Topic: Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Tools for Youth & Young Adults Community of Practice 3 Part Series
Hosted By: Pacific Southwest: Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 9, 2022 at 9:00 AM ChST;
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 9:00 AM ChST;
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 8:00 AM ChST
Description: Using a trauma-informed lens, this Community of Practice series offers tools from Expressive Arts Therapy (EXA) for working with youth and young adults. Presenter Suraya Keating, MFT, REAT, RDT, will share a variety of multimodal arts practices that can be used to soothe the nervous system; promote self-awareness; and support the agency, empowerment, and well-being of youth and young adults. Simple interventions using visual arts, visualization, movement, creative writing, music, and theater will be introduced as embodied alternatives to talk therapy that are rooted in attuning to the unique needs and diverse background of each youth or young adult client. Each of the three trainings will focus on specialized forms of therapy and allow for in depth exercises, discussion and practice. All sessions are designed around the framework of the four most common trauma responses (fight, flight, freeze, and fawn), and a variety of effective bottom-up and top-down arts strategies will be incorporated to address each of these four responses.