Restoring Peace Through Transformational Change
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In this thesis, I will examine the change theories that impacted my journey and how each created the context for transformational change. I will frame the thesis around my personal story of trauma and addiction. I will use the research method of autoethnography to present the devastating effects of childhood trauma upon an individual. Through the use of autoethnography, I will highlight the key ‘epiphanies‘ or critical change moments along the journey and describe how they provided lessons about transformation that can be applied to others. This journey has been framed within the context of Flowers, Jaworski, Senge, and Scharmer‘s (2009) change model known as Presencing. With this theory I will show how it can provide a useful grounding and awareness model for therapists to hold a client through the change process while they move towards becoming present to their narratives and the subsequent re-authoring of their future. The thesis will show how the oppressive life stories that we live with can hold us in our states of addiction. I will stress the importance of White‘s (2007) Narrative approach to re-authoring one‘s life through the process of externalizing and finding our lives not defined by the problem. The aim of this thesis is to provide new knowledge about restoration and transformational change for survivors of childhood trauma and addiction. It is my hope that this thesis will become a platform for survivors, especially men, to learn to not only become aware of their stories but to also reclaim new identities that allow them to be present and engaged in life.