Centre espoir et joie ASBL

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Samuel Gonzales-Puell
General Director

  • PhD. in psychology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
  • Master in clinical Psychology at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
  • Specialised Studies Diploma in psychodiagnostic at the University of R. Descartes Paris VII.
  • Psychoanalyst at the Belgian School of Psychoanalysis.

Various books and articles published in the area of intellectual disability. * (To read about it, click Here)

  • More than 30 years of clinical experience and research in the area of severe and profound Intellectual Disability and associated disorders.
  • Experience in the teaching and training of professionals working in the area of I.D.
  • Particular centre of interest towards the evaluation of the adaptative cognitive abilities of the behavioral disorders and of the mental health of I.D persons.
  • Health and ageing issues of the persons with developmental disorders and I.D
  • Study and analysis of the needs and quality of life of I.D persons.

Xavier Cornil
Executive Director

Master in (clinical) psychology at Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

  • Entered the CEJ in 1987
  • Experience in the managing of the services with help of new technologies, managing of the budget.
  • Infrastructure Policy (Renovation of the day centre and the residential centre and the services)
  • Policy of space creation in the residential centre

Virginie Vanhemelryck
Educational person in charge
- Deputy Director

2014 - 2015 : Master’s degree in neuropsychology - Université Libre de Bruxelles
2013 - 2014 : Master’s degree in speech therapy - Université Libre de Bruxelles/ Université Catholique de Louvain

Professional Background

  • Logopède in the center “Espoir et Joie”
  • Logopède in the center of day “ Les Platanes”

Carrier Plan
In continuous training, constantly updated of the knowledge on the intellectual deficiency (recent scientific researches on specific themes: the mental health, the self-determination, the quality of life, the ageing, etc.)