Global Representatives 2018/2019



Kirsten Meyer     



The creative arts therapies in Australia are an emerging and growing profession. Music and art therapy have been well established for over 40 years with both training and professional practice. Dance and drama therapy are less strongly developed.

Kirsten Meyer is a UK trained dramatherapist with 20 years of experience spanning South Africa and Australia. She has worked in clinical, educational and community settings, with a particular interest in group work and the intertwining of the psychological, social and political dimensions of stasis and change. She co-founded the Zakheni Arts Therapy Foundation in South Africa, with the aim of working collaboratively across arts therapy modalities and with communities. She completed her PhD in 2017 and currently works with families experiencing family violence, and as the coordinator of the Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit at the University of Melbourne.                  




Mirososlav Prstačić



In Croatia, Professional education in arts therapies is offered within interdisciplinary studies at various universities (Zagreb, Osijek, Split), but the professional title of arts therapist is not recognized. Such titles as analytical art psychotherapist, creative art therapist, music-, education and dance-movement- or (psycho)drama- therapist are used internally in educational and/or clinical practice.

Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb offers a study module (4th/5th year of study) entitled Rehabilitation, Sophrology, Creative Therapy and Art-Expressive Therapies. The first postgraduate and doctoral studies were organized in 2003, approved by Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia. 

Croatian Association of Psycho-social Oncology, Sophrology and Arts in Therapy (CAPOSART) was established 25 years ago, with the objective of promoting and developing research, multi-modal, multidisciplinary and complementary approaches to Arts and Science in the development of life potentials.

Prof.emer .Dr Miroslav Prstačić  Master of Medical sciences (MMD) PhD.

University Professor - of Psychosomatic and Sophrology, Psycho-social oncology, Creative Therapy and Arts psychotherapies, for many years at the University of Zagreb.  Founder and head of the Department for Studies on Motor Disturbances, Chronic Diseases and Art-therapies; Dean and Professor of Creative therapy, during 15 years, at Art Academy University of Split; Professor emeritus at the University Herzegovina.  

Developed ecological-holistic (ECO-HOL) model which focuses on the study and support of human life potential, incorporating various areas of knowledge such as bio-medical, humanistic studies, multiculturalism, sophrology, social and other sciences, including the Arts. Published scientific and professional papers, and a number of books in the Croatian, French, Greek, and English language. Chairperson: international Symposiums in Croatia: "Arts and Science in the Development of Life Potentials". Founder and president: CAPOSART. 


Katerina Robertson



Arts Therapies in Greece: Dramatherapy was established in Athens in 1986, when Dr. Sue Jennings first came to Greece and began a training course with other Greek colleagues. A few years later, Dr. Ann Cattanach in collaboration with Sue Jennings began a training course in Playtherapy. Many other well-known international Dramatherapists contributed to the trainings. About six years later, art therapy training began, followed a few years later by dance therapy and finally music therapy. There are training centres in Athens and Thessaloniki. The duration of the trainings vary from one year to four, some are certified by the Greek state and others are not.

Playtherapy is very popular, as it is the only therapy which specializes in therapy for children. However, the other art therapies are also doing well.

Katerina Couroucli-Robertson, PhD, Reg. DTA, Dramatherapist, Psychotherapist, Teacher in Special Education, Supervisor. Full member of the British Association for Dramatherapists. Founder member and secretary of the Panhellenic Professional Association of Dramatherapy and Playtherapy. Certified member of the European Association for Psychotherapy. She works as a Dramatherapist and supervisor at the ‘Herma’ Institute of Dramatherapy and Playtherapy, where she is the head of studies. She is a visiting lecturer at the University of Thessaly on the programme “Counselling in Special Education, Education and Health”. She also works as a volunteer, running a music and theatre group consisting of people with different handicaps under the auspices of V.S.A. HELLAS.


Oihika Chakrabarti



The field of creative arts therapies is evolving in India, yet there is no formal training available in the field today. With visible interest growing and many short term courses available, it has resulted in many practising without sufficient training. Therefore there is a need for formal training to mobilize the community towards ethical practice. A view towards setting up ethical standards propelled the formation of The Art Therapy Association of India this year (2019), a recent addition to the Creative Movement Therapy Association of India and the Expressive Arts Therapy Association of India working on the ground.

Oihika Chakrabarti, a pioneering Art Psychotherapist completed her post graduate training in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths College, University of London on a Commonwealth Scholarship. She set up the first Art Psychotherapy service through TISS at the Wadia Childrens Hospital in Mumbai in 1999. As a practitioner for two decades, Oihika has extensive experience in clinical, rehabilitative, developmental and training settings. Currently she divides her time between clinical practice in Kolkata, her Professional Doctorate in Art Therapy at Mount Mary University in the US and non-profit work through Manahkshetra Foundation, which she spearheaded in 2004, aimed at using art therapy for psychosocial change in India.


Hilda Wengrower



In a country that has approximately 8,855.000 inhabitants, there are 6 art therapy training programmes, 4 for dance movement therapy, 3 for music therapy, 2 for dramatherapy, one for bibliotherapy. Psychodrama has been included in two training institutions that also teach arts therapies. Around 7,000 arts therapists work in official facilities supported by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social Welfare. Experts in trauma and post-trauma work in the Ministry of Defence.

Education of professionals is at masters’ level and is given at academic institutions such as universities and colleges supervised by the Council of Higher Education and following guidelines formulated by the Ministry of Health. More information can be found at the website of the Israeli Assoc. for Creative Arts Therapies (Yahat).

Hilda Wengrower, Ph.D., Dance Movement Therapist, teaches DMT and gives supervision to colleagues in Israel and internationally; has published papers on subjects related to arts therapies in educational settings, DMT with children with behavioural disorders, migration and arts based research. She is the head of the DMT section in Yahat and is book reviews editor of the International Journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. The book co-edited with Sharon Chaiklin, The Art and Science of Dance Movement Therapy has been published in Spanish, two English editions, Korean, German, Russian and Hebrew.


Salvo Pitruzzella



In Italy, Arts Therapies started spreading in the Nineties, even though the first pioneering trainings date from the Seventies. They are applied in many contexts; the traditional fields are those of mental health and learning disabilities, with an appreciable increase in the area of the autistic spectrum. In recent years, there has been an expansion in three areas: supporting ageing, with a particular interest in Alzheimer’s disease; interventions with migrants; and prevention of bullying in schools.

Most of the arts therapist work in public or private structures, especially in Northern Italy, and those doing private practice are still a minority.

Arts Therapies are not recognized professions; however, in 2015, a voluntary regulation was signed by the major national associations, under the supervision of the Ministry of Work and Social Policies, which states clearly the competencies that an arts therapist should have, as well as the standards of the training programmes.

Salvo Pitruzzella is Dramatherapy course leader at the ‘Centro ArtiTerapie’, Lecco ( Professor of Arts Education at the Fine Arts Academies of Palermo and Bari, Italy. Honorary Member of the SPID (Società Professionale Italiana di Drammaterapia), on behalf of which he attends the Executive Committee of the EFD (European Federation of Dramatherapy).

He has published widely on dramatherapy, educational theatre, and creativity theories, and since 2013 he has been co-editor of ECArTE conference publications.



Martha Llanos



As a new person for Latin America Region, Martha Llanos Zuloaga has started the connections to share all the work that is ongoing in the Art field in a Region characterized by an enormous creativity, by the original cultures and new visions. A Region trying to put the Arts at a status of Academic recognition and give a solid platform for the therapeutic approach. For 2019, as a representative of ECArTE, she would love to communicate a dialogue in both directions.

Martha Llanos Zuloaga from Peru is an active advocator of the power of the Arts in every human being life. A world traveller a Biodancer, Theatre of the Oppressed Practitioner, Storyteller, Writer and currently involve in Psychodrama and Playback theatre training.

Her formal training has been in Peru and Europe where she gained her Masters in research methods in Social Psychology (Strathclyde University-Scotland) and PhD in the Netherlands in the field of Child Psychology. She is also a Play Therapist.

Her stronger informal knowledge and experience comes from living extended periods of her life with indigenous people from all Continents. Indigenous communities offer the power of their ancestral wisdom, ceremonies and rituals. Her life mission is Peacebuilding and children and women rights worldwide. She has created a Peace Ambassadors programme  (Embajadores de Paz) to promote and sustain the values needed for a solid peaceful world. She works with small children, parents and teachers using all Arts but mainly knitted finger puppets, based on children stories and knitted by indigenous women in Peru.


Wita Szulc



In Poland there are three models of education in Arts Therapy. The most popular are university postgraduate studies and short courses for teachers. There is currently no separate regular full-time study and training in the arts therapies is always with another science – pedagogy, social or health science.

Wita Szulc: Education: Secondary School of Music, Librarienship, Classical Philology (MA), Culture Studies (PhD), Pedagogy (habilitation,1995), Certificated Counselor in Family Problems. Worked as Culture Therapist on The University of Medical Sciences in Poznań (1984 – 2003). Professor and Head of The Department of Elementary Education and Arts Therapies at The A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan (1996-2004) and in the same Department at The Wroclaw University (2004 – 2011); next, professor on The Witelon State University of Applied Sciences in Legnica.  Specialisation: History and theories of AT, bibliotherapy, education in AT. Cooperation with ECArTE since 1994. Introduced Wrocław University as a first Polish educational institution to achieve membership with ECArTE (2007). Author of the first book in Poland on CAT and own conception of “Culture Therapy”” (1988/1994). She is an author of 13 books and over 200 articles. Presented paper and posters on ECArTE conferences (Ferrara 1994, London 1996, Luxemburg 2011, Krakow 2017.) Co- founder (2003) and first president of The Association of Polish Arts Therapists “Kajros”.

Southeast Asia

Wai Ying Lee



Art therapy and music therapy are striving and gradually gaining confidence amongst the public. However, there is still a vast pool of individuals having misconception of the difference between community arts and arts therapies. The gap is still wide and outreach effort strongly needs the support of the respective authorities/stakeholders when monetary is concerned. Drama and movement therapy is shaped by the needs of demographic population and also the respective cultural perceptions of the diverse ethnicities in Singapore.

Presently, Wai Ying Lee’s dramatherapy practice has transited from providing therapy service at the outpatient clinic to the acute ward for geriatric patients with/without dementia and/or depression/Behavioural & Psychological Symptoms of Dementia. At this juncture, the practice is still in process to root. A long winding journey ensues since September 2012, after graduating with a Master of Arts in Drama and Movement Therapy from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Besides the role as a clinical arts therapist, she designs and facilitates creative arts/drama experiential programmes to enhance active ageing within the community and, also participates in care management with a multidisciplinary team for older adults living with mild intellectual disability in home-based settings.


Birgitta Englund



The arts therapies have developed over the last 60 years in Sweden and there is an increasing demand for art, music and dance/movement therapy. Art therapy education at advanced level is given at Umeå University. A few private institutes also offer training courses.

Most of the educated art therapists are employed in their first profession in a variety of settings: health care, special education, rehabilitation, palliative care, etc. Sadly, the few Art therapy posts we had in Sweden have been converted to other professions. The requirement for evidence has contributed to the withdrawal of services.

Seven art therapists educated at Umeå University have continued their studies and taken a doctorate in their own discipline - social work, nursing, education and psychotherapy. Several art therapists have taken an additional University Diploma in psychotherapy to become authorized as registered psychotherapists.

Birgitta Englund, senior lecturer in Art Therapy, Umeå University. She is founder and coordinator of the Master programme in Art Therapy since the start in 1997. For the last ten years, she has also been a board member of the Swedish National Association for Art Therapists, and is still a member of the council issuing authorisation for art therapists.


Christine Kerr



Art Therapy in the United States is currently being accredited by CAHEEP.  Art therapists actively seek licensure in their home states.

Christine Kerr, Ph.D., A.T.R.-BC, LCAT is the Director of Clinical Art Therapy Programs at LIU, Post  New York. Dr. Kerr holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has been a practising board certified clinical art therapist for over 40 years. Dr. Kerr maintains an active private practice and her main focus is family and couples therapy. She spearheaded, edited and authored the recognized title Family Art Therapy, published by Taylor-Rutledge (245 pages). This text has been translated into six languages. It is currently being translated into Russian. In 2015, Dr. Kerr, published the first International Multicultural Family Art Therapy (480 pages). 

Roles and Responsibilities of Global Representatives 

Our Global Representatives play an important role in raising awareness of ECArTE’s aims and activities in countries across the world, which are not already represented by a Full, Associate or Partner ECArTE Member Representative.

Global Representatives are ambassadors for ECArTE and the official contact persons for the Consortium in the geographical regions which they represent.

Global and Regional Representatives should subscribe to the mission and aims of the Consortium, as presented on the official website

Main responsibilities:

These may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • developing opportunities to make known the work of ECArTE to groups and individuals, training institutions, professional bodies and agencies associated with the arts therapies in your region
  • building a regional list of contacts for the promotion of ECArTE conferences to arts therapists, arts therapy trainees and professionals from associated disciplines – alerting them to calls for papers and booking arrangements
  • liaising with the ECArTE Administrator to receive promotional information and forwarding enquiries as appropriate ( email: )
  • (for those attending an ECArTE conference) identifying and greeting delegates from your region and providing introductions into the wider ECArTE conference community
  • acting as contact person to ECArTE editorial groups to promote writers from your region 
  • acting as a contact person through the year to the Board, reporting on arts therapy developments, concerns and issues in your region
  • serving a four-year term, which is renewable by invitation



The line of communication for Global Representatives is directly to and from the Honorary President of ECArTE, who liaises closely with the Executive Board on all matters relating to global representation for the Consortium.

Representatives are asked to report briefly on the work they have carried out for the Consortium once each year (by end of February) and are invited to share first-hand knowledge of developments in arts therapy and arts therapy education in their region on the ECArTE website.


Global Representatives are appointed by the Executive Board of ECArTE by invitation.

Reduced Conference fee

A Global Representative is offered a reduced-rate place at ECArTE conferences during his/her term of office.

Additional advantages

Names of the Global Representatives will be included in the Conference Handbook and on the ECArTE website. This is an official position within the Consortium, which you may include on your CV and other relevant documents.



Sarah Scoble

Hon. President ECArTE


SLS/12.04.16 (revised 22.01.18). Passed by ECArTE Board, February 2018




22nd to 25th September 2021, Vilnius University, Lithuania, Vilnius Academy of Arts


Announcing the CALL FOR PAPERS for the ECArTE Conference 2021, Vilnius, LITHUANIA.  Go to the Conference area for further details.