WE HAVE TRAINED, CONSULTED, & PROVIDED
DIRECT SERVICE TO THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS:
“Prerana works to end intergenerational prostitution and to protect women and children from the threats of human trafficking by defending their rights and dignity, providing a safe environment, supporting their education and health and leading major advocacy efforts. Prerana strives to ensure optimum protection of children. This is reflected in the broad spectrum of interventions that provide a continuum of care by addressing issues of child sexual abuse in parallel with anti-human trafficking. Since its establishment in 1986, Prerana’s pioneering efforts have been instrumental in supporting victims through the entire cycle from prevention to repatriation” (from their website www.preranatrafficking.org
We spent a half day engaging over 20 staff in a trauma-informed expressive arts training that included movement, visual arts and somatics so they can best support the communities they work with. They were receptive to our training and we also emphasized sustainable self-care practices.
Jai Bhim leads “annual retreats and workshops that develop excellence in English language, public speaking, leadership, meditation and creative expression. We host these gatherings every December to support young leaders within the community; allowing them to run their own local programs throughout the year. We are connected internationally year-round to collaborate on programs and provide friendship and mentoring. Our students have identified English language fluency as a tool which will empower them to succeed. In response we have created Communicative English Workshops which incorporate yoga, dance, drama, visual arts, music, meditation, and a variety of academic study skills. We emphasize student-centered learning. We embrace collaboration based on mutual inspiration and the sharing of resources, rather than “charity”.” (from their website)
In summer 2018, we led over 30 youth in trauma-informed expressive arts as they commence their new 10 month educational program and trained staff in a brief trauma informed care training.
Our team of psychotherapists, Founder/Director Ali Guida Smith, LMFT and Katrina Long, MSW, traveled to Haiti in May 2018 to provide trauma-informed care training via expressive arts therapy to a team of 12 staff for Little Footprints Big Steps, a child protection organization in Haiti that serves the most vulnerable children in the community. They conducted expressive arts based groups with over 40 children, training and modeling interventions for staff, and provided consultation on mental health needs for many of the children who need holistic care.
The Freedom Story (www.thefreedomstory.org)
We also collaborated with Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, an organization working to prevent and save children from trafficking in Vietnam. We gave a half day training to nearly 20 staff on trauma-informed care, utilizing the expressive arts and mindfulness to teach the material.
We also collaborated with La Casa de las Madres in San Francisco, who serves girls and women who are victims or vulnerable for domestic violence /abuse. We helped them re-shape their Teen Dating violence workshop for high school students to make it more trauma-informed and expressive arts therapy based.
TRAINING LOCAL STAFF IN NORTHERN THAILAND
In the Summer 2015 we provided a full day training on trauma-informed care via the expressive arts for staff who work with victims or who are at risk for trafficking. We integrated brain research, statistics, cross-cultural dialogue and experiential activities to engage our audience of 20 who represented multiple organizations in Northern Thailand.