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Hip-hop therapy can emotionally rebuild mentally ill children


Self-confidence and self-confidence through own rap music

The University Hospital Dresden is currently organizing a summer workshop for mentally ill children from the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In the bi-weekly workshop, creative rap videos are to be created that represent an important part of the therapy. The aim is to create something special that children and young people can be proud of, in order to strengthen their self-confidence and self-confidence.

Popping unicorns, a toast bread song, lyrics about debilitating vicious circles - there are no limits to the creativity of mentally ill children from the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden. The patients work with professionals for two weeks on their musical hip-hop works. The children should find out that there is more to them than their surroundings expect.

Create something that others dream of

"By working creatively with professionals, children and young people create something special that many healthy peers only dream of," explains Professor Veit Roessner, director of the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in a press release at the start of the workshop. This creates self-confidence and self-confidence. The children are supported by three experienced musicians from the Dresden rap scene, who were known as "KapuDDniks".

Forget sickness and worries

Try it out, text and play for two weeks. The workshop aims to put the disease in the background. This is to be made possible for ten children and adolescents between the ages of twelve and 18. The aspiring rappers should also incorporate their own experiences into the texts and initiate a processing process. During the work, the children should also learn not to be reduced to their illness.

Work at eye level

According to the rap trio, it is very important to them to work on an equal footing when working with children and young people. A typical therapist-patient relationship should not arise. The workshop has been taking place once a year since 2012 and has already shown positive feedback.

Therapeutic added value

"Working with the children and adolescents in the workshop has great therapeutic added value," reports Professor Rößner. In the two weeks, strong group dynamics, new friendship, new self-confidence and great enthusiasm developed.

The workshop is funded by donations

Rößner and the clinic management see the hip-hop workshop and the circus workshop taking place in autumn as an important element of therapy. "Nevertheless, such offers are not financed by the health insurance companies," criticize the experts. The workshops are supported by donations, without which such workshops would not be possible. (vb)

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