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Analogue Processes in Art Therapy


The analogous process, originally developed by Dr. Henk Smeijsters, is a theoretical model based on parallels between design processes in the arts and processes that drive behavior. These processes are largely "unconscious", on a "non-cognitive" level. We can now further substantiate this theoretical model with findings from neuropsychological research. For example, we know that (neuropsychological) processes that are activated during design in the arts are analogous to the processes that control (daily) functioning. We also know that these processes can be influenced mainly through experiences. By gaining targeted experiences during the shaping process, the functioning in situations outside the therapy is influenced. Let specialist therapists be very good at that.



After this lecture you will have:

  • Knowledge about the concept of 'analogy' in the context of occupational therapy

  • Knowledge about the analog process model

  • Knowledge about additional current neuropsychological insights

  • A better understanding of the mechanisms of action of subject therapy from an analogous perspective

  • Ideas on how to translate this knowledge into your own clinical practice


For whom       

Professional therapists (all disciplines) who are interested in the mechanisms of action of occupational therapy based on analogous processes. If desired, the lecture can be focused on the mechanisms of action within art therapy.

Duration       2 hours

Where           Online

By                   Dr. Ingrid Penzes


In consultation.


You will receive a proof of participation.


Interested or questions? 

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