Let us invite you behalf of International Association of Music Therapy (MAUT)which was established with the aim of promoting art therapies in the Czech Republic and behalf of Akademie Alternativa s.r.o. which is an institution accredited by the Ministry of Education and focused on education in the field of art therapies

To our 5th annual International Conference 2015.
5th International Conference on Art Therapies 2015.
Date: 10th of October 2015
The venue:  CARITAS – Higher professional school of Social Work Olomouc
  Křižkovského 6, 772 00 Olomouc 


Mgr. Niek Ghekiere (Belgium)
 Dance motion therapy / Authentic motion
World-renowned dance motion therapists from Belgium. The president of Belgium association of dance motion therapy and director of the large therapeutic centre Agape that focuses on studying and research in the field of dance motion therapy.

Mgr. Helga Neira (Austria)
From 1964 to 2006 Helga Neira-Zugasti was a general teacher for people with mental and physical handicaps in schools. In 1970 she began teaching rhythmic music education. Helga was lecturer in didactics for persons with specials needs and inclusion at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (1995-2014). Her publications include “Rhythmik als Unterrichtshilfe bei behinderten Kindern” (1981) and she has presented at conferences in Oxford, Monterrey, Avinyó, Trossingen and Heek amongst others. She actually is involved in different INCLUSION projects such as forming inclusive music groups, inclusive housing and inclusive scientific investigation for deaf children.

Mgr. Marie Beníčková, Ph.D.
Music therapy 
Co-founder and director of therapeutic school Akademie Alternativa s.r.o., the leader of working group for establishing Music therapist and Art therapist as a profession, secretary of International association of Music therapy, Czech representative for World federation of Music therapy, the president of Czech Music Association for Music Therapy (CHS-SPHT) and the president of General Committee of International Association of Music Therapy.

Mgr. Petr Exler, Ph.D.
Art therapy and Art philetics 
Lecturer at Art department of Palacký University, Olomouc, lecturer of art therapy and art philetics lections and workshops. Artist and the member of Visual Artists of Olomouc city Union, the member of Czech section INSEA and the member of visual art section UUR ZUS at MS MT Praha.

Doc. PaedDr. Marie Blahutková, Ph.D
Dance therapy and psychomotorics 
Psychologist, university lecturer, cice president of the Association of Psychologists in Sports (CZ), the member of FEPSACU (European Association of Psychologist in Sports), the member of Czech Kinanthropological Association, psychologist of professional sportsmen and long term lecturer of psychology, sport gymnastic, psychomotorics and dance therapy.

Mgr. Petr Škranc
Music therapy
Music therapist and special educator with many years of experience in Day Care Centre for clients with intellectual and physical impairments, president of International Association of Art therapy (Czech Republic).

Mgr. Tomáš Beníček
Art therapy and Dance therapy
Co-founder and secretary of the art therapy school Akademie Alternativa s.r.o., member of the working group for establishing Art therapy as profession (NSP II) and vice president of General Committee of International Association of Art Therapies. Special educator and art therapist working with dance motion therapy.

Mgr. Josef Zajíček
Drama therapy, Theatre therapy and moderator 
Drama therapist from Brno, long time educator, the president of Drama Therapy Association at International Association of Art Therapies and founder of two theatre groups (Improvisation theatre Utulek 1999 and Theatre Therapy 2012).

Ing. Barbora Bartecká 
Music therapy and Indian music
Art therapist focused on the music therapy, lecturer of the dance workshops and motion theatre. Teacher of classical music and founder of the art therapy centre “Dotkni se hudby” (Touch the music).

Elena Schmutzová (Slovakia)
Motion therapy
Motion therapist, president of the Dance Motion Association at International Association of Art Therapies, lecturer of folk dancing at art school and eurythmy at Waldorf schools in Žilina (SK). The absolvent of several European eminent schools and student in training focused on motion therapy in Switzerland. Artistic director of several dance groups in the Czech and Slovak republic. 

Interactive theatre Jójo with a fairytale "Mášenka a medvědi" (odkaz zde
Jójo is a travelling, interactive theatre. As a children’s toy which runs there and back, our theatre comes back in a  two-month interval into nurseries, basic schools, special schools, centers for children, day care center and children’s hospital departments. Always with a new program
Mgr. Lucia Poledníková (Slovakia)
Tai chi



Conference schedule:




Saturday 10. 10. 2015


08:00 – participants check-in (a registration list, workshops, ect.)
08:30 – waking up with Tai chi 
09:00 – official opening in "Hlavním sále" (the main hall)
III. grade - art therapists exhibition – future graduates 2016"
9:10 - 10:20 / Session I.
09:10 - 09:30 / Lecture: Dr. Marie Beníčková (music therapy)
09:35 - 10:20 / Lecture: Mgr. Niek Ghekiere, MDTd (dance therapy) 
Topic: A research dance movement therapy as a method for the prevention of depression –knowledge and approach
10:20 - 10:35 / coffee break
10:35 - 12:05 / workshops I.:
 a) Dr. Marie Beníčková – music therapy
b) Mgr. Niek Ghekiere – dance therapy
          c)  Dr. Petr Exler – art therapy and artefiletics
        d) Mgr. Josef Zajíček – drama therapy
e) -


12:05 - 13:10 / lunch


13:10 - 14:20 / Session II. 
13:10 - 13:30 / Lecture: doc. Marie Blahutková (dance therapy)
13:35 - 14:20 / Lecture:  Mgr. Helga Neira (music therapy)
14:20 - 14:35 / coffee break
14:35 - 16:05 / workshops II.:
a)  Mgr. Tomáš Beníček – art therapy
b) Mgr. Helga Neira – music therapy
c) doc. Marie Blahutková – dance therapy
d) Mgr. Josef Zajíček – drama therapy
e)  Dr. Barbora Bartecká - contact improvisation
16:05 - 16:20 / coffee break
16:20 - 17:00 / Session III. – graduates of Akademie Alternativa s.r.o.:
16:20 - 16:30 / Lecture: (dance therapy)
16:35 - 16:45 / Lecture: (art therapy)
16:50 - 17:00 / Lecture (music therapy)
17:00 - 17:15 / coffee break
17:15 - 17:45 /  performing art: Dr. Barbora Bartecká / Indian music in Music therapy
17:45 - 18:00 / coffee break
18:00 - 19:30 / workshops III.
a) Mgr. Niek Ghekiere – dance therapy
b) Mgr. Eva Hegarová – art therapy
c) Mgr. Petr Škranc – music therapy
d) Mgr. Helga Neira - music therapy
e) Dr. Barbora Bartecká - contact improvisation
19:30 - 19:45 / coffee break
 19:45 - 20:30 / Improvisational Theatre Therapy - Mgr. Josef Zajíček
20:40 / Shared dance improvisation
- inspired by Rudolf Laban (an author of Laban’s analysis of movement)
19:30 - 22:00 / dinner
20:30 - 19.10.2014 / Shared improvisation in singing, dancing and music
Please bring your own musical instruments, we are going to create an evening full of music, singing, dancing and chatting. 


ticket price: 10.10.2015 /coffee break included


The payment credited to the account within 1.4.2015: 700,-
The payment credited to the account from 2.4.2015 - to 30.6.2015: 800,-
The payment credited to the account from 01.07.2015 - to 31.08.2015: 950,-
The payment credited to the account from 01.09.2015 - to 01.10.2015: 1100,-
The payment credited to the account from 02.10.2015 and the price on the day of the conference: 1200,-
For MAUT members and Akademie Alternativa s.r.o students - discount 20%