The Collaborating Centre for Jail Well being and Schooling is proud to current the Shifting Focus: Snapshots of Resilience images exhibit. Shifting Focus is the results of a photovoice challenge inside a bigger five-year research 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 concerning the challenge right here: www.shifting-focus.com
The challenge, led by Dr. Chris Richardson, is a partnership between the Collaborating Centre for Jail Well being and Schooling and the John Howard Society of Canada. Be taught extra concerning the challenge right here.
The photovoice challenge befell between February and October 2020. The challenge was supposed as a possibility 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 challenge. The contributors met as a gaggle as soon as every week for 4 weeks to discover ways to use digital cameras (supplied by the challenge) and images fundamentals. Every session included lunch, a dialogue of every participant’s work from the week prior, and a brand new picture task.
After the fourth session, held March 13, 2020, we suspended all analysis actions as a result of COVID-19. This included further group classes and picture assignments. In July 2020, we have been in a position to resume restricted actions however didn’t maintain any further group classes. Following COVID-safe procedures, contributors have been inspired to proceed to take photographs 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 photographs for picture elicitation interviews. These in-depth discussions befell over the course of two conferences with every participant. We chosen a closing six to eight photographs for every participant and drafted picture captions based mostly on the dialogue transcripts. The entire photographs and captions included within the Shifting Focus exhibit and guide have been edited and permitted by every participant.
Individuals contributed thoughtfully to this challenge to create collections that specific their very own resilience by means of trauma. By sharing their tales, they’re difficult the stigma related to incarceration and substance use. Their laborious work demonstrates the significance of participating males in strength-based actions that encourage peer connections and finally, foster additional resilience.