On February 18, 2014, Schubert Center and Department of Anthropology post-doctoral fellow Yochay Nadan gave a talk titled “Narrative Ways for Trauma-Informed Social Work Practice: Experiences from Israel,” sponsored by the Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences. Nadan spoke about research on narrative work with individuals who have experienced trauma as well as experiences from his own work in Israel.
Narrative-based therapy aims to encourage participants to examine the stories they create surrounding traumatic events in order to better understand points of resilience within these narratives. Nadan also discussed “The Tree of Life” approach developed by Ncazelo Ncube in South Africa to work with children who have experienced trauma.
Nadan spoke about his experiences using narrative work with trauma-exposed children in Sderot, Israel, a town heavily affected by missile attacks. He discussed how children are able to create a “tree of life” expressing their heritage, values, skills, hopes and dreams, eventually creating a forest of trees to explore collective experiences and assist children in processing traumatic events.