Tall Trees Standing
Developing a strong sense of self.
A strong sense of self is an important tool for people who work with trauma. It enables us to stay clear about who we are and what we are about. It enables us to have clear boundaries and keep our stories separate from the stories we hear in the course of our work. Many people enter the caring professions because they have a passion to help others. They tend to focus on the welfare of others at the cost of their own. Their own story has not provided them with a strong sense of self. Others have found the work they do has “knocked them around” a bit; they know things others don’t. Like trees in a storm they become battered and blown about. They lose touch with who they are.
- helps participants connect with who they are and what they are about in ways that value what is important to them rather than what has happened to them,
- explores ways of telling stories that reclaim who they are in ways that strengthen their sense of self rather than give power to what has happened to them,
- practice ways of speaking up and standing strong in yourself by being clear about:
- MY STORY
- WHO AND WHAT SUPPORTS ME
- WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO ME
Inspired by Narrative workshop “The Tree of Life”