Recently, healthcare professionals and researchers in the Netherlands have set up initiatives aimed at developing care and support services in the community which are especially geared towards people with a mild intellectual disability and associated conditions. The aim of these initiatives is to reduce the number of people with mild intellectual disabilities who are referred or re-referred to in-patient care as much as possible, with the view of enabling these people to live in their own home, enjoying a good quality of life, for as long as possible. It is...
(Be)Leef in de wijk – RAAK Publiek
| Drs Manon Verdonschot, Prof dr Susan van Hooren, Marij Berghs, MDTh, Marcella Winkelmolen-Hodiamont MSc, Barbara Krantz MA, BC-MT, Jan de Lange MSc
Nowadays, there is a large demand to prove the effectiveness of arts therapies and increase the evidence of this. When researching the effectiveness of these therapies, questionnaires are often used or research is based on the experiences of clients. Due to therapies' experiential and activity-oriented nature, it is conceivable that we need to study more unconscious processes by performing measurements on the body in order to produce a picture of the effects of these therapies. Within the framework of the project 'Creative Minds,' a community of practice will be...
Arousal Regulation through Music Therapy in People with Mild Intellectual Disabilities (MID)
| Martina de Witte, MMTh, Prof dr Susan van Hooren, Prof dr Xavier Moonen, Prof Dr Geert-Jan Stams
The main goal of this PhD project focuses on creating empirical evidence regarding the effective factors of music on reducing arousal in people with mild intellectual disability (MID) and stress related problems. People with MID experience more stress than people without intellectual disabilities. Because of their cognitive disabilities, it is important to develop experiential interventions for stress regulation. Previous research shows music can lower arousal levels and these calming effects of music positively affects health and well-being. Music has been also established as an effective intervention to reduce acute stress in all kinds of settings. Music therapists use musical techniques...
Art therapy: observation in art therapy
| Dr. Ingrid Penzes-Driessen
The main goal of observations and diagnoses made within art therapy is to gain insights into clients' psychological processes. These insights act as a guideline to decide whether and why art therapy is called for and which goals can be formulated. This supports the art therapist in carrying out art therapy practices that help to improve clients' psychological well-being. This research focuses on developing knowledge about the relation between psychological processes and how these processes manifest themselves while clients participate in art therapy. Concepts such as the properties of...
Art therapy for children with autism spectrum problems
| Celine Schweizer, MATh
Children with autism are often referred to art therapy sessions. This is because they suffer from communication problems, often have a negative image of themselves, and have behavioural problems (Schweizer et al., 2014). However, little is currently known about the effects and the effectiveness of the treatment. This PhD research consists of four phases:
Art therapy for personality disorders….. does it work?
| Dr. Suzanne Haeyen, MATh
This two-part research project focuses on art therapy amongst patients with Cluster B and C personality disorders. The first part concerns the development of an effective, practicable, and specific arts therapy feedback instrument for this target group. The art therapy can be monitored and, if required, adjusted through the systematic use of patient feedback. We will test the art therapy feedback instrument (BTV-PS b/c) according to its reliability, validity, and usability, and will also compile instructions on how to use it. We will use the questionnaire as a basis to...
Specialised music education of children
| Drs Elisabeth Dumont
Amongst other things, this research will further explore the effect of specialized music educatoin on the mental and physical functioning of children aged between six and nine years old. Specialised music education aims to encourage the child to further develop his or her musical, cognitive, emotional, and motor abilities. Given the impact of executive functions on learning conditions and learning achievements, this research specifically hones in on the effects this method has on executive functioning. Using an experiment-like approach, the project will gather data regarding the executive functioning, learning achievements, and...
Implementation route for ‘m’n Mattie’ – ZonMw
| , Prof. dr. Susan van Hooren
The current psychiatric treatment of children and young people consists primarily of classic therapies which take place at the mental health care facility. However, interviews with young people have shown that they would prefer to be contacted via Internet or social media. The use of interactive media, game elements, and applied games is also an effective method of motivating young people to alter their behaviour. Mental health care facilities have developed the app 'M'n Mattie' ('My Mate') to give young people and their parents more control over their treatment...
(Cost-)Effectiveness of Drama therapeutic Self-esteem Intervention (DSI) as an add-on therapy for social anxiety disorders
| Drs Manon Verdonschot, Prof. dr. Susan van Hooren
Social anxiety disorder Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is the most common anxiety disorder with an estimated lifetime prevalence of 9,3% (Graaf, 2012). It is characterized by an intense fear and avoidance of social situations. The burden associated with this disorder is substantial (Ruscio, 2008). Persons with SAD report more problems with activities in daily life, more difficulties in forming relationships, lower health, and reduced wellbeing compared to the general population (netwerk kwaliteitsontwikkeling GGZ, in prep.; Dryman, e.a., 2016). Rates of unemployment and number of missed hours of work are higher...
Stay tuned – ZonMw
| Gemmy Willemars, MATh, Prof. dr. Susan van Hooren, Drs. Anneke Menger
Stay Tuned focuses on the working relationship between arts therapists and young people who are involuntarily admitted to a mental health institution. Arts therapists indicate that fostering a working relationship, which is also referred to as a 'working alliance,' between the young people and the therapist is an important component in their therapy. General factors such as empathy, trust, and safety play an important role within the working alliance between the young person and the arts therapist. Therapists believe a working alliance makes a crucial contribution to achieving goals:...
Gaming in therapy – RAAK publiek
| Prof dr Susan van Hooren
In the Netherlands, around 175,000 children and young people struggle with the effects of a mental disorder which restricts them in varying degrees in their day-to-day life (Dutch Association of Mental Health and Addiction Care , 2015). Despite the availability of effective treatments, it is not possible to provide effective treatment to a considerable number of young people. The 'Games 4 Therapy' project by RAAK is a cooperative project between institutions offering prospective healthcare professionals practical training and knowledge centres. It aims to develop an applied game which...
Timing in music therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder – promotie and post doc
In her doctoral thesis entitled Geteilte Zeit - gemeinsame Zeit: Entwicklung eines Messinstruments zum Timing in der Musiktherapie mit autistischen Kindern' (Shared time - time together: Development of a measuring instrument for timing in music therapy with autistic children), Kathinka Poismans describes the measuring instruments she calls 'InTiME,' an acronym which stands for 'Instrument for Timing in Music Therapy Evaluation'. The instrument measures the timing in the musical interaction between the music therapists and the autistic child. People with autism demonstrate divergent timing within social interactions. For instance, they...
Music therapy in people with dementia – promotion
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Arts therapies within youth forensic institutions – RAAK Publiek
| Gemmy Willemars, MATh, Julie Kil, Dr. Henk Smeijsters
The project, which ran from 2009 to 2011, was carried out to develop effective best practices in the field of arts therapies within youth forensic institutions for young people and secured youth mental health care units. In 2011, the project was awarded the prize for the best practically-oriented research by the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences. The results from this project are described in a framework document for all arts therapies and five e-books. Please see the 'publications' section on this site. This project was made possible by...
Innovative arts therapies in the mental health care facility – RAAK publiek
| Prof. dr. Susan van Hooren, Drs. Lia van der Maas, Drs. Henriette Visser
The project, which ran between 2011 to 2013, was the product of a specific request from the arts therapists at the Vincent van Gogh mental health care facility to receive support for the development of new interventions for integrated care. The project aims to develop efficient and effective arts therapies, or 'best practices,' for people with mental health disorders, which will be applied in the new practice of integrated care. These interventions were developed by creating communities or practices within the organization, after which the interventions were evaluated by...
Arts therapies in youth work – RAAK publiek
| Gemmy Willemars, MATh, Nanon Janssen, MDMTh, Peter Daemen, Elsa van den Broek, MDTh, Dr. Tineke Schoot
Within the framework of this project, which ran from 2011 to 2013, arts therapists and youth workers joined forces to develop, carry out, and evaluate innovative interventions. The goal of these interventions was to empower vulnerable young people in the community. Vulnerable young people are those who are confronted with an accumulation of problems which have a negative impact on their development and which can lead to psychosocial issues, problem behaviour, troublemaking, and delinquency. The RAAK programme began by taking stock of literature, expert knowledge, and ongoing projects in order to better...