The European Academy of Anthroposophic Art Therapies (EAAAT or EA), is an international foundation of occupation-qualifying training centres. It is recognized as an evaluation and quality assurance instrument for anthroposophic art therapy trainings by the medical section / free college for humanities at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland, and sees its work in connection with these tasks. The common curricula the members of the EA have developed is a comparative curricula which is evaluated according to the specific discipline. The training for Anthroposophic Art Therapists is based on the standards of the respective country and the necessary competencies. The artistic therapies painting, drawing, sculpting, music, song and speech are inherent components of Rudolf Steiner's and Ita Wegman's anthroposophical medicine. The European Academy considers its main task to teach these therapy forms, and to develop and deepen them with research support.
The concept for the complete training course in the EA is the anthroposophical humanities of Rudolf Steiner and the teaching and learning methods developed from this; which extend far beyond mere intellectual exchange. Through these methods knowledge and ability will be established; where Art (empathy), Knowledge (the finding and striving for truth), and Religion (selflessness) have equal value, thus enabling students to develop a balanced relationship of cognitive, emotional and relevant competence. For this, the correlation between anthroposophical findings and those of the natural humanities is important.
Tasks and Aims
In order to warrant the quality of the trainings in a time of changing inner and outer demands, the EA has committed itself to work on quality management and to update it on a regular basis. Especially important for the EA is the preservation of the quality of the anthroposophical content and professional standards of the trainings.
Exchange of experience
In the different trainings special knowledge and experience are collected independently. The level of the trainings is raised by communicating with one another and letting each one take part in the progress of the other, sharing their knowledge. This also furthers the interrelationship between the different disciplines and the trainings.
Developing and furthering research in artistic therapies is an important task for the European Academy. The EA can be used as a coordinating organ between professional practice and the trainings.
In January 1991, on the initiative of Don van Zantwijk, of the Academy De Wervel, at the annual conference of Head teachers of Schools of Art Therapy, the decision was taken to establish an umbrella organisation within the European Union: the EA. The main reasons were: to forge closer links with other institutions, to achieve national and international recognition for anthroposophical art therapy and to secure financial support from the European Union in order to give the existing schools a firmer financial basis and to further scientific research.
On May 1st, 1994 the founding meeting of the EA took place in the Academy De Wervel in Zeist, Holland. Present were: representatives of the educational medical sections, the Medical Collegium, the Anthroposophical Association of the Netherlands, the leaders of the founding schools and their guests. The legal form of a public-law foundation according to the Dutch model was chosen.
On May 15th, 2006, following a ‘yes’ vote of its members, the Board of the EA made the decision also to allow schools from non-EU countries to join the association. Schools from any country may now join the EA.