This is the first time papers from a Professional Development Workshop (PDW) have been published.
The 2018 PDW was held in Salvador Bahia, Braziland and the theme of the workshop was “Shame”.
We had a larger group of people presenting as part of their journey to become an IIBA faculty member. What was amazing was that there was very little repetition in the presentations. They looked at shame as it related to attachment, trauma, sexuality, binge-eating, grounding, vulnerability, dignity, children and more; all from the lense of a Bioenergetic therapist.
After hearing the variety, the BoT decided to publish papers from these presentations and share them with our IIBA community in the form of an E-book. A great deal of time and energy goes into these presentations at the PDW. After the workshop the presenters were asked to put their presentations into an article format. This is the result of their work.
Social Work - Meeting Point with black women and men
Maria Cristina Francisco: Clinical Psychologist, CBT from the Institute of Bioenergetic Analysis in São Paulo (Instituto de Análise Bioenergética de São Paulo) since 2008. Psychotherapist in Biosynthesis and coordinator of AMMA Psyche and Blackness Institute (Instituto AMMA Psique e Negritude).
The proposal to create the group came about when we noticed in the clinic the loneliness of black people in the face of the lack of space in the family, friends, professionals or groups to share their suffering lived by the experience of racism.
The present work aims to provide a space of conversation, exchange of ideas and reflections of blackness in order to strengthen identity.
In Brazil little is said about the issue of race relations. The secular experience of racism and the current invisibility of its psychosocial effects are a sequence of traumatic experiences that characterizes the experiences of racism as a psychic and corporal trauma (somatic and energetic). We intend to enable the emotional expression, often disguised, aiding in the understanding and relief of psychic suffering through bodily movements.
Knowing our defensive patterns leads us to aware our chronic muscular tensions.
The individual space is respected allowing the rescue of the unique being in this world.
Lucia Magano, Certified Bioenergetic Therapist and former Local Faculty Member from the Instituto de Análise Bioenergética de São Paulo (Brazil).
The purpose of this project is an achievement of a body awareness group in patients with several mental disorders in long of evolution using adult males and females of ranging ages and several socio-cultural conditions.
This project has been carried out since 2010, contributing with a Reichian device of corporal work which is based on expanding and consolidating the forms of insertion of the Bioenergetics Analysis and contributing to the psychic and corporal improvement of the patients.
Bioenergetics in Human Development and Integrative Care
Alexandre Franca Barreto (Libertas/FLAAB) Professor at Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco in Petrolina/PE, Brazil.
I have been developing social work involving Bioenergetics at public health and education units and in social organizations. The work includes teaching/capacity building and health assistance. Bioenergetics have proven to be a powerful resource in human development and integrative care for the individuals and groups with whom we have been working. Our methodology is based on three principles consisting of building safe bonds, Bioenergetic body work and making room for exchanging and integrating experiences through which we develop a “Pedagogy of life” that does not dissociate technical capacity building and human care and seeks to integrate equally mind and body into practices of care and teaching. For the last five years we have worked with over 1,000 people of varied profiles: public health service users; public health professional; public university students and residents; and members of traditional indigenous populations. Some of the results of this study have been published and the most visible results indicate improved life quality (expressed in different ways through physical, emotional and relational aspects) of beneficiaries and its perceived relevance in public policies.