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Escaping Victimhood: Rationale behind the workshops.

Newell, Tim
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) Paper given relative to ‘The Next Step: Building Restorative Communities’, IIRP’s 7th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, 9-11 November, Manchester, England, UK. Downloaded 9 December 2005.

It is possible however to address the issues arising and the symptomology which has
arisen as a result of exposure to the traumatic event. The premise is that if an individual
was ordered and fully functional mentally, emotionally and psychologically before the
traumatic incident, has become impaired affecting their ability to function by the
traumatic incident, then with the correct type of intervention and support the individual
can return to full function; in other words the individual is not a psychiatric patient but
rather a traumatized victim.
Restorative work for any of the above conditions has key elements which are necessary
for successful outcomes for the sufferer. (excerpt)


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