272 Applications of Group Empowerment Drumming in Community Health Settings

Thursday, April 25, 2013: 7:30 AM-8:30 AM
Convention Center: Hall C
AAHE/Implement Strategies/Interventions/Programs
Presiders: Mfrekemfon Inyang, University of Port-Harcourt, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria; and Beverly Saxton Mahoney, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
Speaker: Lon H. Seiger, Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX
Participants will learn the many benefits of using Group Empowerment Drumming (GED) in their professional community health practices. In GED, participants are invited to play percussion instruments - small drums, tambourines, bells, woods, and shakers. With facilitator guidance, the participants play harmonious rhythms for healing, relaxation and expression. Research has shown promising results: increases in natural killer cell activity, reduction in stress and burnout rates, improvement in mood states, and enhanced creativity and bonding.