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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 170-174

Non-violent communication and theatre of the oppressed: A case study with Syrian refugee women from the Kareemat Centre in Turkey

Syrian Board Certificate in Psychiatry, Psychiatrist and Trainer in MHPSS, Istanbul, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Usama Alshughry
Psychiatrist and Trainer in MHPSS, Yenikent Mah. Hac Bektaş Veli Cad. N Merkez Sit. Blok A2 Apt. No. 2D Dai. 80 Esenyurt 34510, Istanbul
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/INTV.INTV_45_18

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This field report describes a case study on the applicability of non-violent communication (NVC) within the Syrian refugee context, and the usefulness of theatre of the oppressed techniques in practicing NVC. The intervention was applied to refugee women working or attending activities in a livelihood centre in Turkey. Through the work, NVC was explained and discussed with participants, who brought real-life themes and scenarios to practice learnt skills using theatre of the oppressed techniques. Participants reported improved self-compassion, compassion, communication and collaboration with others. They also reported that such activities changed their view of conflict. Theatre of the oppressed helped participants achieves more empathy and understanding and to try different solutions to scenarios in which they faced conflict.

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