This is a story about the cracks in the earth opening the cracks in all of us and how we strive to heal and live our lives as fully as possible.
Aspects of this paper are based on one which I presented to a Gestalt Conference in Melbourne and at an NZAP conference in Auckland in the first couple of years, after the disastrous February earthquakes in Christchurch. That paper was entitled; “When the ground becomes the figure………trauma, resilience and creativity in the face of destruction.”
We are now almost nine years post the February events and life continues to be permanently altered for everyone who lives in Christchurch as well as the thousands who chose to leave.
This presentation will involve aspects of my personal experience of those events, the after effects, the search for hope and the process of working relationally with a wide variety of clients and groups. I will explore their journey and my own; one of adaptation, creative adjustment and the struggle to remain present on a moment by moment basis. I will describe aspects of staying engaged with clients as their unfolding story touched of my own.
At the time of finalising this abstract, the horrendous shooting at the Christchurch Al Noor and Linwood Mosques occurred. These events will change the nature of my presentation and at this stage I cannot know how that will unfold.
This massacre is a trauma for all of New Zealand, it is my intention to incorporate the clinical experiences of the coming months into my final presentation as best I am able.