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Marten Bos
Bolsward, Friesland (Netherlands) (1955)

Marten Bos is a connector, trainer, coach, counselor, gestalttherapist, writer, speaker.
He has worked in health care, in education and in (not for) profit business, self-employed since 1999. His experience in diversity extends from working with self key organizations of migrants, ( bicultural )LGBTI, refugees, border group of young people, people with disabilities and working with governments and in local communities.
Individual and team / organizational coaching and training.
Public and motivational speaker on themes of intersectionality, working with masculinity, working with fear related issues, etc.
Supervisor and therapist, individual and training for supervisors and therapists.
Initiattor for communities that work with diversity in neighborhoods and around/in the LGBTI community

The question that motivates me to work with this knowledge:
“What can we achieve with our personal and collective skills and motivation in the here and now, with awareness of our differences in positions, background, goals and ambition?
How to use the knowledge of intersectionality efficient and effective in our personal and professional life?”

In my vision we are all unique different human beings, diversity is inside and outside all of us. There are differences in the position though, some elements of diversity (ethnical, religious, gender, sexual orientation, class, etc.) are more dominant, more appreciated than others. So, how being aware and be able to deal with that, use that in our personal, relational and professional social contexts?

I like to coach and advice my clients (organizations, teams and individual clients) how to work with this unique internal powerful diversity. Exploring the internal and external diversity gives us all the possibility to get more ownership and take leadership. Good ownership gives us the direction to healthy ways of personal leadership. This needs a real acceptance and appreciation of who we are, awareness about our reality in the here and now.
The here and now is the only start for a change for the future interconnected with past and future and the world in which we live. 
The Gestalt theory is my basic theory: the dialogue, the field(system) theory and the energy of contact. Combined with Systemic work and knowledge about consequences of Intersectionality, makes working with diversity and inclusion possible.

dare to be diff


on deamdn also English Training with Diversity Cards

Diversity Cards, working with intersectionality
These cards have an A3 size and are finished in washable laminate.
The methodology and content are developed from a practice of working over 30 years in the field of diversity / intercultural communication/ intersectionality.
The cards can be used for training, team - and individual coaching sessions, in organizational consulting and individual work.

• The substantive inspiration is the theory of Gloria Wekker a.o. on ‘Intersectionality’.
• The basic theory of teaching methods is inspired by Gestalt and Systemic work .

Workshops can be offered ‘open enrollment’ or ‘in-company’.
For information about the cards and workshops:
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Review by a trainer: “I wanted to let you know that the Diversity Cards worked very well indeed with the group I facilitated; indeed they were the highlight of the six week programme!  There were participants from Sudan, Indonesia, Guinea-Bissau, Poland, S. Africa, and Bangladesh; because the cards opened up the possibility for each person to talk about themselves from a position of their own choice, it created a lively and egalitarian atmosphere on the first day, for which I was happy. Also, everyone enjoyed translating the words into their mother tongue!”


Training experience:
For a variety of companies, commercial and non commercial, governmental, schools, etc.
Themes: personal development for professionals and managers, intercultural management, working with intersectionality (included LGBTI issues / gender and sexualdiversity) in education and in sociale work.
Train the trainers, therapists, coaches.
Coping (work related, domestic, sexual, relational) violence, aggression at work.
Training and supervising (gestalt)therapists in the Netherlands, Belgium and in Bulgaria.

- Organizations and schools in developing of (train the) trainings programs. (Including Diversity and other issues).
- Projects in the field of diversity for organizations, schools and local government.
- Writers for their books and essays on themes of sexual and cultural diversity.

Dialogue projects as trainer, counselor and consultant. Themes as: Sexual and Gender Diversity, LGBTI issues and the multicultural city of Rotterdam, Amsterdam and a National Dialogue between Refugees and Dutch organizations.

I do personal counseling (Gestalt therapy) for my own company and in connection with the Nederlandse Stichting Gestalt (NSG) based on Gestalt therapy.
Subjects are: dealing with sexual abuse in the past (for men), dealing with fear related problems, low self-confidence, dealing with traumatic experiences in the past, questions about sexual identities (LGBTI), dealing with different cultural backgrounds in the Netherlands, etc.

I am Supervisor for the LVSC (Landelijke Vereniging voor Supervisie en Coaching) and the NVAGT (Nederlands Vlaamse Associatie Gestalt Therapie).

My background:
Social worker, started in 1978 and been working in this field until 1991.
My clients were: (young) immigrants, people with physical and/or mental disabilities, people with drugs addiction, juvenile delinquents, etc.)
From 1991 until 1999 I worked as (senior) trainer at the national refugee organization: VluchtelingenWerk.

In 1999 I started my own ‘one man company’. ‘Marten Bos, The Power of Differences’
I am working for a variety of companies, organizations, schools, governmental organizations and also for individual clients.

Master of Science in Gestalt therapy, Middlesex University England       2007
Systemic work/ Family constelations                           2010
V.O. Supervision en Consultation Hogeschool van Amsterdam             1992-1993
(Registration: supervisor by the LVSB S10760 H, senior supervisor LS1157H, teacher supervisors))
Bachelor (HBO) Academy Educational and Social Work ‘Jelburg’ te Baarn     1974–1978