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Trauma Mental Health for the Arts is an 8-hour, 1-day course designed to teach arts organizations and educators, dancers, musicians, theatre directors, actors, teaching artists, photographers, painters, sculptors, choreographers, visual artists, singers, drummers, and other creatives how to help individuals who are experiencing trauma related challenges or is in crisis.




Trauma Mental Health for the Arts is primarily designed for artists and teachers who regularly interact with individuals who have experienced trauma or loss. The course introduces common mental health challenges for those who have experienced trauma, reviews typical reactions, and teaches a concrete action plan for how to help individuals in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include trauma responses, mind-body connections, types of trauma, self care for artists, and symptoms of traumatic stress.


Trauma Mental Health for the Arts is a way to build community level capacity to identify traumatic stress issues early and for artists, educators and organizations to increase their confidence to intervene and refer people to the resources that exist. The arts community has a long history of being innovative and taking responsibility. Trauma Mental Health for the Arts is a way to increase the level of baseline knowledge about trauma issues and to decrease the negative perceptions often associated with these challenges.



  • Trauma responses

  • PTSD

  • Mind-body connections

  • Types of trauma

  • Symptoms of traumatic stress

  • Self care for artists


Trauma Mental Health for the Arts educates our learners on recovery and resiliency - the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.




You will learn how to apply the Trauma Mental Health for the Arts action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:


  • Panic attacks

  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors

  • Non-suicidal self-injury

  • PTSD

  • Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use

  • Reaction to a traumatic event


The opportunity to practice (experiential learning) - through role plays, scenarios, and activities – will make it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation.

*PLEASE NOTE: This training does NOT certify or license you as a mental health professional, psychologist, counselor, social worker or drama, art, music, art or expressive arts therapist. You will need to earn a masters degree from an accredited school of higher education, fulfill all practicum and internship requirements, and pass a national or state licensing exam (depending on your chosen profession and state licensing laws). 


The Center for Creative Arts Therapy is approved as a continuing education provider for Social Workers and Counselors by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, (#159.001383).


This workshop provides 8 CEUs for Social Workers and Counselors and 1 credit hour for Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy students.


Trauma Mental Health for the Arts Certificate

  • (15 CEUs/1 credit) Saturday & Sunday, June 26th-27th, 2021 9:00AM-5:30PM, 4336 Saratoga Avenue, 2nd Floor, Downers Grove, IL 60515 at the Center for Creative Arts Therapy.