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International Snoezelen Association ISNA - Snoezelen professional e.V.
Another year is coming to an end...
The International ISNA Conference "Endless possibilities - a common path forward" held at the Vocational Schools BBS Einbeck has been a great success. We were made very welcome by the deputy Mayoress Cornelia Lechte, the school leadership team and colleagues from the department of social pedagogy, care and home economics. The organisation on-site was coordinated by StD Kathrin Düvel and her colleagues and with the help of the caretaker and many of the students. A big thank you to everybody involved.
The opening lecture "Cotton clouds and trouble maker - music in the Snoezelen room" captivated the audience. With the help of sound clips and selected graphics taken from his dissertation, Dr. Martin Buntrock verified the need for the music used in the Snoezelen room aimed at inducing rest, relaxation and wellbeing to be structured. But very often the scientifically confirmed results are still overlooked in praxis. The 23 workshops taking place throughout the day offered plenty of opportunities to learn about practical implementation of Snoezelen as well as the theoretical basics. As part of the cooperation agreement with the communal rehabilitation centre in Seoul eight of their qualified staff members, who have completed the International additional qualification Snoezelen, came all the way from Korea to take part in the congress. After travelling all this way a special visitors programme in Einbeck and in Berlin was organised for them.
The 14th International Congress will take place in Basle/Switzerland from the 7th to the 9th of October 2016 with the Motto "Snoezelen verbindet - Snoezelen unites".
Each of our expert meetings also hosts our general meeting. This year the election of the board was due.
The results of the vote as follows:
1. Chair Prof. Dr. Krista Mertens
2. Deputy chair Heike Levin
According to our statues further positions will be appointed and approved
3. Advisor for training and continuing education Manuela Trescher
4. Treasurer Rainer Graba
5. Auditor for 2015 Rudi Godschan
Krista Mertens and Manuela Trescher expressed their gratitude for the trust put in them and gave an overview of last year's activities. After a three-year exchange of letters with the tax office our association was finally granted non-profit status. That means that membership fees can be recognised as donation and that the association can accept donations and issue certifying documents. Besides continuing to offer high quality training and continuing education our work will also concentrate on publicity work. There are increasing numbers of dubious training courses on the market which need to be questioned. Over the last year we have had several requests from institutions in Germany and abroad asking for advice regarding the setting up of Snoezelen rooms and requesting further training courses after having been bitterly disappointed by other providers.
Becoming a member of our association "ISNA-Snoezelen professional e.V." should be in your interest and will provide you with a number of privileges, advice and guidance. Please note that we now have only ONE bank account, please make a note of our current bank details:
• Account number.: 12802773 • Sort Code: 793 200 75 • Bank: HypoVereinsbank •
• BIC: HYVEDEMM451 • IBAN: DE51 79320075 0012802773 •
Account holder: International Snoezelen Association ISNA - Snoezelen professional e.V., Mertens/Trescher
We would ask you to pay the membership fee of € 50,- (for institutions € 120,-; for students € 30,-) at the beginning of each year. Under the heading "members" you will find the SEPA form. The direct debit authorisation would simplify our work.
I will write to you once again before the end of the year. If you have suggestions or requests please don't hesitate to write to the board members. Direct contact with our members is very important to us.
Prof. Dr. Krista Mertens