In times of hardship, talking directly about painful or traumatic experiences, overwhelming emotions, or problematic actions with children, young people or families can be difficult. As co-researchers, we invite children, youngsters and their families and networks to contribute in playful ways to unravelling the tentacles of hardship and re(dis)covering a sense of agency, belonging and coherence. Together, we look in unexpected corners for safe places to build a team of support and solidarity. In dis-covering a multiplicity of stories rather than being trapped in one dominant story of trauma or loss, we co-create relief and develop more coherent storylines that weave the experiences and stories about hardship into the fabric of their lives.
Key words: Minecraft; children; youth; trauma; car crash; grief; bereavement; hospital; re-membering; safety; narrative practice.
Vermeire, S. (2023). Unravelling trauma, co-creating relief and weaving resilience: Playful collaborations with children, families and networks [Video file]. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, (1). https://doi.org/10.4320/RRVF1380
Author pronouns: she/her
See Sabine’s book:
Vermeire, S. (2023). Unravelling Trauma and Weaving Resilience with Systemic and Narrative Therapy: Playful Collaborations with Children, Families and Networks. Routledge.