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Here we offer the content of the contributions during the conference, which you can look forward, in order to timetable of the conference. Some of them are still in the translation process.


Kallia Trouli (University of Crete, Greece)

Lecture: Psychomotor education in Greece and its importance in early childhood.

The aim of our contribution is to present the concept of psychomotricity in Greece both in educational, preventive and therapeutic context.

Psychomotricity has two self-evident dimensions: pedagogical and therapeutic and related applications in education and therapy. Moreover, this has been at the heart of the establishing purpose of the European Forum of Psychomotricity, and also has been brought forward by almost all psychomotor operators in Europe and the world. By using movement, psychomotricity, through the holistic view of “body-soul-spirit” development, aims to support all areas of the human personality. Therefore, as a form of education that supports the child’s holistic development, it should have a privileged place in the treatment of the younger age in which any difficulties can be diagnosed, so we can intervene promptly to deal with them. In this way it leaves us hope for its preventive function.

Workshop: Psychomotor approach for teaching writing skills in early childhood

Motor skills are an important part of human development. A special kind of motor skills are those needed to write. Psychomotricity and mainly graphomotricity deals with the study of the movement in writing. As a psychomotor skill, writing requires visual and auditory perception, visualmotor integration (eye-hand coordination), fine motor movements, stabilization of laterality, writing tool manipulation (e.g., hold a pencil effectively), proper body posture and suitable positioning of the paper, orientation of written language, recalling the letters’ figures and the appropriate movements in order to write of letters (Grave, 1994; Richards, 1998). However, if children fail to combine the aforementioned with the automated, fluent execution of them, they will not be able to concentrate on other cognitive and metacognitive skills which are necessary for the development of writing and reading (Spantidakis, 2004). The aim of this workshop is to discuss issues related to the development of the young children’s graphomotor skill, the factors that influence it and to approach experientially activities that help young children prepare for writing.


Hana Dvořáková (Pedagogic Faculty, Charles University, Prague)

Lecture + workshop: Psychomotricity as Means for Development of Preschool Child and Fulfilment of Framework Educational Programme for Preschool Education.

The objectives of the Framework Educational Programme for Preschool Education focus on support for comprehensive development of the child personality and development towards mastering the key (life) competences, with respect for developmental specifics and child individuality and support for experience, activity and situational learning and learning by play, and with support for the child´s activity, creativeness, thinking and decision-making. Psychomotricity is based on similar basic principles and formulates similar objectives. Therefore psychomotricity is able to offer movement means supporting the child´s development in all areas defined by the Framework Educational Programme for Preschool Education.


Tereza Louková (Pedagogic Faculty, J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem)

Lecture: Psychomotricity in Physical Education of Children in Younger School Age.

The purpose of the communication will be to acquaint the participants with the options of utilisation of psychomotricity as entertaining physical activity using untraditional requisites for school physical education lessons and its role in development of concentration, support for motivation and positive attitude towards physical exercise. The lecture will also present research into the effect of psychomotor activities in physical education lessons on concentration of children in the younger school age. Improvement of concentration was found in children whose physical education lessons included elements of psychomotor activities, including children with ADHD.

Workshop: Psychomotricity in Physical Education of Children in Younger School Age.

The purpose of the workshop will be to mediate to the participants experience in psychomotor activities and their use not only in physical education lessons, with a focus on development of concentration, own body perception, cooperation and communication by movement. The participants will have a chance to try physical activities without pressure on performance and discover further options of their use in their own practice. We will use colour balloons, massaging balls, yoghurt cups etc.


Vladislava Heřmanová (Pedagogic Faculty, J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem)

Lecture: Reflexion of physical activities in elderly (University of the 3rd age)

This contribution has focused on the Reflection of the motion activities by a sample of  the senior age students at the University of the Third Age, UJEP Ústí nad Labem. At the beginning of the research study the movement programs from the U3A UJEP menu have been characterised, in particular the Motion Club, Tai Chi, Golf, Health Exercise and Self-Defense. We have clarified and confirmed the importance of overcoming stress in relation to physical activity.

The empirical part of our contribution has introduced the research problem, which is specified as a series of possibilities of acquiring and developing healthy lifestyles in the form of physical activities, especially in elderly people. Further, the research problem was focused on the development of a healthy lifestyle in connection with the physical activity in the elderly for senior citizens, has been investigated. The research sample comprised the respondents of senior age from the U3A group and a comparative group, i.e.  students of the other courses, except for two courses – Exercise and Sport.

Our investigation showed that in the first examined group the senior students were permanently dedicated to physical activity, while a mere consideration of activity or its actual absence occurred at the control group. It is possible to make a conclusion that the group of the U3A citizens that is involved in healthy physical activities, also leads an active and healthy life style and that very strong relaxation and anti-stress effects have been achieved in senior students of this research sample.


Lenka Semerádová (J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem)

Workshop: ThaiChi in elderly

Participants can experience the Chinese health exercises through the workshop demonstration. Together, we will perform the eight pieces of brocade, the most popular Chinese health practice (also called qigong or life art) all over the world. The focus will be on the composition of the lesson and breakdown of the individual steps, including explanation. The basic principles, common to all practices of traditional Tai Chi form will be demonstrated on brief simple exercises. The exercises have miniscule physical demands and their health benefits are widely acknowledged. The participants are encouraged to include selected exercises in their daily life or use them as add-ons in their work with clients. Information on the benefits and potential pitfalls for elderly practitioners are provided in the entire duration of the workshop.


Běla Hátlová (Pedagogic Faculty, J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem)

Lecture: What encourages people with mental health problems to participate in social life activities? How this improves the quality of their lives?

Unfavourable health consequences of inactive lifestyle emphasize the need for interventions effective in maintenance and change of physical activity based conduct. The problem is introduction and maintenance of motivation for physical activity, perceived by the patients as another burden in addition to their disease.


The research focused on the effect of a motivational movement programme on psychiatric outpatients and factors which can be affected by physical activity: frequency of physical exercise, expressed physical condition, measured psychomotor tempo, level of anxiety or depression an overall condition.


The research sample included 27 outpatients (15 males, 12 females), with the history of hospitalisation for diagnosed schizophrenia or mood disorders and anxiety.

The intervention took the form of a 6-day trip to a wellness facility.
The research results were noted with the help of a ten-point scale measuring the level of expressed physical fitness (endurance, muscle strength and dexterity). The trail making test was used for metering the psychomotor tempo. Values showing the level of anxiety and depression were obtained by the HADS questionnaire with its two subscales, HADS-A for the level of anxiety, and HADS-D for the level of depression.


The obtained data confirmed a significant effect of a motivating interview in the course of a movement programme on the expressed overall physical fitness and its individual measured components.

The obtained data confirmed a significant effect of a motivating interview in the course of a movement programme on the measured psychomotor tempo.

The obtained data confirmed a significant effect of a motivating interview in the course of a movement programme on the level of anxiety in patients with mood disorders and anxiety disorders. The data did not confirm any significant effect on schizophrenic patients.


The results allow for the conclusion that a motivating interview in the course of a movement programme may be used as an effective complement to the therapeutic method trying to affect perceived physical fitness as well as an effective method for influencing the psychomotor tempo of performance of visuomotor activity of patients suffering from schizophrenia, mood disorders and anxiety. The level of anxiety showed a statistically significant improvement in some of the patients only.

The data measured 6 months after the intervention completion did not differ significantly from the data measured 12 months after the intervention.


Geir Haakstad, Verpelstad Ruben (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo)

Presentation: Physical activity: an important treatment option for people with severe mental illness

Different events including physical activity have been a tradition in psychiatric wards in Norway for decades. For around 30 years, annual events would include: Summer festivals lasting a week with different activities such as volleyball, running, football and other summer sports. Likewise, a weeklong winter festival included alpine and cross-country skiing and had a lot of the same spirit. These arrangements were big happenings and brought together more than 100 patients and staff members, but are unfortunately now a part of history.

For many psychiatric patients these arrangements have been an important part of life, and something to look forward to, like a holiday away from the institution. The concept of getting together doing physical activity is of great importance for this patient group. Many patients live isolated lives with no job to go to, have few friends and spend a lot of time on their own.

Hence, we are now planning our own event. In total, we are two from the staff, two bachelor students in sport science and approximately 12 patients. This year we have decided to go to the mountains, including two nights in cabins at Gamlestølen, Valdres. Gamlestølen is located 900 meter above sea level.

Our treatment program is based on cognitive therapy, and one important aspect, involvement of the patient to take an active part in constructing and planning their own lives.

Patient involvement also includes making an activity program before the present event. We have already arranged a meeting, discussing activities: what to do, dining (focus on healthy eating), and equipment needed. Many patients have never been at a similar location (mountain cabin), and this also provides an opportunity to learn about nature and equipment needed for safe trips and experiences in these environments.

Our personnel/staff will observe and take notes with respect to how the patients are doing, how they interact with each other and how they participate in group-activities. We will evaluate what was successful, and what didn’t work, and share our experiences with other psychiatric units.


Iva Wedlichová (Pedagogic Faculty, J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem)

Lecture: DAP Services methods as a tool in the PsychPat Research Project


David Karel (Pedagogic Faculty, J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem)

Lecture + workshop: Mindfulness, a Way to Health and Introspection.

The contribution will focus on mindfulness as an instrument of introspection and health improvement in all age categories. Mindfulness id an ancient mediation technique taught by Buddha himself, with the aim to better know oneself and perceive one´s own being here and now, to show others a way to free oneself from suffering. Mindfulness means maximum concentration on the current moment forming our experience and teaching our mind to concentrate on a single thing, idea or activity without reaction on it. Mindfulness is intentional observation of own body and mind, observation of the coming ideas and physical conditions, becoming their uncritical observers and accepting them in their as-is condition and letting them pass until disappearance and inauguration of inner peace. The result of such perceptive being is conscious perception of the present, without returning to the past and looking to the future. This is an extended state of mind developing introspection for knowledge of own inner life and relationships to the surroundings, bringing about new creative perception of the world and waking up inner wisdom in us. The contribution will focus on possible uses of mindfulness in therapeutic practice as a support therapy of depression and anxiety and stress management. The practical part of the workshop will teach the participants the basic technique of mindfulness.


Martin Dlabal (Pedagogic Faculty, J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem)

Workshop: Anchoring method as a motivational tool for movement aktivity

Anchoring is the technique of combining an external stimulus with an inner feeling so that this experience can be recalled when needed. This way, we can combine a pleasant experience with current feelings, for instance, when performing a physical activity.


Renata Hajná (Pedagogic Faculty, J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem)

Workshop: Options of use of imagination in education (of not only pupils with special learning needs)

The purpose of the workshop is experience learning of the participants from a model situation of inclusion of imagination in teaching of a standard elementary education class.


Mirka Papajiková (Development through dancing, Prague)

Workshop: “Who AM I” Dance Workshop

We can only censor our body and its physical manifestations to a limited extent, and that is why our movements tell a lot about who we are, what our life attitude is, what relationship we have to ourselves and to the world, about our hopes and concerns. Let us now try together how to tune our body and its processes and how to learn something new about ourselves through interactions with others.


Mary – Anne Paterson (London, UK)

Artsworkshop: Working artistically with the four temperaments  

Temperament, that fundamental colouring of the human personality,  plays a role in manifestations of our individuality. We sense something of this basic mood when we meet an Other.

Our first impression may seem to come initially from the external encounter perceived in the expression in the physical body and in everything we can observe.

This drawing, role play and movement workshop, will bring us closer to a deeper understanding of the inner colourations  to be found in the varying combinations of the  choleric, sanguine, phlegmatic and melancholic  temperament in ourselves and the Other.



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Transport from Prague Airport to Usti nad Labem

From: Prague Airport
To: Usti nad Labem

Transport in Usti nad Labem

From Main Train station to Mirove square station 5 – 10minutes by walk

Trolley buses: connection from the station Mirove square (Mirove namesti) – lines 52, 53, 54 to the station Malatova and then about 400m to the building of the University (Horeni 13)

Hoření 3083/13, 400 11 Ústí nad Labem-Severní Terasa



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Guidelines for the contribution

You can participate in the conference in the form of the oral presentation or workshop. I tis neccessary to send the abstract f your contribution till the 13th February 2019 in the section Registration. From the contributions we will create proceedings of abstracts. In case of presentation of the research project there will possibility to publish the article in the international journal, for more information ask Běla Hátlová:

Oral presentation

  • 20 minutes and 5 minutes discussion (there will be translation to Czech language, please speak slowly :));
  • presentation in PowerPoint – please send it till the 15th February 2019 (because of translation).


  • practical seminar,
  • in gym room, possibility of change room,
  • till the 15th February 2019 please send, what you will need for your workshop.


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Organizational team

Organizational comitee (Department of Psychology, Pedagogical faculty, UJEP)

Mgr. Tereza Louková, Ph.D.            leader of organization

 PhDr. Iva Wedlichová, Ph.D.            leader of the Department of Psychology, financial manager

Michaela Linková                             secretary, administration, invoices, payment

PhDr. Vladislava Heřmanová, Ph.D.  Erasmus coordinator, international relationships


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Every participant has to book the accommodation on his/her own. We prepared some possibilities for you:

Clarion Congress Hotel Ústí nad Labem

Hotel a restaurant Větruše

Penzion Na Hvězdě

Pivovar Hotel Na Rychtě

Best Western Hotel Vladimír

Interhotel Bohemia

Pension Duel

Student’s hostel UJEP

Accommodation in private flats



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About conference

The International Conference of Psychomotricity was originally realized as a workshop for a small group of students of psychomotricity in Belgium and educational programs at Faculty of Education Jan Evangelista Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem in Czech Republic. The first edition was implemented in 2009. The main organizators were dr. Milena Adámková – Ségard, doc. Bela Hátlová from the Department of Psychology UJEP and prof. Michel Probst from KU Leuven in Belgium. It was a major international collaboration that significantly influenced the development of psychomotricity and psychomotor therapy in the country. Over the years, the conference came to the attention of other professionals, particularly physiotherapists from psychiatric hospitals. The conference began to be interested more and more people from the Czech Republic and abroad. Since 2012, the organization took over dr. Tereza Louková from the Department of Psychology UJEP. in years 2014 – 2017 the conference had become a part of the project PsychPAT, which deals with physical activity in psychiatric patient’s tretament in the Czech Republic and Norway. It was set up a close cooperation with the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences (NSSS) in Oslo, which has been the research center in this issue for many years.
At the conference, you can listen to a variety of theoretical lectures from the field and participate in practical workshops that are always experientially focused. The aim of the conference is to disseminate basic ideas of psychomotricity according to EFP (European Forum of psychomotricity) deepen awareness of the positive effects of natural movement on the psyche of the entire population, inspire and support participants in their work to prepare the land and space for sharing experiences, experiences in the areas of work and personal development.

Nowadays we covered with the contributions three main areas of interest:

  1. Education
  2. Psychiatry
  3. Personal development.

During conference you can be in touch with the use of movement and physical activity in all three areas, which are connected together. We hope, that everybody can find his/her field of interest.

International speakers in last years:

2010 – prof. Michel Probst, Ph.D. (K.U. Leuven, Belgium)

Dr. Pohl (Evangelische Hochschule für Sozial Arbeit, Dresden BRD)

Dr. Frank Oehmichen, Ph.D. (Klinik Bavaria Kreischa, BRD)

2011 – prof. Michel Probst, Ph.D. (K.U. Leuven, Belgium)

Prof. Dr. Attilio Nicola Carraro (University of Padua, Department of Educational Science)

Davy Vancampfort, Ph.D. (UPC-KU Leuven, Campus Kortenberg, Belgium)

2012 – Prof. Marit Sorensen (Oslo, Norway)

Prof. Gioacchino Pagliaro (Padua, Italy)

Prof. Michel Probst, Ph.D.(Leuven, Belgium)

Prof. Rui Martins (Lisboa, Portugal)

Prof. Attilio Carraro (Padua, Italy)

2013 – Prof.Guy Faulkner, PhD. (Toronto, Canada)

Prof. Michel Probst, Ph.D.(KU Leuven, Belgium) Natalia.Oganesjan , PhD. (St.-Peterburg, Russia)

Prof. Adrian Taylor, Ph.D. (Exeter, UK)

Prof.Marit Sørensen (Oslo, Norway)

Lenz Viola Sibylle(Altenburg, Germany)& Stephan Roebers (Dessau, Germany)

Davy Vancampfort, PhD. (UPC-KU Leuven, CampusKortenberg, Belgium)

Geir Haakstad (Oslo, Norway)

2014 prof. Gerd Hölter, Ph.D. (University Dortmund, Germany)

Mgr. Thesi Zak (Wien, Austria) Jean Michel Albaret, Ph.D., (University Toulouse, France)

Valentina Moro, Ph.D. (University Verona, Italy)

Davy Vancampfort, PhD. (UPC-KU Leuven, Campus Kortenberg, Belgium)

2015 – Prof. Christophe Maïano (University Quebec, Canada)

Prof. Marit Sörensen Ph.D. (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway)

Marianne Irmler, Ph.D. (University Oldenburg, Germany)

Tessa de Schipper, Ph.D. (KU Leuven, Belgium)

2016 – Prof. Marit Sørensen, Ph.D. (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway)

Mag. rer. nat. Wolfgang Ruf (University Graz, Austria)

Anders Farholm, Ph.D. (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway)

Magne Hem Stenersen (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway)

Hans Olav Østebrød (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway)

Fredrik Sørhaug Kristiansen (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway)

Geir Haakstad (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway)

2017 – Prof. Marit Sørensen, Ph.D. (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway)

Prof. Adrian H. Taylor (University Plymouth, Great Britain)

Marte Bentzen, Ph.D. (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway)

Anders Farholm, Ph.D (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway)

Magne Hem Stenersen (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway)

Mary – Anne Paterson (Rehabilitation hospital N.H.S a Cancerkin UNIT the Royal Free in London, Great Britain)