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DRUMBEAT was developed in Australia in 2003 as a means to engage young Aboriginal men. It is now taught and used by young people and adults across Australia in schools, youth services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, child protection residential facilities, mental health services, children’s hospitals, refugee trauma associations and prisons. Now, this cutting edge, 10 week program is available to prisons, youth detention centers, rehabilitation facilities, and foster care facilities in the Southeast.

DRUMBEAT is a flexible program that combines experiential learning with cognitive behavioral therapy, and engages young people and adults who may be anxious or resistant to ‘talk based’ therapies.

It is a therapeutic program using rhythm, developed by Holyoake to reach alienated young people of those at risk of problematic health and social outcomes.

DRUMBEAT explores relationship issues such as:

  • Peer Pressure
  • Bullying
  • Dealing with emotions
  • Identity
  • Social responsibility
  • Teamwork

The DRUMBEAT program protocol is ideal for:

  • Detention Centers
  • Substance abuse facilities
  • Alternative schools

DRUMBEAT promotes social understanding and connection through a team drumming experience. It is fun, safe, creative, engaging and rewarding. Participants lift their self-esteem, learn to work cooperatively and are exposed to the therapeutic and recreational benefits of music.

What is Cognitive behavioral therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that addresses dysfunctional emotions, maladaptive behaviors and cognitive processes and contents through a number of goal-oriented, explicit systematic procedures. The name refers to behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, and to therapy based upon a combination of basic behavioral and cognitive principles and research.

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