PRESENTATIONS WITHIN THE CONFERENCE
Wednesday, November 17
Director, General Direction for Child’s Protection, Bacau
Representative, County Direction of Social Assistance, Bacau
They will transmit the messages of the above mentioned institutions
regarding the conference aims and ideas.
Director, CRRN, Racaciuni
“Closing down the rehabilitation institutions and focusing
on the community”
Dr. Ovidiu Necula will present the CRRN reorganization pattern,
using concrete cases and options of the reintegration in the community.
He will also present the problems they confront with.
Corina Murariu Botez
Psychologist, CSC. 3, Onesti
“Play-Therapy or the Art of helping children to experience
“I would like you to answer to the following question: is
it Play, Therapy, cognitive, music-therapy or expression therapy,
or is it Art in teaching children to experience life?
I met many people “favored by fate” and I was thinking
that I may compare them to great, fascinating birds flying in the
sky. I’m talking about all the children who developed perfectly
during their childhood and who were considered by educators and
teachers during school years as being the best in no matter what
I’m talking about those adults who seem to have all their
dreams fulfilled. However I also met people, although very beautiful,
a beauty that needed to be discovered, who are or would like to
be as the birds, but their wings are broken, or their flight is
not arty, because there are others who reach perfection.
We try to give wings to our children from the Centre of Community
Services no.3 from Onesti, in order to teach them the art to live,
to be happy step by step.
Methods, working techniques, therapies having personal practical
independence, leading to programmes of multi-sensory stimulus, educative
and therapeutic programmes, in an interdependence relationship,
with a holistic approach, not only from the point of view of the
inter-discipline of the intervention team, but also of the learning
The holistic nature is an inclusive one for the disabled person.
The use of all the resources, both human and learning, and of the
ones belonging to daily life environment grants the opening to normality.
The Art of inducing beauty, the need for this, the awareness of
this need in the child’s life and in the lives of those taking
care of the child, means developing children’s personality
Prof. univ. dr. University of Kyneto-therapy, Oradea
“Music therapy in the treatment of people with special needs”
“Nowadays everybody knows that music therapy is one of the
very important parts of integrated education therapy. Our psychological
and sociological study was made in the vocational schools from Oradea
and it has included a number of 343 people (214 women, 129 men)
from which have been selected 116 people with nervous breakdown
caused by different reasons.
The Mozart Effect has proven its success in 83, 4% of children
aged 16 – 18 years old. We do think that music therapy ought
to be extended to all pupils from vocational schools or special
Mrs. Daniela Nistor will have a cassette presentation of Combined
Art Therapy within a celebration.
“Let’s play the instruments”
“I would like to present group working in the framework of
music therapy using the percussion. One of the groups I have been
working with is made up of 9 members. These members have been diagnosed
with severe and deep psychic retard. During the therapy session,
we aimed at non-focusing the attention, communication and respect
towards the other group members.
Music therapy is benefic from the cognitive, movement, emotional
and social relations points of view.
Music therapy caused several positive changes in the frame of mind
and emotional disposition of the individual and also stimulated
the setting up of relationships among the group members.”
Social Educator, Community Social Services Complex Beclean, Bistrita
"The efficiency of music-therapy on human psychology"
“It is well known the fact that basically music has a powerful
healing nature. In this context the applicability of music therapy
can not be reduced only to children, young people or mentally deficient
adults. Also, we must not consider the therapy as a necessary and
specific activity to apply only to a certain deficiency or mental
disease (malady). I consider that we are entering the sphere of
some kind of prejudices, because psycho-therapy is a preventive,
recovery and compensatory method.
Music-therapy sessions, viewed as psycho-therapy methods, can prevent
the setting up and the adjustment of some deviant behavior and conduct
by the development of all psychical processes. If the personality
represents a non repetitive fusion of all psychical attributes characterizing
the person and its behavior significantly and to a higher degree
of stability, then it is necessary to have a harmonious development.
Music-therapy sessions ensure a proper climate for the progress
of the human personality by the preventive, recovery and compensatory
nature. Practically, the freedom of verbally and non verbally communication
in an original way and why not a creative one achieved by the children
and adults through music ensures the satisfaction of some well known
and necessary needs: the need of affiliation and belonging to a
group, the need for respect and approval, cognitive needs, self
education and self control in behavior (increasing the creative
side), attraction towards beauty, harmony, purity, concordance with
the requests of the social group (knowledge, feeling and action),
harmonizing the conduct by adaptation and integration (on the educational
and social levels)”.
CRRN, Gura Ocnitei
“Theatre experiment: Gura Ocnitei – therapy through
theatre as a show”
“The experiment Gura Ocnitei wants to prove that the people
having psychic disabilities can create a valuable artistic act,
appropriating sincerely the characters’ data, enriching them
with their own life experience, many times a sad one, and the communication
being the basic law in dramatic art, often respected with the experts’
accuracy.” (source: Cotidianul newspaper, Friday, the
9th of July 2004).
This was a short presentation of the experiment achieved by Mrs.
Mariana Savulescu, which we will have the opportunity to learn more
about during the conference.
Beneficiary, CRRN, Racaciuni
The documentary film made by the beneficiary from CRRN shows
the life and accomplishments of the beneficiaries from the above
mentioned institution. It is proven once more that these people
have many qualities that need to be discovered and stimulated by
Oana Maria Miron
The organization for children and adults with special needs “TREBUIE”,
“Champion in front of life”
“Hello, I am glad to see you well!
My name is Oana Maria Miron, I am 29 years old and I am from Bacau,
from the organization “Trebuie”.
I am happy to attend for the second time the Conference organized
by the Community Support Foundation, where I learned many nice things.
I am one of the children whose wings have been broken before getting
to learn how to fly.
Now I am atending the conference as sport leader of the Foundation
Special Olympics, which changed my life to the better. Only this
year I have attended many sport contests: Bacau, Iasi, Bucuresti,
Braila, Deva, whence I returned with a lot of diplomas and medals.
Also, I attended the opening of the national olympic games in Bucharest,
where I got the 3rd prize for running.
For me it was not important what prize I got but the fact that I
took part to that contest. With my mother’s help, I want to
set up a sports club for children with psychic disorders in Bacau.
I am a winner.”
“Pentru Voi” Organization, Timisoara
“Music therapy within the framework of support and counselling
“The tape contains the story of a 19 years old youngster
with severe disabilities, with challenging behaviour and communication
and relationship disorders. He is visiting the centre once a week
for three hours as part of the counselling and support service.
We designed the daily music therapy programme according to his
wish and spirit. On several sessions, we tried to call his attention
to certain instruments but he refused each time, without even casting
a glance on the instruments, yet asking the same question over and
over again: why are the guitars crying?
We told him we also have a guitar but he replied that he wanted
a big drum with real sticks. On that session he started to hit the
drum strongly and he chose the big xylophone. At one of the sessions
he hit the instruments against the table and then he threw them
on the floor.
Then I told him that I found the answer to his question: “the
guitars are crying because they are upset when the other instruments
are hit.” He collected the instruments, analyzed them carefully
and said we could continue.
What Andrei learned was the way to express easily his feelings and
emotions with the help of the instruments, to listen and to relate
to others in a better way.
And the story goes on….”
Gavrila Ramona Maria
Day Care Centre “St. Maria”, Cluj Napoca
“The paper “The influence of music-therapy on the children
and adults with severe and accentuated mental disabilities”
synthesizes in a few pages one of the aspects of our work at the
Day Care Centre “St. Maria”, Cluj Napoca, in view of
the recovery and social reintegration of a group of children and
adults having severe and accentuated mental disorders. We’re
talking about music therapy.
The paper contains: introduction, an attempt to define music-therapy,
an excerpt that refers to the power of music, the importance and
the value of music in the recovery of disabled children and adults,
a programme of music-therapy intervention, in all its aspects and
the results achieved so far following the application of the music-therapy
“Let’s sing together”
“I am going to present my work with an immobilized patient.
I am working with her individually, because she often changes her
mood and I believe it is rather soon for her to be integrated in
a group, as she is used to live in a restricted environment.
My patient is suffering from chronic infantile encephalopathy with
congenital malformation of both superior and inferior members. From
a psycho- educational point of view she presents idiocy. I succeeded
in relating to her after she had accepted me near her, as the relationship
is the most important feature of individual session.
The aim of music session therapy with this patient is to increase
her physical, mental and social functioning. Physical functioning,
as I try to develop the co-ordination and abilities through large
and smooth movements.
Mental functioning, as I try to offer her sensory and intellectual
stimulus. Social functioning, as I managed to establish a relationship
with the patient. Now we communicate excellently as my patient feels
safe with me.”
Costan Narcisa, Laura Vranceanu
The test recovery centre “Sancta Maria House”, Piatra
“Drama-therapy –role play”
“At the moment, we are watching a development of the therapy
types applied to the disabled people, living in institutions, that
determined the development of the drama therapy notion, on the terms
of combining the psycho- neuro- motion recovery through play with
socio – drama, understood as a remake of a normal yet artificial
life frame, in which the individuals use new types of behaving.”
Ligiana Mihaela Petre
Psychologist, General Direction of Social Assistance and Child’s
Protection, Bucharest, sector3
“The therapeutic values of musical expression forms for
“The sound is part of life and consciously or not, we have
always used it in order to transmit information or to communicate
with others. Since the beginning of our existence, even before being
born, we have been surrounded by sounds, for instance by mother’s
heart beat or the dull noise from the outside world.
We live in a world of sounds, sounds that we hear or we do not perceive,
musical sounds or chaotic ones, strange or familiar sounds, tiresome
or pleasant sounds, sounds that worry us or that heal us.
Bearing in mind the fact that forms of expressing mental disability
are represented by diminished cognitive ability, emotional immaturity
as a rather stable unbalance between mental age and emotional potential,
psycho-movement instability, movement disorders – the use
of forms of expressing music as therapy can have significant effects
on personality and improving effects on different specific features
of mental disorders.
We proved the above mentioned statements through a scientific study
made with 50 children with mental disabilities, for 6 months, and
we used as general methodology – an experiment of a changing
type- structured on 3 stages: the first and the last stage –
assessing and reassessing the operational-cognitive abilities, on
the emotional level – emotional and psycho- motion, and the
second stage – applying various forms of musical expression,
at individual level, combined or group level, the achieved results
being statistically confirmed.”