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Zuyd: Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts Therapies Programme

Duration: Four years, full-time (240 ECTS)

Entry Requirements:

In principle, everyone with a school leaving certificate for senior general secondary education (havo in Dutch), pre-university secondary education (vwo) or preparatory secondary vocational education at level 4 (mbo-niveau 4) will be admitted to the course. Under certain conditions, an admission assessment may be held if the previous level of education is insufficient.

There is an additional admission requirement for Arts Therapy (in Dutch: CT = Creatieve Therapie): the preselection process for the medium in question should have been followed and completed successfully. Students will then start Year 1 in that particular specialisation.

Criteria for the Arts therapies preselection: creative skills, communication skills, social skills, skills connected with teaching how to learn, motivation to work in this profession.

 

Course Philosophy and main theoretical approaches:

Creative therapists specifically use non-verbal means to treat emotional, social, cognitive and psychomotor problems. The therapeutic skills and techniques used come from the fields of drama, music, the visual arts, and dance and movement.

There are two essential core competencies for a professional creative therapist: affinity in dealing with people, and expertise in expression and skills in arts and crafts. Creative therapists treat clients using an instrument from one of the fields listed above in order to work towards the treatment objective.

Clients are of all ages. Treatment takes place in a group or on an individual basis. The treatment objectives generally focus on the disorder or problem but may also be aimed at enabling the client to function better or at stabilising the client. A common factor linking the course content is the view of the profession that determined the setup of the current curriculum. Two other core linking elements are the Analogy Model of Smeijsters (a scientific and methodological view of what the profession involves) and the so-called CT Molecule (a general structure for creative and therapeutic treatment).

 

Course Content:

The following specialisations in arts therapy are available on this course:

• Dramatherapy

• Music therapy

• Art therapy

• Dance movement therapy

 

Year one: the professional familiarisation phase.

The emphasis here is on developing basic knowledge and skills.  This phase will also show whether students have the right attitude to work necessary to develop a proper professional attitude. A key element in this phase is the development of social, communication and reporting skills. The first year is aimed at familiarisation and selecting students. A recommendation regarding the continuation of studies is given at the end of the first year.

 

Year two: the professional preparation phase

This phase is characterised by problem-oriented learning (PoL). Students work on a recognisable, topical problem from the professional practice.  The idea is that they examine what these problems involve (classifying and diagnosing), look for solutions and learn to apply those solutions (i.e. using the chosen medium).

 

Year three: the professional training phase

Students undertake a professional work placement in an institution in one of the fields of work for creative therapy.  The placement is full-time and lasts ten months.

 

Year four: the professional specialisation phase

The key elements here are going into greater depth and integrating theory and practice.

The final-year specialisation project is carried out in the second half of the year. The specialisation project involves producing a written report and giving a talk on it, and carrying out a study in a practical situation.

 

Qualification Awarded:

• BA in Drama Therapy

• BA in Music Therapy

• BA in Art Therapy

• BA in Dance Movement Therapy

Language: All modules are taught in Dutch

 

Student Exchange Opportunities:

Zuyd University offers this course:

Minor arts therapies: Introduction and exchanging vision and experience in the other arts therapies besides students’ own specialisation. This lasts 10 weeks and carries 15 ECTS.

Zuyd University is not currently able to offer a clinical placement opportunity for ECArTE member students.

 

Current Research:

Some key publications:

Smeijsters, H., Kil, J.,Welten, J.& Willemars, G. (submitted). Arts therapies for young offenders in secure care. A practice-based research. The Arts in Psychotherapy.

Poismans, K. (2009) Shared Time, Timing in muziektherapie met autistische kinderen (Timing in Music Therapy with Autistic Children). Wetenschappelijk Tijdschrift Autisme. Dutch Society of Autism

Susy M. Braun, Jolanda C. van Haastregt, Anna J. Beurskens, Alexandra I. Gielen, Derick T. Wade &  Jos M. Schols (2010). Feasibility of a mental practice intervention in stroke patients in nursing homes; a process evaluation. BMC Neurology 2010

Ongoing research projects in arts therapies:

Arts therapies for young offenders in secure care.(under direction of dr. H.Smeijsters, KenVaK)

Arts therapies for young offenders in out-patient section.(under direction of dr. H.Smeijsters, KenVaK)

PhD-project: Art Therapeutic Assessment (drs. Ingrid Penzes)

PhD-project: Shared Time, timing in music therapy with Autistic Children (Kathinka Poismans MMth)

Research Collaboration

There is an ongoing research collaboration  with arts therapies departments at HVU, Amersfoort, Stenden University, Leeuwarden and Artez University in Enschede, supervised by the KenVaK research Centre at the Zuyd University in Heerlen

Particular research interests include:

• arts therapies with elderly people

• arts therapies with young offenders

Professional Association:

• Federatie Vaktherapeutische Beroepen (FVB) .

• The association register is Stichting Register Vaktherapeutische Beroepen (SRVB)

Email addresses:

www.vaktherapie.nl

www.registervaktherapie.nl

Professional Body or Ministry:

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

The course is approved by: Nederlands Vlaamse Accreditatie Organisatie (NVAO)

Code of Ethics:

Federatie Vaktherapeutische Beroepen, FVB .(Federation of Professions in Arts Therapies)

 

Contact details:

Contact person:Jaap Welten MDth,CP.SRDth.

Lecturer dramatherapy, co-coordinator arts therapies course, researcher dramatherapy

Postal address:

Hogeschool Zuyd

Nieuw Eyckholt 300

P.O. box 550

6400 AN Heerlen

Telephone number: 0031 (0)46400 6330

University website: http://creatievetherapie.hszuyd.nl/

Email address: jaap.welten@zuyd.nl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zuyd: University of Applied Sciences, Zuyd

Course Title: Master of Arts Therapies Programme

Duration: Two years, part-time (90 ECTS)

Entry Requirements:

 

This Masters’ programme is based on a collaboration with four Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, that all educate arts therapies on bachelor level, i.e. ArtEZ University of Applied Sciences for Arts, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Stenden University of Applied Sciences and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences. Zuyd University of Applied Sciences is the commissioner. The Masters students are arts therapists with at least two years of professional experience as an arts therapist or lecturers on arts therapies.

 

Course Philosophy and main theoretical approaches:

 

The Masters of Arts Therapies builds on the Dutch Bachelor profile of Arts Therapies (Van Dooren, Driest, Schweizer & Smeijsters, 2009). According to this profile, an art therapist is educated on four domains, i.e.:

1.            Treatment

2.            Organisation

3.            Professional development

4.            Education and research

 

The Masters of Arts Therapies focusses mainly on the domains ‘professional development’ and ‘education and research’.

 

The curriculum development has taken place in close cooperation with clinical practice and universities and has been attuned to developments in the health care system and the professional needs of arts therapists. The Masters training programme focuses on research in practice on:

•             Assessment

•             Treatment methods

•             Effects of treatment

•             Rationales and theories of treatment

Course Content:

Before starting the Masters of Arts Therapies, students have followed one of the folllowing bachelor degrees:

•             Drama Therapy

•             Music Therapy

•             Art Therapy

•             Dance and Movement Therapy

 

The didactic elements encompass:

•             studying international literature

•             learning in collaboration with students’ clinical practice

•             performing practice-based research

•             gaining knowledge according to the most recent developments in the field of arts therapies (scientific knowledge as well as regarding the requirements of the profession)

 

During this Masters programme, the attitude of students develops from a reflective practitioner to a scientist practitioner.

 

In the first year of the Masters, students develop their professional and clinical practice based on their clinical experience using evidence based methods. In addition, they learn to create theoretical models to explain the effectiveness of arts therapies. One of the courses in the first year focuses on the state of the art of the specific field. In the second year of the Masters, students design and perform a scientific study (qualitative or quantitative) based on a research question derived from clinical practice. The second year the Masters is completed with a scientific paper, which may be published in a peer reviewed journal.

 

1.            The first year (42 EC)

 

During the first year the main aims are:

•             developing arts therapeutic interventions based on the combination of students experience, literature, and individual interviews with colleagues

•             evaluating the quality of scientific studies and translating the results of a literature search to clinical practice

•             gaining state of the art knowledge regarding music therapy, art therapy, drama therapy, or dance-movement therapy

•             developing a theoretical model based on existing models and empirical literature

•             formulating and planning innovative ideas in order to strengthen the profile of the profession of art therapist

 

 

2.            The second year (40 EC)

 

During the second year, the main aim is to design and perform a practice-based research, collect and analyse data (qualitative or quantitative), and eventually write a scientific paper, that could be published in a peer reviewed journal.

Language: All modules are taught in Dutch

Student Exchange Opportunities:

Zuyd University is not currently able to offer a training or clinical placement opportunity for ECArTE member students.

Current Research:

Some key publications:

Poismans, K. (2014). Geteilte Zeit – gemeinsame Zeit. Entwicklung eines Messinstruments zum Timing in der Musiktherapie mit autistischen Kindern. Enschede: Ipskamp Drukkers

Smeijsters, H., Kil, J.,Welten, J.& Willemars, G. (2011). Arts therapies for young offenders in secure care. A practice-based research. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 38(1), 41-51.

Van Hooren, S. (2013). Vaktherapie: de kunst van het balanceren. Heerlen: Zuyd Hogeschool/KenVaK Publishers

 

Vink, A. C., Zuidersma, M., Boersma, F., de Jonge, P., Zuidema, S. U., & Slaets, J. P. (2014). Effect of music therapy versus recreational activities on neuropsychiatric symptoms in elderly adults with dementia: an exploratory randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62:392–393. doi:10.1111/jgs.12682

Research Collaboration:

There is an ongoing research collaboration with arts therapies departments at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Arnhem & Nijmegen University of Applied Sciences, and Artez University, supervised by the KenVaK research Centre at the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Heerlen.

 

KenVaK is a research centre for Arts Therapies in the Netherlands. The research centre has three goals:

1.            to initiate, coordinate, perform and publish practice-based research in arts therapies in order to increase the body of knowledge of arts therapists (which in The Netherlands are part of the so-called Vaktherapieën)

2.            to perform research activities with lecturers and students and to transfer the results and methods in Bachelor and Masters training programmes

3.            to implement the products of the research in clinical practice and to stimulate competencies of the arts therapists in practice

Research projects 2013-2014

Research projects include PhD projects as well as large research project funded by the government. Besides, pilot studies are in progress with bachelor training programs. Examples of research projects are:

 

Innovations of arts therapy in mental health care (RAAK-project)

•             Empowerment of youth at risk (RAAK-project)

•             Gaming in therapy (RAAK-project)

•             Music and dance to reduce problem behaviour in dementia

•             Timing in music therapy with autistic children

•             Effects of art therapy in personality disorder

•             Art therapeutic observation

•             Effects of art therapy among children with PDD-nos

 

KenVaK also supervises research projects of several clinical institutions and universities

 

Professional Association:

Federatie Vaktherapeutische Beroepen (FVB) .

The association register is Stichting Register Vaktherapeutische Beroepen (SRVB)

 

Email addresses:

Laurien.kok@zuyd.nl

www.vaktherapie.nl

www.registervaktherapie.nl

 

Professional Body or Ministry:

Students are obliged to be registered with a professional association in order to practice as an arts therapist.

The course is approved by: Nederlands Vlaamse Accreditatie Organisatie (NVAO)

 

Code of Ethics:

Federatie Vaktherapeutische Beroepen, FVB (Federation of Professions in Arts Therapies)

 

Contact details:

Contact Person: Dr. Susan van Hooren

 

Postal address:

Hogeschool Zuyd

Nieuw Eyckholt 300

P.O. box 550

6400 AN Heerlen

Telephone number: 0031 (0)46400 6330

University website: http://www.kenvak.nl

Email address: Laurien.kok@zuyd.nl