KA2 erasmus + project
Approximately two-thirds of young people will have been exposed to a traumatic event by the time they turn 16. Experiencing a traumatic event can potentially affect both their current and future mental health. Trauma occurs when a young person witnesses or experiences overwhelming negative experiences. These effects do not dissipate as time goes on, but trauma continues to be re-experienced.
A primary obstacle in treating these recurring traumatic memories is that young people often experience difficulties verbalizing and expressing their trauma(s). Evidence shows that utilizing expressive/creative arts therapies can greatly help in processing trauma.
For the above reasons, the participant organizations, based on similar needs analysis drew up three main objectives that would like to reach through the SPARK project:
1. To create new methods through which the young people receiving the service from the partner organizations will benefit from. All the young people who receive support from the partner organizations are considered as vulnerable due to the difficult events experienced in their lives
2. Through the use of arts; mainly drama, art and body movement, enable young people to use tactile materials to create symbols and images, bypassing the need for verbal language, and allowing for a better understanding of their emotions through the development of a visual vocabulary
3. Through the arts therapy tools learned through this project, key workers will acquire the ability to help young people heal from trauma in ways that words alone cannot
14 - 20 October 2021
Introduce participants to the advantages of using drama with young people recovering from trauma
Discover new ways of transforming trauma to support young people such as by exploring new identities, psycho-social integration and reframing
To give tools to youth workers to support young people through the appropriate drama techniques
Combine theoretical explorations with experiential learning
Help participants through practices of self-care which is vital when working with victims/survivors of trauma so as to reduce the risk of vicarious trauma