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Narrative Approaches to Dealing with Collective Consequences of Trauma

Community Development Evening Presentation held on 23 July 2013. The video recordings for this evening are now available for viewing below.

Narrative Responses to Traumatic Experience: Working with Groups and Communities

David Denborough

This community development evening presentation will introduce a number of hopeful narrative methodologies to respond to communities who are experiencing hardship. These methodologies include the Tree of Life narrative approach; the Team of Life (which involves sporting metaphors); and collectively documenting and sharing the skills and knowledge of communities in dealing with hardship and injustice. This documentation occurs in both words and song. These approaches are easy to engage with and can be used with children, young people and adults. To illustrate these approaches, stories will be shared from Australia, Southern Africa, the Middle East, Rwanda and elsewhere.

Please phone (02) 9794 1900 if you have any questions.

From Roots to Leaves: Tree of Life

Lina Ishu

As part of their systemic approach in working with young people from refugee backgrounds, STARTTS’ youth camps provide an ideal backdrop for young people to engage with the Tree of Life model. Lina will outline her application of the Tree of Life process with 30 young people aged between 14 and 18 at a STARTTS camp, including the various stages of the Tree of Life model. She will highlight some of the benefits this process has in working with young people in the community development context, which includes improved self reflection and group cohesion. Finally Lina will reflect on how the model relates to the refugee youth experience of identity, place and belonging.


Click below to watch the recordings.