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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Centralizing Polyvictims Utilizing Metaphor and Inclusion: A Trauma-Aware Curriculum for Facilitators and Educators
by Ryan, Medeina, M.A., Prescott College, 2016, 67; 10246742
Abstract (Summary)

The radiating negative effects of oppressive systems can be halted globally by centralizing the needs of polyvictims through the trauma-aware facilitation of inclusive learning environments utilizing the tool of metaphor. While metaphor restores cognitive functioning impaired by trauma, inclusive facilitation methods diminish allostatic load, increasing an individual’s agency and social engagement and thereby manifesting systemic social changes that thwart and diminish oppressive systems.

In what follows, I will examine the correlations between the chronic oppressive traumas of marginalization, otherwise known as legalized bigotry, and the reciprocal negative social outcomes such as expulsion, incarceration, homelessness, illness, and chronic poverty incurred by targets of marginalization known hereafter as polyvictims. I will also explore the healing cognitive exercise of metaphor as a means of confronting existing trauma in a non-harming manner while restoring and adapting the neural networks altered by surviving oppression and systemic traumatization. Finally, I will offer a facilitated exercise that utilizes trauma-aware, inclusive methodologies designed by centralizing the absent needs of marginalized polyvictims through experiential, co-created, social change.

I have made use of plural pronouns throughout as a means of demonstrating consistent alliance with readers, educators, guides, and advocates and in strategic departure from gender binary language that is alienating for multiple populations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stogsdill, Gary
Commitee: Erlich, Sonia, Sharp, Lloyd
School: Prescott College
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Neurosciences, Curriculum development, Epidemiology
Keywords: Allostasis, Inclusion, Metaphor, Polyvictimization, Systemic-oppression, Trauma-aware
Publication Number: 10246742
ISBN: 978-1-369-42689-2
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