Systemic Integrative Community Therapy (Terapia Comunitaria Integrativa Sistémica or TCI) was born in 1987 under a cashew tree in the favelas of Brazil as a homegrown solution to mounting and intractable individual and community problems. Dr. Adalberto Barreto, a psychiatrist, anthropologist and theologian, working together with his brother Aiton Barreto, created a health promotion and prevention methodology that has now helped millions of people create strong community networks, improve physical and mental health, rebuild their cultural identity, and perhaps most importantly, discover that they hold the key to improving their own lives. Since 2006, the methodology forms part of Brazil’s public health system as an official “Complementary and Integrative Practice” and the government has subsidized training for tens of thousands of practitioners to expand coverage nationally. Today, the methodology is used in over 27 countries in various languages.
TCI dialog circles offer a group space but they are not group therapy…rather they are a practice in which the group helps itself…and so they can be used anywhere that human beings are present. Gender, race, socioeconomic level, education are not relevant because this is a space where people get together to share their life experiences in a horizontal, non-hierarchical setting. Traditional community knowledge joins forces with scientific theory, allowing individuals to learn from each other, building greater self-esteem and resilience in the process. It is a true democratic experience, where each person learns to listen actively, without judgement, and discover something new about others and themselves.
Pearls of Light
Born of the Conversando con la Veci(ndad) healing circles program, the Pearls of Light gather key life wisdom from participants in the circles and present this newfound knowledge in bite-sized formats, leveraging the powerful learnings even for people who choose not to join a circle.
A quick and easy way to open your heart and mind to new ways of seeing the world.
The Pearls of Light have been published for over 2 years on our social networks and now serve as inspiration for numerous communications campaigns.
“FROM CATERPILLAR TO BUTTERFLY: AWAKENING TO TRANSFORMATION”
A HEALTHY CONVERSATION ABOUT GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
An innovative proprietary workshop based on music, art and dialogue that addresses the issue of gender-based violence from a fresh, playful and welcoming perspective, allowing the expression of feelings that sometimes cannot be conveyed with mere words. The participants surrender to their inner child, breaking down barriers and stereotypes and for a few moments become empathetic artists who can truly feel the suffering of others. Through their own artistic expression, the participants achieve a better understanding of the cultural structures and paradigms that generate violence on a day-to-day basis and then join together for a group discussion of the way in which these attitudes and behaviors undermine the relationships of the entire society and how they, with their actions and words, can be part of the change.