Claude Vandevoorde

Claude Vandevoorde

Claude Vandevoorde studied social agogics, theology and religious sciences (option social philosophy) at the KULeuven, conflict sciences & mediation at the IUKB Sion (University of Lausanne). He followed a postgraduate course in mediation in family affairs (KULeuven) and mediation in labour relations (Mediv). Claude engaged himself on a year-long learning path in initiatic therapy, body therapy and Zen meditation at the Dürckheim zentrum in Todtmoos-Rütte (Black Forest - Germany) and also followed a 2-year training in contextual assistance (Balans vzw). He also followed shorter courses in existential psychotherapy, psychodrama, voice dialogue, working with the animal soul, systemic work based on character structures and non-violent communication. The four-year training as an experiential gestalt psychotherapist was completed at the IVC in Kortrijk.

Claude has worked in various sectors of welfare and education (street work, detention, drug counselling, hospital management, palliative care, restorative mediation, care ethics learning) and has been a research and project assistant at KULeuven for a number of years on the subject of mourning, restorative and reconciliation processes. He currently works part-time as a teacher at the Vives hogeschool - study area social-agogical work - and at the KULeuven in trainings around conflict mediation and practice methodology. Furthermore, he is part-time active in a group practice for psychotherapy as individual therapist, relationship therapist and mediator. Since the spring of 2020, he has been a trainer at the IVC within the gestalt psychotherapy training.

He is an NVAGT certified Gestalt therapist, a board member of the VBEGP (Flemish Professional Association for Experiential Gestalt Psychotherapy) and a member of the chamber for Ethical Questions (KEV) of the NVAGT.

Claude is fascinated by the existential depth dimension of life themes, the aesthetics of stillness and the creative contact between person, nature and culture.