The results and evaluation of the interview and documentation of Voices of Tohoku after the Earthquake 2011

[Speaker] Ito, Takehiko:1
1:Wako University (Japan)

The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011, was a mega-earthquake followed by large tsunami. The disaster was compounded by nuclear meltdowns at the power plants in Fukushima. It goes without saying that this disaster caused tremendous suffering. However, as Lieblich (2015) suggested, a good interview or a clinical session following a tragic disaster should reinforce three kinds of related messages, namely power, help and meaning. The Healing Japan project and Voices of Tohoku (VOT) project both initiated by IsraAID and JISP have facilitated to help survivors´ posttraumatic growth (PTG) through nonverbal art therapy and narrative approach to life history of each survivor. The narratives in VOT were extracted and analyzed by text mining method. Five factors of PTG were found in most of the interview narratives. Those examples clearly demonstrated the power of narrative interview of life story and nonverbal art therapy group approach.
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