The Collaborating Centre for Jail Well being and Training is proud to current the Shifting Focus: Snapshots of Resilience images exhibit. Shifting Focus is the results of a photovoice venture inside a bigger five-year examine titled “Trauma on the Root: Exploring Paths to Therapeutic with Previously Incarcerated Males” aimed toward elevating trauma consciousness and fostering resilience amongst males who’ve been incarcerated. We invite you to view the exhibit and a brief movie in regards to the venture right here: www.shifting-focus.com
The venture, led by Dr. Chris Richardson, is a partnership between the Collaborating Centre for Jail Well being and Training and the John Howard Society of Canada. Study extra in regards to the venture right here.
The photovoice venture came about between February and October 2020. The venture was supposed as a chance for contributors, all previously incarcerated males, to use the data they gained in a trauma and resilience consciousness workshop they beforehand attended as a part of our bigger venture. The contributors met as a gaggle as soon as every week for 4 weeks to discover ways to use digital cameras (offered by the venture) and images fundamentals. Every session included lunch, a dialogue of every participant’s work from the week prior, and a brand new picture project.
After the fourth session, held March 13, 2020, we suspended all analysis actions attributable to COVID-19. This included extra group classes and picture assignments. In July 2020, we had been capable of resume restricted actions however didn’t maintain any extra group classes. Following COVID-safe procedures, contributors had been inspired to proceed to take images utilizing the prompts that they had already been given. We met with every participant to gather their closing images and from these collections, we chosen 10 – 12 images for picture elicitation interviews. These in-depth discussions came about over the course of two conferences with every participant. We chosen a closing six to eight images for every participant and drafted picture captions based mostly on the dialogue transcripts. All the images and captions included within the Shifting Focus exhibit and ebook had been edited and accepted by every participant.
Individuals contributed thoughtfully to this venture to create collections that specific their very own resilience via trauma. By sharing their tales, they’re difficult the stigma related to incarceration and substance use. Their exhausting work demonstrates the significance of partaking males in strength-based actions that encourage peer connections and in the end, foster additional resilience.