Book of Proceedings: Trauma And The Move Towards Citizenship: An Opportunity For Growth

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Authors: Glenda Blackwell, QLD

Year: 2012

Event: 2012 TheMHS Conference

Subject: AUTONOMY, EMPOWERMENT, CITIZENSHIP, Inclusive communities

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9757653-8-8

Abstract: When people experience trauma it can be devastating, affecting a person’s life in major ways, intrusive symptoms, avoidant behaviours, alienation, isolation and a range of mental health issues. The trauma experience can also offer an opportunity for growth, a deeper understanding of self, life, reality and human consciousness. The journey to trauma survivor is often painful and requires enormous courage. There is a process of transformation, connection and a re-evaluation of a person’s own foundations for life and those of the society in which they live. Meaningful citizenship comes through this journey. Services and professionals can support traumatised individuals by being fully with them but also standing apart and learning from them.

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