Anthroposophic medicine and antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Rising antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major global health problem - Studies show the significant potential from anthroposophic and other integrative medicine approaches to safely reduce antimicrobial use. Find  IVAAs statement  here.

Have as well a look at the presentation prepared for the CAM Interest Group, European Parliament, Bruxelles 1April 2014 

In November 2015, on occasion of the "Antibiotics Awareness Day", the IVAA together with EUROCAM published the position paper

 The role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in reducing the problem of antimicrobial resistance

Curative Education and Social Therapy

Curative Education and Social Therapy (July 2012)


Anthroposophical curative education and social therapy centres offer educational, early learning, work and residential opportunities for children, young people and adults with a wide range of disabilities and developmental problems. The work with children and young people is called curative education in anthroposophical centres. Education at school or learning opportunities in kindergarten combines with specific therapies and usually also medical care provision in a total concept to stimulate a childs development and provide maximum support. Methods developed in anthroposophy are specifically used, such as Waldorf education, a range of therapies such as eurythmy therapy, and anthroposophical medicine. Curative education will as a rule prove to be particularly fruitful if the parents of the children and young people with disabilities are closely involved in the collaboration.

Social therapy is the term used for work with adults. Here it is above all a matter of creating social situations that will enable people with disabilities to have maximum independence and self determination. Suitable work and types of residential accommodation and social and cultural opportunities both outside and in the centres help to create a life situation where the individual is encouraged to develop further, yet also enjoys the necessary security.

Anthroposophical curative education and social therapy centres are privately maintained as a rule. The work is in almost all countries supported and financed on the basis of social legislation. In particular in the countries with long tradition (Germany, Holland, Switzerland, UK, Scandinavia and France) the maintenance costs of the institutions are widely carried by the general social systems.

Education in curative education and social therapy is integrated into academic curricula in several EU member states: i.e. BA at the University of Aberdeen (UK) in collaboration with the Camphill institutions (, MA in Social Care at the Ita Wegman College in Wuppertal (DE) in collaboration with the University of Plymouth (UK), BA at the University of Leiden (NL), BA Social Care at the Freie Hochschule Mannheim (DE), MA in Governance, Training and Research in the fields of curative education and social therapy at the Alanus University in Alfter (DE) with the possibility for doctoral theses (Dr.päd. or Dr.phil. in pedagogic sciences).

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