Exploring the effectiveness of the Tree of Life in promoting the therapeutic growth or refugee women living with HIV

Publication date: Available online 10 November 2019Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Agata Vitale, Nigar G. Khawaja, Judy RyderAbstractThe current study aimed to understand the experiences of refugee women living with HIV as they participated in the Tree of Life (ToL), a group-based narrative intervention. A qualitative case study methodology was used. Five African refugee women took part in the study. The ToL consisted of seven two-hourly sessions conducted on weekly basis. Further, participants completed a feedback form after each session, and they were individually interviewed on completion of the ToL. The researchers kept detailed field notes. The data indicated that participants were motivated to attend the intervention in order to overcome their psychological distress, isolation and negative thoughts associated with their situation. Participants found the intervention beneficial. In a safe and supportive setting, and through the art making process, they were able to reflect on their painful past and current issues associated with their migratory stressors and with living with HIV. They identified personal strengths and qualities that enabled them to cope and build their resilience. The art making process and the discussion of the tree empowered them to re-author their life narratives. Finally, they related to each other and they developed a sense of connectedness. The findings indicate the Tree of Life as a promising intervention that can be used with refugees...
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

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