HISTORY AND CONTEXT

SLOVENIA

HISTORY


The development of postgraduate arts therapies training in Slovenia started in 1991 within the framework of the European Tempus project. In 1996 the programme was recognised by the University of Ljubljana and by the Government of Slovenia (the Board for Higher Education). It was also recognised by ECArTE - European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education in 2001. From the beginning it has run as an international part-time programme. Every year up to six guest teachers and experts in the arts therapies from abroad are invited to cooperate in running the courses. Since its inception, approximately 100 part-time students have participated annually. There is no financial support for study from the government, and only a few students receive scholarships from their institutions. Most students are self-funded.




TRAINING


Before 2009 the postgraduate arts therapies training programme was running on the level of specialisation. According to the Bologna European higher education system the programme progressed to Masters level and, in 2012, was accredited by the Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Education at Masters level started in the academic year 2012/13. Four arts therapy modalities are offered: art, dance-movement, drama and music. More information on the Arts Therapy programme at the University of Ljubljana can be found at: http://www.pef.uni-lj.si/818.html




PROFESSION


The profession is not yet recognised or regulated in Slovenia. Graduates are able to practice as arts therapists mostly in the context of their undergraduate qualifications (principally as teachers, educators, psychologists, etc.) or in private practice. The Slovenian Arts Therapists Association was founded in 2004 and represents all the arts therapy modalities. One of its main tasks is to establish the arts therapies as a recognised profession. The Association promotes arts therapies in Slovenia, organizes professional meetings, publishes proceedings and other written material of authors from Slovenia and beyond. It also serves as a network for Slovenian arts therapists across the arts therapy modalities (about 40 in 2011), students and other professionals interested in arts therapies. Altogether there are over 60 arts therapists who work in different institutions (20 dance-movement, 25 visual arts, 10 drama, 6 music): 14 therapists in hospitals and clinics, about 40 in schools (mainstream and special education), 2 in private practice, 2 in community centres for social work, 2 therapists in community centres for cultural work. Some work in more than one setting.




RESEARCH


This information will be added in due course





EUROPEAN CONSORTIUM FOR ARTS THERAPIES EDUCATION