Definition and Scope
Calligraphy Therapy can be defined as the interdisciplinary field concerned with the development and integration of psychosocial, behavioral and biomedical knowledge relevant to the dynamic practice of handwriting for the goal of promotion of health and treatment of illnesses, the application of this knowledge as well as the development of biomedical technologies to prevention, etiology, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. The scope of "calligraphy therapy" extends from theory-building and testing to research efforts and empirical validation towards understanding fundamental bio-behavioral mechanisms; to clinical diagnosis and intervention; to disease prevention and health promotion.
Calli-Health is intended to serve the needs of all health-related disciplines concerned with the integration of psychosocial, behavioral and biomedical sciences with respect to the graphonomic execution of words, letters and other linguistic forms as well as to the positive effects on specific aspects of one’s psychological, physiological, mental and emotional conditions.
The goals of the Calli-Health Society shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following:
1. To encourage formation of national or regional organizations of calligraphy therapy, and to develop and maintain liaison with related professional organizations.
2. To encourage and co-ordinate communication and interaction among various health professionals including biomedical and behavioral science researchers and clinicians, without regard to specific discipline loyalties.
3. To stimulate research, clinical, preventive and training activities through formal meetings, collaborative undertakings and awards for meritorious effort.
4. To develop guidelines for implementation of calligraphy therapy training and research activities at various levels in the health sciences.
5. To serve as an information resource for calligraphy therapy by facilitating access to scientific and professional computer-based information systems, and organization of scientific meetings/conferences.
6. To provide professional consulting services to individuals and institutions on the background, knowledge, practice and clinical inventions in calligraphy therapy.
Consistent with its charter objectives of encouraging the development of national or regional societies of behavioral medicine, the Calli-Health Society will function principally as professional individual members. The membership of this CHS will be of three types: (1) Full Membership for professionals in health-related disciplines who have recognized postgraduate degrees as well as extensive related experiences in the broad fields of behavioural medicine in relation to calligraphy therapy whose interests and practice are consistent with the goals of the CHS; (2) Associate Membership for individuals working in the health and helping professions, who are not directly in the allied fields of behavioural medicine, but whose service and experience are in healthcare, clinical treatments and rehabilitative fields; and (3) Affiliate Membership for those individuals with interests relevant to behavioral medicine do not meet criteria for full membership or associate membership.
Functions of the Calli-Health Society
The CHS will promote effective international communication between individuals and national groups to facilitate research, clinical and training activities on a worldwide basis. The CHS will endeavor to overcome the uneven distribution of scientific and clinical information and the formidable barriers to access to existing information sources in various parts of the world. The CHS will make efforts to establish a world-wide communication system for technology transfer and information dissemination which will keep pace with this rapidly developing field.
Education and training
One of the tasks of the CHS is to assist in the preparation of curricula and course synopses for teachers in medical and behavioral science educational institutions. It is also intended to organize relevant teaching workshops, short courses and conferences. By these efforts to promote education and training, the CHS will contribute to a better understanding of integrative mechanisms which play an important role in overcoming the limits of the specialized disciplines of health care and in developing rational prevention, therapy and rehabilitation for specific mental, psychosomatic, psychiatric, disadvantaged childhood, gerontological-geriatric diseases, and the stress- and other health-related and behavioural disorders.
The CHS recognizes the need to be sensitive to the cultural and scientific background in different parts of the world. Nevertheless, it is important that calligraphy therapy as a newcomer to behavioral medicine must also endeavor to develop multidisciplinary approaches to the application of its findings and treatment potential in writing systems outside of the Chinese language user populations. The general positive outcomes of the practice of calligraphy therapy has been tested and validated in English, Japanese and Korean scripts in a preliminary way. This lays encouraging grounds toward the development of professional societies in calligraphy therapy.
International collaborative research
The CHS will attempt to stimulate cooperative and cross-cultural research in graphonomic and calligraphy therapy within the broad field of behavioral medicine. The CHS will function as a channel and source of information for researchers and will also attempt to stimulate support for such studies. In addition, national and international conferences will be used as meeting points for groups that are involved in co-operative effort in the field.
One of the main functions of CHS will be to hold meetings of which basic, theoretical, clinical and public health research and application in calligraphy therapy and behavioral medicine can be discussed. Two types of meetings are envisaged: full international conferences and regional meetings. The frequency of meetings should remain flexible in the early stages of CHS. However, it is envisaged that international conferences will be held once every two years.
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