Beyond the scientist: Jack de Groot


Pastoral counselor and researcher on moral counseling at IQ healthcare.

Where and when were you born?

Tilburg 8 April 1950

Where do you live and with whom?

Heesch (NBr) – my wife Wies (de Groot -) Sondag

Who was your role model when you were a kid?

My teacher in class 3 and the chaplain of the parish

Why aren’t you doing the same thing now as your role model (or do you?)

I combined both professions: I became a pastoral worker and was also pastoral supervisor for advanced education for hospital chaplains

What is the thing in your (work or other) history that you are most proud of?

I developed a method for moral counseling: decision aid for clients who have to decide about moral sensitive questions – I published about that and gave training sessions to more than 100 care professionals

What is it that you would like to achieve in work in the next 5 to 10 years?

I am just at the end of my career. I will be an anchorman for my colleagues with who I gave these training sessions and with who I published about moral counseling

For what can we wake you up?

A trip by bike through the nature

What is your hobby and how good are you at it?

I like to work with my hands: renew buildings, handicraft, make installations (electricity etc.)  - I don’t have to shame me for professionals

What is your biggest irritation?

I cannot dance

Who would you like to invite for dinner, if you had the chance?

Martha Nussbaum: an excellent ethicist

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