The Wounded Learner Research Project
About one in six of us have experienced potentially traumatic events during our childhood. Exposure to trauma and toxic stress affect development, health and how we learn. Many of the most vulnerable young people in our communities have suffered traumatic events that are often not picked up at school or by social services, meaning that struggling young people are sometimes re-wounded by the people who are supposed to be supporting them.
This workshop will outline a proposed new research project into how youth workers and educators can use group activities based in community and cultural settings to help meet the developmental needs of wounded young people and reconnect them to learning.
The workshop, and the research that follows it, are being led by Lloyd Martin. Lloyd is a writer and educator with the Praxis Network, he has heaps of practical youth work experience in his hometown of Porirua.