COURRAGE is a collective narrative therapy methodology developed in 2014 by Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo in partnership with six women to privilege the second or alternative stories of women who are struggling with the effects of violence, abuse, and trauma in their lives. It seeks to honour the knowledges and skills that women show and use in the face of pain, grief and other hardships.
The COURRAGE project honours both stories of women’s courage and the hardships that they have experienced. Through double listening and second story development the women are anchored in stories of courage as they talk about the trauma and hardships that they have experienced. This allows them to “rise up inside” and speak about the injustices that they go through without being re-traumatised. COURRAGE helps people affected by violence and abuse to reclaim a sense of pride and power.
Although COURRAGE has been developed in partnership with women for women, it is Ncazelo’s hope that it can be adapted and used broadly as a framework for receiving testimonies in relation to experiences of trauma.