Arts & Trauma

Two-Day Intensive Training

Creative Arts Therapy Approaches for Therapists Working with Traumatized Populations: Our Clients, Ourselves

Chelsea Studios, 151 West 26th Street, Manhattan, NY

Saturday, June 28, 9:30-6:00 & Sunday, June 29, 9:30-3:30

In this two-day intensive training, a leading-edge faculty of renowned practitioners representing all of the creative arts therapy modalities will introduce innovative approaches to trauma treatment. Through theoretical discussion, experiential demonstration, and in-depth consultation groups, participants will acquire practical tools to enhance their clinical work. Emphasis will be placed on how the therapist’s mindful attunement to his or her self-system, in conjunction with the concept of ‘vicarious healing,’ can be used most effectively within the work.

Modalities examined and utilized will include visual arts, dance/movement, drama, music, and poetry/expressive writing. Topics to be covered:

* Trauma processing through the arts.
* Using the arts in phase-oriented treatment.
* Working with the body.
* The therapist’s use of self in trauma work.
* Techniques for stress reduction and coping with secondary trauma.

This intensive training is ideal for Masters-level and Doctoral-level clinicians working with traumatized clients who wish to deepen their knowledge of using the arts in trauma treatment, including:

* Creative arts therapists wanting to sharpen their skills in working with trauma.
* Clinicians of all modalities who would like to learn to incorporate the arts into their work.
* Experienced trauma practitioners seeking a like-minded community to help counter isolation and burnout.
* New clinicians who desire additional direction, consultation, and clinical training.

Amenities of Chelsea Studios include free Wi-Fi, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and M&M’s; central A/C; vending machines for cold beverages and snacks. Local restaurants abound.

Participants will receive Certificates documenting 12 hours of CEC’s from the ADTA (American Dance Therapy Association), an approved provider for the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC Provider #5739).


Ani Buk, MFA, MA, ATR-BC, LP, LCAT, is a licensed art therapist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Manhattan, where she works with children, adolescents, adults and couples. She is a graduate of the MFA program of Yale University School of Art; the Graduate Art Therapy Program of New York University, where she has been on the faculty since 1993; The Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; and the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society, where she is an instructor and Training and Supervising Analyst. A nationally recognized trauma specialist with over 25 years of clinical experience, Ani’s work and recommendations have been featured in newspapers and periodicals such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, The Chicago Tribune, and Scholastic News. She is the author of the groundbreaking 2009 article, “The mirror neuron system and embodied simulation: Clinical implications for art therapists working with traumatized populations.”

Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray, MPH, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC, provides training and consultation nationally and internationally on clinical treatment for survivors of severe interpersonal trauma. She currently serves as Refugee Mental Health Coordinator for the Department of Health in New Mexico and Director of Restorative Resources Training and Consulting LLC. Amber has over 30 years of experience working with displaced people, refugees, and survivors of human rights abuses, and over 14 years of experience with survivors of civilian and combat-related war trauma, torture, domestic violence and ritual abuse. Her expertise is in the integration of creative arts and body-based practices and methods with clinical, psychotherapeutic and healing practices.

Craig Haen, PhD, RDT, CGP, LCAT, FAGPA, has been working clinically with people impacted by interpersonal, developmental, and familial trauma for 15 years. He provides acute crisis intervention following acts of violence and atrocity, trains crisis teams and schools in responding to mass trauma events, and has consulted with organizations on the implementation of trauma-informed care. He has a private practice in White Plains, New York where he treats children, adolescents, adults, and families. Craig is a graduate adjunct faculty member at New York University and Lesley University. He has published widely, and is editor of the recent book Engaging Boys in Treatment: Creative Approaches to the Therapy Process and co-editor of Clinical Applications of Drama Therapy in Child and Adolescent Treatment.

Brian Harris, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, is in private practice as a music psychotherapist in NYC. He holds a Masters degree from New York University, where he is now an adjunct faculty member, and is pursuing a PhD from Lesley University. Brian is the past head of the Pavarotti Music Center's music therapy department in Mostar, Bosnia, where his work focused on children with post-war trauma. He previously worked as a clinician and research coordinator at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Brian has published and presented nationally and internationally and has worked for over 15 years with a diverse range of populations including trauma, psychiatric, Autism, and Alzheimer's.

Shanee Stepakoff, MFA, PTR, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and registered poetry therapist, and holds a MFA in creative writing. She was the psychologist for the UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone for over two years. She was also a psychologist/trainer for the Center for Victims of Torture for two years, first in Guinea and later in Jordan. Additionally she has provided training and consultation to trauma treatment programs in Liberia, Cambodia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, as well as in a variety of settings in the United States. Shanee is the author or co-author of over 20 scholarly articles and book chapters, and has won several professional awards. She is a graduate of the two-year training program in Biblio/Poetry Therapy at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC, is a credentialed mentor/supervisor by the National Association for Poetry Therapy, and has served on NAPT’s Board of Directors. She is now in private practice in Manhattan.

Anna Marie Weber, MA, RDT, CDVC, LCAT, is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Certified Rape Crisis Counselor and nationally Certified Domestic Violence Counselor. She is Director of Children’s Services for VIBS – Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center on Long Island, a treatment program for victims of rape, incest, domestic violence and familial homicide. Along with supervising a staff of creative arts therapists, social workers and interns, Anna Marie specializes in the treatment of young children who have witnessed familial homicide. She has a legislative appointment and chairs to the Suffolk County Advisory Board on Child Protection. She has provided advanced trainings on children and trauma throughout the country. Anna Marie is contributing co-editor of Clinical Applications of Drama Therapy in Child and Adolescent Treatment with Craig Haen. She is an adjunct faculty member at New York University, in the Applied Psychology graduate program.

Minimum number of participants is 20 and total number limited to 40.

Cancellation policies:
* Payment during registration reserves your place in this program and is not refundable.
* We reserve the right to cancel this training due to low enrollment on or before June 7th, and will issue full refunds within 7 - 10 days of notifying registrants.
* Please note that we are not liable for expenses incurred due to cancellation,including but not limited to airline cancellation fees or hotel cancellation fees.

You will receive an email confirmation along with an additional Registration Form to fill out so that we can learn about your clinical experience and interests.

If you are unable to pay online, please contact:
Amber Elizabeth Gray at

Creative Arts Therapy Approaches for Therapists Working with Traumatized Populations: Our Clients, Ourselves

Saturday, June 28th, 9:30am to Sunday, June 29th, 3:30pm

151 W 26th St

New York

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