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 undertaking inside a bigger five-year research titled “Trauma on the Root: Exploring Paths to Therapeutic with Previously Incarcerated Males” geared 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 undertaking right here: www.shifting-focus.com
The undertaking, 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 in regards to the undertaking right here.
The photovoice undertaking passed off between February and October 2020. The undertaking was supposed as a possibility for members, 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 undertaking. The members met as a gaggle as soon as every week for 4 weeks to learn to use digital cameras (supplied by the undertaking) and images 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 further group periods and photograph assignments. In July 2020, we had been in a position to resume restricted actions however didn’t maintain any further group periods. Following COVID-safe procedures, members had been inspired to proceed to take pictures utilizing the prompts they’d already been given. We met with every participant to gather their last images and from these collections, we chosen 10 – 12 pictures for photograph elicitation interviews. These in-depth discussions passed off over the course of two conferences with every participant. We chosen a last 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 guide had been edited and permitted by every participant.
Members contributed thoughtfully to this undertaking 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.