Bridging art therapy and NVR

Irit Braude
15 Mai 2021
13:30-15:30
ENGLISH

Bridging art therapy and NVR

Bridging art therapy and NVR
The Ramla Model: a resistance laboratory

The Ramla Model was developed in the Centre for early childhood in Ramla, Israel. The model merges art therapy and NVR and is designed to combine therapy (via art materials) and guidance and training for parents in the same session. The therapist zigzags between parents and the child. She talks openly with the parents about the child’s aggressive actions, and simultaneously attends to the child and mirrors his artwork. The therapist models for the parents how she reacts to everything the child does, while the parents are asked not to help the child. Any question or remark must be addressed to the therapist. The child might burst in anger when he hears his parents taking the shroud of secrecy off his violence. This is when we really start working, in order to create a “resistance laboratory”. The therapist mirrors what the child says and show the parents how to avoid escalation, how to develop a strong, nonviolent stability to anger and frustration, and gradually let the child understand that she can cope with her anger without leaning on her parents.
Thus, parents that were accustomed to surrender to the child’s violence and accommodated themselves to the child fears and anxiety, can practice their ability to overcome their fear of violence.
In the workshop we will go through the special technics of the Ramla Model, and let the participant experience the ability to overcome fear.

Format: Workshop • Focus: Contexts such as school, social pedagogy, trauma, dependency