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International Snoezelen Association ISNA - Snoezelen professional e.V.
We have been offering training courses for more than 20 years. Different therapy, recuperation and relaxation concepts taught at universities and vocational schools have been developed, evaluated and constantly expanded. We have invited a number of people of different age groups and with different types and levels of disabilities to test the units - which can also be found in specialised books (please click H E R E) as well as to evaluate the results during training courses and to record their findings in questionnaires and observation reports. These projects have been incorporated in our training program and are constantly updated. The members of our teaching team are highly trained and certified to teach and instruct Snoezelen. We often receive 'distress calls' from colleagues asking for our help after they had used disreputable training providers.
It is not necessary to have a perfectly equipped Snoezelen room. Often it might be better to gather first experiences and to seek advice by using a room that can be temporarily designated to Snoezelen and that can be blacked out. Mats or mattresses, cushions and blankets can be spread out and covered with white sheets. Projectors with laptop and selected images should be at hand as well as light elements (see image bar above) and possibly a mobile fibre optic cable (see image bar) which can easily be relocated to a permanent Snoezelen room in future. Colourful drapes, interesting small items such as stones, blossoms, photographs etc. as well as a small portable CD-player with calm music are enough to gain initial experiences in a Snoezelen room.
On a day like this the desired firmly installed Snoezelen materials can be considered and selected together - but at all times with the clientele in mind. It is important to always consider the age group, the type of impairment and group size. Another vital requirement is an electric diagram that needs to be established with the provider of electrical products before purchasing the equipment.
Attending an introductory event to get an insight into Snoezelen is recommended. Even the so-called "free Snoezelen" is not free. The course teacher needs to plan the room setup in advance (including moderate colour choice) and preselect the equipment, consider seating arrangements, light elements and music - and possibly the use of small materials. During sessions s/he needs to be observant and able to react flexibly to the needs of the participants. Our teaching team has realised that such a course requires two days with different lecturers to provide participants with a wide range of ideas and suggestions and to be able to address all the questions.
For those interested in obtaining the additional qualification to enable them to teach Snoezelen and provide own training courses in future, we have listed information about the basic modules I and II as well as the two practical modules in our training program. The training concept of ISNA-Snoezelen professional e.V. is legally protected . We can offer courses as in-house events all over Germany as well as abroad provided conditions are met (look here: training/costs). There are cooperation agreements in place with facilities abroad and with the facility for people with disabilities in Maria Bildhausen.
For our International Congress which takes place from the 7th to the 9th of October 2016 in Basel, Switzerland we have come up with a particularly interesting concept which will engage all the participants. More information will follow in Spring.
I wish you all the best. Please contact our advisor for training and continuing education Manuela Trescher or myself if you have any questions.>
Prof. Dr. Krista Mertens