Network for Youth in Transition


Making a hero book

Story telling to tackle psychosocial problems

Authors: J. Morgan
Publisher: Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative For Children Affected by HIV/AIDS , 2006
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This manual leads children and youth, in groups, through a series of autobiographical story telling and art exercises, designed to explore solutions and to mobilise a community response, in the face of specific personal and social challenges.

Taken separately, each exercise has its own specific agenda many of which include elements of history taking, history making, and community mobilisation. The group and the facilitator enter strongly into the person’s story as friendly editors and supportive co-authors in what is hoped is hoped will spill out beyond story telling into (community) life itself, and that will strengthen the circles of support around the child. The process is strongly biased in the direction of finding heroes, survivors, active citizens and master solution-finders, rather than patients or victims.

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