It can be difficult to find opportunities to tell and reconsider stories of police or state violence. Speaking out can pose a risk to the person, particularly if the story might connect them to protests or persecuted groups. When a person does tell a story of police brutality, it is likely that they will more richly describe the violence they have experienced than the ways they responded and continue to respond to that violence. In this Friday Afternoon Video, Nicolás reflects on particular considerations when working with people who have experienced or been affected by police brutality. It offers a structured series of questions for inviting double-storied testimonies that attend to both the violence and the person’s responses to the violence.
Nicolás Mosso Tupper is a Chilean psychologist with a Master’s degree in Narrative Therapy and Community Work at the University of Melbourne. Nicolás is based in Adelaide, Australia, and works both in private practice and for a non-government organisation (NGO). He has specialised in family and couple therapy and has worked with people facing issues of violence and abuse, parenting, grief, addictions, and relationship matters. He is particularly interested in social injustice and has published articles about clinical therapy and police brutality, both in Chile and Australia. Nicolás can be contacted by email at email@example.com