Jefferson to Host Program on Trauma-Informed Practice in Community-Engaged Art

The daylong event is organized by Jefferson Humanities and Health.

The event is organized by Jefferson Humanities and Health.

This Saturday, arts and health professionals, students and community members will come together to discuss the intersections of trauma-informed practice and community-engaged art.

Representatives from Philadelphia arts organizations will share how they use trauma-informed approaches to promote wellness in various communities, and health professionals will describe trauma theory and how practitioners from different disciplines can collaborate to support resiliency and recovery from trauma through the arts.

The daylong event is organized by Jefferson Humanities and Health as part of the annual Dr. Yoshihisa Asano Humanities and Health Series.

“Having a leading medical institution like Jefferson producing programming that furthers the conversation of the use of the creative arts and community involvement in addressing the symptoms of trauma validates what we know to be true through much research and clinical study,” said Rachel Brandoff, assistant professor of community and trauma counseling and coordinator of the art therapy specialization at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). “Trauma-informed and trauma-responsive approaches that draw on creativity help heal community and generational hurts and provide seeds for growth and resiliency.”

Along with Brandoff, presenters include Sandra Bloom, M.D., from Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, and representatives from BuildaBridge, Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Porch Light Program, the Village of Arts and Humanities, and Warrior Writers.

“Thrive: Trauma-Informed Practice in Community-Engaged Art” is Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Alumni Hall on Jefferson’s Center City Campus. The event is free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is required.

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