July – September 2009

Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming (details)
Thursday, July 30, 2009 (9am – 5pm)

Program Description:
Beat the Odds integrates activities from contemporary drum circles and group counseling to teach skills such as focusing and listening, team building, leadership, expressing feelings, managing anger/stress, empathy and gratitude. The program serves a whole classroom at a time and is designed for delivery by school counselors, but it can be delivered by teachers and other personnel.  Beat the Odds has been carefully tailored to enable individuals without music or rhythmic skills to facilitate it effectively.  It is inclusive, culturally relevant, and does not bear the stigma of therapy.

UCLA researchers have shown that Beat the Odds can significantly improve a spectrum of behavior problems, such as inattention, withdrawn/depression, posttraumatic stress, anxiety, attention deficit/hyperactivity, oppositional defiance, and sluggish cognitive tempo.

All Primary Intervention and Elementary School Counselors in the Los Angeles Unified School District have received training in Beat the Odds.  A one-day training workshop is now available to the public.  Since this is a pilot program for the public, the training session and materials will be offered at a 30% discount.

Location:
Remo Recreational Music Center, 7308 Coldwater Canyon, North Hollywood, CA 91605; (818) 982-0461  Free parking in back and on the street. Click here for map.

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