ECArTE was founded in 1991 and currently comprises between 28 and 32 member institutions
from 13 European countries.
The Consortium‟s work includes:
- Creating stronger European links in the Arts
Therapies through the international exchange of
staff and students. r
- Promoting research into methods of Arts
Therapies practice within Europe. European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education
- Working towards opportunities for international study in Arts Therapies training
- Promoting recognition of qualifications in the Arts Therapies at a European level.
- Supporting the development of appropriate and academically recognised, nationally validated
Higher Education courses for the Arts Therapies.
- Offering opportunities for professional communication at its international conferences.
ECArTE is a Consortium of Universities and
Higher Education Institutions.
Its primary purpose is to represent and
encourage the development of the arts therapies
at a European level, particularly the courses
offering nationally validated and professionally
recognised training for Arts Therapists.
(For the purpose of the Consortium, Arts
Therapies include Art Therapy, Dance-movement
Therapy, Dramatherapy and Music Therapy).
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European Network curriculum development, staff and student
exchange. ECArTE is member to develop recognize - Access to curriculum and syllabus details of standard. It is working towards establishing courses within member institutions. mutual recognition and compatibility in - The opportunity to become part of a network for educational and vocational training for Arts developing Arts Therapies education in Europe. Therapists within the Europe. European Credit - Attendance at regular General Assembly Transfer System (ECTS) as a vehicle for meetings within Europe. developing and maintaining shared standards. - Reduced rates when attending ECArTE events. ECArTE was established with the support of - An established network for research purposes. ERASMUS. - Use of the ECArTE logo and recognition in all publicity and course marketing. Basic criteria for training as an Arts Therapist
ECArTE Membership The General Assembly of ECArTE has drawn
up the following broad and minimum criteria for Applications for Full Membership are invited initial training as an Arts Therapist: from nationally recognised Higher Education The university training should consist of a Institutions providing validated courses which minimum of four years‟ study (1250 or more study meet the basic criteria for initial training as an Arts hours per year). At least one year should focus Therapist agreed by ECArTE. exclusively on specialisation in the Arts Therapies, The second category of membership, i.e. ART THERAPY, DANCE-MOVEMENT Associate Membership, is available for THERAPY, DRAMATHERAPY or MUSIC appropriate institutions seeking to develop THERAPY. courses in this field and which can thereby benefit
from the experience and expertise offered by the Training should include:
Consortium. Normally Associate Membership will - the development of artistic skills
be granted for a maximum of four years following - the study of Arts Therapies theories
which it is anticipated that they will apply for Full - the study related scientific studies
Membership. - supervised clinical practice
The third category, Partner Membership, may - therapeutic experiential work courses should
be given to institutions of Higher Education/ lead to a specific award either in Art Therapy,
Universities that do not qualify for either Full or Dance-movement Therapy, Dramatherapy or
Associate Membership but that hold a legitimate Music Therapy.
partnership involving the Arts Therapies with a
Full Member of the Consortium. By „Legitimate The benefits of ECArTE Membership
Partnership‟ we mean a formally agreed ECArTE is a means of promoting and contractual arrangement – (e.g. a franchise developing, at an international level, the standard arrangement), within the area of Arts Therapies and quality of Arts Therapy education offered by education/ training. member institutions. It also provides member The Consortium also provides a consultancy institutions with a range of benefits: service for institutions wishing to develop Arts - Enhanced opportunities for grants from the EC Therapies training. bureaux (such as ERASMUS/Socrates) for
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Introduction to the directory
This booklet provides country by country profiles of Arts Therapies Education training programmes offered by ECArTE Member
Institutions. It gives the current perspective on Professional Arts Therapies training across the European Community in terms of professional practice and professionalisation.
You will be able to find out:
- which institution offers which course of studies, as well as which areas the programme
- what Art Therapy qualifications are available - the duration of the various courses of study - syllabuses and goals of the various courses of study
Although we have found some common
ground through intense discussions on a real process of convergence, much remains to be done on a European scale, primarily in the following areas:
- setting up membership-wide training standards. - standardising course and curriculum information for prospective students.
- establishing standards for inter-institutional credential equivalencies which correspond to the course work of individual students in their member country institution.
- job mobility throughout Europe for professionals in the field.
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The Master Training Program at the Lemmensinstituut stands for a broad European
orientation. Four times a year a visiting professor from another European country is invited to give
workshops and seminars on specific topics. Specialists from abroad come to inform of their
research results during the annual national congress „Music and Psychiatry‟. Since 2005 the
Lemmensinstituut took the initiative to bring together in an annual symposium the different
European research centres for psychoanalytically informed music therapy. Students participate
actively in exchange programs and organise annually their own European meeting. In 1998 the th European Music Lemmensinstituut hosted the „4 Therapy Congress‟.
Flanders: The “Beroepsvereniging Muziektherapie” Professional context of Art Therapy (Professional Association of Music Therapy)
The two officially recognised training assembles professional music therapists in order centres for Arts Therapies in Belgium are both to guarantee the application of the European located in Flanders (the Dutch speaking part of standards for recognition and to establish a Belgium). The Lemmensinstituut in Leuven is structure of supervision and permanent education. organising a master training program in music-The association works to develop interdisciplinary therapy and the Provincial Hogeschool Limburg a communication and to disseminate information „bachelor after bachelor‟ in art-therapy. Both through a bi-annual journal.
training programs are psychoanalytically informed. The “Nationale Vereniging voor
This embedment in psychoanalysis is Orthoagogische Muziekbeoefening” (National explained by the traditional openness of Association for Orthoagogic Music Practice) was psychoanalysis for the arts and by the intensive established in 1991 to bring together the many theoretical thinking concerning the relationship practitioners who work with disabled people and between art and psyche within the Belgian use music as an ortho(ped)agogic medium. psychoanalytic societies (Belgische School voor The foundation „Music and Therapy‟ was Psychoanalyse/Ecole Belge de Psychanalyse and founded in 1995 and involves the official training the Gezelsxhap voor Psychoanalyse en of music therapy at the „College of Science and Psychotherapie). This approach emphasizes the Art‟, campus Lemmensinstituut, and experts in autonomy of the arts and avoids to consider the legal and financial aspects. It aims at the study artistic practice as only a mean to attempt and research of the psychological components of therapeutic goals. music and musical experience and especially of their therapeutic implications.
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„L‟Association pour la Recherche,
l‟Education et l‟Application de la Musicothérapie‟ (The Association for Research, Education and Application of Music Therapy - A.R.E.A.M.) is in charge of a private training program for the French speaking candidates. It is also organising workshops and lectures and collaborates more and more with its Dutch speaking counterpart.
Master in Music Therapy at the „College of Science and Art‟, campus Lemmensinstituut in
Leuven (Association with the Katholieke
Since 1993 the College has offered a training course leading to a Master‟s Degree in Music Therapy. This full-time education takes 5 years and is organised in cooperation with the University of Leuven. It is the only official training for music therapists in Belgium, recognised by the government.
The Lemmensinstituut is a conservatoire
with a very high reputation and level of training for performing musicians, composition, art of speech, pedagogy of music and music therapy. The Bachelor students in music therapy are required to have a good knowledge of music and good musical skills. The general musical atmosphere and the presence of leading musicians creates the opportunity for the students to take courses with famous performers and music specialists. imprimé le 11.01.05 5
The practicum‟s during the last two years COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ART th year) take place in the (9 months in the 5LEMMENSINSTITUUT LEUVEN University Centre St.-Jozef in Kortenberg. This in collaboration with Kathlieke University of Centre with a very long tradition in the practise of Leuven the Arts Therapies, has a department for music Master of Music Therapy therapy with educational facilities and has qualified music therapists who provide weekly Entry requirements supervision. Higher education certificate. The program concludes with a Master‟s Entrance exam consisting of a music exam and thesis. interviews. Special attention paid to personal Courses: motivation and psychosocial skills. Only 10 Theory of Music Therapy: Bases and students are accepted. Principles of Music Therapy. History of Music Candidates are requested to spend a month in Therapy. Music Therapy in psychiatry. Music a psychiatric or similar institution to Therapy in child psychiatry. Orthoagogic music familiarise themselves with the clinical practice. Theory of methodological work situation. (observation, assessment, diagnosis, treatment plan, evaluation). Research methodology. Duration of Studies Music Therapeutic Methods: General
basic techniques and methods of active Music 5 years: 3 Bachelor and 2 Master. Therapy. Study of Clinical Therapy Course Content Study of case material (with case-
The Bachelor years provide a broad basic description and presentation)
training. The development of the artist is Literature search seminars.
especially accentuated, which enables the future Project learning: Four times a year a
music therapist to speak through and to fully visiting professor from abroad is invited to give understand the language of music. From the third workshops and seminars during one week on year onwards the accent is put on the use of specific topics (i.e. group dynamics, autism, music in a clinical and therapeutic context.