Invitation by the Chairman of the Dutch Association of Collaborative Professionals

Beyond Words Conference Amsterdam 26 – 28 may 2016

Beyond Words

5th European Collaborative Practice Conference Amsterdam 26 – 28 may 2016

The Dutch association of collaborative professionals (VvCP) hosts the 5th European Collaborative Practice Conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on May 26 – 28, 2016,  with the support of IACP.

The title of the conference is “Beyond words” and the overarching theme is “communication”. In plenary sessions and various workshops all kinds of communication in collaborative practice will be dealt with by speakers and presenters from all over the world. For language is the most important tool for the collaborative professional, whether you are a lawyer, mental health professional or financial.

See you in Amsterdam!

Program & registration

Mövenpick Amsterdam City Centre

5th European Collaborative Practice Conference Amsterdam 26 – 28 May 2016

Beyond Words

Language is our most important tool to communicate. But we speak so many different languages, not only the language our mothers taught us in the country where we grew up, but also our professional languages. The language of the lawyer is different from the language of the mental health professional or the financial. The language of an adult is not the same as the language of a child. Our language is influenced by our background, culture, religion, sex, in short: by the way we are.

All those differences can lead to misunderstanding and even conflicts.

But the diversity also gives us the power to understand each other better and to solve conflicts if we are able to listen to each other and work together.

The collaborative practice is our common language, wherever we come from.

Hotels and travel information

Hotels and travel information

The conference will be held at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre

Piet Heinkade 11
1019 BR  Amsterdam
+31 (0) 20 519 1200

In the Mövenpick you can book your stay for the conference. Use this bookinglink: VvCP - Vereniging voor Collaborative Professionals
You can also choose The Hilton Hotel (5 min walk) or another hotel in Amsterdam – for hotels in Amsterdam: click here.

5 minute walk
Fastest walking route from the The Hilton Hotel to the congres location (Movenpick Hotel).

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Visiting Amsterdam

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Prices – Fee – Cancellation

Prices – Fee – Cancellation

Prices and fees

Registration fee: € 750,- euro

The fee includes: participation in all plenary activities, the workshops on the 27th and 28th of May + teaching materials and the spectaculair closing party on the 28th of May at NEMO.

The fee excludes: hotel residency (optional) and the reception in the Van Gogh museum (€ 65,-). All prices mentioned exclude 21% (Dutch) VAT.

After confirming your online registration, you will automatically be redirected in order to arrange the payment by the online transaction you prefer (p.e. Paypal, Ideal,etc.).


All cancellations and refund requests must be notified in writing to the registration secretariat by e-mail at and will be subject to the following conditions:
- cancellations up to 30 days before the start of the event: free of charge
- cancellations up to 14 days before the start of the event: 50% of the fee will be charged
- cancellations up to 7 days before the start of the event: 100% of the fee will be charged


The VvCP cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage related to participation in the congress, cancellation of the event by VvCP or loss or damage related to people providing services for the VvCP.

Van Gogh and Nemo-Science center


Van Gogh and Nemo-Science center

At the end of the day there is plenty of time to meet up with your international colleagues in an informal setting. Various interesting social events will be organised for you for this purpose; so bring your partner and enjoy the highlights of Amsterdam!

27 May 2016
After the first day of the congress an exclusive evening at the Van Gogh Museum will be organised for you. Bring out a toast with your colleagues and be amazed by the extended collection of the most famous Van Gogh paintings! Costs of this event are € 65,- (taxes excluded).
28 May 2016
At the end of the congress you are more than welcome to join the closing ceremony at the Nemo Science Center. For this dinner party the dresscode is Tenue de Ville (Business smart).

‘Tenue de ville’ is a French dress code; it means literally town or city clothing. ‘Tenue de ville’ dates back to the turn of 19th and 20th century, like all dress codes as e.g. ‘black tie’ and ‘white tie’, which are more festive. In those days one had to dress up when you – coming from the country side – were going in to town. No brown or green tweeds for gentlemen as well as no blouses and skirts for the ladies. Gentlemen were awaited in a dark suit and ladies appeared in an elegant dress.

Ever since the dress code ”tenue de ville” developed into the formal ‘dark- or lounge suit’ – with tie of course - for the gentlemen and an elegant – not festive or low necked – dress or ensemble for the ladies. And since Angela Merkel , Hillary Clinton and Aung San Suu Kyi an ensemble may include – elegant and long - pants.

Costs of this event are included in the congress fee.