Wednesday, 4 April 2012
The " BBB" workshop
For the last two days we have been in London delivering our newworkshop , "Brains Bombs and Baddies." Always, there are mixed emotions when talking about abuse issues, inevitably I suppose. But this time I came away, once again, with a huge amount of gratitude for the opportunity of being with the people I taught. It is the words of a song, I think, that says "If you become a teacher then by your students you'll be taught" I know this is a truth from my SMART-UK teaching, I am always in positive awe of the people I teach, and the jobs they do. I am a fierce supporter of our prison officers for example, who do an amazing and very stressful job, and rarely get the praise or recognition they deserve.
This new workshop focuses on the brain damage caused by sexual abuse and post traumatic stress. There were some amazing participants, like the lady who was brought into this country aged five from East Africa, where she had witnessed a schoolfriend being raped, and was thereafter unable to speak. Having arrived here, she was immediately sexually abused by the people she was dependant on, and suffered years of trauma. Now she is a wonderful strong therapist, who fights for the rights of others.The beautiful young lady who has just rowed the Atlantic! but who also works with children who have been trafficked here for sex, some as young as nine. The lovely chap who was groomed by a pedophile ring as a child, and who suffered years of abuse and addiction, but now is a strong role model for others and has been intstrumental in saving so many lives. I could go on, they were all of them a joy to be with, and as usual I felt humbled as they put back my faith in humanity! It is so easy to dwell on the horror stories, and if I do, it will inevtably drag me down, it is so easy sometimes to feel like a victim! But to realise there are such honourable and committed people who are determined to make a difference, is inspiring, and lifts the spirits! I came away knowing that I am very lucky, that I have the best job in the world, which means that I am regularly able to be around the most altruistic of human beings and that fundementlly there is a lot beauty and inspiration in this crazy world. Of course we cried a little, but we laughed a lot! And they gave me the fuel to carry on ! I must thank them all for their genuine compassion, humility, and humour! What a priveleged job I have!