CPCR’s Baan Oun Rak treatment shelter provides programs for children, based on their individual needs. After receiving a case, they conduct a field investigation and assess the child’s condition, in order to provide them with an appropriate treatment program. When the child is referred to the shelter, treatment is most commonly offered in three segments.
First, the shelter creates a stable family environment for the children establishing daily routines, such as making their beds, cooking breakfast, washing their clothes, and working in the garden together. These activities provide structure, increase their feelings of security and confidence, and prepare them for other therapy programs.
Next, different programs are offered based on each child’s condition and status of recovery. Options include individual therapy, group counseling, and other activities with a strong emphasis on art-based therapies, such as performance art, drawing, sculpting, and painting.
Finally, when ready, children are encouraged to participate in special occasions such as field trips and holiday celebrations. These events allow for reintegration into society by putting each child back in touch with their culture, communities, and joys of life.
CPCR uses drama therapy as a tool to foster personal growth and promote self-esteem through performing arts. Each year, CPCR hosts a stage play at the National Theater. The children create their own costumes, sets, and storylines. The program serves as a creative outlet for children to express themselves as individuals while working with others to put on performances.
Art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self expression helps children resolve internal conflicts and issues, develop interpersonal skills, reduce stress, and increase self-esteem and self-awareness. CPCR offers art therapy to individual children and groups as the treatment shelter.
Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which one or more therapists treat a small group of children together. Group therapy sessions provide a variety of support, including anger management, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, and social skills training.
Special Occasions and Activities
New Year’s Day
The CPCR staff encourages children to celebrate the day and helps them understand the true meaning of the New Year. Children learn to make their own resolutions. They are urged to look back at the last year, see where they can improve, and set goals for the upcoming year.
CPCR makes a point to celebrate Valentine’s Day to emphasize the true meaning of love to children at the shelter. They learn the importance of self-love, but also how to offer different types of love to family and friends.
Makha Bucha Day, the full moon day of the third lunar month, and Vesakha Bucha Day, the full moon day of the sixth lunar month, are both important religious festivals that celebrate the teachings of the Buddha. Children learn about religion and participate in temple exhibitions. They are also given the opportunity to ask questions about Buddhism and their own religious believes.
Songkran Day is the traditional Thai New Year, centered on an annual water festival. The children are asked to put on a play to express the meaning of the day, pay respect to their elders, and show their gratitude for tradition and who have come before them.