Some of the questions that are considered in this issue include:
As therapists, how can we respond when natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, result in hundreds of thousands of people being evacuated to the city in which we live? What role can we play?
When working with children who have endured significant trauma, how can we ensure our conversations do not contribute to re-traumatisation? How can we provide an alternative territory of identity for these children to stand in as they begin to give voice to their experiences?
What occurs behind the electric fences of Australia’s immigration detention centres? And what can a counsellor do who works within them?
How can we remember the life and work of Simon Wiesenthal, who died while this publication was being put together? And what difference can this make to our work?
When receiving and documenting the testimonies of those who have been subjected to trauma, violence and abuse, how can this be done in ways that are not re-traumatising and that, instead, contribute to redressing the effects of trauma in the person’s life? How can these testimonies then be used for broader purposes?
When working with religious families who have experienced significant trauma, how can text and spiritual practice be a part of the healing process?
When working in a context like the Acid Survivors Foundation in Bangladesh, how can narrative ideas assist to unearth and thicken the values that shape our work? When one’s work is occurring in a context of occupation, and the trauma that people are experiencing is not past or post, but is continuing, how can workers respond?
How can narrative ideas be used to shape therapeutic gatherings for Indigenous women?
How can we move away from thin descriptions of resilience that attribute success to something inside an individual alone, and instead in our work develop rich descriptions of resilience?
How can we assist survivors of political violence, war and terror to speak the unspeakable? How can narrative ideas assist us to walk alongside women on their journeys to reclaim their lives from the effects of domestic violence.
The papers included here are from Bangladesh, Israel, USA, UK, The Palestinian Territories & Australia. Two thorough practice-based papers are also included in second part of this journal which relate to work with women with physical differences and disabilities, and work with people whose lives are affected by substance use.