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 venture 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 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 Schooling and the John Howard Society of Canada. Study extra concerning the venture right here.
The photovoice venture occurred between February and October 2020. The venture was meant as a chance for individuals, all previously incarcerated males, to use the information they gained in a trauma and resilience consciousness workshop they beforehand attended as a part of our bigger venture. The individuals met as a bunch as soon as per week for 4 weeks to discover ways to use digital cameras (supplied 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 photograph task.
After the fourth session, held March 13, 2020, we suspended all analysis actions because of COVID-19. This included further group periods and photograph assignments. In July 2020, we had been capable of resume restricted actions however didn’t maintain any further group periods. Following COVID-safe procedures, individuals had been inspired to proceed to take pictures utilizing the prompts that they had already been given. We met with every participant to gather their remaining pictures and from these collections, we chosen 10 – 12 pictures for photograph elicitation interviews. These in-depth discussions occurred over the course of two conferences with every participant. We chosen a remaining six to eight pictures for every participant and drafted photograph captions primarily based on the dialogue transcripts. All the pictures and captions included within the Shifting Focus exhibit and e-book had been edited and accredited by every participant.
Contributors contributed thoughtfully to this venture to create collections that categorical their very own resilience via trauma. By sharing their tales, they’re difficult the stigma related to incarceration and substance use. Their onerous work demonstrates the significance of participating males in strength-based actions that encourage peer connections and finally, foster additional resilience.