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Article “Defining consciousness” by Pepa Horno for the initiative “Renewing from within”

One of the pillars of the CI Spirals philosophy is the generation of networks. Networking makes you grow as a professional and as a person. But then there are networks and networks. From time to time you get the gift of being in a work group with professionals whom you often feel are better than you., professionals who challenge you, they drive you, urge you. Over the years I have learned that they not only have to be professionals who I admire for their professional level. They have to be people who I admire for their human qualities, its warmth, his honesty and something even rarer: for their ability to be generous with their time and knowledge. How difficult it is to find professionals who share what they do and how they do it, that they understand that sharing as we understand it in CI Spirals, as our way of bringing back to life as much as we have received.

The group of professionals “Renewing from within” is included among this group of professionals, those that make me a better person and a better professional. Because then we started talking and, like nothing, you end up committing to a little madness, nothing more and nothing less, to try to define what it is “consciousness”. That word mantra that has become the cornerstone of our professional intervention, but also from my look at the human being and his possibility of change from freedom.

So here I share the link to the article that has resulted from that challenge. It is called “Defining consciousness”. I have tried to develop the indicators that I use to differentiate a look, a conscious intervention in the educational role, foster or care. Indicators that can also be used in a process of improvement of professional quality and organizational change.

I hope I don't come off too badly off the result. And above all, as always, I hope it can be useful to you.

Pepa Horno

Publication “Voices for change. Methodological guide for consulting children, girls and adolescents who are in residential care” by Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo for UNICEF Spain

Portada de la guía "Voces para el cambio", by Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo, for UNICEF Spain

The modification that was made of the Law of Protection of Children in Spain with the approval of the law 16/2015, later reinforced by Law 8/2021, the 4 June, of Comprehensive Protection of Children and Adolescents against violence represents a challenge for the protection system in many ways. But there is one especially relevant: guarantee the full implementation of the right to participation of children, girls and adolescents under protection measures. A challenge in which very significant progress has been made in recent years, but that is still far from being a reality.

Phone Voices for change. Methodological guide for consulting children, girls and adolescents in residential care, published by UNICEF Spain, aims to be a methodological instrument to achieve this challenge. Its objective is to propose a methodology to carry out consultations with children, girls and adolescents in residential care. A methodology that considers the specificities of this population in order to guarantee legitimate participatory processes, meaningful and protective. A methodology that raises the consultations as one more element in a process of internal transformation of the protection homes until reaching a greater degree of protagonism of the boys and girls over their own lives.. And a methodology that can then be adapted to different query objects.

But above all it aims to provide a tool to professionals, entities and institutions of the protection system that decide to evaluate their work to increase its rigor and quality. Children, girls and adolescents are the recipients of the work of the protection system. Therefore, any evaluation process, improvement or quality that you want to promote will not be legitimate if it is not part of the needs assessment and proposals for improvement that the children themselves, girls and adolescents carry out.

Sometimes you don't wonder because you don't know how. Sometimes because you are afraid of the answer. The guide we have developed Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo aims to remove the first of the two obstacles. Winning the second is already an institutional and professional decision of the protection system in each autonomous community, and the management and educational team of each foster home.

Here we have the recording of the session:

We hope that the guide will be useful and that you will find us at the presentation.

Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo

Online presentation of the publication “Voices for change. Guide for consulting children, girls and adolescents in residential care” made by Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo for UNICEF Spain on 6 October 2021

Imagen de la convocatoria de la presentación de la guía "Voces para el cambio"Online presentation of the publication Voices for change. Guide for consulting children, girls and adolescents in residential care, prepared by Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo to UNICEF Spain within your program Child Friendly Cities.

Date: Wednesday, 6 October 2021, the 10:00 a 11:30 (Madrid schedule).

Place: online.

To register it can be done for free at this link.

Article “We accompany with the person that we are”, F. Javier Romeo, for the initiative “Renewing from within”

Portada del artículo "Acompañamos con la persona que somos" de F. Javier RomeoThe pandemic has brought us many difficult things, and I wish it hadn't happened. And even so we can use their symbols to have a greater awareness about our way of being with children, and adolescents who have suffered much, as is the case with those who live with protection measures.

The initiative “Renewing from within”, from which we already talked about its launch in May 2021, aims to offer some ideas to continue reflecting on the protection system in Spain (and can also be used for many other places). My contribution this month is article “We accompany with the person that we are”, in which I offer a series of analogies between measures against COVID-19 and the awareness we need when dealing with children, girls and adolescents with protection measures. It is aimed at professionals and families of all kinds (originally, cozy, adoptivas…).

You can read the article in the blog of “Renewing from within”, from where you can also download it in PDF.

And I would love to know if those metaphors serve you, or how would you raise them from your point of view. I will read you carefully.

F. Javier Romeo

Project “Renewing from within”

Portada del documento "Renovando desde dentro"Sometimes life brings unexpected gifts.

At the beginning of the pandemic we were invited to participate in a group of people who have been cause for hope in these difficult times. Alberto Rodríguez and Javier Múgica took the initiative, and they invited us to the rest: Antonio Ferrandis, Marta Llauradó, Javier Soriano Romeu and, from CI Spirals, although in a personal capacity, Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo Biedermann. It is a group of people involved with the welfare of children, girls and adolescents who are in the protection system in Spain. What started as a series of online chats eventually evolved into an informal working group. And a year later we have the honor of presenting the results in a document that we have written collaboratively. We present them Renewing from within. Seven challenges and proposals to improve the child protection system in Spain.

And we invite you to download them The document, to read it and to send comments, ideas and proposals. Since the official website of the initiative we will continue to expand each of the proposals over the next few months. See you on that website.

With hope and awareness,

Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo

Affective-sexual education guide for adolescents “Dare to feel, dare to take care and take care of yourself” prepared by Itziar Fernández and Pepa Horno for the Burgos City Council


Since CI Spirals, we understand affective-sexual education as a human right of children, and adolescents; but also, as a preventive factor that contributes to promoting healthy physical and mental development from an early age.

Our body is a source of communication, affection, tenderness and pleasure. We are sexed beings and sexuality is a dimension of the human being from birth to death, there is enormous variability in the ways of living it, to express it, in the ways of being and relating.

There are many reports and investigations that have been warning of the problems associated with the consumption of pornography from an early age and its relationship with the perpetuation of gender violence in young couples and the increase in sexual violence both within and outside the couple.

When these and these teens have been asked, They report that they turn to the internet and their friends to solve all their doubts related to sexuality; and complain that school educational programs are fundamentally focused on the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, something that is necessary, but insufficient to understand the wide range of elements that make up a healthy affective-sexual and couple relationship.

And they are right: From educational contexts we have been addressing affective-sexual education treating different topics as if they were watertight compartments: we talk about stereotypes, gender violence, affective-sexual diversity, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, leaving aside very important aspects.

The first part of your own denomination: education AFFECTIVE-sexual and everything that has to do with desire, eroticism and pleasure. With the arrival of adolescence, desire and sexual attraction are gaining ground. Body and hormonal changes are imposed and can generate a lot of uncertainty and insecurity. This can affect our self-esteem, and a fundamental step to be able to live our affective relationships in a safe and pleasant way is to feel good inside our own body. Pleasure is in the mind, and this is about loving and accepting us first.

The culture of the image and the bombardment of differential stereotypes for boys and girls through the networks does not help at all, quite the opposite, transmits an image of a "unique model" where they must fit in to feel accepted.

On the other hand, the way we express or live our sexuality is unique and personal. Diversity is part of human nature and there are as many ways of feeling and living as people on the planet. Questions arise like: “How is my body?”, “Who I am?”, “Who attracts me?”, “How do I show myself to the world?”. Approach diversity with respect for individuality, assuming a social responsibility to stop machismo, lgtbiphobia and transphobia will allow us to contribute to the establishment of more egalitarian relationships and to the fact that adolescence can be experienced with greater freedom.

Starting from this base, we want boys and girls to be able to clearly differentiate what an affective relationship is (you, free, safe and reciprocal) of a harmful relationship where we can fall into abusive models. That is why we have to talk about respect and care. Since CI Spirals today we spread the Affective-sexual education guide: Dare to feel, dare to take care and watch over you we have prepared Itziar Fernández Cortés and Pepa Horno Goicoechea for him Burgos City Council with illustrations of Patricia corrales, and that addresses affective-sexual education from this perspective, uniting the affectivity, sexuality and protection. We have written it in a direct and simple language so that it can be read directly by adolescents between 13 and 18 years, with some relevant information also for families.

We hope that your pages can be a material where adolescents find an answer to their curiosity., calling things by name, and highlighting the indivisible union between sexuality, affection, placer, respect and intimacy.

Itziar Fernandez and Pepa Horno

Book “Putting soul to pain. Therapeutic intervention with children, girls and adolescents victims of child sexual abuse” coordinated by Pepa Horno

Portada del libro "Poniendo alma al dolor"Technical supervision is a unique learning space, not only for those who receive it but for those who supervise. In recent years since CI Spirals We have the privilege of supervising teams of professionals from different areas of the protection system. The objective is to improve the quality of the intervention from the professional's awareness process. A space in which cases are discussed, but above all from the internal experience of each professional and as a team.

In these spaces we meet incredible professionals. Professionals with a great technical background, but above all with an inestimable human quality and a commitment to the pain of the people they serve difficult to match. This is the case of Elena González, Carolina Moniño and Carmen Ruiz, psychologists of the UTASI, The Therapeutic Unit for Child Sexual Abuse who created the Directorate General of Children, Youth and Families of the Government of the Balearic Islands to take care of the children, girls and adolescents victims of sexual abuse and with protective families.

Within the framework of this supervision, the project for this book arose, Putting soul to pain. Therapeutic intervention with children, girls and adolescents victims of child sexual abuse, which has just been published by the editorial Desclée De Brouwer. Again we thank the editorial Desclée De Brouwer its commitment to the publication and dissemination of works aimed at improving technical interventions from psychology.

In recent years, many publications on child sexual abuse have been developed in our country. But very few describe the therapeutic process for caring for children, girls and adolescents victims of sexual abuse. We are not referring to a technical manual on areas to address or understanding abuse, but to a detailed description of HOW to approach it. A description of the process that is followed in the consultation from the first day the child arrives, girl or adolescent until closing session. With enough detail to allow it to be replicated by other professionals in various contexts. Professionals who work, being or not aware of it, with children, girls and adolescents victims of child sexual abuse. For this reason, from CI Spirals we recommend reading it to all professionals who work in the protection system, but not only, also to any therapist who works with children, and adolescents.

Putting soul to pain also has a second value, and it is the bet that its authors made to give soul and voice to that story. And it could not be another voice than that of children, girls and adolescents who went through treatment at the time and their families. Because his voice is the only one that can convey his courage, their capacity for resilience and their therapeutic process.

Child sexual abuse does not have to be a conviction, and the stories in this book prove it. It does not imply a sentence if the appropriate therapeutic help and accompaniment is received, in which affective warmth is understood as a condition for technical rigor. Nor is it a condemnation if you have a solid emotional support network, which is another factor that is talked about a lot in this book: the role of the support network beyond families. The stories in its pages give this book congruence and consistency.

For me it has been a privilege to coordinate and participate in the development of this book, as well as for Javier Romeo carry out the first technical review of your content. We believe that it is a necessary book and had to be written by active professionals, with the legitimacy of years of experience watching children, girls and adolescents victims of child sexual abuse. And with the soul that only three professionals like them could give their pages.

As I wrote in the prologue, “This book keeps the horror and wonder of which the human being is capable. Y, especially, the light that arises from the darkness when professional rigor is united, honesty and human warmth”. We trust that you will receive the welcome you deserve.

Pepa Horno

New training manual on prevention of child sexual abuse in Early Childhood Education, by F. Javier Romeo-Biedma and Pepa Horno for the Council of Europe

[Post in Spanish. Read the post in English here].

The manual has just been released Kiko and the Hand. Training for Trainers Manual. Protective Teachers, Protected Children: Preschool Training to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, written by F. Javier Romeo-Biedma and Pepa Horno Goicoechea and published by the Council of Europe. It is a satisfaction for both of us to share this new tool that provides guidance to facilitate workshops for the prevention of child sexual abuse.

We have prepared this document for the Council of Europe in the context of the project “Combating violence against children in the Republic of Moldova” (“Combat violence against children in the Republic of Moldova), but it is based on our experience of many years. It is linked to the materials of the Bell “One in Five” (“One in five”) Council of Europe, in which we participate in 2010 and 2011 developing materials and conducting training. Later, Javier provided trainings for the Council of Europe in Tunis in 2017. And within the framework of this latest project, Javier has facilitated a training in Chișinău in October 2019 and has supervised a training of trainers facilitated by Moldovan experts from CNPAC (National Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, the National Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse) with this methodology in January 2020 (you can read more about these formations here). The final phase of this process has been to develop this manual, which contains in itself the basic elements to implement a Training of Trainers and Trainers:

  • Chapter 1: an introduction to the methodology.
  • Chapter 2: the concept of child sexual abuse and its types.
  • Chapter 3: the consequences and indicators of child sexual abuse.
  • Chapter 4: a script for a training for Early Childhood Education professionals.
  • Chapter 5: the activities that need to be carried out with the Early Childhood Education teachers so that they can develop the fundamental skills.
  • Chapter 6: activities that teachers can do with boys and girls in their own classes.
  • Chapter 7: some final thoughts.
  • Chapter 8: references to other resources: documents, videos and web pages.

Currently the manual is available only in English, but we hope to have it translated into other languages ​​in the future.

This manual was released online last week, with the participation of relevant authorities of the Council of Europe, of the Republic of Moldova and Javier.

We hope you find it useful.

F. Javier Romeo-Biedma and Pepa Horno Goicoechea

“Kiko and the Hand. Training for Trainers Manual. Protective Teachers, Protected Children: Preschool Training to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse” by F. Javier Romeo-Biedma and Pepa Horno for the Council of Europe

[English input. Read the Spanish version here].

The manual Kiko and the Hand. Training for Trainers Manual. Protective Teachers, Protected Children: Preschool Training to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, written by F. Javier Romeo-Biedma and Pepa Horno Goicoechea and published by the Council of Europe has just been made public. It is a satisfaction for both of us sharing this new tool that provides guidelines for the facilitation of workshops for the prevention of child sexual abuse.

This document has been created for the Council of Europe in the context of its project “Combating violence against children in the Republic of Moldova”, but it draws from our experience of many years. It is linked to the materials of the campaign “One in Five” of the Council of Europe, in which we took part in 2010 and 2011 developing materials and providing trainings. Later on, Javier provided trainings for the Council of Europe in Tunisia in 2017. And in this project Javier facilitated a training in Chișinău in October 2019 and supervised a training of trainers facilitated by Moldovan experts from the CNPAC (National Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, the National Centre for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse) with this methodology in January 2020 (more about these trainings here). The final stage of this process has been elaborating this manual, that contains in itself all the basics for implementing a Training of Trainers:

  • Chapter 1: an introduction about the methodology.
  • Chapter 2: the concept of child sexual abuse and its types.
  • Chapter 3: the consequences and indicators of child sexual abuse.
  • Chapter 4: an outline of a training for kindergarten teachers.
  • Chapter 5: the activities that need to be done with teachers in order to develop the competences required.
  • Chapter 6: the activities that teachers can do with children in their own classrooms.
  • Chapter 7: an afterword.
  • Chapter 8: the references to other resources, documents, videos and websites.

Currently it is only in English, but we are expecting to have this book translated into other languages in the future.

This manual was presented online last week, with the participation of relevant authorities of the Council of Europe, of the Republic of Moldova and of Javier.

We hope that you will find it useful.

F. Javier Romeo-Biedma and Pepa Horno Goicoechea

“Metaphors for consciousness”, new book by Pepa Horno and presentation video

Every new book is a gift, the end of a project that lasts many months. Like a dream that, taking shape, becomes real. Today I am lucky to be able to introduce you Metaphors for consciousness, book me number 13. It's a good number to make a spiral. Because this book is mine like the previous ones, but at the same time it's different.

Metaphors for consciousness collects the images that I use the most in training and therapy. They are images that I shaped throughout my professional career, in an attempt to give “lifetime” and make the technical concepts of psychology understandable. This book is a good example that it is the way of doing things that marks the effectiveness of what we do as professionals. It is not so much the “what”. It is mostly the “how come”. This book contains many hours searching “how come” accurate.

They are metaphors that I have been able to verify over the years that help people to make their “building” interior (preview of one of the metaphors), to bring awareness to their life story and understand how they have come to be who they are. Pictures that help them see their “boy” the “girl” interior, to take care of it, pet or cradle him.

How I write on the back cover:

“This book is written for anyone who wants to ask questions, look in, raise awareness. The consciousness that allows us to understand our personal history and, From there, be free and have peace. That peace that comes when we can understand and order. When can we let go. When we can honor”. (Download the presentation brochure).

It is not a technical book, but yes it is. It is not a poetic book, but so is. It is narration and illustration with the wonderful images that Zaida escobar (see Zaida Escobar's account on Instagram) has created for each of the metaphors, of the texts. Each metaphor is narrated in two languages: a poetic one that anyone can read and with hardly any technical terms; and other, the visual and soul, through the illustrations that accompany each text and give it life and depth. Thanks from my heart, Zaida, for giving these pages another life.

Thanks also to the publisher Desclée De Brouwer that, again, bet again for my work.

I really believe that this book deserves to be gifted. That's why i wrote it. So that those images reach beyond my query, of my lectures… even all those who want to use them to look inside or to accompany others in that process of conscious gazing.

I just hope you like it, that excites you like me, serve them. Whatever is, it will be OK.

Pepa Horno


Upgrading to 23 December 2020

The book presentation video is now available at the online event “Conscious coffee” made by videoconference with the participation of Pepa Horno, author of, and Zaida escobar (see Zaida Escobar's account on Instagram), the illustrator. In the presentation two metaphors are read and the symbolism of the illustrations and their elaboration process are explained, and there is conversation through participation in the chat.

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