Reflect on what works in interventions focused on building resilience in children is not an easy task. Consequently, it is our responsibility to understand the meaning of resilience as a concept to then be able to use it in interventions. However, it is in fact this connection between theory and practice that requires us to have enough professional expertise, in order to be able to reflect about the different contexts in which a child grows up and develop.
Ecuador Roundtable – Summary
These were one of the topics discussed by academics and practitioners from different local organisations that supports children at risk during the Ecuador Roundtable. The main objective of this event was to promote an insightful discussion on their experience using the story telling technique we employ with the children for them to tell their stories using a range of thematic cards.
Most of local organisations in Guayaquil don´t use story telling techniques to build resilience in children, and so, we wanted practitioners and academics to experience how children feel when we asked them to tell us something about their lives. Some of the participants expressed interesting outcomes from this exercise. According to one participant ‘the images depicted in the cards were useful for telling stories’ another participant said ‘I felt comfortable sharing something about my life’
Participants reflected on the story telling dynamic between the person telling the story and the one listening. They all agreed that a key aspect of this dynamic is respect, specifically to be aware of our attitude when listening to someone else. I believe that as professionals it is our duty to think about our attitudes towards listening and understanding challenging life stories, this in order to avoid prejudices or getting emotionally involved in the case. By doing so, we would be able to better support children and families, in fact, this interaction opportunities are almost as magical moments that can be used for the individual growth of each actor involved in story telling.