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Occupational Profile of Psychomotor Therapists in Switzerland

Background and aims

Several Swiss cantons are currently undergoing a critical survey of their support and promotion measures in schools. The background is the tense situation regarding public funds and the predictable withdrawal of the BSV from the financing of special education on the basis of the NFA. This development also poses a threat to the provision of psychomotor therapy. The Verband Schweizerischer Psychomotorik-Therapeutinnen und Therapeuten (ASTP) thus recognises an urgent need for knowledge about the current occupational situation of PM therapists and about the therapeutic work carried out.
To this end, the "Pschyomotorik Therapie Schweiz (PMT)" working team was founded in collaboration with representatives of the ASTP, the  GDS/IfB in Basel the  Psychomotor study course at the HfH in Zurich.
The team decided to work on current knowledge about the occupational situation and professional activity of psychomotor therapists in Switzerland within the framework of a scientific examination. Among other things, the planned study provides a basis for the establishment of instruments for quality assurance and development, as well as effectiveness studies in the field of psychomotor therapy.


For the investigation, three levels are differentiated: client (child, young person, adult), therapist, institution(s). Under consideration of these examination levels, the following issues are  worked on individually:
Level 1 - client: which persons (clients) will be treated, and why (reason for the appointment, indications, diagnosis), on whose recommendation (allocating institution/person) and by whom (PM therapist)?
Level 2 - Therapist: how is the occupational situation (professional situation, areas of work, employment) of PM therapists characterised? What professional qualifications (education/further education) do the therapists have, how do they assess their therapeutic competence? How do they organise their therapeutic work (methods, procedures, settings)? Are there any regional (cantonal, linguistic) differences, especially in terms of the occupational situation of the PM therapists?
 Level 3 - institution(s): How does the allocation in a PMT ensue? Who has what decision-making competencies? How is the payment of the PMT regulated in the working field of the therapist?


The planned project contains two partial studies:

A) Written survey of all members of the PMT association ASTP concerning their professional situation and therapeutic activities.

Within the framework of this written survey, information about the clients and the occupational situation of the PM therapists (N=500) is collected. All parts of the country, i.e. German-speaking Switzerland, French-speaking Switzerland and the Ticino, are included in the survey.

B) Secondary analysis of the HfH graduates questionnaire 2004 (psychomotor study course)) on professional competencies and educational needs. In addition to direct questioning of the ASTP members, a secondary analysis of the HfH graduates questionnaire 2004 is carried out. This analysis facilitates in particular the examination of the need for education and training and the evaluation of the specialised competencies of PM therapists.

Project organisation

The project is commissioned and financed by the "Psychomotorik-Therapie Schweiz (PMT+)" working team. The working team consists of representatives of the ASTP and several psychomotor educational institutions.  The working, or control, team includes the following persons (institutions): Barbara Kleiner (committee member ASTP Link PMT Schweiz), Dr. Martin Vetter (HfH, dep. 2, director of psychomotor studies), Matthias Weibel (GDS/IfB Basel, director of education), PD Dr. Johannes Gruntz (ISP, Universität Basel, institutes director), Dr. Bernard Senn (Geneva).
The project is scientifically conceived and implemented by the department of research and development of the HfH.


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