Whilst looking for something else on the Internet I found a reference to a collaboration between the Peto Institute and the Shen Clinic on the Isle of Wight.
This news item was written in 2008 and I had not seen it before or been aware of the proposed collaboration, or the degree level training programme.
On looking at the website of the Shen Clinic, a complementary medicine centre, I found that in 2006 the director of the clinic was selected as a member of an E.U. research team for Health (Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Biological Medicine, Natural Medicine, Oriental Medicine) headed by Dr Gabriella Hegyi MD PhD, University of Budapest. And that :
In 2008 we were visiting guests at the world famous Peto Institute Budapest and we continue to be supporters of Conductive Education. At that time we discussed an in-principle but favourable collaboration between the Peto Institute and The Shen Clinic.
I could find no more information, so assume that the project did not get further than discussion stage.
If anyone else knows about this I would be grateful to hear what happened and if there are any plans for the future.
The past few months for me have been fraught with technical problems, getting a new computer, and sorting out getting started again. Hopefully all is well now and I can get back to posting, cataloguing and working on the latest project for publication by Conductive Education Press in 2016.
The year 2015 has been one of financial difficulties, closure and change for all those involved in Conductive Education, resulting in little in the way of new developments. The main item of news has been the appointment of a new rector at the Andras Peto College, Andrea Zsebe
She has announced hope of new partnerships in CE and plans for a masterate.
I wonder what 2016 will bring!
I wish a Happy New Year to you all.
I saw this post on Ruth Wales’ (nee Stange) Facebook page about an exciting piece of news for Australia. An assistant at Carson Street School, Western Australia has been accepted onto the conductor training course at the National Institute of Conductive Education in Birmingham, UK for September 2015.
The media release posted by Ruth says:
Jessica Cornelius, an Education Assistant at Carson Street School, has just been accepted to train at the National Institute of Conductive Education in Birmingham, UK.
Jessica will be the very first Australian to train as a Conductor. This is a huge commitment and the School is very proud of her achievement.
Carson Street School is the State’s only Education Support Primary School and the only school in WA to provide the unique program of Conductive Education.
Qualified Conductor Status (QCS), which is a worldwide recognised professional qualification and enables graduates to be employed as a Conductor. In addition to QCS, graduates receive an honours degree in Conductive Education.
I have not been able to track down a link for it on the Internet. There is no mention of it on Carson Street school’s website that I can find either.
Good luck to Jessica!
Today I read a news story about ‘digital archaeology’ on the web. Digital archaeology is a term given to outdated and retro gadgets and sites, and this article was reporting on items still on the web since 1996, some of which are still being updated. For example, a Robert De Niro fan page has survived for 15 years.
It also mentions The Wayback Machine which stores archived pages and screen grabs.
For some time now I have been using this resource to check facts and figures for Conductive Education. It is possible to search the Way Back Machine by inserting the URL for the centre or organisation that you want. For example, putting in www.peto.hu brings up over 4,000 hits.
It is comforting to know that in this age of on with the new and forget the old, it is possible to find out things about Conductive Education’s history, that some of it is preserved and some things, such as dates and events, development of websites, can be checked.
But a lot is probably gone forever which reminds us that we still need the traditional methods of recording information such as books, journals and personal archives.
Over the past couple of weeks I have received information about several new ventures by conductors in the UK. These are
Conductive Education Bristol,
Next Hills, Winchester,
Marbles Movement and Learning, Maidenhead, Surrey.
New provision of CE is good news indeed in these tough financial times and I hope there will be more to come, not just in the UK, but worldwide.
Having the information means I can update the map and let everyone know, so please do email me details of any new service provision as and when it starts.
I have just heard about an exciting new development in Malaysia. A new centre, Step and Smile, has opened in Kuala Lumpur set up by two people, Alan and Kiyoka Roberts, convinced of the benefits of Conductive Education. Two Hungarian conductors, Hajni and Zsolt, are working with the children.
It now has a pin in the worldwide map.
It is very early days for all concerned but I hope the numbers of children will increase as word gets around and that it can continue to thrive. This is the only centre I know of in that part of the world, and it is great to know it has opened with conductors.
A website is in preparation, but in the meantime you can find out more on their Facebook page.
or contact the centre manager Kiyoka Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you know of any other new ventures please do let me know so I can keep the map up to date.
I have just read a blog posting from Ralph Strzałkowski about professionals and their options/requirements for keeping up to date with new developments and practices:
He uses his own profession of the Law as an example. As far as he can, see conductors do not keep up to date like this.
Longman’s Dictionary defines a profession as
‘a calling requiring specialised knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation’
and a professional as
‘characterised by or conforming to the technical and ethical standards of a profession’
These definitions should be applicable to Conductive Education but perhaps a more visibly united profession with an agreed policy of research, continuing professional development, agreed standards and a growing literature would help in opening up Conductive Education and removing the apparent secrecy.
Most professions have:
- A very active publishing field in the form of books, journals and research papers. In Conductive Education there is no currently produced journal recording developments, research studies and practice. Occasional books are published but not widely bought or read.
- A professional body to oversee standards, research, cooperation, publishing. There is no such body in CE. In some countries there are associations but each has its cultural agenda and not all actively promote CE to the wider world. As a professional librarian I was required to pay annual membership fees (based on my salary) to the UK Library Association in order to keep my qualifications, and received a monthly journal reporting developments in the field.
- Continuous research projects on the go. Academic interest in CE has diminished. There have very few reports published in academic journals the past ten years. Conductors need to become involved in their own projects and report them.
- Training institutions that publish and set up research. As far as I am aware very little has been published by the current conductor training organisations, either by individuals or as organisations.
- Regular conferences, both international and national, with published proceedings. CE has an International Congress every three years but ends up with a very full programme giving little time for each presentation. No proceedings since the 1st in 1990 have ever been published, only abstracts.
Conductors are a relatively new and small profession compared to some, e.g. medicine, education and the law. They have not had the years and numbers of people to build up a literature and reputation that older professions have.
Conductors are spread very thinly worldwide but modern technology should facilitate communication, discussion and cooperation.
Today I read a posting by Susie Mallett about a cerebral palsy conference in Bled.
She notes that there was a presentation made by a conductor, Gabriella Czifra, who also chaired the first plenary session, and asks where she can find out more information about the presentation.
These days conference proceedings are not always published as many presentations are made using Powerpoint and not written up as they would once have been, so only those present at the conference are aware of events or developments in the field. It made me wonder yet again, how often presentations and participation by conductors occur in conferences which go unnoticed or unreported.
In the past I have asked people either to send me copies of their presentations so that I may include them in the Depository on Conduction’s website,
or let me know of any plans to publish elsewhere on the Internet or in hard copy.
Can I repeat that request again? In particular, can I ask you, Gabriella, to send me your presentation so that it can be placed in the Depository and be available to a much wider audience?
Surely it is so important for the future of Conductive Education to write, publish and record developments?
I have spent quite a bit of time this weekend putting more workplaces on the Intelligent Love map and am beginning to think I have square eyeballs now!
Nearly 100 more places in Hungary, Israel, Germany and the US now have pins in the map, making almost 300 altogether. These are not all centres but include hospitals, nurseries, schools and nursing homes which have at least one conductor working there.
I have quite a long list of places waiting for pins, probably getting on for 100 or so. You wouldn’t have thought there would be so many, would you?
I have discovered that some places are no longer operating and some conductors are not running their consultancies anymore. This is a shame, but these things happen, and new places are starting up all the time.
I have had some emails telling me of closures, and new operations, which is great. Please keep this up as it is impossible for me to maintain all this information on my own.
I would like to hear if this map is useful to you and in what way.
I received an enquiry by email recently from Andrea Berecz-Prewitt, conductor-teacher in Cincinnati, OH and also an ACENA board member. ACENA: www.acena.org
ACENA offers an opportunity to the conductors in North America to network by joining to a conference call bi-monthly. Andrea is going to participate in a virtual meeting with other conductors to discuss the role of conductor-teachers this coming week. As she says, this may be vary considerably in different circumstances and different countries.
Such discussion must be fruitful for all concerned and I wondered if these particular conductors are aware of Conductor Connect. Ben Foulger, a conductor has set up this group which can be joined (by invitation) with the aim of discussing, sharing and helping each other with all things professional. Sounds like a useful tool for those willing to participate and share their experience and knowledge.
If anyone is interested in knowing more about it, please do contact Ben at