Trauma affects many of the children in our community. Being able to recognize this trauma and offer effective treatment is an essential aspect of supporting their well-being and mental health. Art therapy and other expressive therapies offer experiential ways for therapists to engage with children, help them understand how their mind and body react to the trauma, support their recovery and wellness, and enhance posttraumatic growth.
This one-day training will focus on the use of trauma-informed, expressive arts-based interventions to help children who have been affected by trauma, integrating an understanding of neurodevelopment, somatic approaches, mindfulness, and positive psychology. A multi-modal approach to trauma treatment is recommended, exploring interventions that utilize the visual arts, music, creative writing, movement, and enactment.
Although the training material will be helpful for all children experiencing traumatic stress, special attention will be focused on working with children experiencing trauma related to immigration, border detention, and family separation. Partner organizations from the community will be available to provide more information about how helping professionals can volunteer to further assist children and families affected by the border crisis.
Participants will learn a variety of practical applications for immediate use in their work through lecture, discussion, brief film presentations, and hands-on experiential activities. Come prepared to engage in individual and group art-based experiences and to learn not only through didactic information, but also through your capacity for creativity, play, and imagination.