Support Puerto Rico's Emotional Coping of COVID19

by CMV Casa sin Fronteras, Inc.
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Support Puerto Rico's Emotional Coping of COVID19
Support Puerto Rico's Emotional Coping of COVID19
Support Puerto Rico's Emotional Coping of COVID19
Support Puerto Rico's Emotional Coping of COVID19
Support Puerto Rico's Emotional Coping of COVID19
Support Puerto Rico's Emotional Coping of COVID19
Support Puerto Rico's Emotional Coping of COVID19
Support Puerto Rico's Emotional Coping of COVID19
Support Puerto Rico's Emotional Coping of COVID19
Support Puerto Rico's Emotional Coping of COVID19
Support Puerto Rico's Emotional Coping of COVID19

We started a new year full of enthusiasm and energy.  Our psychological and counseling services had begun attending people in person, as the COVID-19 pandemic has waned.  The safety measures of masks, hands cleaning, and physical distance are still a high priority in our offices, but it is wonderful to be able to have this face-to-face contact.  Our counselors have noticed an increase in the demand for the services, and we are grateful to be able to serve our people.

In February we had a cycle of workshops for women called “Esteem”.  Around 40 women got together on the Zoom platform each Thursday night of February to talk and work on the subjects of, self-knowledge, emotional intelligence, communication, stress and anxiety management, and healing of emotional wounds. It was a special and very profound experience to get to know each of these women and share with them tools for their personal growth.

March is a very important month for us as we celebrate with the world the Creative Arts Therapies.  In Casa sin Fronteras we are pioneers in the Creative Arts Therapies in Puerto Rico.  This is our 5th year celebrating these forms of therapy that uses distinct arts-based methods and creative processes for the purpose of ameliorating disability and illness and optimizing health and wellness.  Our program CODAMO, that integrates Counseling and Dance Movement Therapy, is organizing a day full of activities of music, art, and dance movement for the whole family on Saturday March 19.  Professional therapists will be guiding the activities with the public.  We will be working in small groups and following the Covid-19 protocols.

In a professional area, we are organizing and promoting the International Symposium of Creative Arts Therapies on April 9.  It will be a virtual event with professionals in Art Therapy, Dance Movement Therapy, Music Therapy, and other innovative artistic therapies.  Mexico, Venezuela, Spain, Chile, and Puerto Rico will be represented in the Symposium and these therapists will share their experiences and the wonderful work they are doing.  For more information, check our social media pages.

We keep visiting schools and bringing the creative arts therapies to the classroom.  In February we shared a Music Therapy workshop with high school students, and it was a beautiful experience.  We are always available to share our resources with the schools that reach out to us.

As always, thank you for your support that makes all this possible!

 

Año nuevo, nuevas energías     

Comenzamos un nuevo año lleno de entusiasmo y energía.  Nuestros servicios psicológicos y de consejería habían comenzado a atender en persona, ya que la pandemia de COVID-19 ha disminuido.  Las medidas de seguridad de mascarillas, limpieza de manos y distancia física siguen siendo una alta prioridad en nuestras oficinas, pero es maravilloso poder tener este contacto cara a cara.  Nuestros consejeros han notado un aumento en la demanda de los servicios, y estamos agradecidos de poder servir a nuestra gente.

En febrero tuvimos un ciclo de talleres para mujeres llamado "Estima".  Alrededor de 40 mujeres se reunieron en la plataforma Zoom cada jueves de febrero por la noche para hablar y trabajar en los temas de autoconocimiento, inteligencia emocional, comunicación, manejo del estrés y la ansiedad, y curación de heridas emocionales. Fue una experiencia especial y muy profunda conocer a cada una de estas mujeres y compartir con ellas herramientas para su crecimiento personal.

Marzo es un mes muy importante para nosotros, ya que celebramos con el mundo las Terapias Artístico-Creativas.  En Casa sin Fronteras somos pioneros en las Terapias Artístico-Creativas en Puerto Rico.  Este es nuestro 5º año celebrando estas formas de terapia que utilizan distintos métodos basados en las artes y procesos creativos con el fin de mejorar la discapacidad y la enfermedad y optimizar la salud y el bienestar.  Nuestro programa CODAMO, que integra Consejería y Danza Movimiento Terapia, está organizando una jornada llena de actividades de música, arte y danza movimiento para toda la familia el sábado 19 de marzo.  Los terapeutas profesionales guiarán las actividades con el público.  Trabajaremos en grupos reducidos y siguiendo los protocolos del Covid-19.

En el aspecto profesional, estamos organizando y promoviendo el Simposio Internacional de Terapias Artístico-Creativas el 9 de abril.  Será un evento virtual con profesionales en Arteterapia, Danza Movimiento Terapia, Musicoterapia, y otras terapias artísticas innovadoras.  México, Venezuela, España, Chile y Puerto Rico estarán representados en el Simposio y estos terapeutas compartirán sus experiencias y el maravilloso trabajo que están haciendo.  Para obtener más información, consulte nuestras páginas de redes sociales.

Seguimos visitando escuelas y llevando las terapias de artes creativas a la sala de clases.  En febrero compartimos un taller de Musicoterapia con estudiantes de escuela secundaria y fue una experiencia hermosa.  Siempre estamos disponibles para compartir nuestros recursos con las escuelas que nos lo solicitan.

Como siempre, ¡gracias por su apoyo que hace que todo esto sea posible!

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Taller Codamo en tu Escuela
Taller Codamo en tu Escuela

Adapting to new life situations brought by the COVID-19 pandemic has not been easy.  At Casa sin Fronteras we have continued our service to the community by offering alternatives and a space of peace.  Through our Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy (CODAMO) program and our Better Life program of psychological services and counseling, we have been able to impact the lives of many families in a positive way by providing tools to manage the difficult situations of daily life.  During this semester we have been active offering workshops, both virtually and face-to-face. Our workshops are aimed mostly at families with children and we use tools of Counseling, Dance/Movement Therapy, Music Therapy and Art Therapy to help children and adults improve relationships and achieve an optimal level of well-being.

This year we have had two very important new opportunities for our program, as we were invited in August to present CODAMO at the 2nd Puerto Rico Chapter Dance/Movement Therapy Symposium of the American Dance Therapy Association and then in November we were invited to present it at the Convention of Professional Counselors of the Puerto Rican Association of Professional Counseling.  Both our counselor, the Lcda. Lariana García, and our Dance/Movement Therapist Hecbel Rodríguez, have filled us with pride by representing Casa sin Fronteras before these prestigious professional organizations, publicizing this innovative and transformative project.  Their love for what they do and their commitment to the mental health of our people makes them stand out in their respective fields and shows that partnerships work.

As part of "CODAMO in your school" we have been able to visit different elementary schools carrying out workshops on different themes of personal development for students using the techniques of Artistic-Creative Therapies (movement, music and art).  In this semester we have visited schools in the towns of Arecibo and Camuy. 

In October we started a new cycle of virtual CODAMO with a group of children and another with a group of mothers.  We are very happy with this group of friends that has given themselves the opportunity to discover new strategies to improve their lives.

In conjunction with CODAMO's work, Casa sin Fronteras continues to offer psychological services and individual counseling through the Mejor Vida program.  We are already working in person and those people who need it attended virtually.

To celebrate our achievements and thank all the people who with their donations make our work possible, we presented a Facebook Live concert "Casa sin Fronteras canta para ti, Bohemia con Reynaldo Torres Quiles".  It was a musical gift for all our friends at Casa sin Fronteras.  If you couldn't see it, look it up on our page and enjoy it.

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CODAMO last meeting
CODAMO last meeting

“My greatest gain in this CODAMO cycle has been to be able to identify how my body talks to me, acknowledge how I feel physically and emotionally, and I acquired tools to deal with different issues in my daily life.”

“In the CODAMO program for women I learned that taking time for myself is important, that it is not an option, but a right.”

This is what two of the women who finished the CODAMO (Counseling and Dance Movement Therapy) cycle of workshops say about their experience.  Thanks to the donations we have received through the GlobalGiving platform, we were able to provide a series of virtual workshops for women during this semester. After working, learning, and seeing each other through the computer for several months, it was a moving experience to get to see each other in person during the last meeting. 

Ranging in ages from mid thirties to the sixties, these courageous women learned how to listen to the messages that their bodies and their minds give them, and how they can improve their self-esteem, manage stressful situations in their lives, and improve their mental and physical health. 

We are already planning the next CODAMO cycle for this coming semester and will be in touch with you to tell you all about it. 

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Artistic Creative Therapies Team
Artistic Creative Therapies Team

As we have shared with you before, the COVID-19 Pandemic have not stopped us.  If anything, we have been creative in our outreach efforts to bring our services to everyone.  By using digital platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Zoom, we can reach a wider audience than the one who can come to our center.  In January 2021 we started opening our offices to receive participants from the Mejor Vida program, for counseling and psychological therapy.  We have been following the COVID-19 safety measures necessary to guarantee the well-being of everyone.  For those who cannot come to a    person-to-person appointment, we still schedule phone or Zoom meetings. 

On February, our program CODAMO launched “Talleres Estima”, a series of workshops for women to work on self-esteem.  Four workshops, one weekly, on the subjects of: who am I, communication and emotional intelligence, anxiety and stress management, healing of emotional wounds. We had a wonderful group of women of a wide range of agers participating in the workshops.  Several of these women realized their need for prolonged therapy services and were referred to our Mejor Vida program for counseling and psychological therapy.

March is the month of Creative Artistic Therapies and in Casa sin Fronteras we celebrate big.  During the past few years, we successfully had one day of different Creative Artistic Therapies workshops for the whole family at our center.  This year, because of the pandemic, we could not have an on site gathering of hundreds of people, so we opted for a whole month of online workshops and seminars.  Each week of the month is dedicated to one type of a Creative Artistic Therapy: March 1-5 Art Therapy, March 8-12 Music Therapy, March 12-19 Dance-Movement Therapy, March 22-24 Psychodrama Therapy.  We have also had the honor of hosting three international panels of therapists on Dance-Movement, Art, and Music.  This is groundbreaking and we are excited on future alliances and projects that may come after this.  Since all the workshops and seminars are online, we have been able to have participants from different parts of the island and people who otherwise may have not been able to come to our center.  Also, we have had participants from other countries, as well. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a worldwide tragedy in many aspects, but our spirit is resilient, and we look forward to keep motivating and helping others to a better life.

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In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown, and social distancing it is very difficult for people to meet and work together.  However, digital platforms have become an asset to continue our services.  The Counseling and Dance Movement Therapy Program (CODAMO) started a new therapy group on September that have been meeting regularly through ZOOM platform. They will continue to do so until December.  During this period, we have also been meeting a group of 20 families from an elementary school in Humacao, a town on the East part of Puerto Rico.  The children and their parents meet weekly with the DMT therapist and the Counselor via ZOOM.  It has been a wonderful experience that has open other possibilities for our program. We will start working with another elementary school in the small town of Maunabo, in the South-East coast. 

We have virtual meetings open to all families with different activities conducted by our team of therapists: Art Therapy, Music Therapy and Dance Movement Therapy.  All these activities are posted on our social media every week and participation is open for everyone.

At the same time, the Program Mejor Vida (Better Live) has continued offering psychological and counseling services via telephone and ZOOM.  Last week we were able to prepare our offices to receive participants in person, following all the safety guidelines regarding COVID-19.  This is a huge progress, since most people prefer to meet face-to-face for psychological treatment.  We will keep meeting by phone or ZOOM with those who cannot come to our facilities.

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