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Netanela Mizrahi

Year of Award: 2017 Award State: Northern Territory Arts - Performing > Music
Health And Medicine > Mental Health
Social Welfare > Immigrants And Refugees
The Bob and June Prickett Churchill Fellowship to examine the impact of music-based interventions for communities that experience significant trauma - USA, Ireland
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Key Learnings, Conclusions and Dissemination

Each experience of Trauma is unique and requires an individualized response. Communities must feel ownership over an intervention if it is to support healing. Multidisciplinary, Interdisciplinary and Antidisciplinary approaches to healing offer unique opportunities for instilling a sense of ownership. Trauma-­‐informed practice is essential across all these interventions. However, moving towards healing comes from listening to the community, avoiding assumptions and a recognition that similar traumatic events do not necessitate similar responses. 

Trauma recovery occurs through three stages: 1. Establishing safety; 2. Reclaiming a Trauma narrative (remembrance, reflection and grieving); 3. Creating a post-­‐Trauma identity. Self-­‐expression, imagination and the construction of new identities are intrinsically creative tasks. Transition through the second and third stages of recovery requires Creativity. Healing-­‐focused discourse supports communities to move away from Trauma-­‐focused identities to Creator-­‐focused identities; starting with the language we use, survivors can become the owners of their recovery rather than consumers of healing. 

Performance-­based interventions offer a process for reclaiming authorship (narrativization). Audiences play the role of witness bearers. Documentary performance practice is prescriptive and descriptive, exposing marginalized voices and also affecting change. Audiences leave with impressions that affect their future actions. Trauma-­‐informed performance practice is particularly relevant to communities with Oral Traditions.

I have already brought much of my learning into my professional practice. I look forward to contributing further presentations, publications and training opportunities. 

Keywords: Music, music therapy, theatre, performance, trauma, PTSD, narrative, language refugee, conflict

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