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School Health Practitioners Training

April 2019

Steiner Waldorf School Health Practitioners Training was started with the encouragement and support of Dr Michaela Glöckler. During my work as a school doctor, it also became clear that many schools struggled to recruit a doctor and expressed a need to deepen the anthroposophic understanding of child development among staff within the Steiner schools. Following the interest from several teachers and therapists, this three-year training was set up. It was conceived, prepared and organised together with Dr_Michaela_Glöckler, Dr_Peter_Gruenewald, the advice of Dr Stefan.Geider and Sibylle.Eichstaedt. The training content follows the International Steiner School Doctors’ curriculum and has been endorsed by AHASC and the medical section of the Goetheanum, Dornach. The training also includes inner path work, anthroposophic therapies, working as a team and safeguarding legislation, as well as confidentiality and digital competency for example.  

In January 2017 we embarked on the three-year modular School Health Practitioners Training. The training consists of nine training weekends delivered by contributors including Dr.Michaela.Glöckler, Dr.Peter.Gruenewald, Dr.Michael.Evans, Dr.Bettina.Lohn, Dr.Karin.Michael, Dr.Tessabella.Lovemore and a number of therapists including Sibylle.Eichstaedt, John.Playfoot, John.Browning, Karin.Jarman and others. The trainees include doctors, a psychologist, anthroposophic therapists, a midwife and Steiner Waldorf teachers. In between the training modules, the trainees have met in mentoring groups regularly for the last two years to work through the material and prepare for the next module. Each group has a professional mentor: Dr.Peter.Gruenewald, Dr.Hedda.Joyce, Dr.Bettina.Lohn, Dr.Aija.Lace and Judith.Tabberner (school health nurse). Please see the three-year training plan and reading list. These mentoring groups provide support for practical work in the individual setting and will continue for a further year. The certification of completion of the training will be received by those who have met the required 85% of attendance. A certificate as School Health Practitioner (SHP) can be obtained from the medical section, Dornach, after a further year in practice under the guidance of the mentor. Following our model, a similar course has now started in Brazil and two further trainings are envisaged.

The course is aimed to equip the trainees with the necessary knowledge and experience to support the child in the school setting. The aim is to grow the knowledge and understanding of child development and intervention from a truly anthroposophic understanding in our schools. At the same time, their knowledge includes up-to-date safeguarding and mental health interventions. The SHP will work within their own setting but in a separate role, that is not the same to the traditional school doctor. They will be able to assess children, for example for school readiness, or observe in a class or see children individually together with parents in order to come to an anthroposophic diagnostic picture and develop together with the teacher and parent(s)/guardian’s plans for support or intervention. The role of the school health practitioner is to support the anthroposophic understanding of the child’s needs and offer their particular knowledge and insights with the rest of the team (teacher, parent, therapist) depending on their own training background. For example, an SHP-teacher can provide additional support in pedagogical tools whereas perhaps a school doctor could advise on particular health problems or an SHP-eurythmist on more precise and specific therapeutic interventions. The SHP will work within professional competency and according to the code of practice as developed by CAHSC.

If you would like to receive invitations of our training or to enrol in the next SHP training, please follow the link, thank you.

We look forward to meeting you.

Hedda Joyce

Dr med H. Joyce MRCGP,  Conference Organiser

General Practitioner and Anthroposophic Physician

Dr Joyce has been a school doctor for several Steiner Schools since 2000.

She is currently working at the Steiner Academy Hereford.

This list includes events organised by School Health Practitioner Training as well as other international school doctor conferences.

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, October 26, 2024
    • Tuesday, October 29, 2024
    • Goetheanum

    The therapeutic tools of Waldorf education for children’s distress and parents’ worries

    Dear Colleagues,

    One hundred years ago, Rudolf Steiner with his Special Needs Education Course gave us a new perspective on children who follow a special, sometimes difficult or simply slower developmental path. In this course, he emphasises how crucially important it is to be familiar with the archetype of healthy development and the education based on it, and to learn to see the so-called divergences as a basic disposition in every person. Against this background, we would like to dedicate our upcoming advanced training conference to the characteristic features in the development of children today and to the worries of parents and carers, as well as to the healing potential of Waldorf education. Digitalisation and virtualisation are enriching our lifeworlds and at the same time presenting us, and children and young people in particular, with enormous new challenges in terms of perception processing, learning, self-regulation, sleeping, waking, social behaviour and much else besides. We are living in a highly dynamic turning point in time. Imagining the world in 10 years' time is overwhelming and unsettling. Not only the new media world, but also wars, pandemic planning, economic uncertainty and concern about the earth and climate occupy our minds and move our souls. Alongside central inspirations from the Special Needs Education Course and the constitutional types described there, the conference will focus on restless children in a restless world, language and perceptual development, as well as the possibilities of good inclusive support and encouragement in our Waldorf schools in line with current conditions. Additionally, we also want to exchange views on current isses in school medicine and explore the question of what we can contribute to educational and therapeutic community building in our schools. Looking forward to meeting and working with you, the preparatory group sends its warmest regards,

    Michaela Glöckler, Johannes Kux, Ulrike Lorenz, Claudia McKeen, Karin Michael, Bettina Pump and Martina Schmidt

    For programme and further info, please visit 

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