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Idea Human Support Service Co., Ltd. Started providing Japan’s first calligraphy-based art therapy program “ShoDo Art Therapy” to Ukrainian refugees

Idea Human Support Service Co., Ltd.
Japan’s first calligraphy-based art therapy program “ShoDo Art Therapy” begins offering to Ukrainian evacuees
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Idea Human Support Service Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director: Mariko Ukiyo, hereinafter referred to as “Idea Human Support Service”) is a member of the National Federation of Psychological Businesses (Tokyo), the only industry association for psychological counselors in Japan. Together with Miyako Shibuya Ward Representative Director: Mariko Ukiyo (hereinafter referred to as “Zenshinren”), we have been holding an online art therapy course to support evacuees from Ukraine, and from March 2024, we will start the art therapy program “ShoDo” through calligraphy. We would like to inform you that we have started offering “Art Therapy”.
■Background/purpose
As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its third year, Ukrainian refugees are living in Japan for an extended period of time. According to a press release issued by the Immigration Services Agency on March 26, 2024, “Regarding the number of refugee recognition applicants in 2023,” the number of applicants for refugee recognition in 2023 will be 13,823, compared to the previous year in 2022. (3,772 people), an increase of 10,051 people (about 266%). In addition, a new law was established in 2023 entitled “Act to partially amend the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act and the Special Act on Immigration Control for Persons who have renounced their Japanese nationality based on the Peace Treaty with Japan.” The number of applicants for supplementary protection status was 678, and the main nationality of the applicants was Ukrainian. Refugees and evacuees have various traumatic experiences, so psychological care for not only evacuees in Ukraine but also refugees and evacuees in Japan will become an important social issue in the future. It is predicted that this will happen.
Idea Human Support Service has been holding an art therapy course “Ultimate Art Therapy – Art Therapy with Ukraine” since January 2024 together with Zenshinren Ukraine “Mental Care” Exchange Center (commonly known as Shibuya Himawari), and has been working with Ukrainian evacuees. We have been providing mental care for people. Art therapy, a non-verbal method, is helping Ukrainian refugees who have suffered war trauma to express their emotions, purify themselves, and change their mood. In addition, we have developed Japan’s first original calligraphy-based art therapy program “ShoDo Art Therapy” for Ukrainian evacuees who come to Japan because they love Japan, and we are implementing a curriculum to improve mental stability while experiencing Japanese culture. Masu. We aim to calm the mind through self-expression through writing and the gestures of calligraphy, leading to self-care and healing for evacuees.
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■About “ShoDo Art Therapy”
Calligraphy was registered as a registered intangible cultural property in October 2021 based on a report by the Cultural Affairs Council of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and in January 2024, the Agency for Cultural Affairs proposed that it be designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage at a meeting of related ministries and agencies of the Convention for the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage. It was announced that the decision had been made. Unlike art therapy that uses a variety of colors, in “ShoDo Art Therapy”, you will learn the unique Japanese aesthetic sense of “Wabi-Sabi”, feel beauty by expressing it with ink, and have a healing time. Connect. The act of brushing the calligraphy ink and smelling the scent of the ink lead to mental stability, and in order to use the brush to write beautiful letters, it relieves the stress caused by feelings of tension and anger. As the program progresses, a professional psychological counselor will explain the impact that each movement has on the mind.
Utilizing the knowledge of mental care at Zenshinren Ukraine’s “Mental Care” Exchange Center, we will transform it into a “ShoDo Art Therapy” program that can be implemented while taking into consideration the psychological state of refugees and evacuees in Japan. .
■About Idea Human Support Service
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Idea Human Support Service’s philosophy is to “solve social issues through counseling and mental training,” and we support working adults in their career changes as mental care experts. We have a wide network of American doctors, therapists, psychological counselors, and mental trainers, and are introducing the latest overseas programs.
In the field of mental training, he is in charge of a wide range of athletes, including soccer, golf, baseball, gymnastics, tennis, swimming, track and field, figure skating, and table tennis. These programs have been applied to organizations to prevent employee turnover and prevent mental health disorders, and have been adopted by many companies since 2000. We also provide mental support for corporate managers and artists, and provide mental care after disasters, incidents, and accidents, such as mental care after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and the Great East Japan Earthquake, and mental care for people evacuated from Ukraine. I am.
For SNS consultation, we cooperate with the National Federation of Psychological Businesses (Zenshinren), a general incorporated association, and provide information on suicide prevention measures by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, education consultation, abuse prevention consultation for children and parents, women’s consultation, and disaster prevention counseling. We have produced many SNS supervisors and SNS counselors in the care field.
Company name: Idea Human Support Service Co., Ltd.
Representative: Mariko Ukiyo, Representative Director
Location: 1st floor, KDC Shibuya Building, 3-9-10 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo URL: https://www.idear.co.jp/
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