Inside the Eye of American Terror

DVATA Presents: Art therapy & Trauma Response Treatment

2 June, 2019, SUNDAY 8 am - 4 pm

The first Director of Child therapy following the Sandy Hook School Massacre for the Sandy Hook Healing Project and mobilizer of sustainable art therapy programming for the Newtown, Connecticut community, Nicole Porter Davis ATR-BC, LCAT will teach this introduction to acute immediate needs trauma response. Davis has since aided in the mobilization of Art therapy and trauma services in Charleston, South Carolina, Santa Fe & Houston, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, several regions of California, and New York City with the current spike in very young separated migrant children. She will overview multiple significant community concerns and solutions regarding creativity, Art therapy, and trauma recovery.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn:

  • Greatest reasons every devastated community benefits with a Creative Arts therapy team.
  • Knowledge in assessing and engaging a community in the aftermath of a massacre.
  • Effective therapeutic bilateral exercises
  • Evidence based art therapy and trauma protocols
  • Sequence of Clinical Art therapy Tasks effective in Newtown, CT
  • Self-care to manage vicarious trauma
  • An interwoven review of Trauma/Art therapy case vignettes

Meet the Art therapist

Nicole Porter Davis MA ATR-BC, LCAT specializes in early childhood, trauma treatment, and community outreach. Noted most for her immediate response in Newtown, CT initiating art therapy services following the horrifying massacre at Sandy Hook School. She stepped into place as the Director of Child Therapy for the Sandy Hook Healing Project days after the tragedy. Beyond several months volunteering mobile therapy two days weekly while mobilizing a team of art therapists, Nicole then established the Emerald Sketch Art therapy Response Team bridging the Newtown gap in trauma services for eighteen months. Previously Nicole fostered outpatient programming in Bala Cynwyd, PA for Behavioral Analysis and Therapy Partners and at the Children's crisis Treatment Center in Philadelphia, PA around the corner from her Alma mater Drexel University College of Medicine. Currently she provides clinical supervision and private practice in NYC & Dumbo, Brooklyn.


  • Participants will gain an understanding of two or more prevalent presenting concerns observed within communities devastated by a collective mass disaster.

  • Attending Art therapists will learn how to differentiate their own Art therapy approach when working with survivors of American terror and/or Mass devastation.
  • Attendees will gain knowledge in the most current evidence based art therapy & trauma treatment procedures, and be able to name and implement 2-6 interventions at the completion of this masterclass.