Confronting collective traumas: an exploration of therapeutic planning

  title={Confronting collective traumas: an exploration of therapeutic planning},
  author={Aftab Erfan},
  journal={Planning Theory \& Practice},
  pages={34 - 50}
  • Aftab Erfan
  • Published 2 January 2017
  • Sociology
  • Planning Theory & Practice
Abstract This paper details an exploration in therapeutic planning that took place in a small Indigenous community in Canada. The researcher engaged in exploratory action research that intentionally prioritized healing of collective traumas. With this intention, a series of community planning meetings were conducted, using a facilitation method known as Deep Democracy. Modest but promising therapeutic effects are documented in this paper, using various measures of success. Findings suggest that… 
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