The Collaborating Centre for Jail Well being and Schooling is proud to current the Shifting Focus: Snapshots of Resilience pictures exhibit. Shifting Focus is the results of a photovoice mission 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 in regards to the mission right here: www.shifting-focus.com
The mission, 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 in regards to the mission right here.
The photovoice mission passed off between February and October 2020. The mission 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 mission. The contributors met as a bunch as soon as per week for 4 weeks to learn to use digital cameras (supplied by the mission) and pictures fundamentals. Every session included lunch, a dialogue of every participant’s work from the week prior, and a brand new photograph project.
After the fourth session, held March 13, 2020, we suspended all analysis actions on account of COVID-19. This included extra group periods and photograph assignments. In July 2020, we had been capable of resume restricted actions however didn’t maintain any extra group periods. Following COVID-safe procedures, contributors had 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 photograph elicitation interviews. These in-depth discussions passed off over the course of two conferences with every participant. We chosen a closing six to eight photographs for every participant and drafted photograph captions primarily based on the dialogue transcripts. The entire photographs and captions included within the Shifting Focus exhibit and e-book had been edited and authorized by every participant.
Contributors contributed thoughtfully to this mission 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 onerous work demonstrates the significance of participating males in strength-based actions that encourage peer connections and finally, foster additional resilience.