Power, Resistance and Liberation in Therapy with Survivors of Trauma: To Have Our Hearts Broken


Can life be captured by measuring it?Creative resistance from an engaged heartAbout meEvidence-based practice and its critiquesPower, resistance and liberationIs liberation only possible outside of therapy?The breath and the heartThe breathThe heartConnecting the breath and heartI Therapy, power, resistance and trauma Therapy and social contextSystemic therapyExplaining social constructionism - the red rosePowerWhat is power?Power in society PovertyPower and discoursePrejudice, oppression and psychological distressPower in systemic therapy Power ignoredTherapy as a form of social controlTherapy as cultural imperialismConceptualising power in therapyPower processesPower outcomes: The influence of wider systemsResistanceWhat is resistance?Resistance as creativityResistance in historyResistance in systemic therapyFamily therapy theories of resistanceDialogical approach to resistanceUnderstanding trauma with respect to power, resistance and liberationWhat is trauma?Trauma as injury: abuse and ‘psychosis’Trauma as renewal: spirituality and ‘psychosis’Liberation as recoveryBeyond trauma: Survivors of war, organised violence and tortureDeconstructing PTSD Adaptive, not pathologicalPTSD is history-, event- and culture-specificHistory-specificEvent-specificCulture-specificLimited description of traumaAims of tortureII Liberation and therapy: TheoryLiberation psychology: An overviewWhat is oppression?What is empowerment?What is justice?What is liberation?Personal connections to liberation theoryW.E.B Du Bois and Franz FanonW.E.B Du Bois’ backgroundW.E.B Du Bois’ theoriesFranz FanonMartrn-BarO, Paulo Freire and Albert MemmiStages of political consciousnessCritical consciousness and the tasks of psychologyLiberation psychology: Critical reflectionDevelopment modelTaking an expert positionFocus on internal worldLimited and restrictive view of resistanceApproaches to ‘justice’ in therapyWhat is useful about liberation psychology?Narrative approaches to liberationLiberating storiesThe power of storiesThe nature of storiesBeyond the story metaphorThe social GRAACCCEESSCommunication/Social context approaches to liberationCoordinated management of meaning (CMM)Coherence, coordination and mysteryThe levels of contextDaisy modelDrawing the theory togetherThe contribution of liberation psychologyThe contribution of narrative approaches and CMMWhat CMM adds to narrative approaches Multiple storiesThe difference between ability and opportunityA focus on relationshipIntegration challenges and opportunities - strong ironyWhat is strong irony?Taking a stand AND being open to other perspectivesStrong irony, oppression and liberationlll Liberation and therapy: PracticeWays of working with power, resistance and liberationRecognising client responses as meaningfulReflecting on power, difference and privilegeWhite privilegeMy privilegeGuilt, shame and privilegePower and collaborative practice Who controls meaning?Warming the contextRelational responsivityResonanceResponding to negative feedbackClient preferencesTherapeutic approaches to resistanceResistance to social abuseResistance in therapyAmbivalenceRejecting the therapist’s praiseSaying 'I don’t know’Not 'improving’Standing in front of, rather than next to, the clientFeeling offendedIs surviving oppression an ability?The recovery of historical memoryTrauma and memoryPower, resistance, liberation and memoryPathologisingIgnores social, cultural and political contextFocus on victimsFocus beyond victimsReclaiming memoryStorytellingIntertwined storiesDistinctlseparated storiesInterrupted storiesRigid storiesRe-memberingMemory as testimonyDe-ideologising everyday experienceNaming oppressionNaming homophobiaExternalising homophobiaLocating homophobia in social contextEntertaining ideal scenariosBisexuality and psychotherapyResponsibility of the therapistNaming racism ‘Race’ and racismNaming racism experienced by clientsBlack women naming racism togetherRacism as repetitive abuseAnger as a storyNaming racism experienced by therapistNaming the oppression of those in authority The Home OfficeThe power of expertsUtilising the people's virtuesCreating communityChallenging the client’s abuse of powerDeveloping resistanceThe resistance of the client: The therapist’s unhelpful emotional postureThe resistance of the therapist: Power in wider systemsThe resistance of the therapist and client together: Working with other discoursesProfessional expertise and collaborationProtection and accountabilityDeconstructing ‘madness’Resistance as creativityDrawing the practices togetherPowerResistanceLiberationIn summaryPower in therapyResistance in therapyIV Final reflections on theory and practice Resistance as creativityCreativity as resistanceCelebrating our differenceConnection to potential, mystery and hopeWhat we do with constraintsProtesting experiences of violence, abuse and oppressionCreativity and relationshipsTherapy that breaks the heartA liberated heart - beyond techniqueA responsive heart - how we are changed by what we hearA collective heart - social activism
 
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