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Art Therapy with single mothers

Coins for Change’ Volunteers, from Europe and the United States with an extensive work and education background in social work and psychology, organize, manage and execute some Art therapy sessions with single mothers.

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In Vietnam, single mothers are considered as a minority group, usually object of several kind of discrimination all over the country. Vietnam is a traditional, conservative and patriarchal society where single mothers represent a category of people that cannot get any government support and benefits, often discriminated because they might not got married or got divorced or due to other range of difficulties they might have like disability, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS.

Single mothers also face the issue of bringing their children up by themselves, usually with no support of their fathers or grandparents. Single mothers’ children face many serious issues like being victims of discrimination because of their family status as well as living in a low socio-economic conditions.

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The aim of this Art therapy is to empower, assist and support in a multidisciplinary and holistic way, in order to accompany into the process of way out from disadvantage, poor and vulnerable situations in order to become independent.

Art therapy is an integrative mental health profession that combines knowledge and understanding of human development and psychological theories and techniques with visual arts and the creative process to provide a unique approach for helping people improve psychological health, cognitive abilities, and sensory-motor functions.

Volunteers use the verbal processing of produced imagery to help resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.

Art therapy has the unique ability to unlock emotional expression by facilitating non-verbal communication. This is especially useful in our cases where traditional psychotherapy is not effective, due to different culture and language barrier.

Plus, it viagra versus cialis is a mean of communicating for those who cannot find the words to express anxiety, pain or emotions as a result of trauma, combat, physical abuse, depression, and other debilitating health conditions.

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It is really interesting doing Art therapy sessions with single mothers because it is a creative way to get close each other, to express emotions, to communicate many things in a warm and comfortable environment, trying to assist, support and empower to make positive change and improvement in their lives.

So, I do encourage future volunteers with a background in social work and/or psychology to come here in Ha noi, Vietnam, to help developing  this interesting and helpful mental health program (Hong is so keen on improve it) with single mothers, in order to empower positive thinking and way of life.

by Carlo Bartolini

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