call: send me your picture

You like to draw or paint, but haven’t studied it? You don’t actually paint, but would like to try it out? You don’t like painting, but supporting research? Then participate and send me a picture you created! As a thank you, I am raffling two Avocadostore vouchers, each worth 20 euros, among all participants. Read more →

fair language

As equal opportunities officer at the HKS – University of Applied Sciences in Ottersberg, I have created a new guideline for fair language. It is freely available and may also be used outside our university and as a suggestion for the creation of your own guidelines. Read more →

study art therapy

I am frequently asked two questions: whether I can recommend to study art therapy and where to do it. The first question is easy to answer: Yes. Art therapy is great and I would choose it again. The second question is addressed in this blogpost about universities with art therapy studies in Germany. Read more →

PAINT study: participants with expertise in visual arts wanted

My colleague Johanna Masuch and her interdisciplinary study team at the geriatrics at Klinikum Nuremberg are conducting the large-scale PAINT study on the effects of art therapy. I am very happy to cooperate with Johanna. The current study uses the questionnaire I developed for image analysis and associated materials in terms of Open Methodology. Read more →

free image databases

I finally wrote this blog post, which I intended to do for a long time and which discussions with my former mentor Ina Blümel and my fellow fellow Rebecca Kahn in the Open Science Fellows Program inspired me to do. This is about free digital image databases for visual art and contains a list of various databases. Read more →

RizbA for really everyone

My rating instrument for two-dimensional pictorial works (RizbA) can now also be used by experts from other disciplines than the visual arts, e.g. psychologists, pedagogues and researchers. The validation study was carried out by Julia Jerusalem at the Witten/Herdecke University and is freely accessible as Open Access with Open Data. The extended questionnaire is now also freely available. Read more →

the pop-up institute

Good news in difficult times! The Pop-up Institute, designed jointly by Lily Martin and myself, has received funding from the Volkswagen Foundation for doing Science Communication. The aim is to reduce stigma of mental illnesses by means of Creative Arts Therapies. Read more →

the living room as lecture hall

The current exceptional situation around COVID-19 is a good reason to further digitize my teaching. Many experts are ready to share their knowledge freely and we are once again benefiting from Open Science in the form of Open Educational Resources. I have put together links, digital tools and materials that I came across in the course of my research in this blog post. Read more →

art therapy in migration

The conference proceedings on the first symposium of the Intercultural art therapy working group (AGIK) of the German association for art therapy (DFKGT) is published, including my article on psychotrauma and transcultural differences in pictures Read more →

find your therapist

About Creative Arts Therapies, how to find the right therapist and what you should pay attention to when doing so. There are many good reasons to do a therapy. One of them is to get to know yourself better. This makes life easier and more beautiful for yourself and with other people. Read more →