Authors: Georgia Swan and Mestre Roxinho, NSW
Event: 2009 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Recovery, AUSTRALASIAN REFUGEE HEATLH CONFERENCE, YOUTH, ADOLESCENT, REFUGEE
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper will discuss the implementation and evaluation of the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) Capoeira Angola program. The project is a therapeutic intervention that introduces the Brazilian dance/martial art of Capoeira Angola to young people from refugee backgrounds. Capoeira Angola is a particularly appropriate intervention for these young people due to its unique framework of empowerment, resilience and overcoming adversity through the development of individual strength and group membership. STARTTS’ evaluation found that the program was an extremely worthwhile experience for the young people involved. By incorporating aspects of dance, music and group therapy, the program contributed to the development of healthy communication skills, enhanced perceived constructs of self-efficacy and assisted in the development of self discipline and control. The process that occurs can be understood as a corrective emotional experienced that is contained within the safe space of the class.