Art & Soul helps anti-trafficking specialists process vicarious trauma


Art and Soul in Italy


Abolishion was pleased to bring Art & Soul to European anti-trafficking workers in Pescara, Italy.  On May 25, 2019, we hosted a one day event to 20 members of the European Freedom Network.  The Art & Soul program was created by Dr. Michelle Sanders, who also sits on the Abolishion board.  Participants were all anti-trafficking specialists and the day provided a framework for working with vulnerable people through the medium of art as well as a time of reflection and self care for these hard working individuals.


“Anti-trafficking professionals are working on the front line of human trafficking.  They hear the stories that can’t be unheard.  They meet the people who have been traumatised by traffickers.  As a result, many suffer vicarious trauma, also known as secondary trauma.  It’s the trauma that you take on from listening to the details of other people’s stories.  It is extremely important to provide safe outlets for professionals to work through this.  That’s part of what we’re hoping to achieve today.” said Leanne Rhodes, the CEO of Abolishion.


On the day, Dr. Sanders provided a discussion framework and art based activities that specialists could take with them.  These tools can then be used by specialists in their work with survivors, family members and others impacted by human trafficking.


The program was well received by participants with much time spent in peaceful silence as everyone concentrated on their painting and reflected on the thoughtful dialogue that Dr. Sanders provided.  Participants went home with 3 paintings each.


For more information on Art & Soul please visit: https://www.artandsoul.org.au


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