Trauma-Informed Practices: A Learning Series on Incorporating Best Practices into Our Community

Date: Multiple dates in January & February, 2021
Time: Varies
Location: Zoom Meeting (Advanced registration is required.)

The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable is proud to announce Trauma-Informed Practices: A Learning Series on Incorporating Best Practices into Our Community, facilitated by Heidi Landis, LCAT, RDT-BCT, TEP.

This series will begin in January with a two-part foundational workshop, wherein participants will gain an understanding of how traumatic stress impacts childhood development, and how it can present in the classroom environment. Participants will also focus on trauma-informed teaching and learn strategies for supporting students at this time. Playing the Unspeakable: Parts 1 & 2 will be free of cost, and open to one representative per organization.

The series will continue in February with The Story Within and Without: A Trauma-Informed Organizational Lens, a workshop dedicated to Arts Administrators that will invite participants to explore what a trauma-informed arts organization looks like. The series will wrap up with Supervision, Self-Care, and Spontaneity, a session for Teaching Artists that will address the relationships between self-care, wellbeing, and creativity.

***PLEASE NOTE: Each workshop is limited to 49 participants.


Due to the sensitive nature of the series topic, these workshops WILL NOT be recorded for public distribution.


The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable is committed to providing opportunities for everyone to participate in our programming. This webinar will include access to closed captioning through REV Live Captions. If you have any questions or additional needs, please contact Roundtable Programming and Membership Manager Kinsey Keck at

Please be advised that by registering for this event, unless we hear from you otherwise, we will include you as part of our regular mailing list. Please also be advised that the event will be recorded by the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable (NYCAIER). By enrolling for this event, you hereby give consent for NYCAIER to use your photograph or image in its print, online and video publications, and release NYCAIER and its employees from all liabilities or claims that you might assert in connection with the above-described uses.


Playing the Unspeakable: Parts 1 & 2

Part 1: Complex and Collective Trauma in the Classroom

January 7, 2021; 3:30-6:00pm ET

FREE (Space is limited. One representative per organization.)

This didactic and experiential workshop will provide participants with a greater understanding of how traumatic stress impacts childhood development. Participants will gain a definition of complex trauma and an understanding of how trauma performs particularly in the classroom and in the current online environment. Through case examples and embodied work, participants will explore how these concepts  can be understood in their own clinical, artistic and personal work. 


Part 2: So Now What?

January 21, 2021; 3:30-6:00pm ET

FREE (Space is limited. One representative per organization.)

This workshop will build on the previous knowledge of traumatic stress and childhood development while focusing specifically on creative trauma-informed teaching and interventions aimed at supporting students during this time. Participants will learn and experience creative strategies for supporting children to address challenges, promote resilience, and heal from the effects of abuse, neglect and violence and collective trauma.

***PLEASE NOTE: Playing the Unspeakable is a two-part workshop. Given the nature of the sessions, registrants must attend Part One to participate in Part Two.


The Story Within and Without: A Trauma-Informed Organizational Lens

February 4, 2021; 3:30-6:00pm ET

Cost: $25 (members) // $35 (non-members)**

Stories are intrinsic to how we see the world and how we shape our world view. The experience of  traumatic events often takes away the ability to move forward leaving many feeling hopeless and stuck in old and distressing stories, making it hard to find a new way forward. 

This didactic and experiential workshop will provide participants with a way to explore what a trauma informed organization looks like. Participants will explore the “story” of the organization as a parallel process to what may happen in the classroom as a way to look toward finding a shared organizational  trauma-informed lens. This workshop is designed for those interested in exploring the bridge between personal story, creativity, and the power of community as it pertains to understanding trauma and the power of the arts. Participants will experience new creative and active ways to enter into the themes of shared stories and imagine possibilities for new narratives for their own organizations as well as the  students with whom they work. 

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is intended for Arts Administrators. 

***This workshop has sold out, but you may join the waitlist by following the link below.


Supervision, Self-Care and Spontaneity

February 25, 2020; 3:30-6:00pm ET

Cost: $25 (members) // $35 (non-members)**

Self-care and well-being are often overlooked with the multitude of requirements and demands put on helping professionals. These workshops and supervision sessions will explore the bridge between self-care as a teaching artist, and creativity. In this experiential workshop, participants will connect with their own sense of play and spontaneity loosening the ties of anxiety and creating space for emotional well being. Using expressive arts therapy techniques participants will have the opportunity to explore, reflect, take time for themselves and remember what it means to play. In addition, participants are encouraged to  bring challenges and struggles in their current work to be worked though creatively and collectively.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is intended for Teaching Artists.

**If the cost of this workshop presents a financial barrier for you to register, request a pay-what-you-can ticket by completing this form. Space is limited.


***TICKETING REFUND POLICY: Due to the limited space in these workshops, refunds will be offered only if requested four days or more prior to the event. Cancellations made less than four days before the event will NOT be refunded.


Facilitator: Heidi Landis, LCAT, RDT-BCT, TEP

Heidi is a Licensed Creative Arts therapist (LCAT) Registered Drama Therapist and Board- Certified Trainer  (RDT/BCT) and a Trainer, Education and Practitioner of Psychodrama (TEP). Specializing in trauma informed work and the use of creative arts therapy techniques, she has a private practice in New York City  where she sees clients and facilitates trainings nationally and internationally. She is the community  coordinator of mental health at an international school in the South Bronx and works with immigrant and  refugee students. For 14 years Heidi worked at Creative Alternatives of New York, as Associate Executive  Director of the clinical and training programs where she ran Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy groups with many different populations as well as trained staff and site partners in using creative techniques in  psychotherapy and in the classroom.  

Heidi is an adjunct professor at New York University and Yeshiva University in NYC, Lesley University in  MA, Concordia University in Montreal and on faculty of the KINT institute. She has published about her  work in the books Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy: Transforming Clinics, classrooms and communities,  Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy: A Practitioner’s Reference and in Creative Arts-Based  Group Therapy with Adolescents: Theory and Practice.


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