Snoezelen - endless possibilities, a common path forward
International conference SNOEZELEN
from the 9th to the 11th of October 2015 in Einbeck (Lower Saxony)
We are happy to announce the upcoming conference of the "International Snoezelen Association ISNA-snoezelen professional e.V.". It will take place in the middle of Germany, in Einbeck. Our host are the vocational schools of an educational institution (BBS) with 1300 students. BBS unites 20 schools under one roof. We are supported by the school management, OStdirector Renatus Döring, the head of the departments Social pedagogy - Care - Home economics, Kathrin Düvel und her three colleagues, Inge Bartelmann, Angelika Jäger and Sabine Wolter-Fricke. All three have successfully completed the "Internationally recognised additional qualification Snoezelen".
In 2007 a 120m2 large Snoezelen area kept in white was installed in one of the schools. The area is divided by curtains into six "islands" : 1. Seating area 2. "Island of the magic fibres" with fibre optics, fibre optic curtain and a hanging swing 3. "Island of mirror planets" with surfaces to lie on, coloured spotlights, mirror ball, liquid projector, light net (to give a sky effect) 4. "Bubble column landscape" 5. "Kingdom of sounds" with musical waterbed, acoustic beanbag, light net 6. "Island of the Milky Way" with light carpet and a sofa area.
Besides the large Snoezelen area there are a further 4 to 6 rooms available to us for practical Snoezelen workshops. We have also selected 6 large, bright classrooms for the theoretical workshops (including practical content). The large school provides many opportunities for us and gives us a lot of scope. For the moment we are planning to run 10 workshop simultaneously with 25 participants per workshop which are also available to the students of the school.
The conference will commence on Saturday the 10th of October 2015 at 9.30am (registration from 8.30am). After the opening speech 4 blocks of workshops will take place each with 10 workshops running simultaneously:
block 1: 11.15-12.00, block 2: 12.15-13.00, block 3: 14.00-14.00, block 4: 15-15.45.
The conference will close with one more main lecture and an outlook to the congress in Basel in 2016. All articles will be translated into English.
The following topics for the theoretical and practical workshops have already been set and will be specified and expanded if necessary in the second announcement in April. Altogether 4 workshops can be attended:
- Snoezelen for families with toddlers
- Snoezelen with mentally disabled children and adults
- Snoezelen with severely disabled adults
- Snoezelen with difficult pupils
- Snoezelen as prophylaxis against stress
- Snoezelen when dealing with aggression and hyperactivity
- Snoezelen with animals
- Redesigning and setting up of rooms
- The right choice of music in the Snoezelen room (with practical examples)
- New Snoezelen materials (with sample equipment)
- Snoezelen when dealing with severe Eating disorders
- Snoezelen as teambuilding exercise
- The Dementia-Clinic-Hotel, a worldwide unique project - with a spacious Snoezelen area.
Congress daily rate:
Members ISNA-Snoezelen professional e.V. € 95,00
Non-member € 115,00
The fee includes full board for Saturday (coffee bar, drinks, snacks, fruit during breaks and lunch).
To book your place please register your full name with the head office of "International Snoezelen Association ISNA-Snoezelen professional e.V." using the reference:" ISNA conference Einbeck 2015". A registration form for the workshops will be sent after the second announcement or can be downloaded from the homepage from April.
During that weekend Einbeck celebrates its famous and well attended Einbeck Owl Festival which can be visited in the evening and/or you can join the organised visit of the festival on Sunday the 11th of October 2015. As the festival attracts a lot of visitors we recommend you book your accommodation early.
For those arriving by plane: Einbeck is easily accessible from Hannover, Cologne, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Luxembourg.
I hope our first announcement has sparked some interest. On behalf of our colleagues in Einbeck and the board of ISNA I look forward to welcoming you in Einbeck in October.
Prof. Dr. Krista Mertens