Community Trauma Toolkit

Community Trauma Toolkit

A toolkit produced by Emerging Minds, it contains resources to help and support adults and children before, during, and after a disaster or traumatic event. It will help you understand some of the impacts of disaster and how you can help lessen these impacts.

Emergencies and disasters are extremely stressful and it is normal to feel overwhelmed. Children, even infants, can also be affected. They depend on the adults around them for safety and security, and will need reassurance, care, and opportunities to share their feelings. These resources provide a starting point for you to help children navigate the different stages of a disaster.

Flowers from the Ashes

Flowers from the Ashes

Flowers from the Ashes is a beautiful video story by April Harrison produced by Emerging Minds and Artist Made Productions.

April reflects on her experience as a young child in the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires of Victoria. She presents her journey of recovery and the potential of finding strength, connection and a sense of hope for the future.

The Heart of the Bubble

The Heart of the Bubble

The Heart of the Bubble by Trace Balla

A story of 2020 vision set in the time of corona, by the much loved author of Rivertime, Rockhoping and Landing With Wings. A touching tale of a families awakening to what really matters.

 

This is the story of a family’s unexpected reconnection during the corona pandemic “lockdown”. The young girl Bimbi leads her parents from isolation to gradually adjust and reconnect with her, each other, neighbours and the outdoors… to slow down and rediscover what really matters. Bimbi manages to create a sense of community with her neighbours and those she sees regularly on their walks in the parklands. The story is filled with humour as well as poignant moments portrayed in a gentle way. There is also a sense of hope as a portrayal of how they come out the other side of the pandemic, changed to a new way of being

Te Rito Toi

Te Rito Toi

Te Rito Toi helps teachers work with children when they first return to school following major traumatic or life changing events.

AT THE HEART OF TE RITO TOI is the understanding that schools must not just prepare students for the future but they also need to help them make sense of the present. After disasters and crises, schools must as a first priority help learners safely explore the changed world in which they live.

“The arts are the bridge to a better future.”
The stories, concerns and questions they have must be addressed in classrooms. Teachers must lead learners to engage with possibility, to reimagine a better world. Based on international research that confirms the central role of the arts in meaning making and the renewing of hope, Te Rito Toi positions the arts at the centre of children’s return to schooling after disaster and crises.

Grounded in Papatūānuku, Te Rito Toi is at the centre and soul of healing, for even amongst the chaos of seasonal transitions, elemental effects and changes, Te Rito remains strong as the heart of the kōrari (harakeke).

-Professor Peter O’Connor

The Banksia Initiative

The Banksia Initiative

The Banksia Initiative

The Banksia Initiative is an informal cross disciplinary alliance of researchers, educators and artists providing information, strategies and resources to support classroom teachers and communities in recovery from the bushfires.

The Initiative was formed in January 2020 from a shared understanding of the international evidence confirming the vital role schools play in individual, community and national recovery from disaster.

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