Integration support – empowerment and connection by creative and therapeutic activities
CREA THERA was founded by the Bruges music therapist Thomas Deleu and is active in the region of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2007.
Children, young people and adults from this heavily traumatized community may take part in regular creative activities, especially music and art therapeutic workshops.
Creative therapists from Belgium and the Netherlands give training and supervision to two local workshop facilitators in Srebrenica who want to continue this creative offer independently.
BEATS, WORDS & MOVES
Since November 2017 the new integration supporting project BEATS, WORDS & MOVES started in a cooperation agreement with the province of West Flanders. In 2 refugee centres, 3 elementary schools and 2 secondary schools (with OKAN-classes, offering foreign students a one-year, focused study of the Dutch language), there are fortnightly workshops for preschoolers, primary school children, unaccompanied minors, young women, adults. As much as possible in mixed groups: people from here and newcomers. The workshops are provided by a professional music therapist and a experienced master in the performing arts. The focus is on empowerment and connection and in a process-oriented approach. A few times during the year there are also show moments where the wider community is invited to participate in a workshop.
End 2016 Crea Thera started to work in Flanders (Belgium), particularly in the emergency centre for refugees from the Red Cross in Sijsele. In 2017, a cooperation agreement with the province of West Flanders gave an impulse to offer low-treshhold music therapeutic workshops in 2 asylum centres (Poelkapelle and Wingene). The project was named MUSIC HOME.
Project “Music for the children of the Beqaa Valley” (Lebanon)
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Crea Thera and Anne / s Art Therapy & Trauma are working together with the Lebanese NGO LOYAC LIBANON on a
basic training ‘music and visual therapeutic techniques in working with refugees’ and ‘trauma-sensitive working’. A team of 20 youth workers will be trained to work in the refugee camps in the Beqaa region.
Music therapists who want to commit to this project can contact us!