In 2021, SOS Children’s Villages Nepal introduced expressive art training focused on "emotional wellness." This training was attended by forty counsellors from both Children's Villages and Small Group Homes, and what makes it particularly special is its inclusivity, welcoming both children and adults as participants. The sessions incorporate a variety of techniques, including art, journaling, sharing, guided imaginary, group activities, body movement, relaxation, and breathing exercises.
Expressive art sessions serve as a safe and creative space for individuals to explore and articulate their emotions. Participants can choose from various mediums like painting, drawing, or sculpture to visually convey their feelings.
Journaling enables individuals to document and contemplate their emotions, thoughts, and experiences.
Guided imaginary exercises take participants on a structured mental journey, allowing them to explore and visualize their emotions in a controlled manner.
Group activities promote interpersonal connections, fostering a supportive environment for shared experiences.
Sharing sessions provide a platform for individuals to openly discuss their emotions, promoting understanding and empathy among participants.
Body movement exercises encourage the use of physical movement to express and release emotions, contributing to relaxation and heightened self-awareness.
Finally, relaxation and breathing techniques are taught to manage and reduce stress, anxiety, and other negative emotions. These techniques focus on deep breathing, mindfulness, and relaxation exercises to cultivate a calm state of mind and enhance emotional wellbeing.
Overall, the expressive art "emotional wellness" sessions provided by SOS Children's Villages Nepal aim to nurture emotional wellbeing in individuals of all ages through diverse creative and therapeutic approaches.