Date of Award
Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning (CDP)
International Development, Community and Environment
This research explores current methods of psychological trauma intervention within the community development context, namely the understandings that bound the clinical and diagnostic side of trauma, and the more recent victim centered approach: the trauma informed care method. The shortcomings of these approaches is that they individually lack the ability to establish the victim back into their sense of self or community, accordingly. This research argues that a narrative approach, a process by which a survivor of trauma has full agency to express their experience, used in conjunction with existing practices can rectify the shortcomings of both methods. The researcher and author uses creative writing within this research to exemplify the power of using a combination of academic or clinical definition and creative expression to convey a fuller sense of the experience of psychological trauma.
Berry, Lydia, "A Moment Became the Season: An Exploration of Trauma Narrative within the Community Development Context" (2017). International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE). 164.