|The Dreamcatchers' Foundation Stones|
We begin our work with children and young people when they find themselves facing profound change and increased vulnerability. Our work finds resonance with the following three frameworks:
(i) The Lifecycle Framework that recognizes vulnerabilities and opportunities with young people
(ii) Matrix of Emotional Needs that arises when there is a breakdown in the life-story of a young person
(iii) Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs that explains the range of unmet needs related to self growth
The Lifecycle Framework
Human development during childhood and youth is not a uniform process and critical periods exist during the life cycle. Any significant harm that occurs during these critical periods is likely to produce particularly severe, often irreversible, and intergenerational effects. These sensitive periods also represent windows of opportunity for life affirming and life changing interventions.
The Dreamcatchers Life Cycle approach recognizes that:
We focus on transforming vulnerabilities within two age groups of young people within the lifecycle framework; namley:
The Dreamcatchers Matrix of Emotional Needs
Most programs for children and young people concentrate their services to meet basic needs of food, clothing, education and shelter. The above outlined emotional, social and aesthetic needs that support personal growth largely remain unaddressed.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory