Working with Streetboys in Kenya - A Shortcut through Trauma


Melitta Schneider

Sunday 19 june 2016

12:15 - 12:45h at Yangtze 1

Categories: Children and adolescents

Parallel session: Children track


In March 2015 - during a three weeks stay in Kenya - I was working with around 25 boys, aged between 10 and 15 years who formerly lived on the streets. They were given shelter in the slums of Pandipieri among Dutch Missionaries.

Bilateral stimulation was adapted to Kenyan culture, by using drums or clapping on knees. The focus was on the time before they went on the streets, when staying with their parents.

An adaptation of the Vier-Felder-Technique, using special inputs to direct the trauma integration, made it possible that the whole group finished their process at the same time.

Follow-up the next day showed that all the boys were feeling much better. Teachers reported later on that the children had improved at school and in daily life.

At the moment we are investigating whether this kind of the Vier-Felder-Technique can be used to help groups of refugees.

Learning objectives

  1. Special inputs can be used within many EMDR sessions 

More information

  • Location(s)
  • plattegrond Yangtze 1