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Cuban Psycho-ballet Method Extended to 17 Nations
HAVANA, Cuba, May 12 (acn) Phycho-ballet, a genuinely Cuban therapeutic and cultural method, has been extended to 17 countries in Latin America and Europe, asserted today in this capital its director and founder, Georgina Fariñas.
A Master in Psychological Sciences and president of the National Group of Psychology, Fariñas explained in an exclusive interview with the Cuban News Agency that Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Martinique and Puerto Rico are among the nations that have subsidiaries, working groups or experimental laboratories.
Also included are Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Italy, Spain, Croatia and the Czech Republic, said the specialist, who participates in the 7th Intercontinental Convention of Psychology (Hominis) 2016, that winds up tomorrow at Havana's Conventions Center, attended by over 700 delegates from 46 countries.
Fariñas recalled the beginning of the program in 1973, with the cooperation of prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, director of Cuba's National Ballet Company, when they started working with children with different behavioral problems.
Then it was expanded to disabilities of all kind and Dr. Eduardo Bernabe Ordaz joined the project, since at the beginning this method was attached to the Havana Psychiatric Hospital, where they worked for over 35 years not only with patients admitted there but also from other institutions, including in juvenile rehabilitation, and benefits were remarkable, she underlined.
To date, they have seen more than 26,000 patients throughout Cuba, by way of this noble and humane project that has contributed to the rehabilitation, cure and reintegration into society of individuals with special, mental, motor or sensory needs, "making them grow as human beings with higher quality of life and joy for themselves and their families," she said.
For her valuable contributions in over four decades, the Cuban Society of Psychology presented Georgina Fariñas with the Award for the Work of a Lifetime. With pride, she said that the acknowledgement has significance for this method, which has proven effective not only in children, but also in young people and even senior citizens.
Its aim is to achieve psychological balance, prevention or cure of emotional or behavioral disorders and rehabilitation of mental, motor or sensory disorders, among others, concluded Fariñas.