I work for a children's therapuetic service in Aus and my organisation is running a series of workshops for child protection week which is in Sept. I am presenting a workshop for non-therapists in the child protection system about developing theraputic bonds with children who have exerienced abuse and truama. It will be about ways that they can build a strong healing relationship with a young person without having to be their 'therapist'.
What I need, to make the presentation more powerful, is a story/stories from people who have experienced abuse and truama about an important relationship from when they were a child, that is not a therapist. For example a story about an important teacher who you know cared and that got you through tough times, or a child safety worker who really tried to get to know you and what you wanted/needed, or a youth worker who could sit with you whilst you had a meltdown without judgment. Unfortunately I have not been able to find anything like this and so I am hoping some of you might be able to help. I am hoping that a true story, rather than a case study, might help the professionals attending go 'ah, so I can make a difference'. I hoping that it will create awareness about the kids' needs which often get lost in a system that often forgets to take their voices into account.
If anyone is willing they could either post an story here, or PM me? Please only share if you feel comfortable for me to share it in my presentation. I think it would be more powerful if we can put a name to it, but doesnt need to be full name only first, and only if you would be comfortable.