About Us

Executive Committee

Gillian Stern
President

Tali Ashkenazi
Vice President
 

Kaija Niemi
Committee Member
 

Patrick Algoet
Treasurer

Heather Holgate
Non Executive Secretary

Liliana Klimont
Secretary


Message from the President

I had the honour and privilege to have been elected President of EBTA at our Biennial Congress in Oulu Finland in 2012. I was re-elected for a second term in Warsaw Poland, 2014 and recently for a third (and final) term in Porto Portugal September 2016.

EBTA actually stands for the European Bobath Tutors’ Association, although If you Google ‘EBTA’ it comes up with Equine Behaviour and Training Association or the European Brief Therapy Association!

EBTA has as its members the Bobath National Tutor Organisations of 18 countries of Europe-see map on the Home page for details of all our member countries. Some of the countries are those you would expect like the UK, Germany, Belgium and Italy; others are ‘new’ Europeans like Turkey, Croatia and the Czech Republic.

We are a network or community of Bobath teaching teams, comprising over 200 Bobath Tutors, spread the length and breadth of Europe. EBTA exists to set, maintain and update standards of all types of Bobath Courses, as developed by Dr and Mrs Bobath, as well as standards for the training of Bobath Tutors. A special EBTA stamp is placed on each Bobath Certificate which accredits these courses, and confers an internationally recognised status on them. Additionally EBTA has a mandate to encourage and implement research.

The EBTA Executive Committee, is a voluntary body which deals with a variety of issues regarding Bobath Courses in various countries. The drive nowadays towards evidence-based learning and individual national university accreditation systems have led to issues and challenges which have impacted on the curriculum and teaching of Bobath Courses in some European countries.

Over the past several years a selection of tutors from nearly all the teaching teams have met regularly to agree a Core Curriculum for Basic Courses recognised Europe-wide. During this period it became apparent that, although English is the common tongue, we were not all ‘speaking the same language’. Different countries may also use alternative teaching methodologies, which influence how information is presented. Some countries may have differing healthcare systems which influence how they teach and how they value accreditation.

Our members converse and support each other by email, at regular Workshops and Congresses; our Congress is held every two years, hosted each time by a different European country. Congress is always an extremely enjoyable educational and social event, which is also a huge undertaking for the host country. For the past few years Congress has included a special programme for Bobath trained therapists, so you don’t need to be a tutor to attend! 

My vision for this Presidency is to continue to work together with my fellow Tutors to teach and treat using a more consistent terminology to enhance understanding of Bobath concept and therapy within the international medical fraternity. I am confident that Bobath in clinical practice still has much to offer to parents and their children, and EBTA will continue to be in the forefront of projecting that vision and live up to the memory of Dr and Mrs Bobath.


History of EBTA

by Dr Sarah Capelovitch, former EBTA President and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award

   

 

 

 

The European Bobath Tutors’ Association (EBTA) was founded in 1971 by five German speaking countries, as an association of Teaching Centres (TC). The attendees were medical doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech & language therapists.

Presidents were elected at meetings which took place every two years. Dr Karel Bobath was the first President elected in Innsbruck, followed by Drs Elspeth Koeng, Barbara Ohrt, Inge Flehming, Bert Touwen, Renate von Arentsschild, F. Alexandre, and  Hubert Haberfellner who requested Jennifer Bryce, physiotherapist and Principal of the Bobath Centre, London, to co-chair.

in 1988, at a Tutors Meeting in London, the formative seeds of an International Tutors’ Association were planted and, in1990, during the Presidency of Dr Ilona Autti Ramo, discussions took place on how best to take this forward. Many years of cross-continental dialogue followed. Dr Tatjana Velickovic who was elected in 1992, convened an International Tutors Working Group in 1993 in Bled, together with her husband Dr Miko Velickovic. Correspondence and telephone calls continued during 1993 and 1994 between Jennifer Bryce (UK), Tatjana Velickovic (Slovenia), Harry Crombag (The Netherlands), Judy Murray (UK) and Sarah Capelovitch (Israel).

Harry Crombag was elected to explore the legal procedures that needed to be undertaken in order to establish an International Organization, and Suzie Dreier (Switzerland) was elected to the position of Secretary.

This working group met a few times to discuss the aims of EBTA, these are now incorporated in the Constitution under Article 3. The constitution was registered and signed by public Notary in Beek (Limburg), The Netherlands on December 9th 1994; it was co-signed by Jennifer Bryce, who was elected President in 1994.

Although the official name of the Tutors’ Association is the "European Bobath Tutors Association", the Articles of the Association (Definition in Article 2) refer to "qualified tutors to teach neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT)/ Bobath  concept". The term ‘NDT’ is based on Bobath teaching in the USA. In the 1980s and 1990s, European Bobath Tutors such as Mary Quinton and Dr Elspeth Koeng were spending much time teaching in the US, qualifying many tutors. Thus NDT was already in use and had become widespread; so for the sake of unity and to aid working together in the future, it was decided to refer to Bobath as NDT/Bobath.

The Core Curriculum for 240 hour Basic Courses as set down by Dr and Mrs Bobath was standardised over a number of years. Margaret Mayston (UK) together with Jos de Cat (Belgium) facilitated 6 Core Curriculum working group meetings: Lisbon 2001, London 2003, Berlin 2004, Netherlands 2005, Leuven 2006 and London 2007. These became core-curriculum workshops, with the participation of permanent members from Belgium, Germany,  Israel, The Netherlands and the UK. 2007 saw the completion of this work, with the addition of an updated Bibliography from Dr Mayston.


Aims of EBTA

The aims of the Association are:

  • to maintain the integrity of the NDT/Bobath concept and develop it in accordance with evolving scientific advances.
  • to promote the availability and accessibility of the NDT/Bobath concept to all countries.
  • to maintain and improve the standards of training of NDT/Bobath tutors.
  • to maintain and improve the standards of NDT/Bobath courses.
  • to organise regular meetings and educational programmes.
  • to facilitate the co-operation and the exchange of ideas between members and other appropriate national or international organisations.
  • to promote research into the theoretical basis and functional/clinical/outcome of the NDT/Bobath concept.