The “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ortho-Bionomy® e.V.” (DGOB)
The German Association for Ortho-Bionomy (DGOB) was founded in 1992. From the beginning, its stated goal has been to promote Ortho-Bionomy as a treatment method and to provide opportunities for qualified training and exchange to those who use it. The association is based in Cologne. In terms of membership numbers, it is the largest Ortho-Bionomy association in Europe.
DGOB Tasks and Objectives
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ortho-Bionomy e.V. (DGOB) is an umbrella organization for Ortho-Bionomy Practitioners in Germany. It provides information about opportunities for training and professional development in Germany and abroad, maintains listings of DGOB-registered Practitioners, and represents Ortho-Bionomy’s interests in the public.
We conceptualize and organize professional training, advanced training, and development events in Ortho-Bionomy and related disciplines. This is founded on the professional competence offered by the Ortho-Bionomy® European Association of Teachers (OBEAT). The OBEAT is a parent organization for Ortho-Bionomy Instructors which specifies the contents and structures for qualified Ortho-Bionomy training programs.
Furthermore, our website offers information about a large number of Events related to Ortho-Bionomy.
DGOB members are extremely well-trained and always well-informed.
Professional exchange always plays an important part in our annual conventions as well as in workshops and other courses. It is very important to us that events offer a combination of theoretical framework and practical exercise, as we consider it crucial that Practitioners have experienced all Ortho-Bionomic treatment methods themselves before treating others.
Our activities are not limited by national borders — we are closely connected to Ortho-Bionomy associations around the world in order to keep up with international developments in Ortho-Bionomy.
DGOB members have direct access to national and international information on Ortho-Bionomy.
- DGOB-registered Practitioners need to supply proof of their regular participation in advanced Ortho-Bionomy training events. This is an important quality feature for clients.
- Ortho-Bionomy has high expectations of itself. Likewise, people have high expectations of Ortho-Bionomy. To meet these expectations, all Practitioners undergo a substantial training program.
- The training program leading to certification as an Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner lasts at least two years and is based on the guidelines formulated by the Ortho-Bionomy® European Association of Teachers (OBEAT).
- The OBEAT, which was founded in 1994 in French-speaking Switzerland, has held the European rights for the name “Ortho-Bionomy” since Dr. Pauls’ death in 1997 and regulates Practitioner and Instructor training in Europe. The name “Ortho-Bionomy®” is a registered trademark. Only certified Practitioners who have successfully passed an exam based on OBEAT rules are allowed to use it.
- All Practitioners listed in our List of Practitioners are required to take part in advanced training and development events in regular intervals in order to keep up-to-date with current knowledge.
DGOB members always offer the latest state of knowledge to their clients.
As an association, we ensure that Ortho-Bionomy becomes more and more well-known. By holding lectures, taking part in fairs, exhibitions and specialist conventions, and disseminating information material about the principles of Ortho-Bionomy, we are working towards our goal: To introduce this treatment method of which we are deeply convinced to an increasing number of clients. In this context, we also support scientific research dealing with Ortho-Bionomy.
DGOB members receive wide-ranging support in their daily work.
For detailed information on the DGOB’s tasks and objectives, please refer to the DGOB Charter.
The DGOB is led by four board members and is centrally managed from the Cologne office. These are the current DGOB board members:
- Annegret Dörr (1st Chairperson)
- Stephanie Heckmann (Vice-Chairperson)
- Christine Glumann (Treasurer)
- Eduard Pfeifle (4th Board Member)
The DGOB Board Members (from left to right) Stephanie Heckmann, Christine Glumann, Eduard Pfeifle and Annegret Dörr.
The DGOB is connected with other organizations at home and abroad. It works closely with the Ortho-Bionomy® European Association of Teachers (OBEAT) and the Society of Ortho-Bionomy® International (SOBI) and is also a member of the Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege (BGW), the German Employers’ Liability Insurance Association for Health Service and Welfare Work. The DGOB is also a member of the Deutschen Jugendherbergswerk (DJH) Landesverband Rheinland, a regional section of the German Youth Hostel Association.
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