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Socialization Program

 

Institute of Mental Health for Children & Adults

SOCIALIZATION PROGRAM

WHAT IS THE SOCIALIZATION PROGRAM

The Socialization Program of the Institute of Mental Health for Children & Adults provides therapeutic services to adults with psychosocial difficulties who are in need of everyday occupation, care and treatment. The therapy’s procedure takes place through and is combined with the cultivation and development of social skills and the gradual rehabilitation of patients into social activities.The Socialization Program fills a significant gap in the lives of people with psychosocial problems, who live away from the labor market and are usually excluded from the rest of the society.

WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF THE SOCIALIZATION PROGRAM

The integrated Socialization Program for people with psychosocial problems aims at continuous treatment and prevention of relapse, at the development of skills, at the social integration and the occupational rehabilitation, at combating stigmatization and withdrawal and at the right of these people to be active members of society.

WHAT DOES THE SOCIALIZATION PROGRAM INCLUDE

A. Essential Therapeutic Tools

Art therapies, ie creative activities in the fields of art, are the key therapeutic tools of the program, in order to achieve its objective. These therapeutic approaches are the following: drama therapy, music therapy, dance therapy, art therapy. The wide variety of elements that we provide when applying complementary therapies brings the participating members of our teams in touch with means of expression capable of supporting the development of skills and competencies, which have been challenged or deprived completely by their social sidelining.Participation and involvement of the members in these groups has a double benefit because while they gradually recognize their personal needs, they are also able to develop their capabilities and functionality.

B. SOCIALIZATION ACTIVITIES

The socialization activities of the Socialization Program take place on a weekly basis and are the following:

  • Coffee Group (daily morning coffee with discussion, reading newspaper, planning of the day)
  • Fitness Group (takes place in the municipal fitness center of Kallithea, under trainer guidance)
  • Exodus Group (includes visits to museums, exhibitions, cinema, theater, coffee)
  • Literature Group (reading of literary works and debate on these)
  • Board Games Group
  • NewspaperGroup (editingasmallquarterlynewspaper- it contains articlesby the group members, improvised crossword puzzles, recipes).
  • Music Group (a song time, accompanied by musical instruments from the group members themselves)
  • Community Group (closed therapeutic discussion group)

C. FAMILY SUPPORT

The family contribution in the course of life of the people with psychosocial problems is crucial.For the support and the good cooperation with families, monthly meetings with parents of the group members take place, as well as a two-hour group therapy for relatives, once every month by an external partner. These meetings provide the opportunity to create a trusting relationship between families and the Socialization Program.At the same time, the possibility of family discussion and emotional discharge, promotes the development of a better relationship with their children.

 

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