Résumé of the professional and educational contexts of the arts therapies
The professional context of arts therapies in Belgium
Over the last few years there has been growing interest in the arts therapies in
Belgium and the number of arts therapists has been rising rapidly. Our profession
comprises arts therapists who have been trained nationally and internationally. The
professional practice of arts therapies covers the specialized disciplines of visual art
therapy, dance-movement therapy, dramatherapy and music therapy. These arts
therapies are used in a methodical way in the treatment of clients with psychosocial,
psychological and/or psychiatric problems. The arts therapies are experiential and
action-based. The client experiences the specific art form, he or she observes
the art form or (when possible) reflects upon the experiences in and stimulated by the
art form. The art therapist works methodically towards mutual agreed treatment
goals. The result of the therapy can be working through, getting insight, gaining
cognitive, social or physical functioning or psychological wellbeing. (BVCT-ABAT, 2010).
This expansion of the arts therapies has resulted in the establishment of the Belgian
Association of the Arts Therapies, de Belgische Vereniging voor Creatieve Therapie –
Association Belge d’Arts Thérapies (www.bvct-abat.be). The Belgian Association of
the Arts Therapies supports the development of professional arts therapy practitioners
and maintains standards in practice. BVCT-ABAT also addresses the professional
concerns of its members. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training institutions & courses
In Belgium, there are three university colleges which award degrees in the arts
Artevelde University College, Ghent awards an officially (www.nvao.nl) recognized Advanced Bachelor Degree in the Arts Therapies (incorporating art therapy, dance movement therapy, dramatherapy or music therapy). The programme at
Artevelde University College is a part-time program consisting of 6 modules.
PXL University College in Hasselt awards an officially recognised Advanced Bachelor Degree in Art Therapy. The program at PXL University College is a three-year part-time programme.
Lemmens Institute in Leuven awards an officially recognised Masters Degree in Music Therapy.
Additionally, Agape in Koolskamp offers a four-year dance-movement therapy training
which leads to a certificate. This programme has been approved by BVCT-ABAT.