Training

Storiez is excited to offer a variety of trauma-focused trainings to clinicians, community leaders, and trauma survivors. Trainings are provided in-person and online.

In person training

In-Person Training

Online training

Online Training

Storiez Trainings

Training Description
This training guides clinicians through the process of helping trauma survivors create, voice, and honor their narratives. It begins with an introduction to trauma (defining trauma, exploring trauma exposure and urban youth, and considering the consequences of trauma exposure). It explores trauma treatment for youth (best practices, treatment modalities, common factors, and trauma narratives). Finally, the Storiez intervention is presented using didactic material, video content, and participatory activities. Storiez is a 9-step framework to assist urban youth as they create, voice, and honor their life narratives using a variety of artistic formats and mediums.

Target Audience
Master’s level clinicians or clinicians in training

Formats
3 hours
6 hours
Online

Training Description
This training begins with an introduction to trauma (defining trauma, exploring trauma exposure and urban youth, and considering the consequences of trauma exposure). It then explores trauma treatment for youth (best practices, treatment modalities, common factors, and trauma narratives). Finally, the DIY Storiez intervention is presented using didactic material, video content, and participatory activities. Storiez is a 9-step framework to assist urban youth as they create, voice, and honor their life narratives. The DIY Storiez intervention is an adapted version of the full trauma narrative process. It supports trauma survivors in creating abbreviated trauma narratives with the support of teachers, program leaders, coaches, and other community supports.

Target Audience
Community partners
Master’s level clinicians or clinicians in training who work in brief treatment settings

Formats
3 hours
6 hours
Online

Training Description
This training supports practitioners interested in using the Storiez Trauma Narrative intervention in group contexts, providing theoretical knowledge about group treatment and supporting facilitators as they integrate Storiez into a variety of group contexts. This training explores the following topics: the complexity of groups, defining the group, determining a theoretical group approach, assessing the group for Storiez readiness, establishing safety, defining the role of the group facilitator, and integrating Storiez into the group setting. Throughout the training, participants are encouraged to reflect on strengths and challenges inherent in their own group contexts. They discuss case examples and use critical thinking skills to identify creative ways to implement Storiez to meet the unique needs of each group.

Target Audience
Master’s level clinicians or clinicians in training
Human service professionals
Community partners who facilitate groups

Formats
3 hours
6 hours

Training Description
This interactive training introduces strategies to support children, teenagers, and adults in expressing and managing feelingz. The first section of the training explores the function and role of feelings. The second segment explores the neurobiology of emotion. Third, participants identify potential challenges trauma survivors may experience as they seek to express and manage their emotions. Finally, participants are introduced to nine practical emotional management strategies to use in their interactions with trauma survivors. This presentation includes didactic content, group discussion, experiential activities, and examples.

Target Audience
Master’s level clinicians or clinicians in training
Community partners
Urban youth, teenagers, and adults

Formats
3 hours
6 hours

Training Description
This workshop supports youth in exploring and understanding their strengths. The first section begins with exploration of the term “strength.” Youth consider how their peer, community, and personal influences effect their understanding of strength. In the second section, youth are encouraged to identify their own sources of strength (who they are, what they can do, and skills they have). This workshop includes video content, guided art prompts, and group discussion.

Target Audience
Urban youth

Formats
1 hour

Training Description
This workshop presents basic information about trauma and helps youth create a future vision for themselves. In the first part of the workshop, youth learn about trauma and its potential effects. In the second section, youth explore ways that they can create a future vision for themselves despite the trauma that they may have experienced. Youth imagine a future vision for themselves, their families, and their communities through guided art activities. They receive instruction about how to break a larger goal into smaller parts and are encouraged to identify action steps they can implement when working toward their goals. This workshop includes video content, guided art prompts, and group discussion.

Target Audience
Urban youth

Formats
1 hour

Trauma Trainings

Training Description
This training provides foundational information about trauma including trauma types, trauma prevalence rates, and the consequences of trauma exposure. It explores pathways to trauma healing and highlights the importance of post-traumatic growth, neuroplasticity, resilience, and reparative experiences. The final section of the training provides professionals with several action steps they can implement in their work with trauma survivors.

Target Audience
Human service professionals
Community partners
Master’s level clinicians or clinicians in training

Formats
1.5 hours

Training Description
This course/workshop provides instruction for individuals seeking to understand and apply the arts to encounters with traumatized individuals, communities, and systems. First, participants learn about the impact of trauma, the consequences of trauma exposure, the neurobiological implications of traumatization, and best practices and common factors in trauma treatment. Trainees then explore the relationship between trauma healing, destruction, and creativity. They identify potential ways that arts-based strategies including visual art, music, dance/movement, and narratives can support trauma survivors in processing, organizing, and making meaning from their experiences. This training includes didactic content, guided activities, and group discussion.

Target Audience
Community partners
Master’s level clinicians or clinicians in training

Formats
30 hours
16 hours
8 hours

Training Description
This training (1) explores the relationship between stress, crisis, trauma, and toxic stress, (2) focuses on the connection between trauma and escalation, and (3) introduces specific de-escalation strategies in work with trauma survivors. Trainees learn about the similarities and differences between stress, crisis, trauma, and toxic stress. They consider some of the challenges trauma survivors experience when expressing their emotions. Participants explore several concepts that can support trauma survivors in de-escalating. These concepts include safety, power/control, communication, empathy, naming feelings, and validation. This training includes small group activities, large group discussion, and didactic material.

Target Audience
Human service professionals
Community partners
Master’s level clinicians or clinicians in training

Formats
3 hours

Training Description
Trainees learn about compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, vicarious trauma, and burnout. Participants are exposed to various self-care strategies including body awareness, mental imagery, self-understanding, self-talk, creative play, supervision and peer support, arrangement of the physical work space, and boundaries. This training includes reflective exercises, guided activities, and didactic material.

Target Audience
Human service professionals
Community partners
Master’s level clinicians or clinicians in training

Formats
3 hour training

Training Description
This training begins with foundational information about trauma—how to define trauma, the types of trauma people/communities experience, prevalence rates, and factors that affect responses to trauma. Audience members explore “trauma informed care” and the major principles associated with this approach. The training then highlights the trauma of homelessness, the multi-faceted impact of trauma on this population, and potential treatment barriers. This presentation includes group discussion and didactic material.

Target Audience
Human service professionals
Community partners
Master’s level clinicians or clinicians in training

Formats
1.5 hours

Training Description
This workshop explores the use of mosaic art as a means of personal storytelling and self-expression through mixed media techniques. Students first learn about the fluid, vibrant medium of alcohol ink. They then learn ways to layer personal writing, painted papers, photos, and other materials onto inked backgrounds. Finally, participants learn how to place glass over the layers to create an overall mosaic design. Throughout the mixed media mosaic process, students will be encouraged to reflect on their own personal stories. They will ask themselves, “Where have I been? Where am I now? Where would I like to go?” Students will be encouraged to infuse their art with emotion, reflecting on past experiences (both positive and negative) and sources of inner strength. This workshop includes instructional information, hands-on activities, and opportunities for personal reflection.

Target Audience
Youth
Artists
Teaching artists
Clinicians
Human service professionals
Community partners

Formats
6 hours
3 hours

Lectures and Presentations

Training Description
This presentation explores the concept of creativity and emphasizes its importance for trauma survivors. Various definitions of creativity are highlighted. Participants consider whether creativity requires a finished product or if it is more about the process. Finally, the presenter speaks to the centrality of creativity in the lives of trauma survivors. This presentation integrates multiple sources of knowledge in an attempt to captivate and engage the audience.

Target Audience
Artists
Teaching artists
Clinicians
Human service professionals
Community partners

Formats
1 hour

Training Description
Dr. Meagan presents her personal philosophy of artmaking—(1) embrace creative play, (2) your emotions and experiences give your art power, (3) voice your authentic story, and (4) there is no such thing as perfection. She shares photographs of her original mixed media artwork and speaks about her layered approach to materials, which include alcohol ink, paper, and glass. She shares some of the stories and experiences that inspired the creation of her pieces.

Target Audience
Artists
Teaching artists
Trauma survivors
Human service professionals
Community partners

Formats
1 hour

Training Description
This presentation speaks to the power of narratives in work with trauma survivors. It focuses on the following key ideas: (1) words have power, (2) narratives have the capacity to break through walls of avoidance and fear, (3) narratives help us transition from a place of fragmentation and chaos to a place of order and organization, (4) narratives give us space to grapple with the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, (5) narratives provide us with the opportunity to engage in creative play, (6) narratives provide a container for our experiences, (7) narratives speak to the universality of human experience, and (8) narratives provide opportunities for growth, change, and empowerment. The final half of the presentation includes several important reminders for helpers as they assist trauma survivors in telling their narratives.

Target Audience
Trauma survivors
Clinicians
Human service professionals
Community partners

Formats
2 hours

Training Description
This presentation highlights the therapeutic power of narratives and also provides participants with key points to remember when supporting trauma survivors in sharing their narratives. These key points include: (1) stories are a transformative conduit for healing, (2) the only story you should ever seek to take ownership and control over is your own, (3) where there are stories of trauma, there are also stories of strength and resilience, (4) where there are stories of destruction, there are also stories of creativity, (5) some stories are messy and unresolved, and (6) stories are fluid and dynamic; make space for vision and hope. This presentation integrates multiple sources of knowledge in an effort to engage and connect with audience members.

Target Audience
Trauma survivors
Clinicians
Human service professionals
Community partners

Formats
1 hour

Training Description
Dr. Meagan shares the narratives of strength and trauma that inspired her mixed media mosaic artwork. The 10 pieces of artwork she highlights in this presentation speak to both personal and universal themes. These themes include fragmentation and integration, helplessness and empowerment, creativity and despair. She encourages audience members to infuse their own experiences—both positive and negative— into the art that they create.

Target Audience
Trauma survivors
Clinicians
Human service professionals
Community partners
Artists
Teaching artists

Formats
1 hour

Training Description
This presentation seeks to connect with, inspire, and motivate participants as they explore the relationship between creativity and destruction. Participants learn about the theory of dialectics, reflect on Janusian thinking, and explore the connection between creativity and destruction.

Target Audience
Artists
Teaching artists
Clinicians
Human service professionals
Community partners

Formats
1 hour
Online