Coming up next month (July 9-12) is my annual summer trip to Michigan for The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC)’s- Childhood Trauma Practitioners Assembly.
I am looking forward to obtaining more trauma informed knowledge & training to help strengthen my practice with women and youth impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and loss- as well as spending time with other trauma specialists and practitioners who will be there. I’m signed up to attend workshops about developing a trauma informed community, acceptance and commitment therapy, trauma group work with youth, therapeutic writing, responding to the aftermath of the Chardon school shooting, and the effects of secondary wounding on trauma recovery. I hope to report back here on what I experienced and learned!
I am also grateful to be included in this year’s Assembly program again. I am presenting a morning workshop on the Assembly’s last day: Peace Begins with Me: Creating Peacemakers through Creativity. This workshop will feature my art therapy work with youth exposed to domestic violence, bullying, and relational aggression who have been introduced to peacemaking concepts through art and the creative process. The role of art in peacemaking, conflict resolution, and bullying prevention will be explored. Art interventions, sensory based approaches, therapeutic books, and group work around this topic will also be presented and an art experiential for the group setting introduced.
Registration to attend is still open, if you’re interested in also attending!