D – 2.3 Needs

Safety: all should feel physically and emotionally safe. To ensure this the program leader needs to make various steps. Starting from the clear call, sending detailed information about the method and what can be expected. Running an interview when possible with participants is also an asset. This way you can monitor and prepare for specific needs and issues. It can be that there is someone coming with an issue that you are not qualified or ready to take on.

Space: The room should be big enough to move freely for the size of your group. Having natural light is also quite essential. The floor should be clean and warm enough so that the participants can move, lay, roll etc. when needed without unnecessary disturbance. It is highly important that no one can interfere with the group processes from outside. That is, no one can look, walk into the process. Also, it is important that if you play music, or the group is jumping or making noise – is not disturbing others and does not evoke unwanted visits.

Tools: It depends on the programme leader, but some tools might come handy for your programme. Blankets, pillows for example can offer comfort when sitting down on the ground to draw, play with clay or share verbally. It some cases when you run certain somatic activity, requiring specific tools for it, such as a head massager or a rolling tube.

Music: A big variety of music, preferably without words are used in this type of work. You need to know your playlist and the possible effect on your participants. Tempo, melody, words, harmonies and more can be there to guide the process.

Artefacts: Different types and sizes, colours of papers, crayons, paints, clay and many many more can be used. Make sure that you have enough for all participants and even more, so they can really be creative.

Approach: A welcoming and holding approach is required. Having clear frames and a process oriented humanistic approach is significant to be successful with this kind of programmes.