Reveal your true self to yourself through creative expression , communication and awareness coaching


As a transpersonal art therapist, awareness coach, qualitative researcher and educator, to help create a better world by raising people's self-awareness.



Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research (CIHER)


Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA)


CQ Contemporary Artists (CQCA)


Australian Holistic Healers & Counsellors Association (AHHCA)


Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ACATA)


Standing Conference of Organizational Symbolism (SCOS)


Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Inc (PESA)



Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy, IKON Institute, Perth, Australia.


PhD (Distinction). Research project: Understanding and Working with Dynamics in Cross-CulturalEducation: University of Western Sydney (UWS), Penrith South, NSW, Australia

PhD/DBA (foundation year): University of Humanistics (UvH), Utrecht, Netherlands


Cert IV in Small Business Management (NEIS), First Contact, Ourimbah, NSW, Australia


MEdSt (research-focused). Project: Education: The Educare/Educere Paradigm, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia


Cert English as a Second Language (ESL): Royal Society of the Arts, LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia


Cert Painting and Cert. Drawing: Hobart Technical College, Australia


‘First grade teacher’ training: Academie Voor Expressie & Communicatie, Leeuwarden, Netherlands


Social Worker training: Sociale Academie, Den Bosch, Netherlands


Primary school teacher training: Pedagogische Academie, Veghel, Netherlands

Evaluation research reports

Van den Akker, J. & Jennings, M. (2016). Pathways Evaluation Report. Murdoch University, Perth.

Van den Akker, J., Edwards, M. & Soo, C. (2015). An Integrative Review of Literature on the Implementation of PositiveBehaviour Support. University of Western Australia, Perth.


Van den Akker, José W.I.M (in press). On the Crossroads: Hard and Soft Paths at the Centre of International Education.In M. Bussey & M. Chakravorty (eds). The Transitional Self: Identity and Becoming in a Plurified World.

Van den Akker, José W.I.M (in press). My academic autoethnography. In M. Bussey, K. Greenwood and S. Willcocks(eds). Rising Stars Research Stories.

Reid, Carol & van den Akker, José (2007). CIT teachers’ cultures in a globalising world. In J. Lynch (ed). Gender and IT: Ongoing challenges for Computing and Information Technology education in Australian secondary schools. Pp. 111-124. Melbourne: Australian Curriculum Studies Association and Common Ground Publishing.

Van den Akker, José (2020). Delivering a visual narrative arts-based program to promote resilience in Queensland’s

Central Highlands communities: An exploratory pilot study. Journal of Creative Arts Therapies (JoCAT), 15(1), 76-82.

Van den Akker, José W.I.M. and Woldring, Klaas (2019). A masculine leadership-style in a monocultural Westminster-style parliament: Does it represent Australia’s multicultural society? Independent Australia, 26 July 2019.,12934

Van den Akker, José W.I.M. (2019). What is left of the person-centred approach in the Anthropocene? Rogerian andneoliberal ideologies informing human service delivery and education. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education (20)1, 19-34.

Van den Akker, José W.I.M. & Fokkema, Tineke (2019). De integratie van Nederlandse immigranten in de Australische samenleving [Integration of Dutch immigrants in Australian society. Dutch Courier, March 2019, 19.

Van den Akker, José (2018). Different Ways of Thinking and Going About International Education. The International Journal of Diversity in Education, 18(2). DOI:

Harris, G., Tiwari, R. & Van den Akker, J.W.I.M. (2018). Indigenous unemployment in rural and regional WesternAustralia: Is there a way out? Indigenous Policy Journal, XXIX (1), 1-17.

Gower, S., Van den Akker, J., Jones, M., Earnest, J. & Duggan, R. (2016). Australian nurse educators delivering evidence-based education in Tanzania: a qualitative study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 18, 16-22.

Van den Akker, José W.I.M. (2015). Therapeutic practice: personal account of an arts based activity. Art Therapy OnLine.

Van den Akker, José (2015). Líricas errantes: un concepto filosófico espiritual para la educación intercultural evolutiva. In Gaggiotti, H.; Kostera, M.; Bresler, R.; San Román, B. (eds) (June, 2015). Special Issue: Nuevos enfoques sobrenomadismo, desplazamiento y transitoriedad. Scripta Nova, Revista electrónica de Geografía y Ciencias Sociales, XIX, 19 (Van den Akker, José W.I.M., Wandering Songlines: a philosophical concept for Evolutionary Cross-Cultural Educating. Scripta Nova).