Ecopsychology International

Ecopsychology What is it Australia?

The Meerkat Motto

Respect the Elders,
Teach the Young,

Cooperate with the Family.

Play when you Can,
Work when you Ought

Rest In Between.

Share your Affection,
 Voice your Feelings,

Leave your Mark .

Art Therapy Without Borders

The TAO of Anger Management:A Yield Theory - by Christian Conte

Thinking about 'Art Therapy without Borders'   Australia
You Read & I'll Listen - "Elemental Sonority: Heidegger, Hölderlin, and Thunder" Stephen B. Hatton - See more Hölderlins Hymne » Der Ister

A History of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in Regional Asia

"Art making is seen as an opportunity to express oneself imaginatively, authentically, and spontaneously,  experience that, over time, can lead to personal fulfillment, emotional reparation, and transformation. This view also holds that the creative process, in and of itself, can be a health-enhancing and growth-producing experience."  [Malchiodi (2006]

About Rudolf Steiner -  what he said was the future..... "to receive the child in gratitude from the world they come from; to educate the child with love; and to lead the child into the true freedom which belongs to man."

EduCareDo International - Teachers & Parents at Steiner/Waldorf Schools and Anthroposophical Society Members

Special: Anthroposophical Prison Outreach supports incarcerated individuals inner development and self-rehabilitation

Deepening Creativity E-Course - connect and do

Top 50 Art Therapy Blogs

TAKE A LOOK - Institute of Global Education - Offers Free Courses and Degree Courses for You and Others "Learning With Nature" - Nature psychology, mental health, art and education courses, topics to help  enable you to improve health, relationships and job opportunities. [Hands-On, Applied Ecopsychology]

Sonidos de la tierra - Sounds of the Earth"
Jung Society Canberra
Assorted essays from John Woodcock

Here's a cool groovy song
'At the Art Class'

On Art Journaling...  Meet the 'wizard behind the screen'.
Art Therapy, discussion from Wikipedia

In a world of rapid change, where there is war, poverty, high youth unemployment, social disconnection, family displacement and regions in deep trauma, I believe Art Therapy has essentially a crucial humanitarian role to offer, within the location of the global community, at all local ground levels.

Where there is human need, it is essential that we connect people to resources. To assist in the humanitarian goal to build capacity around those regionally isolated internal and external voices coping with every-day threats, fear, loss, family separations, instability and disruptions due to their lived circumstance. It is important to focus where ever possible on the plight of Refugees and the Worlds Displaced or Stateless peoples.

Art Therapy uses reflective symbols in the expressive arts in ways that draw attention to our individual uniqueness as creative beings.

By Doing, we may become better at understanding ourselves and others through our participation, by working and communicating with image, music, dance, poetry, writing,  playing creatively as a form of therapy in the arts.

As Debra Kalmanowitz and Bobby Lloyd from the Art Therapy Initiative have said

Art therapy provides a means of expression in the context of an experience. It presents an opportunity to explore yours and anothers reality which perhaps cannot yet be verbalised and is helpful for expereinces that are potentially overwhelming. 

Through the art-making, the individual can begin to make meaning of events, emotions and experiences in his / her life in the presence of the therapist.

In addition, Art therapy can;

* demand active participation of the individual, combating apathy, boredom and alienation

* be a shared language, crossing other language barriers allow for catharsis

* encourage choice and decision-making increase self-esteem

* foster creativity, enabling different responses to difficult situations allow for insight-oriented work

* allow for social and interpersonal learning

As they have said; " Nothing of course can compensate for the enormity of loss and trauma that many have experienced.  Reflective work is no substitute for practical support, such as primary healthcare, housing, welfare benefits, educational and occupational rehabilitation."

Valuing the resources, capacities and meanings indigenous to refugee communities".The growth of the world's refugee population has been a major phenomenon of the late-20th century. This book "Refuges: Perspective and Experience" by Alastair Ager considers global, social and personal dimensions of displacement, demonstrating their close interrelationship in forging the experience of refuge. Recurrent themes include the importance of valuing the resources, capacities and meanings indigenous to refugee communities, and the intimate linkage of the personal and political in the lives of refugees. In addition to providing deeper insight into the challenges and tensions of the refugee experience, the text seeks to provide a foundation for more informed debate on refugee assistance and asylum policies and practice.

I encourage everyone to read this book.

Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict - Michael E. Brown (Editor), Owen R. Coté Jr. (Editor), Sean M. Lynn-Jones (Editor), Steven E. Miller (Editor). Most recent wars have been complex and bloody internal conflicts driven to a significant degree by nationalism and ethnic animosity. Since the end of the Cold War, dozens of wars -- in Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, Somalia, the former Soviet Union, and elsewhere -- have killed or displaced millions of people. Understanding and controlling these wars has become one of the most important and frustrating tasks for scholars and political leaders.This revised and expanded edition of Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict contains essays from some of the world's leading analysts of nationalism, ethnic conflict, and internal war. The essays from the first edition have been updated and supplemented by analyses of recent conflicts and new research on the resolution of ethnic and civil wars.The first part of the book addresses the roots of nationalistic and ethnic wars, focusing in particular on the former Yugoslavia. The second part assesses options for international action, including the use of force and the deployment of peacekeeping troops. The third part examines political challenges that often complicate attempts to prevent or end internal conflicts, including refugee flows and the special difficulties of resolving civil wars.

The State of the World's Refugees: Human Displacement in the New Millennium:
This Report from the UNHCR, the first since 2000, provides an up-to-date and highly accessible overview of recent key developments related to internal and cross-border displacement of people throughout the world. As well as analyzing policy issues, it provides a wealth of statistical graphs, tables, and maps.


Art Therapy Initiative

ArtTherapy Centre London

Cultural Canvas Thailand

Art Relief International

Art Therapy Links - CECAT
Contact & Reading Resources

AANZPA NSW - Psychodrama group - Weekend specials and More Coursework


Kinder Arts - A childrens toolkit

Art Therapy - Inspiring others to create.

Art Therapy Publisher 'pinterest'

Child Trauma Academy
Courses Online

"Every year millions of children undergo physical or emotional trauma. On this site you'll find free online courses that offer creative and practical approaches to understanding and working with maltreated children."

Work of United Struggle & Izzy Brown.

How can we make peace operations more effective.

Can we join hands through research, education, training and capacity building?

Learning that there can be No Peace without Justice or putting the law behind womens rights!

Exploring the meaning of Reconstruction & Peacebuilding 

Art Therapy in the CONGO
Haunted by violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, children relieve their pain through art. UNICEF

The power of art therapy for torture survivors - UN helps rebuild lives...

The hardship,  disconnection and displacement of civilian populations throughout the world is one of the common consequences of conflict and also presents some of the greatest challenges to restoring and maintaining peace and security.

Women and children face particular challenges as refugees and internally displaced persons living in difficult socio-economic  situations in many regions of the world.
NO  Women
NO  Peace

Want to understand more about Women, Peace & Security download this pdf.

UN Panel Webcast discussion: Sexual exploitation and abuse in conflict and post-conflict situations

Peace Themes - Learning more, doing our bit to stay in touch with issues impacting women worldwide.

1325: Women, Peace and Security

Awareness: From Conflict to Peacebuilding:. Attending to the role of natural resources and the environment

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