A：Hong Kong people experienced an unprecedented social trauma in the summer of 2019.In view of this, a group of practitioners of non-violent communication and narrative therapy and media people jointly established From Trauma to Transformation, conceiving and launching courses corresponding to the dilemmas faced by Hong Kong people, such as their emotional difficulties, sense of powerlessness in supporting the protesters, difference in political views with family and colleagues, etc., to bring about social transformation from social trauma.
A：When the masses continue to suffer from psychological damage due to verbal violence, physical violence, political oppression, etc., individual psychological trauma will be built up to social trauma, which is what is happening in Hong Kong today. A lot of Hong Kong people feel fear, helpless and distrustful when it comes to the government, the police, the system, etc. In the long run, the trauma may turn into traumatic anger. Those suffering from traumatic anger may explode and vent the anger to others. If parents vent the rage to their children, the trauma will be passed from one generation to the next generation, and will go on and on. The society will also be easily torn. Groups will be in a state of being friends or enemies, and internal conflicts will be constantly emerging, weakening the powers that promote social reform. In view of this, we wish to confront what is happening in the society, and transform "traumatic anger" into "constructive anger" to change the society with actions.
A：8 to 20% of people may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after going through trauma and need to receive professional psychotherapy. In other words, most people can sort out their emotions by their own or group powers. We emphasize equal group powers. Through non-violent communication and narrative therapy, we practise listening to our own and others’ feelings with empathy with a view to getting out of the trauma, and to building a collective emotional support force to guide Hong Kong into a better Hong Kong.
A：Starting from November 2019, we have held 3 modules in the form of online and offline workshops, animation and interview clips on topics of emotional support for companions, mental quality for a protracted battle, and dialogue out of the echo chamber, to cope with the problems encountered by Hong Kong people. Moving on to Phase 2 (from March 2020), we organized a course on "Evolution of Citizens" to systematically talk about emotional transformation, empathy listening, convergent facilitation, etc.
Emotional support for companions
‧ Name your emotions
‧ Understand social trauma and transformation
‧ Emotional basic skills I-Connect (Make contact with your own emotions, find your place, and connect with yourself)
‧ Empathy listening (learn to listen to others' emotions and responses)
Mental quality for a protracted battle
‧ Be angry together (Be aware of anger, reflect and transform your relationship with anger, learn to listen and accompany anger)
Dialogue with Hatred (Reflect on your hatred to act more autonomously and lovingly)
‧ 'Let's talk a story' narrative therapy Workshop (Reconnect persistence, hope and power of each other through story sharing)
‧ 'Empower again' Non-Violent Communication Workshop (Build a collective emotional space to express and listen to each other)
Dialogue across Differences
‧ Fire escape analysis (How to find a place for yourself when you have different political views with your family)
‧ 9 skills to stay in contact (How to continue the communication with people who have different opinions)
‧ Connection with Differences (How to make consensus decision with working partners * Postponed due to the epidemic situation)
A: There has been an increase in social tension since the end of 2019.Participants in the social movement have avoided to show their faces. In order to allow them to feel secure in the course, all workshops were conducted online. After we built trust with the participants, some courses have been conducted offline since December. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in January 2020, most people stayed home to study or work, so we launched online workshops for people to join.
A：We accept what kindly offers. At the beginning of our establishment, we were fortunate to have the financial support from generous individuals. Funds have been received to organize courses on providing emotional support to companions. Those who are in need are free to attend all workshops. However, for long-term operation, tuition fees are still necessary to cover the expenses, so moving on to Phase 2, courses will be charged except for secondary school and undergraduate students. For those who have financial difficulties, we offer exemption from half of the tuition fees. We do encourage people who agree with our T2T philosophy and are financially sound to pay double of the tuition fees or financially support us.Please see "Support Us" for details..