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ECArTE Full Member


Leeuwarden: Stenden Hogeschool, School of Social Work and Arts Therapies


Course Title: BA Music Therapy, BA Art Therapy, BA Dramatherapy

Duration: 4 years full-time

2 ½ years part-time for applicants with working experience in related fields such as artists, teachers or social workers (one day university, 20 hours self study, one year practice two days a week)

Entry Requirements:

Part-time BA:

• diploma plus minimum two years experience of working as an artist or teacher or of work in social care.

• personal skills and motivation (assessment in advance)


• personal skills and motivation (assessment in advance)


Course Philosophy and main theoretical approaches:

Five fundamental aspects:

• quality of life

• giving sense

• empowerment

• systemic working

• diversity

Main theoretical approaches:

• eclectic, depending of the problems of the client, including psychodynamic, behaviouristic, systemic

• experience oriented working in the Art Therapeutic Triangle

• Analogue Process Model (Smeijsters): the art-medium invites the client /therapist to be moved into a therapeutical healing process


Course Content:

• main psychological theories

• art or music or drama: techniques, reflection and methods

• methods in art therapy: experiential learning following the phase of a process: getting acquaintance, observation,  forming goals,  planning the treatment, treating, evaluating

• problem-based learning: cases from practice are studied with literature, film, role-play and discussion

• one year practice with supervision in small peer group (max three students)

• exam in three parts: medium, research and methods


Qualification Awarded: BA Art Therapy, BA Music Therapy, BA Dramatherapy

Language: Stenden University welcomes international students and it may be possible to adjust the programme to fit their needs.

The module entitled Humanitarian is delivered in English. This deals with general information about conditions when working in difficult situations such as refugee camps, poor neighbourhoods.


Student Exchange Opportunities:

Stenden University is able to offer student exchange opportunities with ECArTE member universities in medium lessons, one year of practice (Dutch language necessary) and humanitarian programme (see above).

It can also offer a clinical placement opportunity in art therapy, music therapy and dramatherapy for ECArTE member students. The likely length of the placement would be one year from the end of August until June, or from February until November.


Current Research:

Some key publications and ongoing research projects in arts therapies at Stenden University arts therapies programme:

• Drs L.C. Aerts: Art Therapy, a cost-effective therapeutic intervention in the treatment of depression?

• M.Tubben, TESS: test for emotional and social skills for children by building a hut

• C.Schweizer, Handboek beeldende therapie (2009) en In beeld (2001)


Ongoing research projects in arts therapies:

• Mathieu Pater, PhD: Effects of musictherapy on social behaviour with children with ASD

• Laurien Hakvoort (Hogeschool ARTEZ and Stenden): Music therapy in forensic psychiatry

• PhD study: Loyalties in family systems (Klasien vd Deen:

• PhD study: Elements in the art therapy process with children from eight to twelve years with ASS diagnose that contribute to the treatment result?

Research Collaboration:

Stenden University arts therapies programme is interested in research collaboration with ECArTE Members with particular interest in:

• phototherapy

• arts therapies in schools

• intercultural aspects in art therapy

• arts therapies with the elderly

• process evaluation in arts therapies

• sculpting in stone as art therapeutic means

Professional Association:

Nederlandse Vereniging Muziektherapie (NVMT)

Nederlandse Vereniging Dramatherapie (NVDT)

Nederlandse Vereniging Beeldende Therapie (NVBT)

Nederlandse Vereniging Dans En Bewegings Therapie (NVDBT)

Professional Body or Ministry:

Students are obliged to register with a professional association in order to practise as an arts therapist.

The courses are approved by Stiching Register Vaktherapeutische Beroepen (SRVB)

Code of Ethics:

Landelijk Opleidngsprofiel Creatieve Therapie (General profile arts therapies educations in NL)

Gedragscode FVB

Beroepscode FVB


Contact details:

Contact person: Celine Schweizer

Art Therapist (SRVB sr), Lecturer, supervisor, member of centre of expertise SW&AT (Social Work and Arts Therapies) at Stenden University, Leeuwarden, NL, member KenVak


Postal address: Postbox 1298   8900CG Leeuwarden Netherlands

Telephone number:  058 2441671

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