Guna spa and ACCESSO ngo this year support the second mission of the Body-Emotional Mindfulness(after BEM) dedicated to two courses and a temporary counseling center at the University Of Herat, Afghanistan.
We have supported the research project BEM made by Alberto Pennella who has been invited to teach in the Department of Psychology at Herat University with the help of all Psychology department, Director Prof Karimi, Prof. Basir Ahman Azizi and Hajar Rafiee.
Its aim was to provide an integrated approach with two seminars, one that combines Philosophy, Body Psychotherapy and Neuroscience (BEM), another of Clinical Psychology which included Neuro-Affective therapy and a Counseling Center opened inside the institution which allowed the 112 participating students and professionals, especially from psychology and medicine, to investigate and solve psychological problems, both individually and through the operas of small groups of psychotherapy.
As we all know, in Afghanistan there have been thirty years of war and the population that experienced a lot of trauma.
We wanted to evaluate the efficiency of this intervention and so it was expected to test it with a well-known international clinical psychology test, the “Beck Test” and some of the students of the two classes have taken the test before and after the 8-week seminars.
The test has been used to invite the students with greater psychological difficulties within the Counseling Center and working on alleviating their suffering experience.
This approach had an unexpected success because there was a 43% decrease in depression and anxiety, so we were able to considerably improve their mental state.
Details of the results found:
54% Decrease in feelings of worthlessness
78% Decrease of tiredness or fatigue
63% Decrease of punishments feelings
66% Decrease of self-dislike
40% Reduction of suicidal thoughts or wishes
60% Increase of awareness
51% Increase of pleasure
40% Increase in determination
43% INCREASE OF HAPPINESS
In the seminars, in addition to the topics listed below, has been using a mixture of strategy taken from psychotherapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Mentalization based therapy, bioenergetics, psychotherapy games adapted for Islamic Countries, development of trust, empowerment, based Cognitive Therapy for transforming emotion, capacity building relations and other ways to increase emotional regulation and considerably reducing stress.
The conference that has been made at Herat University at the end of the program has been attended by over 250 people including
Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Teachers, Students, a TV and a Radio, International NGOs who have been exposed positively on the effectiveness and they invited us to consider the possibility of continuing the work on a large scale.
To present to public at Herat University who followed the courses and which presented the results of this work, was attended by over to television and radio, 250 people including: Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Teachers, Students, and international NGOs that have been positively impressed by the results.
The two seminars have dealt with the following topics:
Mindfulness and Mental Processes
Mentalization based therapy
Emotion Dynamics and Somatic Experience
Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence
Happiness and Joy, Differences and Modality
Transforming Anger into Compassion
Transforming Sadness in Joy
Introjection and Projection
Individual and Social Responsibility
The Good, the Bad and Beyond.
Transforming Loneliness in Gratitude
Self-Confession, sharing intimacy and get rid on the closed circle.
Love and the Illusion of Love
Kairos and Kronos, Social Time and Emotional Time
Mindfulness and mental processes
Mentalization based therapy
First part-Neuroscience and Brain Dynamics (From Neuro-Affective Therapy of Marianne Bentzen and Susan Hart)
The Compass of the autonomic nervous system and imbalances
The compass of the limbic system and imbalances
The compass of the neo cortex and imbalances
Comparison of different system of Body psychotherapy
( Neuro-affective Therapy of Marianne Bentzen and Susan Hart)
Child development and imbalances
Comparison between the analysis of the character of the Hakomi psychotherapy, Analysis of Bioenergetics, Institute Bodynamic, Freud and Erikson
Understanding of the imbalances with somatic approach
In the Afghan context where the educational program is purely theoretical, has been offered to in Psychological Department a practical alternative strategy to manage adverse events, thereby reducing the tendency to trigger dysfunctional mechanisms that maintain or exacerbate psychopathological phenomenal. In addition, this intervention showed practical tools to treat patients in a practical and effective way.
Allowing others to feel better and happier, it’s the best thing we could experience.
It’s a real satisfaction.