Our school's Task Force 2015 initiative reflects our continuing response to the pressing need worldwide for children 'in difficult circumstances' to receive optimum help from specially trained members of the communities of which they are a part. We ourselves believe implicitly that the 'power of dance and rhythmic movement', applied by someone with full knowledge of 'what dance can do for us', can change lives and turn fortunes around even in the most unlikely situations. We believe too that 'dance is for everyone' and are also fully aware of the needs of older groups – but believe it is wiser to move forward 'one step at a time'. Understanding and then training to address the needs of children and young people is, we have found, the most effective route to understanding and addressing the needs of older groups as well.
The interests of the world's children are undeniable – we absolutely must care and keep on caring about this global issue. The 'plus' side is that with the present levels of co-ordinated and unstinting effort on all our parts, this particular mountain can not only be climbed, it can be conquered!
Our school are profoundly grateful for the support and expertise of UNESCO CID. There is not the slightest doubt that we are all 'of one mind' about the overall well-being of the world's children. However, beginners need to start by 'making a difference' in their own locality. 'Charity begins at home' and that's also the place to start learning the 'how-tos' of working with dance and movement as therapy – which is the title of the mandatory Foundation Course.
Recently, Adrian Atkins has alerted us to a specially urgent problem right here in the UK – 1.5 million children at risk of abuse or neglect, an alarming statistic which we all feel Task Force 2015 now needs to tackle head-on. Happily our own unique Joydance™ Method is tailor-made for this situation – (please be sure to read the Joydance™ page.) Task Force 2015 has for some time been advocating a network of 'after school or Saturday' Joydance™ clubs for kiddies at any kind of risk up and down the UK. Mr Alkis Raftis, CE of UNESCO CID, has very graciously given permission for the UNESCO CID logo to appear on dance gear worn by future club members – a symbol that shows we are all single-minded about peace through education, science and culture.
The Foundation Course is mandatory. It is an introduction to 'working with dance and movement as therapy at non-psychiatric level' and to the successful Joydance™ Method. Up to one year is allowed to complete the Foundation programme, the theory-only diploma awarded on completion is your passport to a choice of 3 follow-on programmes for Full Int'l Diploma.
Every student comes to us with a different background and different career goals. It is said that it's impossible to please everyone but we like to try – it is always a privilege to work with such a hard-working, well motivated and sincere international student 'family'. Whether you live in London or Hong Kong, Sydney or New York we believe we can help you on your way to achieving a high professional standard while helping ease the load for some of the world's most disadvantaged children. If you fill in and send back to us the Enrolment Form provided, we will advise you whether these studies are likely to meet your needs, together with a 'what happens next' letter.
Because of the complexities of medical conditions such as autism, ADHD, mental retardation, we are not able to offer training to 'treat' these conditions, much as we would like to. However 'inclusivity' has always been our keyword, therefore Joydance™ trainees are encouraged to invite children in these and similar categories to participate in their groups as fully as the rest. The ratio however should not be greater than 2:8. The aim is to help 'poorly' children experience all the benefits available to 'well' children. But the sick child's doctor must be kept fully informed. An important part of our training therefore is learning to communicate, clearly, succinctly and appropriately, with medical professionals at all levels. Writing down carefully prepared answers to questions at the end of each unit help our Diploma candidates to build up 'good communication skills,' a vital part of their professional armoury.
There is now a choice but your individual tutor will guide you at the appropriate time.
Don't forget this little gem if your interest lies in this field. But you must complete the Foundation Course first. The 'Elderly' programme is based on the unique method of Eva Desca Garnet, leading USA gerontologist/dance therapist. Yes there's a huge need for this work too. We may well be launching a similar Task Force initiative for 'improving quality of life' for the elderly before very long. The demand is overwhelming.
There is so much for us all to think about! We would like to express gratitude to all who take time and trouble to check out our site and take these issues on board. Your feedback is very valuable, please don't stop sending us your thoughts and ideas!
Director of Studies
Member UNESCO CID May 2015