As part of a private intervention addressing trauma in a company during the riots, our programme includes:
Dialogue inspired by Poetry
Poems tell stories in a powerful way and encourage us to look deeper at our own stories and experiences and how we affect each other in communities. We have found this true even in groups where there is no previous appreciation for poetry. We use poems as a catalyst to facilitate a process of self-reflection and sense-making, as we connect with each other in shared experiences that could prevent us from flourishing in home and work environments. In this particular dialogue we will present poetry about the experience of trauma and pain from different perspectives. Expect a heart-to-heart session on where we presently find ourselves – necessary before we can move forward meaningfully towards any possible solutions. This session will also forge a sense of connection as a community.
Our Response to Trauma
During this session we will look at the different ways that people react or respond to trauma. This will cover some teaching about the way our nervous systems are designed and the way this affects our bodies, how we think about trauma and how this influences whether we react or are able to respond in a more resilient way. We will explore where we find ourselves in our own experience of our bodies, thoughts, emotions and behaviour.
Practical skills for anxiety management
These skills will include different ways of controlling anxiety and regulating ones’ nervous system. There will be time allocated to practicing the skills in a non-threatening environment so that they will be available for people to use and share with others when they leave the course. The skills we will focus on in this session will be short effective exercises that can be immediately used in anxiety-provoking situations without preparation, new resources or changes in routine.
Practical skills for Resilience
The skills we will focus on in the second session on practical skills will be regular practices that help reduce anxiety and increase our ability to respond with resilience. Here we will focus on practices that need a little more planning and preparation to include our daily routines.
Think Tank – From potential to practice
This is a group coaching session which will involve people developing solutions around implementing some of their learnings from the previous process. During this group process, we come up with a picture of the positive and what these new possibilities could actually look like. And how each person can contribute to achieving the potential we have identified in practical ways by working together and starting new projects that will support them during the weeks and months to come. We also explore the resources needed to begin the journey.
There are regular comfort breaks throughout the sessions in consideration of the emotionally loaded content and the online environment.