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Art and Expressive Therapies Group with Assyrian-Chaldean Adolescents

Art and Expressive Therapies Group with Assyrian-Chaldean Adolescents

This workshop will present the process and outcomes of therapeutic group intervention for Assyrian-Chaldean  adolescents who experienced dislocation, prolonged exposure to war and associated trauma.

The two-month program was led by a multidisciplinary team and applied a holistic approach to healing in line with STARTTS model of best practice.  Through a series of therapeutic and educational techniques – including self-expression, teaching on anxiety and stress management, and social skills modelling – the program aimed to empower participants who have recently settled in Australia.  Specific activities included clay work; drawing; painting and collage; creation and exploration of family trees; drumming and singing; and information sharing.  Emphasis was placed on recognising and maintaining respect for individual spiritual beliefs and cultural values.

Post-program evaluation suggests positive therapeutic outcomes for participants and strengthens the rationale for the integration of early intervention, clinical and community development approaches in group-based work.
 

Speakers: Lina Ishu
Areas of Interest / Categories: STARTTS 2009, Trauma, War

STARTTS 2009

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