International School Monica Toscano Prevention In Act® Method
After starting out in the clinical field, when we conscientiously addressed expressions of violence in the family sphere, since 2000 we have expanded our research and prevention work to the areas of socialisation that children and adolescents experience, such as schools. In our field work in schools, we have found that in this area of socialisation, many young people suffer from the terrible problem of school violence, and one of its expressions with the greatest risk is bullying.
Based on our research work, we identified the need to create a new paradigm to respond to the risk situations that children experience from an increasingly early age.
In order to provide prevention tools for these expressions of violence, Monica Toscano created the MONICA TOSCANO PREVENTION IN ACT METHOD®.
The method is based around three cornerstones: the School, Students and Families.
Because the application of the MONICA TOSCANO PREVENTION IN ACT® method entails a very careful and thorough theoretical-practical training for both institutions and teachers, those who wish to apply it need to take the levels of the MONICA TOSCANO PREVENTION IN ACT® International School, and work under its supervision, since we must not forget the responsibility involved in working with children and adolescents.
The flexible nature of change that we have seen in children and adolescents, when they experience the method to prevent bullying, makes us think of a future in which an educational system that takes everyone's personal interest into account has been established, in order to be able to identify and develop the most valuable assets of human beings, their creative capacity, and thereby make them emerge stronger from the constant violence that young people experience and sometimes engage in within the difficult world around them.
Why prevention in action?
«When, from our consulting rooms, we tried to help the boys to get out of that cave of addictions, which leaves them mired in violence against themselves, and knowing that those who suffer from this scourge are very young, we asked ourselves what do we do? ? Why does it have to be like this? Something has to change to stop being active witnesses of what we do not do. And that is how we approached schools, parents and all those who could help us not to be late most of the time. And, at that point, we discovered that the most important thing, the fundamental thing, was to listen to the voices of our young people. By listening to the voices of the boys, we were able to create a space for prevention.
We say that prevention is making a place to think, as the boys themselves say, "before something happens", before the events happen. But, through all our research work, we discovered that, while it is very important to make space to think, it is even more important to know what to do with what we think. It is our objective to expand the concept of prevention, from theoretical prevention to what we call and conceptualize as Prevention in action. When we approached the schools, one of the strongest things that happened to us was that the principals and teachers asked us to talk to the children about what addictions were. What was our first observation in this research work? That the boys did not want to talk about addictions but about what really worried them. The first question, the first important challenge was to open a listening space to be able to know what those concerns were.
Through our research work, we have been able to observe that these conflictive situations are expressed from both the individual and group point of view, being the scene of the influence of the group of friends their first and fundamental means of social insertion. We know that the communication of a pubescent or an adolescent with an adult is almost an impossible task; This impossibility comes, above all, from the fact that adults approach adolescents, most of the time, from a pre-established knowledge. Boys of twelve and thirteen years old tell us in the workshops: "We don't want to talk to adults," "we don't want to because, if we don't, we end up booked.
It is not easy the task of helping those who suffer so much from this inexorable violence that is violence between equals, the violence that our children suffer at school on a daily basis and the violence that they can exert on themselves on the subject of the high tendency to alcohol and drug use. We maintain that the first voice of the Prevention in Act network is the children, and it is our intention, based on these parameters articulated from our research work, to continue creating prevention networks so that we can think and work together as a society.
TOSCANO, Monica. From childhood to adolescence. Theoretical-practical parameters II of the MONICA TOSCANO PREVENTION IN ACT® method. Barcelona, Maximum Prevention S.L., 2011.