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ERIC Number: EJ790696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
Hand-Drumming to Build Community: The Story of the Whittier Drum Project
Stone, Nathan Neil
New Directions for Youth Development, n106 p73-83 Sum 2005
In this article the author shares the story of the Whittier Drum Project and how it succeeded. The Whittier Drum Project has brought the community together through the talents of youth and their dedication to drumming, and has used drumming to link professionals to their own communities. The author adapted the model to meet the therapeutic needs of troubled teens, taking it a step further by adding a clinical component. In collaboration with the community court of Denver (which takes a restorative justice model approach to youth offenders in their neighborhood) and the Bread for the Journey Foundation, the Multi-Family Therapy Group with Drumming model was developed. The program provides eight weeks of therapy for four or five youth offenders and their caregivers for the purpose of decreasing at-risk behaviors in the community. Each one-hour weekly group consists of approximately thirty minutes of hand-drumming and thirty minutes of talk therapy. The drumming is used to build ties in a nonthreatening way between group members and between youth and their families. It also helps to address cultural and trust barriers. The verbal component of the group provides a space for participants to examine issues that led to the offending behaviors and to explore alternative ways to cope with such issues and stressors. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado