An international symposium on art was held from 9 to 12 June
mental health in Chicoutimi (Quebec), a village next to the
Saguenay Fjord, in a national park. The organization has been in charge of
ENAM, the national school of puppet learning
directed by Richard Bouchard (see school website here: www.enamsaguenay.ca)..
Several professionals have been invited to this heavenly place
mental health organizations to exchange good practices and
reflect on the use of the puppet as a resource. We have been.
This year's theme was the role of art and education applied to the
mental health. The events took place at the ENAM headquarters, in the hotel
Parasol, on the ship Marjolaine, and at the University of Quebec a
The opening lecture given by was held on Thursday, June 9th
Luc Cossette, psychiatrist from Quebec. He told us about the look
bio-psycho-social of the different psychopathologies of mental health i
he showed us how to deal with the disease thanks to our own resources.
He also taught us the different ways to get the patient involved
its treatment.
On Friday the 8th, we had Phillippe Huguelet, a psychiatrist from
Switzerland told us how to organize the care of suffering patients
severe mental disorders. According to him, getting well involves making sense of
life and materializes in a sense of effectiveness going through a
satisfactory interaction between body and mind.
Then you could choose between Rosario Alarcón's lecture,
Andalusian art therapist based in France, who tells us the
discovery of eight stages of creation with puppet workshops they did
discovering the person’s own most intimate story and helping to heal
mental problems, or the lecture by Denise Timsit, a psychoanalyst
Frenchwoman with Valérie Gentile, a puppeteer, who talked about theirs
experiences where the puppet acted as a mediator and helped the
construction and the affirmation of the self.

Then Aglika Ivantcheva, who does puppet therapy in
Canada offered an interactive workshop showing us how to use it
puppetry and psychodrama to solve problems, externalizing the
conflict, naming him and seeing him before us.

Sylvie Gagnon and Éléonore Vidal, Quebec art therapists, leave us
show the work they do at ENAM, where artistic production helps in
the healing processes.
And finally, in the evening we were able to enjoy the University of
Chicoutimi from the magical show MOBILUS, inspired by the work of Alexander
Calder, from the Addaura Teatre Visual company, of which I am the artistic director and producer.
We got off to a good start on Saturday. The first speaker was
Johanne Hamel, psychologist, art therapist and professor at the University
of Quebec. He told us that current research in neuroscience
show that working with implicit processes (right brain) is a
of the Essential Contributions of Creative Arts Therapists in
the development of effective psychotherapeutic methods.

Then we could choose again. On the one hand, Jean St-Onge de
the Innu company Maïkan de Quebec, told us that its
Tshakapesh's theatrical production is a stage transposition project
of a mythical innu tale adapted to the contemporary context of the natives i
that the approach to social art opens up the possibility of transmitting the
Innu language and its values favoring one's own identity, one way
to prevent drug abuse and suicide as it currently stands
suffering his people.

On the other hand, the veteran Mariano Dolci, Italian puppeteer, goes to us
explain your experiences gained over the years using the
puppet in entertainment, education and care activities and
mediation. As a curiosity, to say that Mariano managed to become a puppeteer
municipal in Reggio Emilia. He is now retired but the position continues and
it is occupied by another person.

In the afternoon I gave a lecture, staging a short story and
a black light construction workshop on the topic: 'Puppets,
an art for managing grief '. It was an interactive experience where, in
At the end, people in the audience improvised different situations
losses with the puppets they had built.
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Meanwhile, Richard Bouchard and Marcelle Dubé, professor of the
University of Quebec, explained and defined the methods of the ENAM of
concrete and practical way.

Saturday was a day to ride on the Marjolaine boat while there were two more lectures. The first was given by Karim Dakroub, a professor at the University of Lebanon.

It made us think about what the role of the puppet might be
the armed conflicts and during the great displacements of the people
refugees. He told us about his own experiences as in these
cases the puppet facilitates the symbolic reconstruction of oneself.

The second starred the French philosopher Phillippe
Choulet. He told us about self-healing through a space
of art. Besides, this great thinker made our coffee liven up every day. One
day he told us about the puppet as a transitional art and another about how
the devil can receive instructions from a puppet.

At the end of each day, a round table was scheduled with
all the speakers and participants where they could have their say on the
proposed topic. On Friday it was “Mental health and services that
they are offered ”. And on Saturday the papers were debated
complementary to art in mental health and education '.

These have been intense days, full of emotions, of wisdom, of
reunions and new knowledge. From here I want to congratulate
the organization by the program, by the reception and by his

Teia Moner, June 2016
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