Trauma-informed methodology is an evidence-based approach applying basic principles of physiology, psychology, neuroplasticity and mindfulness to build resilience and promote self-regulation. Art therapy is an impactful given its foundation in trauma-informed care and cultural humility to address racial and multiple/chronic trauma. When applied as a tool for Restorative Justice, trauma-informed mindfulness (including Yoga and meditation practices) has been proven to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression and PTSD as well as support substance abuse and trauma recovery. In this discussion, we will review the science and methodology of Trauma Informed Care and practice mindfulness techniques to regulate the nervous system. We will also explore cultural humility through a guided art therapy directive.
Recommended/optional readings include:
Cultural Humility in Art Therapy - https://www.amazon.com/Cultural-Humility-Art-Therapy-Applications/dp/1785926438
A Year in Yoga: Science and Practice of Trauma Informed Mindfulness - https://www.amazon.com/Year-Yoga-Practice-Trauma-Informed-Mindfulness/dp/0692714138/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=A+Year+in+Yoga%3A+Science+and+Practice+of+Trauma-Informed+Mindfulness&qid=1610385304&sr=8-2
Evidence Based Research Overview on Trauma Informed Mindfulness - https://www.inyogacollective.com/resources-1
If you are interested in purchasing the book recommended but have limited financial resources, the CSJ Center is happy to help. Please contact Stefani Mejia (Stefani.Mejia@lmu.edu) who can provide amazon credit to purchase the book.