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Proceedings 2017, 1(9), 882; doi:10.3390/proceedings1090882

“Arrivals”: Narrating Migration through Images. The Use of Images in Post-Traumatic Therapy

Department of Human Sciences, University of Milano-Bicocca, 20126 Milano, Italy
Approdi Association, 40134 Bologna, Italy
AITF-Associazione Istituti di Terapia Familiare, 53100 Siena, Italy
Presented at the International and Interdisciplinary Conference IMMAGINI? Image and Imagination between Representation, Communication, Education and Psychology, Brixen, Italy, 27–28 November 2017.
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Published: 14 November 2017
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This essay wants to underline the importance of images as a tool to access traumatic memories of refugees. The authors propose a narrative technique (post-traumatic intervention model) using the power of images and their potentialities. Arrivals’ images facilitate the chance to recall, narrate, accept, understand and hold complex and painful stories: they have the extraordinary ability to organize difficult events by placing them in space and time, giving the opportunity to “speak the unspeakable”.
Keywords: trauma; psychology; refugees; complex PTSD; images; psychotherapy; migration trauma; psychology; refugees; complex PTSD; images; psychotherapy; migration
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Cavazzoni, F.; Siracusa, V.; Castagner, V.; Balibrea, Y.; Manduri, D. “Arrivals”: Narrating Migration through Images. The Use of Images in Post-Traumatic Therapy. Proceedings 2017, 1, 882.

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