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This presentation speaks to the power of narratives in work with trauma survivors. It focuses on the following key ideas: (1) words have power, (2) narratives have the capacity to break through walls of avoidance and fear, (3) narratives help us transition from a place of fragmentation and chaos to a place of order and organization, (4) narratives give us space to grapple with the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, (5) narratives provide us with the opportunity to engage in creative play, (6) narratives provide a container for our experiences, (7) narratives speak to the universality of human experience, and (8) narratives provide opportunities for growth, change, and empowerment. The final half of the presentation includes several important reminders for helpers as they assist trauma survivors in telling their narratives.

Learning Objectives: 

• Discuss 8 ideas that support the use of narratives by people who have experienced trauma

Intended Audience: 

Trauma survivors,  Clinicians, Behavioral & Human service provider staff, Community partners

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Completion Requirements: 

Participants must attend entire session, participate in all activities, and submit an evaluation within 7 days of training to receive a certificate of attendance. Certificates of Attendance will be available to download from the Learning Hub once the evaluation is successfully submitted.