Trauma and Recovery
Issues of trauma and trauma transference across generations are presented within a culturally safe environment in which workshop participants are introduced to a range of Indigenous and non-Indigenous therapeutic approaches to both explore, confront and respond to traumatic transgenerational experiences and behaviours which are age, gender, race and class oppressive. During this training we explore the history of mental illness versus newly emerging knowledge about the impacts of trauma on human groups.
About the artwork:
The centre of this painting shows a safe place connected to and a part of the earth ‘Mother Earth’ and just being there for support and in the safety of one another. Indigenous counselling with the use of cultural methods and tools for sharing of thoughts allows us to tell our truths through our stories, feelings and experiences with someone who understands fully the issues about ourselves as well as knowing the past. ‘Walking through it together’ with someone who has a deep connection to our past and who can empathise with real understanding and identity, gives a supportive feeling. This helps to provide answers to understand ourselves so that we can move forward without bitterness or anger inside.
© Artwork and narration by © Christopher Edwards- Haines