Narratives of healing: a case study of a young Liberian refugee settled in Australia

Schweitzer, Robert D., Vromans, Lyn, Ranke, Grace, & Griffin, Jane (2014) Narratives of healing: a case study of a young Liberian refugee settled in Australia. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 41(1), pp. 98-106.

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The Tree of Life group program is a narrative-based expressive arts intervention, designed to target the psychological difficulties faced by young people from refugee backgrounds. This study utilised a case study methodology to investigate the experience of a single adolescent from a Liberian background resettled in Australia, who participated in a manualised version of the Tree of Life program. The case study aimed to identify the underlying therapeutic processes that enabled the participant to adopt a preferred self-narrative. The participant was observed to demonstrate positive gains as a result of program participation. Five therapeutic factors were identified as particularly salient to the program’s success: the exploration of alternative stories of self; the fostering of group cohesion; the provision of corrective emotional experiences; the experience of outsider witnesses; and the instillation of hope. These factors were discussed in relation to working with young people from refugee backgrounds. Recommendations for future implementation of the Tree of Life program are provided.

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ID Code: 67881
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: narrative therapy, refugee mental health, tree of life, therapeutic processes, adolescence, trauma
DOI: 10.1016/j.aip.2013.10.006
ISSN: 0197-4556
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in The Arts in Psychotherapy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in The Arts in Psychotherapy, [VOL 41, ISSUE 1, (2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.aip.2013.10.006
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2014 04:20
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2017 00:33

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