IACAET Core Competences

For Creative Arts Educator and Therapist
(Ver 1.0, updated on Jan 28, 2021)

Core knowledge and quality

  • General knowledge of creative arts and somatics: definition of this term and use, history and development, relationship with other practices
  • General knowledge of human development: physical, emotional, social and cognitive; informed by relevant science(s) and other related disciplines
  • Appreciation for expressive arts involving creative practice and human expression and communication
  • Experience and appreciation of embodied learning modalities across disciplines and practices
  • Humanistic approach to education and ethical responsibility for society and nature


  • Recognize the multi-cultural variables and perspectives, as well as cultural and personal biases
  • An integrative perspective of the whole: part/whole relationship and the process of analysis (parts) with synthesis (integration of the whole within context)
  • Understanding and facility of mutual learning and collaborative processes across disciplines and fields of practice

Essential skills

  • Understanding and in-depth experience with creative process in the body/mind utilizing improvisational skills
  • Ability to utilize various forms of creative/artistic expression involving symbols, metaphors, and imagery in relation to the body and human movement experience
  • The ability to support and guide the personal development of others
  • Updated professional and teaching skills as applicable to practices in physical embodied setting as well as in using digital media. Understanding the strength and limitations of both formats in relation to the scope of practice and participants/clients/students
  • Ability to communicate with other professionals about their practice, theory, and ethics of interaction


  • Body/mind self-awareness: understanding of the body/mind interconnectedness and need for balance in the body/mind whole/part relationship
  • Conscious awareness of physical and emotional boundaries: what they are and how they work
  • Attitude of openness and honesty; Awareness of bias and ethics supporting a professional attitude of acceptance, empathy and compassion in interacting with others, including sensitivity to cultural, social and physical difference
  • Ability to be resilient and to understand and practice self-care