About KenVaK

All Dutch educational institutes which offer study programmes in art therapy, dance therapy, dramatherapy, and music therapy take part in the KenVaK research centre. These educational institutes include ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Codarts Rotterdam University of the Arts, HAN University of Applied Sciences, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, University of Applied Sciences Leiden, Stenden University of Applied Sciences, and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, with the latter acting as secretary. KenVaK fine-tunes its research policy with De Federatie Vaktherapeutische Beroepen (the Dutch Federation of Professional Therapeutic Occupations, FVB), and, amongst other things, participates in the FVB’s new structure in terms of knowledge innovation. KenVaK can be regarded as a network-centric organization, and is led by Associate Professor Dr Susan van Hooren. Since September 2014, KenVaK has a special Associate Professor in the person of Dr Xavier Moonen. This special research centre has been named Inclusie van mensen met een licht verstandelijke beperking (Including people with a mild intellectual disability), and is financed by Koraal Groep, an organization for people with an intellectual disability.

KenVaK’s mission is to increase knowledge in the field of arts therapy, so benefiting the quality of education and professional intervention in practice. This has produced three goals:

  1. to increase the knowledge we have about arts therapies by, for example, researching the effects of various arts therapy interventions
  2. to implement this new knowledge in training and professionalizing lecturers
  3. to implement new knowledge in practice and to stimulate the professionalism of arts therapists in practice by means of in-service training and refresher courses.

INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. Esa Ala-Ruona, Finland
Prof. dr. Cheryl Dileo, USA
Dr. Ditty Dokter, UK
Dr. Margaret Hills de Zárate, UK
Prof. dr. David Read Johnson, USA
Dr. Vicky Karkou, UK
Prof. dr. Sabine Koch, Germany
Prof. dr. Lisa Hinz, USA
Prof. dr. Helen Payne, UK
Prof. dr. Diane Waller
Dr. Nisha Sajnani
Prof. dr. Jorg Fachner

20150916 International Advisory Board

Meeting International Advisory Board in Parlermo 16 September 2015:
Programme
Presentation Susan van Hooren (KenVaK – IAB meeting Palermo)
Presentation Ina van Keulen – Simone Kleinlooh (Innovations in Dance Movement Therapy)
Presentation Manon Verdonschot – Martina de Witte ((Be)leef in de wijk)
Presentation Suzanne Haeyen (Effects of Art Therapy in individuals with Personality Disorders cluster B-C)
Presentation Celine Schweizer (What Works in Art Therapy with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders)
Presentation Lisa Hinz (Methodologies in Art Therapy Research)
Presentation Sabine Koch (Research Perspectives in Arts Therapies – Focus Active factors and a theory model)
Presentation Vicky Karkou (Research in Arts Psychotherapies – Some Directions)
Presentation Annemiek Vink (Music therapy working together for outcome!)
Presentation Nisha Sajnani (Research on the Link Between Training and Research)
Presentation Ditty Dokter (KenVaK International Advisory Board)