The Youth Inferno: Two-Way Working on Ancestral Lands

The Youth Inferno: Two-Way Working on Ancestral Lands

Abstract

In this article I present some of the work of Creating a Safe and Supportive Environment (CASSE) in Central Australia, Northern Territory, with the youth in the justice system, referring to our dual cultural and therapeutic program Shields for Living, Tools for Life. Psychoanalytic concepts and tools that have informed the work and transformed the trauma landscape are detailed. The work is at the epicenter of anger, concern, and politics in Central Australia and this epicenter has been named the “youth crisis.” It is a journey of feeling the heat, of being on a rollercoaster ride in a landscape of monstrous trauma where CASSE attempts two-way working.

Author: Pamela Nathan, CASSE, Melbourne, Australia

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