OUR STORIES ARE OUR POWER: THE ROLE OF SURVIVOR TESTIMONY IN PERSONAL HEALING AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Survivors from across the globe are increasingly using their own stories to challenge legal and social responses to gender-based violence. #MeToo is just one example of this trend. In this session participants will learn about a growing body of research that establishes links between the power of telling stories and healing from trauma – what has been called “post traumatic growth”. Presenters will also discuss “the ethics of story sharing,” how testimony can change public attitudes, and the important considerations to be weighed before a survivor makes the decision to publicly share a deeply personal story. The presentation will incorporate lecture, moderated group dialogue and the award-winning photography of Patricia Evans, herself a survivor of sexual violence.
Trainings for Professionals
- Understand the purpose, power and role of survivor testimony in individual healing.
- Develop a deeper understanding of the theory of “post traumatic growth”.
- Identify how survivor stories can inspire social activism and social change.
- Gain knowledge about therapeutic programs in the US and around the world that use art, music, and writing to support survivor healing.
Anne K. Ream,
Founder and Creative Director, The Voices and Faces Project
$20 for program
Payment is at the door>
- No additional CE fee for Social Work/Counseling
- $5 additional fee for Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals (ICDVP) through our partnership with Between Friends
This session is sponsored by the Ellie Fund at the Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago.
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL 60077
Training for Professionals 3.0 CEUs