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Using Digital Storytelling in Trauma Informed Care

February 22 @ 1:00 pm 2:30 pm

Digital Arts in Social Work is a fusion of traditional storytelling techniques, modern digital arts and evidence based social work practice.  The use of digital arts in social work uses various forms of media such as audio, photography, music, narrative, text, or video to communicate and share stories and experiences.  A digital story is a 3 – 5-minute multi-media film story. These stories and images have the potential to develop community partnerships, teach, motivate, connect with others, illustrate identities and experiences, and create action (La Rose et al., 2018; Detlor, 2017).

Digital storytelling can help survivors touch people and build empathy.  Impactful storytelling can also help policymakers, media, and the public better understand the larger picture on how and why traumatic experiences are influenced by social and systemic forces which can contribute to social change. Important note: participants will be required to dedicate some time each day outside of workshop hours to construct their story.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand how digital storytelling can be used in trauma informed practice.
  2. Develop and create a digital story (each participant, or group, will produce one of their own).
  3. Engage in critical dialogue together, to deepen the critical reflections in our personal journaling, which will be shared in dialogue.
  4. Learn how to use this training to guide the digital storytelling process with groups or individuals in varying contexts (staff, clients, or peers). 
$150 – $185