This evocative auto-ethnographic study is a very personalized account of my life as a Haitian American and a bilingual family therapist working with Haitian refugee earthquake survivors. The study focused on the lived experiences and challenges encountered as a family therapist trained in systemic techniques, linguistic terminology, and the Westernized psychotherapy approach to engaging Creole-speaking clients in therapy. Other challenges that existed were uncovered during the integration of the use of Haitian Creole language and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) tenets as the preferred model. It explored this therapist’s narrative in the process of providing psychotherapy to these clients, emerged a relinking to childhood traumatic experiences, explored these experiences, and in the process found healing as well as achieved personal and professional growth. “The findings in an auto-ethnography are typically the stories themselves along with cultural themes and coding elements” (McIntyre, 2016, p. xiii). Their stories spanned a reconnection to the Haitian culture as a researcher familiar with the culture (an insider) as well as one assimilated into the American culture and dynamic (an outsider). My reflection on the cultural expressions in the therapeutic relationship was instrumental in my development and expanded my therapeutic lens as a bilingual family therapist in the practice of psychotherapy (Skulic, 2007). The research findings are an apparent example in an evocative auto-ethnographic narrative account when the reader’s emotions are evoked (McIntyre, 2016). It is a conduit to foster dialogue among psychotherapists working with clients from their culture and other cultures.
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“The trees fall from time to time, but the voice of the forest never loses its power. Life begins.”
Jacques Alexis, Les Arbres Musiciens (Paris, 1957)
Oral histories are a powerful tool in developing historical understanding
Oral history offers an alternative to conventional history, filling gaps in traditional research with personal accounts of historically significant events or simply life in a specific place and time. Oral histories do more than provide charming details to dry historical accounts. In fact, oral histories help others recapture lived experiences that are not written down in traditional sources.
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" Bwa pi wo di li wè lwen, men grenn pwomennen di li wè pi lwen pase l "
The tallest tree says that it sees far, but the seed that travels says that it sees even further.
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