Program 2017 (finished)

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Program SS RANDERS 2017


Resilience Through Partner work (Pauline Fellinger, Christina Bär)

Within Psychomotricity, we are confronted with a very different cliental from small children until aged adults which not only suffer from physical difficulties but also socio-emotional problems. To strengthening resilience is an important aim of our therapy to reach long lasting effects in the daily life. Working through the experience of our body is a part of the method and building up more resilience through positive social experience plays is a very important part. When working with the body and movement with a partner closely, we are able to accelerate positive effects on resilience.

In one part of the workshop, you will experience physical strengths and resistance through the technique of Judo. The base of judo is two people touching / feeling each other, using strength, timing, tempo and direction. It is an ideal activity to discover, develop or empower resilience.  You will try a large amount of exercises, with differentiation in position, distance and using the factor of luck and coincidence, to discover all the different effects. We will discuss client-groups, treatment focus and interventions in PMT context.

In the other part of the workshop, we are going to discover and strengthen our own resilience with partner work through dance. Dancing with a partner offers the additional opportunity to engage in social activities and experience communication in a physical and sensual way. Compared to other activities these dances require a constant adaptation to a partner, which is effective in building up cognitive reserve. It can be a possibility for preventing Alzheimer’s disease. We will be working with the experience of leading and following a partner.

Resilience in the PMT (Signe Miranda, Celeste Simões)

Resilience is generally defined as the ability to successfully overcome the challenges and adversities that we face throughout our life. For this ability, there is a contribution of external resources that we have available in the main life contexts, like home, friends, school, community, and internal assets that involve social and emotional competences that are crucial in this context.

Promoting resilience in children and adolescents that grow with adversity has been the focus of many researchers who work in this field. Bearing in mind that the social and emotional skills are one of the pillars of resilience, its promotion naturally implies the learning and training of these skills and how they can be used when we are confronted with challenges or significant life events.

Psychomotor approach can provide an excellent framework to work on these skills given its holistic approach, connecting psychological and motor experiences.

Through body-oriented activities and the reflections on gained experiences, we will at this course explore:

  • ·   Risk and protective factors associated to resilience process
  • ·   How risk and protective factors impact on different outcomes, in main life areas
  • ·   How psychomotor therapy can promote resilience factors

Resilience through vocal practice and meta-communication (Chris Raaijmakers, Nathalie Pichon) 

This practical workshop proposes to live, in an elaborate framework, sensorial, vocal and playful experiments, through which we look for a balance between relaxation and toning, and a development of sensorial conscience linked to vocal quality. We will also work around body axis, respiration, anchoring on the ground and body mobility. Finally, we will describe voice through its links with the sense of self, referring to theoretical contributions.

Studies show that there are several factors, which develop and sustain a person’s resilience.

Factors, such as Communication and mental skills. These skills are known to be good communication and problem- solving skills. In addition the ability to make realistic plans and being capable of taking the necessary steps to follow through with them are important for a person’s resilience.

Emotions resilience is the ability to manage strong impulses and feelings, a positive self-concept and confidence in one’s strengths and abilities.

As psychomotor therapists, we can add two factors of resilience:

  • The Body resilience: good health, ability to be aware of your sensations and be self-listening.
  • Social environment resilience: familial relationships, quality of work conditions.

Vocal practice links with communication, verbal, and non-verbal. It is linked with emotions because the voice reveals one’s state and is used to express feelings. It’s linked with self-confidence because vocal practice enhances a positive sense of self. It is linked to social environment because the voice is important in the process of individuation (for the baby) and socialization. And, most of all, vocal practice is linked to the body, because it is with the whole body that we sing.