International Association of Creative Arts Somatic Education (IACASE) established

Author: Inspirees Corporate

The International Association of Creative Arts Somatic Education (IACASE) is a professional association with international orientation and scope. IACASE promotes and supports the global development of creative arts-based somatic education in both developed and developing countries and regions, creates and safeguards the standards for the field by ensuring the quality of the professional training and practice of the educators and practitioners.  IACASE believes the aesthetic and creative use of the arts, together with body-mind integration in a holistic and humanistic approach is essential to support the personal growth and well-being of individuals.  IACASE encourages equality and humanity in the dialogues and exchanges across cultures worldwide.

Officially registered in Delft, Netherlands, IACASE is the authority in the creative arts somatic education field and creates professional standards and guidelines. IACASE has executive board and several committees to manage and plan its activities.  IACASE evaluates and approves the training programs worldwide to ensure they meet the standards of IACASE.  IACASE grants different levels of credentials in the name of Certified or Registered Creative Arts Somatic Educator, and keeps records of the registrations.

IACASE encourages both arts-based and evidence-based research for the advancement of our field. IACASE publishes its own international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal (English) Creative Arts in Education and Therapy – Eastern and Western Perspectives (CAET), the premier resource for research and studies in this field. The journal is indexed and collected by major research databases, public libraries, and universities in the world. There are over 50 leading experts on the editorial board of CAET.   

IACASE board and committees include:

  • Executive board
  • Education committee: training program and standard
  • Approval committee: program approval and credentials
  • Ethics committee
  • Public relations committe
  • Research comittee
  • Membership committee: institutional members
  • International affairs committee: communication with other existing organizations
  • Conference comittee
  • Advisory board

IACASE board and committee members

  • Helen Payne (UK), PhD, R-ADMP, Professor of Psychotherapy, University of Hertfordshire, founding editor-in-chief of Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy
  • Dick Swaab (Netherlands), PhD, Professor of Neurobiology, University of Amsterdam, Former Director of Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Distinguished Guest Professor, Zhejiang University, China
  • Joan Wittig (US), Professor, BC-DMT, Creative Arts Therapy, Pratt Institute
  • Lee Tsungchin (Taiwan), PhD, Professor of psychology, National Chengchi University; President, Taiwan Dance Therapy Association
  • Karen Bradley (US), President, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies (LIMS), New York
  • Steve Harvey (New Zealand), PhD of psychology, BC-DMT, R-DT, University of Guam
  • Tony Zhou (China), PhD of biomedicine, CMA, Inspirees Institute
  • Ulrich Sollmann (Germany), Past President of the German Association of Bioenergetic Analysis, Guest Professor, Shanghai University of Political Science and Law
  • Ma Li-wen (China), PhD of education, Associate Professor, Beijing Normal University
  • Elissa White (US), BC-DMT, Creative Arts Therapies, Pratt Institute
  • Zvika Frank (Netherlands), BC-DMT, Codrt/Rotterdam Dance Academy
  • Marcia Plevin (Italy), BC-DMT, Association of Creative Movement
  • Zhao Xu-dong (China), Doctor of Medicine, Tongji University
  • Vivien Marcow Speiser (US), PhD, BC-DMT, Professor, Lesley University
  • Devika Mehta (India), R-DMP (UK), Course Director, St.Xavier's College
  • Wen Rou (China), PhD, Professor, Director, China Dance Research Center, Beijing Dance Academy
  • Hilda Wengrower (Israel), PhD, School for Society & Arts, Ono Academic College
  • Rainbow T.H. Ho (Hong Kong), PhD, BC-DMT, CMA, Professor, University of Hong Kong
  • Akiko N. Yokokwa (Japan), BC-DMT, GL-CMA, ADTA Multicultural Diversity Committee
  • Irina Biryukova (Russia), BC-DMT, Director, DMP post-graduate diploma training, Institute of Practical Psychology and Psychoanalysis (Moscow)
  • Hao Bin (China), Senior psychotherapist, Beijing Anima Psychological Counseling Center
  • Tina Chen (Hong Kong/UK), Professor, Tongji University, China; Chief representative, Royal Ballet School (UK) in China
  • Alexandra Baybutt (UK), PhD candiate, CMA, Middlesex University, Faculty of Arts and Cultural Industries
  • Sharon Vaisvaser (Israel), PhD in neuroscience, dance movement therapist, The Autism Research and Treatment Center, The Academic College of Society and the Arts
  • Ilene Serlin (US), PhD of psychology, BC-DMT, Union Street Health Associates
  • Nayung Kim (South Korea), PhD., BC-DMT, CMA, Associate Professor, Seoul Women's University, Graduation School of Professional Therapeutic Technology
  • Karen Studd (US), CMA, Founder, WholeMovement
  • Warren NebeSouth Africa), Director of the Drama for Life Program, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg
  • Maria Elena Garcia (Argentina), Founder and President, The Association of Creative Movement
  • Susan Scarth (UK), Movement Psychotherapist, RSMT/E, UKCP/RDMP, CMA, past President EADMT