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Marc Willemsen and Ingrid Pènzes

Ending the era of the solitary lecturer. Moving towards a new communal narrative in Dutch arts therapies education enhancing students’ research ability.

The various arts therapies bachelor programmes in the Netherlands are constantly adjusting and developing courses to improve the quality of their education. They do this individually, separate from each other. Recently, lectures from five arts therapies programmes, already collaborating within KenVaK (a joint centre for arts therapies research), arrived at a memorable idea to break through this culture, to join forces instead of individually developing education. They decided to work together on education that enhances the ability of students to research (i.e., developing a curious and critical attitude, the ability to handle an evidence-based approach and to conduct practice-based research). This resulted in the initiation of the project MOOV-on, a project financially supported by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

MOOV-on has three aims: to develop a shared vision regarding education that improves the research abilities of students; to exchange educational materials via an open and online platform; and to further develop these materials in co-operation. This will result in 'state of the art' learning materials in an online research community that will increase the quality of the bachelor programmes. In the long term, students can also join this community and specific components may be made available to therapists from the professional arts therapies field to benefit from it.
In this presentation, we would like to take you along the road towards this new communal narrative in arts therapies education and to discuss the choices we have made.
Het beëindigen van het tijdperk van de solitaire docent. Op weg naar een nieuw gemeenschappelijk narratief in het Nederlandse Vaktherapie-onderwijs om het onderzoekend vermogen van de studenten te vergroten.

De verschillende Nederlandse bacheloropleidingen Vaktherapie zijn voortdurend bezig met het aanpassen en ontwikkelen van cursussen om de kwaliteit van hun opleidingen te verbeteren. Ze doen dit individueel; gescheiden van elkaar. Onlangs kwamen docenten van vijf verschillende Vaktherapie opleidingen, die al samenwerkten binnen KenVaK (een samenwerkingsverband voor onderzoek naar de vaktherapieën), op het gedenkwaardige idee om deze cultuur te doorbreken. En in plaats van afzonderlijk van elkaar onderwijs te ontwikkelen, juist de krachten te bundelen. Ze besloten om samen te werken aan het onderwijs dat het onderzoekend vermogen van de student vergroot. Onder onderzoekend vermogen wordt verstaan: het hebben van een onderzoekende en kritische houding, het vermogen om evidence-based te kunnen werken en praktijkgericht onderzoek te kunnen doen.
Dit resulteerde in de start van het project “MOOV-on” (Materiaal Openstellen Onderzoekonderwijs Vaktherapie Online); een project dat financieel wordt ondersteund door het Ministerie van Onderwijs Cultuur en Wetenschappen. Het doel van MOOV-on is om een gedeelde visie op onderwijs te ontwikkelen die het onderzoekend vermogen van studenten vergroot, om educatief materiaal uit te wisselen en om dit materiaal in samenwerking verder te ontwikkelen. Dit resulteert uiteindelijk in 'state of the art' leermateriaal voor en door docenten binnen een online onderzoeksgemeenschap, waardoor de kwaliteit van de programma's wordt verhoogd. Op de lange termijn kunnen studenten ook lid worden van deze gemeenschap en kunnen onderdelen beschikbaar worden gesteld voor Vaktherapeuten uit het werkveld om hiervan te profiteren.
In deze presentatie nemen we je graag mee op weg naar dit nieuwe gemeenschappelijke narratief in het Vaktherapie-onderwijs en gaan we graag in gesprek over de verschillende keuzes die we hebben gemaakt.

Marc Willemsen

Marc Willemsen, MA, is a registered dramatherapist, a senior lecturer at the HU University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and connected to KenVaK. He initiated the shared practice Het Speelvlak and joined 1nP. As a puppet-player of Wolkentheater he created plays for refugee children. He is a graduate of the Institute for Developmental Transformations, a registered psychodrama therapist, supervisor and group-therapist. He is an EFD board member and training director of DvT Netherlands North.

Marc Willemsen, Recent Publications

Willemsen, M. (in press). Reclaiming the body and restoring a bodily self in drama therapy: A case study of sensory-focused trauma-centred Developmental Transformations for survivors of father–daughter incest. Drama Therapy Review.

Willemsen, M. (2019). Workshop: Express Stress. Congress ‘Towards evidence based therapeutic interventions in youth care’. NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences and Accare Child Study Center, Leeuwarden.

Willemsen, M. (2018). Presentation: Cycling across the boundaries of grief. Applying Developmental Transformations for contemporary tailored and integrated grief treatment. Conference: ‘Borders in Action’, European Federation of Dramatherapy, Nürtingen, Germany.

Willemsen, M. (2018). Keynote: Failure to arrive. Traces of absent spaces. European DvT conference ‘Into the deep forest’, DADA Extraart, Prague, Czech Republic.

Willemsen, M. (2018). Entangled in neglected loss. Integrated handling of loss experiences with Developmental Transformations and varielation. In: Claes, G., Maes, J., Modderman, H. (Reds.) Making room for loss and grief in therapy. Leuven / The Hague: ACCO.

Ingrid Pénzes

Ingrid Pénzes is head of the arts therapies bachelor programme at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. She co-leads the MOOV-on project; a collaboration of five Dutch universities of applied sciences to provide further academic development for research education for arts therapies.
Some of her main ambitions are to strengthen the connection between practice-based research, education and clinical practice. She believes that collaboration leads to continuous improvement of arts therapies training.
She completed her PhD dissertation in Social Sciences at Radboud University in 2020, entitled ‘Art form and mental health. Studies on art therapy observation and assessment in adult mental health’. Before that she graduated cum laude from the bachelor art therapy programme at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and obtained her master’s degree in Health Sciences with specialization in Mental Health Sciences at Maastricht University.
As an art therapist she worked with people with diverse psychosocial problems and mental disorders.

Recent Publications

Pénzes, I. (2020). Art form and mental health. Studies on art therapy observation and
assessment in adult mental health. (Doctoral Dissertation). Nijmegen, Netherlands: Behavioural Science Institute.

Pénzes, I., van Hooren, S., Dokter, D. & Hutschemaekers, G. (2020). Formal elements of art
products indicate aspects of mental health. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.572700

Pénzes, I., Hooren van, S., Dokter, D., & Hutschemaekers, G. (2018). How art therapists observe mental health using formal elements in art products; structure and variation as indicators for balance and adaptability. Frontiers in Psychology.

Pénzes, I. & Abeling-Boselie, D.(2018). Presentation and workshop: Art therapy and adaptability. Conference ‘From experience to insight’, Open University, Heerlen, Netherlands.

Pénzes, I., Hooren van, S., Dokter, D., Smeijsters, H. & Hutschemaekers, G. (2015). Material interaction and art product in art therapy assessment in adult mental health. Arts & Health. An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 8(3), 213-228. doi: 10.1080/17533015.2015.1088557

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