Fondation As'Trame

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Fondation As'Trame

Switzerland
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
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In a society where the primary method of dealing with many of life's problems is often an unhealthy reliance on medication, Marie-Dominique Genoud provides families a simple and efficient system that helps them to cope with the emotional severance that follows a divorce, death, or adoption. Her methodology of "reliance paths" is a holistic approach for all kinds of traumas, encompassing every step from the recognition of the problem through to healing and closure. This approach, founded on self-expression and the reconstruction of social links, empowers participants to come to terms with life's painful events. Working as soon as possible on the severance, before a patient develops symptoms, enables the traumatized individual to avoid having pain turn into deep trauma. Marie-Dominique is the first Ashoka Fellow from Switzerland.

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Marie-Dominique, having experienced first-hand the psychological effects adoption can have, has designed a group therapy approach to overcoming trauma that begins immediately after an event occurs. Both children and parents take part in her "reliance paths" sessions, which enable them to mourn openly in a healthy way, surrounded by a supportive community. These critical initial steps prevent a trauma from becoming too deeply internalized and causing irreversible damage. To effectively assist someone in coming to terms with a trauma, it is essential to resist the common tendency for the traumatized to want to isolate themselves. Marie-Dominique thereby practices the work "in group," enabling the participants to meet others facing similar situations. Working in groups makes it possible for the affected to stop feeling guilty or humiliated about their trauma as they realize that others are also going through similar hardships. This community approach also gives everyone the possibility to find extra strength among their peers, and to provide support, as well as receive it from others. By addressing many types of emotional issues using a similar methodology, Marie-Dominique shows that the process of "mourning," either in the case of a death, a separation, or an adoption is nearly identical: Denial, anger, depression, and acceptance. Marie-Dominique helps individuals go through those steps successfully thanks to a single process that is applicable to a large number of situations. Her approach already is being adopted by professionals confronted with difficult situations, such as medical staff, lawyers, judges, and police officers.