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Stefano Centonze – Fausto Cino

70 games of creativity based on bodily expression techniques and art therapies for the management of groups in educational, clinical and training field.

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Š Copyright 2012 by Edizioni Circolo Virtuoso 73041 Carmiano (LE) Tutti i diritti riservati ISBN 978-88-97521-48-8 Data di pubblicazione: 16 Aprile 2013



Activity 1 – Telling ourself

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Activity 2 – Telling through sounds


Activity 3 – Drawing and telling my childhood


Activity 4 – The awakening of the body


Activity 5 – The Raft


Activity 6 – The Bus


Activity 7 – Energy


Activity 8 – The crossroads of my life


Activity 9 –The cover page of the novel of my life


Activity 10 – The living woods


Activity 11 – The right distance


Activity 12 – Two-step


Activity 13 – The body of the group


Activity 14 – The breath of the group


Activity 15 – The rebirth


Activity 16 – What's in my bag?


Activity 17 – The small rhythmic train


Activity 18 – The market


Activity 19 – The political campaign


Activity 20 – The admission talk


Activity 21 – The metronome


Activity 22 – My name is


Activity 23 – Graphical representation of the contacts


Activity 24 – Feeling and representing


Activity 25 – Exploration of your own body


Activity 26 – The Pyramid


Activity 27 – The Balancing


Activity 28 – The rediscovery of the sensorial channels


Activity 29 – Breathing


Activity 30 – The Relaxation


Activity 31 – The semaphore


Activity 32 – Kim’s game


Activity 33 – The game of the mummy


Activity 34 – Guess what?


Activity 35 – The game of sounds


Activity 36 – The game of sticks


Activity 37 – The game of the balloons


Activity 38 – Blind shooting


Activity 39 – Launch - recovery


Activity 40 – The kangaroo


Activity 41 – The contrasts


Activity 42 – Low – high drives


Activity 43 – Relaxation - Breathing 1


Activity 44 – Accentuation of the supports to the ground


Activity 45 – Contact to the ground


Activity 46 – Weight of the body segments


Activity 47 – Minimum effort


Activity 48 – Gestures of conduction


Activity 49 – Relaxation - Breathing 2


Activity 50 – Functional independence


Activity 51 – Breathing


Activity 52 – The abdominal breathing


Activity 53 – The rhythmic breathing


Activity 54 – The game of dolls


Activity 55 – The game contact


Activity 56 – The game of the mirror


Activity 57 – The game of the mime 1


Activity 58 – The game of the mime 2


Activity 59 – The game of the mime 3


Activity 60 – The choreographic game


Activity 61 – Neutral Masks 1


Activity 62 – Neutral Masks 2


Activity 63 – Game of imagination


Activity 64 – Games of energy


Activity 65 – Games of abstraction 1


Activity 66 – Games of abstraction 2


Activity 67 – Games of abstraction 3


Activity 68 – Games with tools - the bag


Activity 69 – Games with tools - the cylinder


Activity 70 – Games with tools - scarf


70 games of crativity – Stefano Centonze, Fausto CIno


The development of the issues involved in Arts Therapies helped to identify the guidelines of their own pedagogical, training, re-education and rehabilitation processes, where the study is associated with the identification of paths characterizing the action aimed to "change" the person. In this sense, this handbook, developed from the work of creative laboratory of the authors, is designed to provide operators some tools, already successfully used in the course of valid experiences conducted in recent years in the field of Arts Therapies, from music to dance therapy, from plastic-painting art therapy to theater drama therapy, from body expression to applied theater. The result is a compendium of practical activities that will lead you to others more, in a circuit that is renewed and self-sustaining, according to the creativity and to the adaptability of users, also to the context, (to be quick and for brevity, not provided), useful for all professionals in the helping relationship. From doctors to psychologists, from community educators to teachers, from volunteer operators to experts of the creative process, from trainers to students and, finally, from art therapists to rehabilitation technicians, there aren’t, in fact, limits of application of the offered ideas, in the light of the renewed and popular interest in art in all its forms, such as all-round support for people who express the need for personal growth or need to adapt to the world around them. So, 70 games for the management of groups is a practical handbook, recommended as implementing part of the Arts Therapy Handbook (Edizioni Circolo Virtuoso, 2012, VV. AA., Edited by Stefano Centonze), in order to provide application tools, immediately usable. In this regard, it should be added that the choice of content in the conduction of groups in the special populations is the most important element in achieving the fixed objectives. Often, the failure of a business workshop has its origin in the inadequacy of operational proposals that result in lack of motivation, conflict and failure. That's why the following exercises want to be role models, matrix, in order to effectively lead a group to the fixed goal. Furthermore, in order to optimize the use of the exercises in their application, it is good to keep in mind a few items. First, we point out that all the exercises have in common the dimension of the body, as a unifying element for the learning experience, and that the application in educational and clinical field defines the rehabilitation objective of the described activity. Where, in fact, the objectives are the same for all the identified application areas, the conductor will read a different degree of depth between educational, pedagogical and rehabilitation use. Moreover: the age of the recipients is related to able-bodied subjects, knowing that any impairment may alter this information. The degree of difficulty, moreover, is referred to the first applications of the exercise, since the subsequent stages may alter this parameter. Finally, it is recommended to manage the duration of the exercises also in relation to the application context and to the feed-back of the group. About the composition of this work, we say that the activities from 1 to 20 are specifically drawn from laboratories of arts therapies (music therapy, dance therapy, drama therapy and plasticpainting art therapy) of medium-long term, at the discretion of the conductor, although in some cases, are presented in short and simplified form; the exercises from 21 to 40 are aimed at the 7

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discovery of the body dimension, often forgotten and just experienced in its physicality; exercises from 41 to 50 are focused on the development of sensory-perceptual skills through the activation of visual, tactile, auditory, vestibular, and kinesthetic analyzers. Exercises from 51 to 63 regard the perception of bodily self and require internalized attention, the isolation from sound stimuli and a comfortable environment. Exercises from 64 to 70 are more choreographed and offer ideas for theatrical activity. Finally, and wishing a good job to the users of this work, please note that the following "activities" are a tool in the hands of the operator and, as such, require their own "management" to make the best of the potential, since some of them, before they become effective, require several repetitions, in order to refine mastery and to experience the emotional components that constitute the most significant variables. The authors


70 games of crativity – Stefano Centonze, Fausto CIno

Activity 1 Topic Aims

Level of difficulty Duration Recipients Minimum and maximum number participants Required tools Applications in educational field

To Tell You Self-presentation through the other - Double Self Activity designed primarily for the creation of a group, in order to promote knowledge among the members. Medium / High From 1 to 4 hours From 16 years onwards of From 4 to 20 Empty room – chairs in a circle Respect shifts To Listen To Attend Public Speaking To Reinforce Self-esteem To create an atmosphere of welcoming and sharing Integrate diversity through the game Meeting To Stimulate and develop creativity Working on the dimension of projection Distinguish your internal "objects" from those of the other Experiencing empathy Experiencing the closeness through the contact /absence of contact Experiencing the sense of limit Getting in the game Breaking down the resistance and the defenses To welcome Integrating into the group Respect turns Listening To Attend Reinforcing self-esteem Stimulating and developing creativity Techniques of theatrical training Initial Stage of the composition of the group

Applications in clinical field

Applied techniques Indications

Description The operator proposes to the group to leave the room in randomly constituted pairs. It is better if participants choose mates who still don't know. Each pair will have from 20 to 30 minutes, equally distributed between the two components (watch in hand), to tell anything considered important that the other must know about his life. It 'also allowed to take notes. Once finished the time available, the couples fall into the room and everyone go back in his place. Sitting on chairs in a circle, individual work begins. In turn, we speak as we are our own companion, using first person to speak to the group, standing back him and answering the questions of the group. Everyone can stop at any time to ask 9

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for details of what is being said or to ask questions about issues that have nothing to do with the covered topics. If the participant can’t answer the questions, he invents it, without interrupting the flow of the game. At the end, the conductor asks the real protagonist (the owner of the story told by the mate, between truth and fantasy) how much true has said the "double", how he felt hearing about him, if he felt welcomed and heard during the initial phase etc.. Suggestions In the course of the activity, it is crucial the leading role of the conductor. In a group still under development, it will be very frequent that the questions posed by the group to who will tell his "double" are trivial, simple and geared to bring out the creativity of the participant. The conductor does not intervene, if the questions are like, "What year this thing has happened?", "What’s your cat’s name?" and so on. The answer to personal questions can only be get if the information requested were specifically reported during the initial confrontation. The purpose of the activity, indeed, is to stimulate creativity, to experience empathy and to distinguish it from the projection. Furthermore, it is quite normal and common that each participant activates a process of projection (projection: attribution of one of our state of mind to another person), when, as a sign of defense, rather than to creatively seek answers to questions such as "by what adjectives would you describe yourself?" choose to speak about himself instead of tuning with the other person. Considering the strong value in the clinical setting, it is appropriate that the conductor, at the end, explain the group all the implications of the activity.


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