…. oups! too late (Feb.2003) but perhaps in the near future.


Art has much potential to change lives. For many artists and therapists working with abused children, they have discovered that art has the power to heal in wonderful ways.
With strong conviction in the exceptional power of art in healing in transformation, Bantay Bata 163 initiated the Arts for Healing project. Its primary goal is to craft a long term art education program for the healing and rehabilitation of abused children that responds to their needs for a creative education, therapy and workshops.

As part of a public lecture series on child rights, an Arts for Healing lecture-workshop with international consultants is scheduled to take place at the Philippine Children”s Medical Center and Studio 1 of ABS-CBN in Quezon City from February 24 to 25, 2003. Scheduled topics include “Group Art Therapy Model,” “Creative Art Therapy Workshop: the Indian Model,” and “Once upon a time… Storytelling (the Power of Story and Playspace to Assist Abused Children).” This project, made possible with the generous support of the Japan Foundation, is a pioneering effort in the Philippines as well as in Asia.

The Arts for Healing project is based on the pedagogy developed by Rudolf Steiner who believes in a holistic development of the child in consonance with the stages of Early Childhood. For inquiries, please call Sarah Lausa at 374-5550 or 4156627. The workshop sessions will be a unique opportunity to listen to pioneers in the field, including MAYU P.B. GONZALES, M.D, DR. ASHOK SHAH and CHRISTINE DION CIONA.

MAYU GONZALES, is Director of Mental Health Services of the New York Foundling Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College. She is an attending staff at the Department of Psychiatry and a preceptor at the Department of Pediatrics of St. Vincent”s Hospital and Catholic Medical Center.

Dr. Gonzales’ lecture-workshop of Group Art Therapy Model will focus on the use of the creative arts in group psychotherapy and various group art therapy models for children and adolescents in out-of-home placement. A psycheducational model for helping stressed children cope through art will be elaborated upon and an adaptation of this curriculum to Filipino youth will be discussed and developed with participation of the audience.

DR. ASHOK SHAH is a practicing art therapist, a senior artist, concept originator of Indian Art Therapy and initiator of Indian Art Therapy movement since 1971. He is a Credential Professional member of American Art Therapy Association since 1986.

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