By Bridget Gunn
The personal therapeutic model I have formulated has been developed over a number of years by integrating important theories, practices, approaches and methods that I have studied extensively in my training as an artist, educator and yoga teacher. Some of these are:
The practice of using imagery, storytelling, movement, music, drama, poetry, writing, dream work and visual arts in an integrated, intermodal way to foster human growth, development and holistic healing through creative processing.
Connection with the earth and its systems are at the core of ecotherapy. Personal well-being and planetary well-being, as proposed in many tenets of ecotherapy, are not separate from each other. People’s lives are therefore seen as part of a greater system of interaction and oneness.
THE REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH
The Reggio approach is an educational philosophy focused on preschool and primary education. It is pedagogy described as student-centred and uses self-directed, experiential learning, relationship-driven environments. The program is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration, inquiry and discovery through a self-guided curriculum.
Attachment theory states that a strong emotional and physical attachment to at least one primary caregiver is critical to personal development. The term as a result of studies involving the developmental psychology of children from various social and cultural backgrounds.
PLAY BASED LEARNING
Learning through play creates a brain that has increased 'flexibility and improved potential for learning in later life.' Play-based learning is widely seen as an essential tool for early years teaching and learning as it greatly benefits children in developing essential life skills.
THE HERO'S JOURNEY
In comparative mythology, the monomyth is the common template of a broad category of tales and lore that involves a hero who goes on an adventure and in a decisive crisis wins a victory returning home changed or transformed.
FOREST SCHOOL PEDAGOGY
To inspire people of all ages through positive outdoor experiences, and provide them with an opportunity to appreciate the wider, natural world, to encourage a responsibility for nature conservation in later life. Confidence and self-esteem. Communication and social skills.
THE BIOPHILIA HYPOTHESIS
The biophilia hypothesis also called BET suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. Edward O. Wilson defines biophilia as "the urge to affiliate with other forms of life".
NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER
Nature-deficit disorder is the idea that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors, and the belief that this change results in a wide range of behaviour and wellbeing problems.
The improvement in a young person’s wellbeing must be approached and nurtured on three levels; personal (individual), relational (group) and collective (community). That environments which demonstrate support and security are most beneficial.
HERBALISM & PERMACULTURE
Herbaculture, is the combination of the words herbalism and permaculture. Herbalism being a term we have used to define the very broad practice and processes of using plants as medicine for preventive health and recovery.
EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE
(EFT) is a form of personal intervention (tapping) that draws on various theories of alternative medicine including acupuncture / acupressure neuro-linguistic programming, energy medicine and Thought Field Therapy.
Originated from Buddhist tradition and primarily focuses on developing skills and techniques (from yoga, meditation and pranayama) aimed at improving the quality of life and expanded attention, present awareness and nonjudgmental observation.
THE HOLARCHY OF CONCIOUSNESS
Integral theory posits that evolution is not limited to the exterior forms of reality (matter and organisms), but is also evident in the interior spaces of reality, namely in the development of culture and consciousness.
Neo-Humanism facilitates the development of the human personality: physical, cognitive, creative, communication skills, spiritual well-being, emotional expression and social skills (an appropriate way of interacting with the environment based on respect).
VISUAL THINKING STRATEGIES
(VTS) is a teaching method that improves critical thinking skills through teacher-facilitated discussions of visual images. VTS encourages participation through a group problem-solving process. It uses art to teach thinking, communication skills, and visual literacy.
LITERACY THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY
(LTP) is a teaching methodology that encourages children to explore their worlds as they photograph scenes from their own lives, using the images as catalysts for verbal and written expression around universal themes such as self-portrait, community, family, and dreams.