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.
This presentation, "Responding to the needs of consumers with complex trauma histories a consumer perspective" focuses on the needs of adult survivors of child abuse, highlighting the frequent