WHAT IS X-PAIN-T®?
X-PAIN-T® is a nonverbal art-based outlet for emotion- release and regulation with rehabilitative properties as opposed to occupational in order to deal constructively with life's ups and downs.
X-PAIN-T® Bilateral Expressive Painting provides an innovative self-awareness process using both the non-dominant and dominant hand in an effort to stimulate memories and experiences that reside in both the left and right hemisphere of the brain.
X-PAIN-T® has primarily been developed as a perpetrator intervention program in prison. It has been tested internationally and proven a successful approach to rehabilitating violent-, offending-, and anti-social behaviour as well as mental health issues among prisoners (men, women and youth) within the Florida Department of Corrections, the U.S.A, the Department of Correctional Services Republic of South Africa, and the BJMP Angeles District Jail, the Philippines as well as among violence-prone adults and ex prisoners in rural communities in Australia.
ANGER IS ONLY ONE LETTER
SHORT OF D-ANGER
Many things may cause unconscious and conscious anger. Together they may be responsible for rage in the unconscious and sometimes a seemingly minor/trivial incident may trigger violence towards another individual who had nothing to do with the initial conflict, i.e. the origin of the anger. Externalized and misdirected anger is when focusing on the wrong source or person. What we don't express, we suppress.
Internet hate speech and road rage are examples of misdirected and externalized anger turned into rage. The origin of the anger/rage/aggression/violence is stemming from earlier events when it has not been possible to express emotions, either out of fear or a culture of not expressing emotions. Much of the suppressed and unexpressed anger is stemming from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE Study).
The child growing up in the modern world, regardless of socioeconomic status, may be the victim of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, all unconsciously enraging. The abused child may feel sad, unhappy, or scared, but anger is forbidden – that prohibition is built in.
Tina Borg - X-PAIN-T® Creator & Coach
FROM PRISONERS, PRISON STAFF AND OTHERS
“I am impressed with what you have been doing and appreciate your commitment and dedication to helping and supporting some of the most marginalized members of our society. I therefore accept your invitation to be a Patron of the Expressive Art Program (X-PAIN-T).
I hope that my association with your work will enable you to encourage others to support your valuable service and that you will be able to apply your considerable gifts to helping the many members of our society whom have been neglected and let down.”
– Desmond M. Tutu (2004), Archbishop Emeritus – Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
PRINCIPLES OF X-PAIN-T®
”The degree of violence, rage and aggressive behavior (the fight/flight response) appears to correlate with abuse and deprivation as children. Studies of male criminal convicted of violent aggressive crimes show that a majority of these criminals have suffered severe physical and/or sexual abuse as children.”
– Dr. Robert Scaer – author of 'The Body Bears the Burden'