Become a member

A. The European Academy has two kinds of membership:

  1. Accredited Member (see section II – accreditation process)
  2. Associate (Cooperating) Member (download information sheet PDF)

Accredited membership is for training/study and post graduate courses that lead to the professional qualification of 'Anthroposophic Arts Therapist'. Further trainings that build on a previous profession can also become accredited members of EA.

If an initiative or an existing training/study course opts to join the EA as an Associate (Cooperating) Member it is primarily an engagement on a spiritual level. Through its associate (cooperating) membership, an initiative or institution expresses its spiritual commitment to the following aims and objectives: A willingness to

  • Connect with the ideals of the Medical Section
  • Participate in the January meeting of training course directors (non-voting)
  • Share research and research intentions with colleagues
  • Contribute towards the further development of Anthroposophic Arts Therapy
  • Discuss and share organisational and curriculum issues with other schools/colleges
  • Engage in discussions that support the accreditation process

Associate (cooperating) membership of the EA can be declared on the website of the relevant institution. Associate (cooperating) membership does not however grant the right to use the title 'Anthroposophic Arts Therapist'.

The status of associate (cooperating) membership does not imply the recognition of a training according to EA criteria. The initiative/training/study course of an Associate (Cooperating) Member is therefore not recognised as such by the Medical Section. Recognition of a training as a full member of the EA is only achieved by successfully completing the accreditation process referred to above.

Training and post graduate courses and initiatives seeking accreditation through the European Academy (EA) of the Medical Section, can express this intention by becoming associate (cooperating) members and structuring their curriculum in line with the list of competences. The criteria for the different types of membership are found in the handbooks. The relevant handbook gives the list of competences and indicates the minimum number of hours and length of training required.

An individual cannot become a member of the EA in their own right, but only as a representative of a training or training initiative.

B. The Accreditation Process

There are three ways to become an accredited member of EA:

  1. As an established training or study course leading to an Anthroposophic Arts Therapy qualification that is of at least three years in duration and includes 3000 verifiable learning hours. → Handbook for the accreditation of qualifying training, study and further training courses in Anthroposophie Arts Therapy (Download PDF)
  2. As a post graduate course leading to an Anthroposophic Arts Therapy qualification that is of at least three years duration and includes 1500 verifiable hours of training. → Handbook for the accreditation of qualifying training, study and further training courses in Anthroposophie Arts Therapy (Download PDF)
  3. As a post graduate training in art therapy that permits existing professionals to use art therapy but does not lead to an Anthroposophic Arts Therapy qualification. A minimum of 750 learning hours is required but there is no minimum training period (in months or years). → Handbook for the accreditation of further training courses authorizing graduates to apply Anthroposophie Arts Therapy in their own profession (Download PDF)

The costs of each can be found in the list of current charges (Download PDF)

Before making a formal application, it can be helpful to approach an existing (EA registered) institution to can act as a mentor and help with the required documentation and processing of the application. Any questions regarding this should be directed to the secretariat: lindau.s@gmx.de

All documents submitted to the EA secretariat (Simone Lindau, Murg (D), E-Mail: lindau.s@gmx.de) are checked through by the re-accreditation team (RAK). They are then forwarded for verification to nominated assessment officers. To complete the accreditation process an assessment officer visits the applicant institution in order to gain a direct personal impression of it. Once all the procedures have been successfully completed, the assessment officer recommends to council that the training or study course be accepted as a member of the EA. Once the application is approved the training/study course receives a signed confirmation of membership from both the EA Council and the Medical Section.

Graduates completing their course will then receive an appropriate confirmation from the EA as a supplement to their graduation certificate.