The Antropos Mental Hygiene Association (Antropos Mentálhigiéné Egyesület) was founded in 2010 with the collaboration of mental health professionals. It became clear to the founders that young people are the population that is most neglected in terms of mental health, while they are the most sensitive and vulnerable generation, and at the same time, they are also the most receptive to novelties.
We are responsible for the prevention of contemporary aggression, and the organization of individual and group consultation, psychotherapy (psychodrama self-knowledge groups), psychological workshops, self-reinforcing trainings, lectures, films, performances and grandstands on mental health. At the same time, we are happy to cooperate and coordinate in existing and planned mental health programs with civil and government-based organizations with a similar profile, both locally and abroad.
Other goals of the association:
1st International Project Meeting (Hungary, Székesfehérvár)
10.10.2022 - 11.10.2022
The 1st International Partner Meeting of the GATEWAY project took place according to the attached programme.
After the introduction of the organizations, the professional content of the project was presented.
The direct, final target group of the project is the sober, recovering addicts, the aim of the project is to support their re-socialization and reintegration, and to provide programmes and new methods for this purpose.
Rehabilitation programmes and the community approach of recovering addicts do little to make learning, training, transversal competence development and knowledge/skill transfer for entering the labor market or having concrete, life-enhancing impact possible. If these types of programme elements are present, they are less emphasized, such as community-based group programmes, self-reflection events. A more focused presence of these programme elements in reintegration work would be recommended.
Related result: Ways of reintegration of addicts into the labor market (methodological guide, collection of practices) (result 1) – Székesfehérvár Diocese Caritas
Helping work with recovering addicts is "traditional" in the sense that it is based on a personal relationship between helper and helped, in an individual or group setting. These usually work, but expanding and diversifying the methodological repertoire can provide more effective possibilities in treatment and rehabilitation programmes.
Related result: Ways of tale therapy in the rehabilitation and reintegration of addicts (methodological guidelines with exercises, tale collection) (result 2) - Antropos Mental Hygiene Association
In working with recovering addicts, the issues of family systems, relationships and human relations in general are undisputed. Case studies and the collection of good practices can make existing support work more effective.
Related result: Couples, families, human relations: couple and family therapy in the treatment and care of addicts (sharing experiences, summarizing good practices, case studies) (result 3) - Bonus Pastor Foundation
For professionals within the partnership as the target group of the project: new methods, case discussions, burnout prevention - a daily, identified need of professionals working in the field.
The partnership will respond with internal trainings on the following topics:
1. creative-developmental tale therapy (basics) (Antropos Mental Hygienic Association)
2. burnout prevention (Székesfehérvár Diocese Caritas )
3. the Portage method (basics) (Bonus Pastor Foundation)
The "gateways" - international partner meetings - are a platform for knowledge and experience sharing, while professional competences are enhanced and professional-personal mental health can be improved (recharging on both personal and professional levels). It can be concluded that the ultimate beneficiaries of competent and mentally healthy professionals are the direct target group members. In addition, of course, the implementation of the project develops a number of transversal competences that have a positive impact on both target groups in their joint helping work (as well).
We also started to work on two topics during the meeting:
Family and couple therapy in addiction treatment (Farnas István Géza)
What is job coaching? Possibilities of supporting the (re)integration into the labor market of addicts and other people with barriers (Pósa Kornél).
CRIME PREVENTION FUND - IGA
WORKSHOP BOOKLET: 3rd TRANSNATIONAL MEETING IN PAZARDZHIK
The 3rd Transnational meeting was held in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria by IGA. The Transnational Meeting was focused on IO5 – the Release Diary and the ways to incorporate art therapy in the tool.
The goal of the IO5 - The Release Diary, is to help target individuals in considering what and how they want to change and what steps are needed, where they are at the given moment, how will others realize that they have changed, what are the qualities of their relationships, and how can they change, expand, develop them (if they want to), what resources they have for all this, is there anything they already do well, how can they improve.
The Release Diary should be a coaching tool, in order to help in change and development. It is the desire of the project coordinator to collect, edit and use art therapy tools in that, because a tangible product and the creative process both provide participants with a flow experience. Another reason for art therapy is the liberation of emotions and values, a complete restructuring, which would be the corner stone of the change and development process.
Therefore the Release Diary should be seen as a new and creative tool for both the direct target group members and the experts dealing with them. The target group of the Release Diary is therefore marginalized target group with high criminality risk of detainees, ex-detainees and addicts, and the expert group working with them.
The Transnational meeting involved a presentation of the host organization & presentations of the partner organizations, project discussions regarding administrative, financial and dissemination tasks, short discussion of the finalization of IO4 as well as future steps. Regarding the IO5, it was discussed that a number of art therapy methods should be used by the organizations in developing the parts of the Release Diary. Different options for structure of the tool were discussed, including the Good Lives Model of offender rehabilitation. Concrete ideas for possible methods were also discussed, including in informal setting during the dinner on the 28th of October.
Additionally, several presentations were made by experts external to the project. IGA’s social services expert coordinator Valentina Gesheva presented the legal framework of social work and the provision of social services in Bulgaria. Valentina also presented information about the different types of social services in Bulgaria, the mechanism for funding of social services and the process of management of these services by municipalities, NGOs or private companies.
IGA’s Andrey Momchilov presented about the Circles of Support and Accountability. This community intervention aimed originally towards medium and high risk sex offenders was first introduced in Canada in 1994. It consists of groups of volunteers with professional supervision, who support sex offenders as they reintegrate into society after their release from incarceration. Evaluations of CoSA indicate that participation in a CoSA can result in statistically significant reductions in repeat sexual offenses in 70% of cases, relative to what would be predicted by risk assessment or matched comparison subjects.
On the 29th the participants heard a presentation by Gergana Nacheva, coordinator of the Observed Home for young people leaving institutions in Plovdiv. This transition type social service is aimed at supporting young men (18 to 25 years old) in their transition between residential institutions (most often orphanages or Family Type Placement Centers) and the community. The most interesting part for participants was the practical approaches to everyday life in this residential service.
Professionals who participated in the 3rd TM evaluated the meeting highly. Unfortunately we couldn’t welcome in person our colleagues from Antropos Association, because of Covid related restrictions, but at least they managed to participate actively via the provided Zoom platform. Among the highlights according to the participants’ evaluation forms have been the presentations on the Circles of Support and Accountability and the Observed Home.
WORKSHOP BOOKLET: 2nd TRANSNATIONAL MEETING IN ATHENS
The 2nd Transnational meeting was held in Athens, Greece by AMAKA. The Transnational Meeting was focused on IO4 - Educating the Educators II (ways of implementing art therapy). The goal of the IO4 curriculum is to get acquainted with approaches, methodologies, tools, methods and techniques, mapping and learning different opportunities that can be used in the competence development of experts/and/or supporters working in reintegration, first of all through the methodology of art therapy. The target group of the curriculum / course is the volunteers, supporters and professionals who work in the field of reintegration, with the marginalised, deviant target group with a highly criminal lifestyle, offenders, addicts and anyone receiving a closed institutional education (reformatories, prisons, penal institutions etc.) or support or work with any other vulnerable target group.
The TM involved the following activities:
Short presentation of AMAKA & presentations of partner organizations, project discussions regarding administrative, financial and dissemination tasks, a cultural visit, presentations and progress made so far regarding IO4 as well as future steps. Regarding the IO4, partners agreed that the IO4 should be focused on how professionals will be able to identify, assess, and positively improve their coping strategies. They can resolve conflicts more easily and manage stressful situations, identify the signals of burn-out, and effectively prevent and/or treat them. They will also be able to identify and experience flow experience in their private and professional life through solution oriented thinking. Partners also agreed that the modules should be creating lesson plans for actual work places, fields and target groups on how to use art therapy as an effective tool and how art therapy can be in the service of experts/professionals (recharging, self-reinforcement, positive experience, creation, productivity, source of joy, flow, coping). Therefore the following modules were agreed: bibliotherapy, target group specific helping techniques “field competence”, opportunities of methodologies in the work with special target groups “criminals/prisoners/released people”, burn-out prevention, managing emotional stress, communication skills, storytelling, group forming- group as a method- group as a technique, characteristics/risks/needs/juvenile services - Holistic approach and key elements of effective practice, Theater as a form of art therapy – methodology of educational theater, practice developing educational theater.
Additionally, partner organizations had the opportunity to experience an Art Therapy Activity linked with IO4 which was facilitated by AMAKA with the aim to have a hands-on experience on UNLOCKED practices. A presentation by Human Rights 360 organization regarding psychosocial rehabilitation in Greece took place during the meeting. Human Rights360 shared their impactful work regarding street-laywering and CUP Project. The Convicts Upskilling Pathways is a 36-month project funded by the EU’s Erasmus + programme that aims to design and pilot training modules for the upskilling of women and men prisoners in 6 European prisons while also providing the necessary tools to evaluate the impact of these upskilling paths and promoting the social reintegration of prisoners. This was an opportunity for networking, for exchanging ideas regarding rehabilitation work in Greece and abroad for ex-detainees and for connecting UNLOCKED and CUP projects in order to have a wider impact.
Professionals who participated in the 2nd TM evaluated the meeting mentioning that they were particularly happy with the art therapy experiential activity, the presentation of HUmanRights360 as well as the discussions on IO4. The phototherapy activity was helpful in understanding how art therapy may be applied with the target group. Furthermore, participants found interesting the cultural visit to the Museum. Professionals reflected on the need to have more applications of the practices discussed and hands-on experience.
Different Ways of Using Art Therapy with Marginalized, Vulnerable
International meeting and Workshop Booklet - Summary
The comprehensive goal of the UNLOCKED project is to reduce the marginalization of the criminal, detained and released, addicted, high criminogenic risk target group, to support their social integration, to develop strategic partnerships for methodological development, tool development, knowledge and experience exchange; moreover to use innovative, non-formal creative programs and methods - the goal/task/activity during and after the project time is personality development, enhancing and handling learning needs and motivation, reduction of knowledge and competence deficit.
The partnership is represented by 4 organizations (Váltó-sáv Alapítvány, koordinátor szervezet - HU, Antropos Mental Hygiene Association - SRB, Crime Prevention Foundation - IGA, AMAKA NGO, GR) from 4 countries (Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece).
Váltó-sáv Alapítvány (hereinafter VSA - HU) is nationwide, civil, professional support organization for deviant, disadvantaged/marginalized, vulnerable groups and their relatives; moreover, supporting the social and labor market (re)integration of the socially disadvantaged, offenders, addicts, prisoners and released people. Our main activity is the care, training and mental health support of the target group, as well as the reduction of prejudice and sensitization and the strengthening of social inclusion (www.valtosav.hu).
The Antropos Mental Hygiene Association (Udruzenje za mentalnu higijenu Antropos - SRB) was founded in 2010 with the collaboration of mental health professionals. It became clear to the founders that young people are the population that is most neglected in terms of mental health, while they are the most sensitive and vulnerable generation, and at the same time, they are also the most receptive to novelties. We are responsible for the prevention of contemporary aggression, and the organization of individual and group consultation, psychotherapy (psychodrama self-knowledge groups), psychological workshops, self-reinforcing trainings, lectures, films, performances and grandstands on mental health.
Crime Prevention Foundation - IGA is an independent professional organisation which initiates civil activity and works for the reduction of crime. The organisation works for the benefit of socially excluded persons and groups; children at risk; offenders; crime victims; relevant institutions. IGA studies social processes in the area of crime and social exclusion; develops, and introduces innovative programmes and models; implements training, consultancy, educational and publishing activities; improves the social dialogue and the interagency relations; carries out advocacy campaigns; delivers social services, develops national and international partnerships. Among IGA’s achievements is the decisive push for the introduction of probation in Bulgaria, the first probation center and probation officers in the country, an achievement that was awarded the International Community Justice Award in 2004. IGA also was the first to transfer to Bulgaria risk assessment for juveniles, to develop specialized community and prison based programs for work with offenders, the first to do scientific research on sex offending and sex offenders, to develop specialized training program for professionals working with offenders and deliver it as part of the curriculum of the Plovdiv University. In 2010 IGA consulted the development of the first Municipal Crime Prevention Strategy – the Strategy of the city of Plovdiv.
AMAKA NGO (AMAKA ASTIKI MI KORDOSKOPIKI ETAIPIA - GR) AMAKA is a non-profit organization founded in Athens in 2008. The main aim of the organization is to provide help into underprivileged social groups. As underprivileged groups wedefine any group lacking opportunities or advantages enjoyed by other members of one’ s community. Amaka’s target group mostly focuses on migration minorities, children with special needs, adolescents at risk, high poverty groups, prisoners, elder people, psychiatric patients, homeless, victims of sex trafficking etc. AMAKA believes that Art- as creation- is liberating one self – And once oneself is liberated the path for social change opens. AMAKA has chosen Art as its basic tool to promote positive change to groups and individuals, offering workshops of Art Therapy, Phototherapy, Literacy through Photography, Drama Therapy and Participatory video. A workshop of its kind differs from a conventional art workshop because it focuses on the creative process, in those specific moments that an individual gets inspired and creates something. Amaka’s discipline does not emphasize in the art outcome-product, but in the essence of making
The topic of the first Intellectual Output and the first transnational project meeting in Hungary (Budapest, 23-24.06.2021) was the inventory of creative programs, art therapy sessions, opportunities, methods and techniques, and the collection and processing of good practices.
The first meeting due to the pandemic (COVID-19) and the situation created by it took place only in June 2021, before that the partners had "met" and worked online. Everyone was already very eager for personal professional discourses. In Hungary, in connection with the first international meeting, we were first on a professional study trip to the Vác Strict and Medium Regime Prison, and in the afternoon the special program of Váltó-sáv Alapítvány Half-way Flat Complex Reintegration Program was presented.
The next day, participants were able to try out the ChocolateWorkshop (they could participate in a creative program of this nature), and in the afternoon we prepared the next intellectual output.
All organizations were actively involved in the development of the first intellectual output: Váltó-sáv Alapítvány presented literature therapy programs developed and evaluated for inmates, as well as Arts&Crafts sessions, supplemented by special techniques that can be implemented and had been implemented in totally closed institutions: paverpol ( textile sculpture, re-use), enchaustic painting (wax ironing), and ChocolateWorkshop had been introduced as new creative techniques and opportunities.
Antropos Mental Hygiene Association elaborated on the possibilities of tale therapy in drug prevention, presenting a specific processing session.
IGA presented a theater art therapy program, method and technique for juveniles in risk with practices and session plans that can be applied immediately to everyday work.
AMAKA presented the implementation of phototherapy as a type of art therapy for female prisoners, also with specific practices and feasible possibilities.
Contract: KA204 - Strategic Partnerships for adult education
Project title: UNLOCKED
Coordinating organization: Váltó-sáv Alapítvány
Period of implementation: 01.01.2021 - 28.02.2023
European Commission, Erasmus+ Programme, Key Activity 2
A partnership project of 4 partner organizations (Váltó-sáv Alapítvány, Crime Prevention Fund - IGA, Amaka NGO, ANTROPOS Mental Hygiene Association) from 4 countries (Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia) based on innovation, common experience and method exchange, knowledge extension and sharing, focusing on the especially vulnerable, disadvantaged target group of offenders, detainees and ex-detainees with a high criminality risk, addicts and those in a marginalised situation, as well as on professionals and experts treating them. Low school qualification and early school-leave is overrepresented in target group characterized by a lack of basic, key and transversal competences, and an overall knowledge and information deficit. Their experience in education is mostly negative, their school career path is full of failures, resulting in low self-esteem and self-respect. Prejudice from the majority society is significant toward this target group, making the outbreak from their marginalised position, and reintegration, rather difficult. The comprehensive goal of present project is to decrease marginalisation of target group of offenders, detainees, ex-detainees and addicts with high criminality risk, and to support their social integration. The project wants to achieve its goal through a strategic partnership working on tools extension, knowledge and experience sharing, and on employing innovative, non-formal creative programs and methods in order to facilitate personality development, motivation and learning need incitement in target group. It also focuses on mitigating their knowledge, information and competence deficit through tasks and activities during and after the project period.
The main target of the project is to organize and execute creative programs for crime prevention, as well as to develop methodology and process them in workshops. Also, to achieve personality development, improved manual, transversal, social and labor market competences with target group, thus increasing their life potentials.
The development of responsibility and civil competences in target group are also parts of the project goal, as well as training programs for experts (civilians, penal institution employees or volunteers) to extend their methodology and tools repertoire. It wants to achieve network development in this field by developing and improving local and international (re)integration programs.
During the project we plan 6 transnational partner meetings in the participating countries, with a parallel edition of 6 Workshop Booklets (in 10 different topics), and the development of 10 intellectual outputs. 50 multiplicator events are planned in connection with these intellectual outputs (10 per country).
Project activities and impacts:
Metamorphosis - the drug - drug prevention training program for teachers, 2014
Organizing the “Week of birth” 2016, 2017, 2018
Organizing “World week of breast-feeding/nursing” in 2017
Improving the well-being of people with autism in cross-border cooperation in Mórahalom project partner organization Mórahalom Város Önkormányzata, 2018-2020
PrograMOM Szeged - The impact of the perinatal period on the family and its role in society, project partner organization Élet-Más-Képp Közhasznú Alapítvány, Szeged, 2017-2018
Knowledge sharing in transnational cooperation, project partner organization Váltó-sáv Alapítvány, Budapest, 2017-2020
Drug prevention in cooperation with Hungarians abroad and Hungary, project partner organization Kulturális és Szabadidős Egyesület, Bordány, 2020
Unlocked, project partner organization Váltó-sáv Alapítvány, Budapest, 2020-2023