The Future of Education

Edition 13

Accepted Abstracts

The Potential Use of Thermal Springs in Trauma Pedagogy

David Th. Ausserhuber, ICUMEDA Intercultural Mediation and Art (Austria)

Abstract

The potential use of thermal springs in trauma pedagogy

 

Education and its link to the progress of knowledge in the field of sanitation and well-being became manifest when Europe‘s first university prototype was established, the Scuola Medica Salernitana. When it comes to adressing experiences of traumatic nature, trauma pedagogy has become an important tool when educating and empowering family and affiliated persons of individuals affected by trauma. While the reasons for an emotional and psychological trauma can differ, an increasing number of traumatic experiences are linked to war, flight, pandemic or natural disaster. The potential use of thermal springs in trauma pedagogy may considerably contribute to the task of gaining resilience. Additionally to the aspect of sanitation and well-being, the cultural factor can be considered as well when speaking of thermal springs and European spa tradition. Last year different spa towns were appointed as UNESCO world heritage as they were the catalyst for a model of spatial organisation dedicated to curative, therapeutic, recreational and social functions. This paper focusses on possible ways to use thermal springs in different cultural settings within the framework of trauma pedagogy. 

 

Keywords: trauma pedagogy, thermal springs, (inter-)cultural factor of sanitation, mediative empowerment, education on well-being after trauma, academic mediation
 

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