Gathering Video

Words and Pictures: The Key to Many Doors

Helping a child connect to his Family, Community and Cultural identity

24 Oct 2017

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Pippa and Dennis will present the work they completed with a 12-year-old Aboriginal boy to create connection and understanding about his biological family. Chris has had no face-to-face contact with his mother or father for a number of years and yearned to know more about them. The sudden death of his father in late 2015 triggered a range of emotions for Chris about his history, his place in his family and community, his cultural identity, and his future relationships. Words and Pictures was used as a process and outcome to aid Chris’s understanding of mental health, suicide, grief and loss, and as a reintroduction to his paternal family.