Standing upright against trauma and hardship: Checklists of innovative moments of social and psychological resistance – Muhammed Furkan Cinisli

By: Muhammed Furkan Cinisli

Trauma represents a profound and emotionally intense experience within the human condition. Beyond its evident impacts on both the physiological and psychological dimensions of an individual, this complex phenomenon encapsulates moments of resistance and strength in the face of adversity. From a narrative standpoint, individuals invariably manifest unique responses to trauma, which necessitate a close and nuanced examination for recognition and comprehension. This article proposes a framework for the systematic collection and organisation of diverse responses to trauma through a checklist of innovative moments of social and psychological resistance, contributing to a greater comprehension of this intricate phenomenon.

Key words: trauma; checklist; documentation; double listening; narrative practice


Cinisli, M. F. (2024). Standing upright against trauma and hardship: Checklists of innovative moments of social and psychological resistance. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, (1), 33–42. https://doi.org/10.4320/VTDS9352

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  1. Kassandra Pedersen

    I appreciated reading about how Furkan adapted David’s Denborough checklist of social and psychological resistance to engage with people in his practice in the context of individual counselling. I often find, in my experience of therapeutic conversations, that people’s ability to co-research/respond/enact agency become more accessible when their skills and knowldges are “rescued” through visible and touchable means of documentation, like this checklist. I appreciated the possibilities that the use of this checklist opens up to identify, acknowledge and stay with the person’s responses to trauma/problem, while inviting meaningful engagements to further scaffolding of questions and other ways of thickening alternative stories. The way I understand this checklist is more like an opening to co-research and collaborative inquiry- resisting the telling of a linear/factual account of responses in singular ways. It had me thinking what becomes possible when checklists and other visual means are not engaged as a methodology but rather an enquiry that has the potential to shift the gaze and in this illuminate stories of identity and experience that have been reduced to shadows…

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