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“Fluorescent revolution”, video on child sexual abuse

There is a transforming force that lies in the courage of adults who were victims of child sexual abuse in childhood and decide to make that experience engine life, light for them and themselves, for those around them and especially for so many people still fail to speak out.

“Fluorescent revolution” It is a reflection of that courage. It is a documentary about sexual abuse, but there is something different and is the perspective from which we talk about the experience, which it is full of respect for the pain, for real, but also light.

Participate in such a project is not only a gift, but an honor. On a personal level and as a team of CI Espirales. With productions “From the love” for making this possible and UNESCO for finance. And thanks to Julieta and Alexandra, especially, and the team of survivors The World Association of ASI, who coordinated all. These kinds of documentaries are able to bring light and voice to thousands of people who are still with the pain muted, and especially with the sense of doom, tunnel end.

And for families, for those educated, for professionals… In short, for society. Watch this documentary, and look at their faces. Something is happening. From Espirales CI we have already echoed several documentaries and materials they have recently come on the same line. Something is moving. It is this revolution that speaks the video. Which it will come and is coming when silentes decide to talk.

Pepa Horno

Testimonies of hope

For some time now since we proposed CI Espirales the need to constitute a powerful lobby with the associations adults who were childhood victims of different forms of child sexual abuse. Only his testimony and advocacy organized, with the support of the work of children's organizations, I could change things in this topic.

We talk about the need for make the data visible, to give face and through that face and that testimony, force the social and institutional response.

It is a change that is already happening. In a similar process which happened with gender violence: victims are ceasing to be afraid, to feel shame and guilt to position themselves in the legitimacy of their experience and truth. Thus, from the emotional strength that is only achieved through the development of pain, They give voice and bring hope to the lives of thousands of people, adults and children, still can not or craic.

In recent weeks there have been two occasions to check the powerful effect that the testimony of a person who was a victim of abuse can cause.

The first was the program “Spared” where he interviewed James Rhodes already Gloria Visors. James Rhodes, and his book Instrumental I wrote one of the post more “from the gut” I have written over the years on this blog.

The book is shocking, but not only for the clarity and simplicity with which recounts the horror, but hope, the light that bears his testimony, precisely because it does not hide an iota of that horror, but at the same time he speaks of its resilience guides: your son, his mother, His couple, Her best friend, some professionals and music. Those who saved him. In the program did it again. With simplicity and clarity, so diaphanous described how you can die and be destroyed by damage that abuse occurs and how you can revive and live a full life if you can speak, elaborate and support you in some loved ones. His testimony and Gloria are testimonies of life and hope. Worth seeing silent and honoring its value.

Also it deserves to be seen the documentary “Five women talk” of RANA Foundation, where five women tell their life testimonies. And just this documentary complements the program perspective “Spared” because it speaks, in so wrenching moments, of domestic abuse, which it is the majority.

All these testimonies are light opportunity, of life and hope for those who have not yet been able to find their own voice, crushed by fear and pain. And can, if they join all associations today they have become Spain, constitute an advocacy lobby on this issue really effective. Ensure that these crimes do not prescribe, a respectful judicial proceedings with victims, adequate training for all professionals working with children, and adolescents, the existence of specialized equipment, the coordination of actions… are leading demands on the table years, Espirales CI since we return following the creation of the subcommittee on violence against children in the Congress of Deputies and the work being done for a bill. Claims on which much has been achieved, but less than what it would have done if those statistics would have had voice and face.

These testimonies are not morbid, or vengeance. They are justice, truth and hope.

Pepa Horno

Video “Neuroeducación: by another school”

From Espirales CI work for the transformation of the educational model with the aim of integrating the emotional and physical learning at school, following the scientific advances in psychology and neuroscience in recent years.

It is not only a new look to the educational process but to incorporate technical rigor and professionalism knowledge on the evolution and brain development we have and a few years ago we did not know.

But it is not easy to find materials and references that explain in an understandable way for families and educators these advances in knowledge. The video that we publish today “Neuroeducación: by another school” drawn from the movement in defense of public school ( It is one of these rare and precious materials.

We hope you find it useful and illuminating and contribute to awareness of the need for educational change.

Pepa Horno

“Connect with Respect” ("Respect for Me, Respect for You "), Bridget Belgrave material for Nonviolent Communication work with adolescents and young

As a story in more detail in input mi blog “Towards a More Authentic Connection”, the weekend 12 and 13 September 2015 I had the privilege and pleasure of working again Bridget Belgrave. I met Bridget Belgrave already Gina Lawrie, Forming Certified by the Center for Nonviolent Communication (Center for NonViolent Communication, Servant), and 2009 and from that moment we began to work together to translate Dance floor CNV the Castilian. Completed translations finally saw the light in 2014, with some illustrative videos that can be viewed I made this entry for release. The Association for Nonviolent Communication It has organized a series of training courses in Madrid, Bilbao and Barcelona during September 2015, and for me it has been a pleasure to work again with Bridget Belgrave support team with the translation from English into Castilian and vice versa.

In preparing the workshop I have spent time reviewing all the materials I have the Dance floor CNV and Bridget en particular. And valuing all materials, each with its wealth, there is one that is still my favorite. In fact, Bridget invited me to share my vision at some point of the workshop, and in the end I also decided to write down what it is and why you recommend it.

connect_with_respect_belgraveThe material in question is only in English and not have subtitles or translations available, but I hope that does not discourage approach him. “Connect with Respect” (“Connect on respect”, literally translated into Castilian) is a multimedia material documenting a project that made Bridget Belgrave 2004 with 21 adolescents and young adults with an average age of seventeen. The project was proposed as an intervention to train boys and girls in situations of social difficulty Nonviolent Communication (which it is the basic tool that provided in the shaft Interpersonal communication CI Spirals), within the framework of a workshop building urban rhythms, for ten weeks.

Why recommend? Here is a summary of my reasons:

  • The DVD with the film, the 25 minute. Collect the key moments of the project, recorded therefore the three trainers as by young people themselves, and edited in collaboration with them. In fact, as told in a passage, the fact of viewing previous sessions helped them all become more aware of their own learning and getting behaviors that would be well suited to the needs of everyone. It is a graph document lets put faces (and sounds) to different situations, and lets figure out how to apply it in other contexts.


  • The video is supplemented with the second part of the book, “Guide to the Film” (“Guide for the film”), on which sequence by sequence discussed everything that happens: each situation, how teaches Nonviolent Communication, Practice times, the real conflicts that arise… This will better understand the intent of each activity and the difficulties encountered and how they were addressed.

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  • And the third part of the book contains the complete program, ten weeks with all their detailed exercises and all materials also typeset (English), as well as incorporating a CD-ROM with the file of each material in PDF ready to print. Obviously the video does not collect all the exercises, so it is very useful to see the progression activity to activity, with the ability to replicate.

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  • The availability of a translation of what the Dance floor itself to Castilian, with title “Respect for Me, Respect for You”, within the complete package Dance Floors.
  • And the caveat Bridget Belgrave not attempt a project of this type without having one hand a strong background and experience in Nonviolent Communication, and secondly an educational team with some basis of CNV and experienced in working with adolescents. I made some of these exercises with adolescents and youth at risk in Madrid and went well, so I'm available.

In summary, a material worth seeing, read, reread and implement. And you can buy in your online store, Life Resources.

And if you want more clarification, do not hesitate to contact me and we can discuss this material and other, adapted to work with children and adolescents. And if you want to receive training in this material, Spirals CI since we can offer.

I hope we will soon be offering more projects of this style here and where we call!

F. Javier Romeo

Documentary “New Girls 24 hours” Mabel Lozano on human trafficking

Shocking. Uncomfortable. Essential.

The last friday, 4 September 2015, It was the official premiere of the documentary in Madrid “New Girls 24 hours”, (@chicasnuevas24h) directed and co-produced by Mabel Lozano (LozanoMabel). Since Spiral Consulting Children spent years working to prevent, detection and intervention in cases of is of children, girls and adolescents for sexual exploitation and know Mabel Lozano's work in this area. So I bought my ticket to the premiere and the subsequent discussion with the principal and other personalities. I left shocked and at the same time with some satisfaction at the results, Despite the hardness of the subject: to have a new material, so valuable, and because it is taking so popular (tickets to the premiere and the next day sold out, social networks are very active in this regard, the public is composed not only by professionals in the field but also by the general public knows so an issue as invisible).

You can see the main trailer to get an idea, in which you can identify its main features.

First, It is a documentary Shocking. Relates directly extreme violation of children, adolescent and adult sexual exploitation within the trafficking networks, and that always hits. It combines the great figures (trafficking in Spain moves daily about five million euros, moves around the world 32.000 million annually…) with concrete stories of girls and women exploited within their own country (intra deals) and out (international trafficking). And details

It is also a documentary uncomfortable. For details that trafficking in persons is not a matter of a few criminals, but there are many sectors of society that profit while closing their eyes (major newspapers with ads of contacts that the victims never would write, Travel agencies, taxi drivers, municipalities to tax the supposedly local “voluntary alternate”), and especially the misnamed “customers”, to Rocio Mora, the APRAMP, It is given in the name of the documentary “prostituyentes” (if there was no demand, there would offer).

And it is certainly a documentary essential. Because despite the harshness of the subject, not enter any moment in the rough. In fact, as said the director herself in the subsequent discussion the premiere (and appears on your website), in Paraguay they are translating the entire documentary Guarani and they will be mapped to all secondary schools in the capital, as prevention, and since it is also preparing the translation into Quechua to carry educational and social centers Peru. He trafficking for sexual exploitation is not an issue of sex, or at least it should not be seen as well: it is an issue of violation of basic rights, it is an issue of slavery and mistreatment. And it's a matter of money (It is among the three most lucrative illegal business, beside the arms trade and drug trafficking).

Anything to improve? The documentary is clearly oriented from a gender perspective, which it is essential in the phenomenon of trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation, since the majority of sufferers are women and girls and the vast majority of those charged are men, and it is suitable. But, What about children and adolescents, who they are also victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation, and even some adult men are also exploited? I would have liked that at least they would have mentioned also, so that young boys do not become invisible in invisible.

Since Spiral Consulting Children wish him all the best documentary, and hope it can be affordable in multiple formats in many places.

And while we encourage you to watch the trailer, to investigate the news of his web (many opinion articles have very enriching) and be aware of your local billboard, to see when it premieres.

It is continuing to create awareness.

F. Javier Romeo

Upgrading to 23 September 2015, International Day Against the Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking: the entrance “Focusing and Nonviolent Communication to repair the sexual exploitation” It offers new ideas.

Restorative Practices at school, a new way to resolve conflicts

Most disputes can be resolved in a satisfactory and beneficial way for all parties, provided that the necessary resources and time are dedicated. That's my personal and professional experience years learning, practice and transmission of Nonviolent Communication. It's as basic (not easy) as the necessary conditions for that resolution occurs. For me there are several must-haves, which can be summarized as follows:

  • An appropriate methodology, to allow all parties involved feel safe and respected in their rights.
  • Professionals with experiential training in mediation and deep listening skills and “translation” messages to make them easier to listen to each person.
  • A supportive community restorative processes, devoting time, spaces, human Resources, training…
  • People willing to resolve conflicts in a way that ultimately all parties feel heard and that all parties leave satisfied with the solution.

So for me it is a joy to share the resources developed by a large community of people in the neighborhood are Gotleu in Palma de Mallorca (Majorca), They are collecting and how they have worked each of those elements.

In this video you can see how they have been involved, with the revitalization of Institute for Coexistence and School Success (the Institute for Coexistence and School Success in Castilian) Government of the Balearic Islands, from the faculty of schools of Primary Education, Elementary and Secondary, students of all ages, families, and Social Services, police, University and other significant social groups. A mosaic of voices, We make us an idea of ​​the experiences of the creation of that network security in a socially vulnerable environment, and we see some results.

practicas_restaurativas_escuelaFor a more systematic view, is the publication containing the fundamentals. Published in Catalan, Castilian and English as part of a European project this subject, the Guide to improve coexistence with Restorative Practices / Guide Mejoramos coexistence with the practices restorative develops the theoretical aspects of Restorative Practices, more accurate data and provides concrete examples and suggestions for further reading for more information.

v_rullan_practicas_restaurativasAnd to deepen the Restorative Circles, a practice of conflict resolution social dimension originated in Nonviolent Communication, you can read the interesting monograph Justice and Restorative Practices. Restorative Circles and their application in various fields, written by Vicenç Rul·lan, a trainer who I have the pleasure of meeting, on the video and in the Guide, and he is a member of the Association of Restorative Justice Practices and Islands (to page Castilian and Catalan, with several resources more). A good introduction, to further deepen this particular model. And you can also watch videos (English) on the official website of the creator of the Restorative Circles, Dominic Barter,

I hope that these resources will awaken your creativity and your imagination to continue discovering more effective and deeper ways to resolve conflicts in the educational environment, and in any other area.


Among teachers: Do you teach or learn?

Emotional education is one of the keys to the full development of children, and adolescents. And this education occurs in all contexts of relationship children, primarily their families, friends and school.

In each of these contexts emotions are configured from a heterorregulación, ie, from what others offer us, that we look back upon us, the way we manage and accept what they contain and express the meaning they attach to it. Children ascribe different meanings to what they feel in terms of what the environment offers.

Therefore the role of educators is important. It's not just what they teach, but how you teach. But it is even more radical. There is as much about what they teach and what they are willing to learn, its openability, to receive what every child goes through their classrooms can offer, be willing to enter relationships woven between them that go far beyond the curriculum. The teacher is the learner. The learner is the teacher.

That speaks Carlos Gonzalez in this video. Carlos Gonzalez worked for more than twenty years as a high school teacher, and now from outside the formal education system still chasing the dream of its conversion, to offer a new paradigm in the way of educating.

His message is recorded in this documentary directed by Pablo Usón, an hour, which they took place twelve days of classes to a group of teenagers, transforming living and learning posed to the educator living with them is collected.

It is a lesson about everything that we work on Spirals CI believe may become education.

So we hope that you find a quiet moment to dive into it and you get as much as it has come to us. Include the RTVE link where it is hung, but do not know how long it will, so we encourage you to see him soon.



We have been fortunate that Carlos Gonzalez, the teacher who is the source of this video we discuss RTVE's documentary is a shortened version (to adjust to 60 minute program), but as the original 85 minutes is available on YouTube:

Thank you very much, Carlos, and congratulations.

Alex Rovira Video on the Economics of caresses

Alex Rovira, business advisor, lecturer and writer both as a novel test, has a positive view of human beings that share from Children Spiral Consulting.

In this short video gives some basic keys to working with people, both business management and for those who intervene more in the personal and social. The key phrase “Stroke economy” reflects one of the basic concepts that we try to transmit from our work of Spirals: people seek to be seen, be recognized, and if they get through what we seek positive through most unpleasant reprimands. The key is to be aware of this and learn to read between the lines. To me this helps me in my work with adolescents and their families, and is the primary tool for building bridges between people.

The intention that it veáis video (repeatedly, even, to capture the subtleties) and introduce you to reflect on how the stroke economy in our private life, and also in the professional.

Hope you like it.


Adoption Documentary: “Between two worlds”

How do you feel an adolescent adopted at the physical differences with his adoptive family? What positions adopted girls born in China but educated by American families? How does it affect your personal story in their own development, in their expectations and hopes?

La directora Linda Goldstein Knowlton, mother of a child adopted from China, arises what happens to other girls like yours when they reach adolescence. The documentary “Between two worlds” (English “Somewhere Between”) is the response to your inquiry: portrays the different processes adopted four teenagers living in China for American families, what difficulties they encounter in their daily life and what challenges face to build your identity.

It is fortunate to have the full documentary dubbed in Castilian in Documents TV, recommend that you veáis soon, while available online.

If you want to know more about the whole process of filming, recommend that it veáis interview with the director (English only), commenting on his own personal life with her adopted daughter and relationships with young women featured in the documentary. You can also investigate the documentary website (English), which give the details of the current status of each of the protagonists, and interesting links.

Whether Tene NIÑAS the nests that have gone through an adoption process as it is in contact with teens, this documentary helps to reflect on the emotional bonds and the construction of identity throughout adolescence.

Hope you like it.


“1, 2, 3… home”, short Iciar Bollain on Infant Villages SOS

Is the title of a Bollaín Icíar short made by the work of SOS Children's Villages. But it is much more. They are interviewing the boys and girls. It's a life lesson. And love.

Exciting. Startling. “Had he not been in Villages, could be bad… I do not know I'd be dead ...”. “A chance to be something coming from a world that could not be much… or nothing”.

A gift. Here you go. Listen to them, please, Listen to them. Are nine minutes.

Thanks, Icíar, by giving voice. Thanks, Villages, for your work.

A hug,


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