The overall goal of the Art Therapy project is to increase the resilience of the asylum seekers. More specifically, this intervention aims to:
- help asylum seekers to recover from their traumatic experiences, build resilience, regain self-esteem and integrate into the community;
- leave lasting impact by training local care providers, who are exposed to fatigue and secondary trauma through their work and enable them to implement basic arts therapy techniques in their own practice.
Beneficiaries during the project period (February 2020 – May 2021)
The project helped 83 migrants and refugees, from different nationalities of which:
- 43 refugee and migrant children and teens, accompanied and unaccompanied (5-16 ages);
- 20 refugee and migrant young adults (18-24 ages);
- 20 refugee and migrant adults (+25);
- 19 caregivers, Staff Members of The Spanish Red Cross.
Between February 2020 and May 2021, The Red Pencil (Europe) in collaboration with The Spanish Red Cross, also with Alta Mane support, developed the following activities:
- Organized and ran 120 group art-therapy sessions for 28 refugee and migrant children (5-14 ages), 15 teens (11-16 ages), 20 young adults (18-24 ages), and 20 adults (25+), residing in Reception Centers and Independent Living Houses operated and managed by The Spanish Red Cross in Málaga (Spain);
- Activated the Train-The-Trainer Program (TTP) focused primarily in using Art Therapy as a tool for Staff’s self-care and modulation of stress at work and intended to provide partner staff with new tools using Arts Therapy for enriching their interventions with asylum seekers and refugees, and organized 8 training sessions for 19 humanitarian officers and caregivers of The Spanish Red Cross;
- In collaboration with The Spanish Red Cross, has conducted a pre-post evaluation process, to check on progress on the young beneficiaries and make appropriate recommendations for future program planning, as well as the research study “Art Therapy Intervention addressing migratory grief and resilience for teenagers asylum seekers in the context of COVID sanitary crisis”.
In 2021-2022, RPE foresees to: i. Strengthen the actual art-therapy sessions for minors and young adults, migrants and refugees, located inside the two Reception Centers in Málaga, managed by The Spanish Red Cross, to continue offering them a therapeutic support and a participatory care in order to enhance their protection and reinforce their sense of belonging; II. Replicate the TTP training intended to local caregivers to offer them a new and innovative tool to modulate/reduce stress and increase their Self-Care.