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Month: August 2023

Making Online Art Therapy for Youth a Practice

In recent years, the field of mental health has witnessed a significant shift towards innovative approaches to therapy, including digital art therapy. Popular amongst young people dealing with emerging or existing psychological disorders, it has already made a name for itself by improving emotional expression, lowering stress and promoting self-awareness. Unfortunately, less is known about successful and consistent implementation, especially at times where in-person therapy poses more and more challenges.

How can we address that you might wonder? This is where the ARTY project comes in.

Implementing Online Art Therapy

Anything begins with a plan, or in this case – a guide. The ARTY project has ambitiously set out to provide a detailed guide to combine step-by-step instructions on successful implementation of digital art therapy practice. It will also combine innovative ideas, and best practices to help CSOs, youth workers, psychologists, social workers, and practitioners ensure a smooth transition. Why is that important? By supporting mental health practitioners with guidelines, we ensure adequate and well-informed use of digital technologies to cultivate consistent and effective treatment options for young people.

Capacity Building Programme

Rooted in the belief that there is no one right way to therapy, new innovative approaches are essential to empower the professions to expand their options when addressing young clients who are grappling with mental health issues. By improving the capacity of youth workers, psychologists, social workers, and practitioners, ARTY project aims to address the challenges of accessing mental health support during unprecedented times, including lock-downs, physical restrictions, amongst others. The capacity building initiative not only equips professionals with the necessary digital skills, but builds on the confidence to navigate the digital landscape for therapeutic purposes which are key to uninterrupted mental health support.

Enhancing Skills for Change

To say the least, good things take time, so what can be done now? Let’s start by creating a wider network of advocates working together to diminish the stigma and promote an understanding of the challenges faced by youth with psychological disorders for starters. Check out the Awareness Raising Toolkit that’s now available for CSOs and the general public to spread mindfulness and contribute to the enhancement of mental health and youth-oriented policies. Its focus extends to addressing the impact of factors such as the COVID-19 on young individuals with existing or developing mental health conditions.

More About ARTY Project

The ARTY project embodies a holistic approach to digital art therapy for young individuals with mental health conditions. By combining the capacity building programme and the awareness raising toolkit, the project envisions a comprehensive ecosystem of support. Professionals armed with digital art therapy skills can offer personalized assistance to youth in need, utilizing the power of creativity to facilitate healing and expression.

To access the toolkit, learn more about the project and keep up with the updates, head over to the ARTY’s official website: ARTY – Digital art therapy for youth with developing or existing mental health conditions.

Third SLACC Newsletter is Up for Grabs

Don’t miss out on the incredible work of the SLACC project, as the team continues to make strides towards ending fake news and misinformation about climate change. The project has now successfully applied the new methodology in partner countries and we cannot wait to share more information in the third newsletter of this important initiative.

ARISTARCHUS Releases Third Newsletter

The ARISTARCHUS project keeps taking big leaps to bring the magic of the universe to the desks of curious primary and secondary school students. Dedicated to building on the Human Orrery, a 3D kinesthetic model of planetary motion in the inner solar system, to engage learners in interdisciplinary and inclusive STEAM activities – the last couple of months have been defining for the project’s ambitions to come into fruition. 

With the first piloting phase and successful final training activity in Munster out of the way, things are only about to get more interesting.

Check out the newsletter below for the more details and the outline of the next steps here. 

Driving Sustainability through Social Enterprises

In a world where sustainable practices and entrepreneurial spirit are continuously intertwined, it is crucial to address the arising challenges faced by the young entrepreneurs to navigate the new business landscape. The work of the EMPOWER project is dedicated to nurturing young entrepreneurs and fostering the growth of sustainable social enterprises to set the stage for a brighter and more sustainable future.

At the heart of the EMPOWER project lie meticulously crafted training materials that cater to the unique challenges faced by young entrepreneurs. These resources are designed to empower them to identify opportunities amidst emerging markets and tackle obstacles head-on. By incorporating contemporary tools, including an immersive simulation game, and well-established methodologies, the project ensures that the entrepreneurs are equipped with the means to develop strategies that drive the success of their social enterprises.

Want to learn more and stay in the loop with the latest project developments? Check out the latest EMPOWER newsletter.

The Path to Inclusion: Empowering Marginalized Communities in the Digital Age

In an era where technology and the digital landscape deeply affect and shape our daily and professional lives, the elderly and migrants still grapple with the challenges of digital exclusion. To better address this issue, the Digital Marginalization of Vulnerable Groups project embarked on a mission to identify and collect effective practices and tools that help dismantle the barriers that hinder citizens from thriving in the realm of digital literacy.

Its primary goal? To showcase and make easily accessible a collection of good practices and innovative approaches that can be  swiftly adopted to combat this pervasive issue.

To distil practical solutions, both – actionable and impactful – the project developed best practices report now available to anyone who is dedicated to tackling the digital exclusion head-on. Available in Greek and English – check it out below!