Lecturers


The team of lecturers of the Psychomotricity programme is composed of the following national and international experts in academia and practice:

Armin Baumgartner

12 years of activity in teacher training for the project “Bewegte Klasse” (moving class) of the health care initiative “Tut gut!” Gesundheitsvorsorge GmbH. In this setting, the focus lies on a feeling of togetherness, self-awareness of the teacher and the creation of a bond between the teacher and the children. The experiences gained from this training increase the quality of the relationship between students and teachers.

Since 2019: head of the programme “Gesunde Schule” (healthy school) of the health care initiative “Tut gut!” Gesundheitsvorsorge GmbH in Lower Austria. This programme focuses on promoting the health of everyone involved in school life.  

20 years of activity as a freelance outdoor pedagogue and adult trainer in various projects, as well as youth coach for various sports. He has been teaching at the Psychomotricity university continuing education and training programme since 2006.

Rita Boesau-Vavrik

Music and movement pedagogue/rhythm, psychotherapist, teaching activity at the University College of Teacher Education Vienna (rhythm, music, personality development, coaching), psychotherapy practice (children, adolescents, adults, movement analysis, psychotherapy with people who have suffered trauma), artistic activities in the field of dancing.

Work priorities

Movement, perception, composition, learning and personality development based on neurobiology, psychotraumatology.

Klaus Fischer

Professor (em. in 2019) of special education in the field of movement education and movement therapy at the Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Cologne, Germany. Nationally and internationally known for his lectures, seminars and more than 130 publications in the field of psychomotricity in early and special education, motor development and motor learning (embodiment).

From 1987 until 2020 he was responsible (editor-in-chief 1987-2012 and member of Associate Editors 2013-2020) for the publications of “Motorik”, Journal of Psychomotricity in Human Development, Education and Health.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Fischer has been a member of the team of further education in “Psychomotorik” in Vienna since 1995.

Wilhelm Gansch

Teaching activity: University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (Max Reinhardt Seminar), lectureships at the University of Vienna (psychomotricity, physical theater), own practice, courses in Austria and abroad.

Education: university education in Vienna (theology, philosophy, psychology, sport), pantomime with Joana Thul and Samy Molcho, breathing and acting work with Adelheid Pillmann, Feldenkrais pedagogue, kinesiology with Frank Mahony.

Overall purpose of my work

I want to facilitate the experience that the human being is not divided into partial functions (breathing, voice, movement, expression, play, etc.), but that each “part” reflects the unified physical-mental overall state. Therefore, any practical work must always keep the whole person in mind.

Marie-Luise Hünerbein

Qualification: diploma in curative education

Work areas: Research associate at the Heilpädagogische Ambulanz (short: HPA; institute for diagnostics and support for children, youths and adults with special needs) of the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Bochum for more than ten years, after many years of practical work in the fields of early intervention, education and counselling. Main concern of the HPA: Linking theory and practice within the framework of teaching, research and care.

Work priorities: methods of curative education, developmental support according to Doering and Doering, video-assisted counselling according to Marte Meo, curative education diagnostics as well as therapeutic sand play according to Dora Kalff.

Anna Kapfer-Weixlbaumer

Kindergarten and special kindergarten pedagogue; study of psychomotricity / motology, observation and participation in day-care centres and schools in Israel, USA, New Zealand and Australia; since 1993 training advisor in elementary and primary schools; team support in quality development processes; teaching activity in the Psychomotricity university continuing education and training programme in Vienna and at the private college of education in Linz; specialist editor at UNSERE KINDER (Austrian specialist journal for elementary education).

Claude Katkhouda

Clinical and health psychologist, ten years of clinical psychological work at the University Children’s Hospital Vienna (department for premature babies; child and adolescent psychiatry; inpatient as well as outpatient clinic for disorders of metabolism - children and youth with diabetes); in private practice since 2001.

Focus on clinical psychological assessment, diagnosis, formulation and psychological treatment of children and adolescents with developmental impairments, learning disabilities, behavioural and personality disorders; development of a management or treatment plan for stabilisation or recovery; counselling of parents and cooperation with health professionals, therapists and schools.

Seminars and lectures since 2002.

Research and publications about early detection of performance disorders; development of premature babies; life satisfaction of children and adolescents with chronic diseases.

Advanced training in diagnostics, autism spectrum disorders, ADHS, behavioural disorders.

Barbara Kolb

Sports scientist, long-time adult and elderly educator for educational institutions, associations and companies, speaker and specialist author on the topics of "psychomotricity", "playful movement in old age" and "prevention of sexual violence in sport".

Focus of work

Psychomotricity in old age and with adults, mobility of elderly people in public spaces, fall prophylaxis, child safeguarding and prevention of sexualised violence in sports, communication and group processes, moving brain and memory training, active teaching and learning.

Michael Methlagl

Lecturer at the Centre for Sport Science and University Sports, University of Vienna.

Lecturer at the Psychomotricity university continuing education and training programme, University of Vienna.

Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt (Faculty Sport).

Focus of work

Scientific writing, psychomotricity, research methods.

Ulrich Pammer

Sociologist, outdoor pedagogue, instructor of sport climbing, member of the ÖAGG, lecturer at pedagogical colleges and lecturer at the Psychomotricity university continuing education and training programme.

Programme supervisor of the "Moving Class" at the Lower Austrian Health Care GMBH: psychomotor work with school classes, teacher training, parental work, moderation of school development processes, management of psychomotor annual groups, independent outdoor trainer in the field of youth work and team development.

Christina Reichenbach

Qualification

Pedagogue Dipl. (focus on Psychomotricity)

Field of Activity

Psychomotrician at "Bewegungsambulatorium“ (Institute for support of perception and movement for children and adolescents) for 7 years; teacher at School for Psychomotricity in Dortmund (Focus on diagnostics and special needs education) for 11 years; lecturer at Leibniz University Hannover (Focus on Psychomotricity and diagnostics) for 7 years; professor at Ev. Hochschule RheinlandWestfalen-Lippe/Protestant University of Applied Science (EvH) since 2009; head of “Heilpädagogische Ambulanz“ EvH (Institute for diagnostics and support for children, youths and adults with special needs where current students of the EvH are able to work).

Current focus

Diagnostics in theory and practice; psychomotricity; mentoring students at the “Heilpädagogische Ambulanz“.

Ruth Schenke

Qualification

Teacher training for high school (physical education, geography); psychomotrician; postgraduate integrative children and adolescent psychotherapy (FPI/EAG); Master of Science Integrative Therapy (Danube University Krems); supervisor (DGSv).

Field of Activity

Psychomotricity therapist in child and youth psychiatry; teaching activity in the training of psychomotricians at vocational school; visiting lecturer at Ev. Hochschule Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe/Protestant University of Applied Science; long-standing psychotherapy and consultation at independent practices, especially in cooperation with youth welfare offices and institutions of stationary youth welfare.

Current focus

Depth psychology oriented psychotherapy with children/ adolescents in context of out-of-home-accommodation (attachment disorder/ post traumatic disorder); consultation for the social environment; supervision for psychosocial workplaces.

Nina Stuppacher

Master degree in sport science, lecturer at the Psychomotricity university continuing education and training programme at the University of Vienna, lecturer for the Austrian and Lower Austrian Gymnastics Federation.

 

Klaus Vavrik

Current professional activities:

Medical director of the outpatient clinic for developmental neurology and social pediatrics in Fernkorngasse (1100 Vienna).

Established pediatrician (additional field: neuropediatrics), child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychotherapist (Austrian Association of Individual Psychology, guided imagery, psychotherapy with people who have suffered trauma).

Teaching positions and leadership roles at (university) training courses: University of Music and Performing Arts (department: Music Therapy), Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg (Master programme Early Life Care), “Frühe Hilfen”, a national programme of early childhood interventions, interdisciplinary training course for pediatric and adolescent health, etc.

Work priorities

Children and adolescents with developmental hazards and developmental disorders, bonding, trauma, autism, developmental and social pediatrics, children and adolescent health policy.

Ralph Wakolbinger

Pedagogue, psychotherapist in training under supervision, head of the programme “Bewegte Klasse” (moving class) of the health care initiative “Tut gut!” Gesundheitsvorsorge GmbH.

Otmar Weiß

Professor at the Centre for Sport Science and University Sports at the University of Vienna and director of the Psychomotricity university continuing education programme. Editor of the book series “International Studies in Sport and Society” and the journal “motorik”.

Research focus

Significance of sport in society, sport in connection to health, identity, economy and (mass) communication. Development of the psychomotor teaching and learning method.

Renate Zimmer

Educational scientist with a focus on early childhood. Professor for Sport and Movement Sciences at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. Dean of the School of Sport Science (2002 – 2016). Director at the "Niedersächsisches Institut für frühkindliche Bildung und Entwicklung“ (Lower Saxony Institute for Early Childhood Education and Development) from 2007 – 2018. She is nationally and internationally known for her numerous lectures and publications. She published more than 50 books and 200 articles for journals and edited volumes. Main topics are “Psychomotricity”, "Early Childhood Education“, "Language and Movement“, "Physical activity and cognitive, emotional and social competences“ etc. Her publications have been translated into many languages (Finnish, Chinese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Russian etc.).

In 2007 she was awarded the “National Medal of Honor of Germany” by the President of the country for her contribution to children. In 2009 she was voted “Teacher of the Year” in Germany, and in 2021 she was awarded the medal  R.J. Kiphard for her contribution to Psychomotricity.