PRESENTATIONS WITHIN THE CONFERENCE

Wednesday, November 17


Sorin Brasoveanu
Director, General Direction for Child’s Protection, Bacau

Mihaela Dumitrascu
Representative, County Direction of Social Assistance, Bacau

They will transmit the messages of the above mentioned institutions regarding the conference aims and ideas.

Ovidiu Necula
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 life”

Resumé

“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 field.

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 means.

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 through art.”


Vasile Marcu
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 centers”.

Daniela Nistor
CRRN Cighid
“Christmas Celebration”

Mrs. Daniela Nistor will have a cassette presentation of Combined Art Therapy within a celebration.

Filip Aurelia
CRRNP Techirghiol

“Let’s play the instruments”


Resumé

“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.”

Chindris Sorin
Social Educator, Community Social Services Complex Beclean, Bistrita – Nasaud

"The efficiency of music-therapy on human psychology"

Resumé

“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)”.


Mariana Savulescu

CRRN, Gura Ocnitei

“Theatre experiment: Gura Ocnitei – therapy through theatre as a show”

Resumé

“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.

Adrian Tabol
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 proper methods.

Oana Maria Miron
The organization for children and adults with special needs “TREBUIE”, Bacau

“Champion in front of life”

Discourse

“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.”

Rodica Atanasoae
“Pentru Voi” Organization, Timisoara

“Music therapy within the framework of support and counselling service”

Resumé

“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
Psycho-educator
Day Care Centre “St. Maria”, Cluj Napoca

Resumé

“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 programme.”

Seian Seitamet
CRRN, Techirghiol

“Let’s sing together”


Resumé

“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 Neamt

“Drama-therapy –role play”

Resumé

“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 disabled children”

Resumé

“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.”

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