Living Your Design: Introducing the Creativity, Healing, and Intuitive Learning Model to Transform Trauma

By Marcia E. Brown and Richard Toumey.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Trauma is frequent, natural and extraordinary. It has a direct or indirect influence on the lives of individuals, families, communities, and nations. The effect may be short-lived or prolonged. The cost of this impact is immeasurable because of the physical and psychological demands it can produce. Current regimens are aimed at preventing or treating the symptoms of trauma. The Creativity, Healing, and Intuitive Learning (CHIL) Model was developed to showcase the interrelatedness of these treatment options as individuals are transformed by trauma. The Creativity component demonstrates the expression of an individual’s persona. Healing is achieved when the impact of the trauma lessens. Intuitive Learning employs the five senses for exploration of new perspectives. As a whole, the CHIL model recognizes that trauma is a trigger for transformation. This recognition can inspire trauma participants to become co-designers in the process. One of the key applications of the model comes from its adaptability to existing therapy. Its flexibility makes it innovative and a potential adjunct. There are a few limitations of the model, one of which is the individual’s ability to carry out certain commands, and the other is the need for foundation studies. For those professionals working with trauma participants, the CHIL model may be a resource to empower them to live their design.

Keywords: Transformation Model, Transforming Trauma, Creativity, Healing, Learning

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 7, Issue 1, March 2017, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 677.383KB).

Dr. Marcia E. Brown

PhD Student, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Richard Toumey

Professor, Intructor, Director, Writing Center at College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Broward College, Nova Southestern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA