Head of External Communications at the Rotterdam Harbour. Since 15 years he is now working for his own communications advice bureau ‘Proces Verbaal’. This leaves him with more spare time, that he has decided to spend for social good. In 2000 he met Aram Hasan while teaching higher educated refugees in The Netherlands. This was the start of a strong friendship between the two, and as Tjeerd travelled to crisis areas, his involvement in refugee issues grew ever bigger. In 2012, together with Aram and Gea, Tjeerd founded the Foundation ‘Psychiaters Zonder Grenzen’. This way he hopes to deliver a small but important contribution to the much needed support in Syria, where once civilisation started.
Gea is psychiatric nurse practitioner and has been working at Stichting Centrum ‘45/Arq Psychotrauma since 2000 in the treatment of refugees and as teacher in trauma treatment. In her daily work, she is confronted with the psychosocial problems of refugees in the Netherlands. Her clients made her aware of the taboo of having psychological problems in the countries of origin. It were her clients and colleague Aram who motivated her to establish a foundation to be able to share knowledge and experiences of the effects of traumatic experiences and treatment opportunities. She was also involved, together with Aram, in trainings of PZG in Kurdistan (North-Iraq) and South-East Turkey.
Jorin Blokland is working as psychologist (MSc) and research assistent at Psychotraumacentrum Zuid-Nederland. She is mostly involved in the treatment of refugees (trauma therapy with elements of exposure, NET, CBT) and is doing research in diverse areas of psychotrauma. Jorin has worked for short term periods in The Jungle in France (2015), on Kos (2015), on Lesbos (2015 and 2016) and in Jordan (2016), where she was providing acute help to refugees in refugee camps and coming ashore. She is also involved in the work of a local NGO in Lebanon, where she worked as psychologist with traumatized refugees for some months (2017). She was responsible for the trauma treatment and training of local workers. Jorin has a big heart for the Middle-East and refugees world-wide. She is convinced that PZG has an important task in sharing knowledge and expertise, especially for this population.