Jungle Tracks; road to recovery and reflection- a story telling approach to assist refugee children, adolescents and parents integrate and manage the  distress related to bereavement, trauma, discrimination and stress induced by the refugee experience.

Jungle Tracks; road to recovery and reflection- a story telling approach to assist refugee children, adolescents and parents integrate and manage the distress related to bereavement, trauma, discrimination and stress induced by the refugee experience.

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A story telling approach was trialed in the hope that stories could be the medium to bypass normal defense mechanisms, engage feelings and communicate in non-threatening ways. It was assumed that stories had the potential to touch and unleash innate healing forces in a sensitive compassionate manner.

A discussion /questioning process was developed that invited the reader/listener to make a connection with the main characters, stimulating and provoking reflection and change. The stories mirror universal issues and struggles faced by many children and adolescents, particularly refugees as they settle and make the transition to their new homes. By listening/reading the stories unconscious processes of identification and internalization begin to work as the participants become more aware and gain insights into their emotional issues. The stories instill hope and assist the reader/listener take effective control of their lives in a safe, supportive environment.

Speakers: Pearl Fernandes
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