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Developing a Trauma-Informed Practice

November 21, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

From this workshop, you will walk away with a trauma-informed toolkit that you can incorporate into your practice right away.

Art is a healing tool. Artmaking allows us to express difficult, complicated and sometimes, traumatic, experiences. Understanding the basic principles of trauma-informed work can enrich our personal art practice by giving us the tools to explore and express safely. In this workshop, you’ll get a quick breakdown of the neurobiological effects of trauma, you’ll learn about self-regulation, you’ll learn to craft a personal safety plan, and you’ll learn to incorporate mindfulness into your practice. Participants may want paper and writing tool for notes. This online class requires students to have a device to join the class with reliable internet access.

About the Instructor

Candy Alexandra González is a Little Havana-born and raised, Philadelphia-based, multidisciplinary visual artist, poet, activist and trauma-informed educator. Currently, Candy’s artwork explores themes of body politics, fat phobia and self-healing through photography, poetry, printmaking and papermaking. Candy received their MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking from the University of the Arts in 2017. Since graduating, they have been a 40th Street Artist-in-Residence in West Philadelphia, a West Bay View Fellow at Dieu Donné in Brooklyn, NY, a Picasso Project Resident Artist at Kensington Health Sciences Academy in North Philadelphia, and a Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation Micro-Grant Recipient. www.candyalexandragonzalez.com


$15 Community / $30 Cost of Workshop / $45 Sponsor

In an effort to keep workshops accessible to as many as possible, while compensating our instructors fairly and covering Soapbox costs, we’re pleased to offer a sliding scale. Our “Cost of Workshop” rate is the real cost of our workshop, and we need most people to register at this rate to run the workshop. For those who are able, please consider selecting the “Sponsor” rate to allow someone who cannot afford the real cost to participate. If you are someone experiencing hardship, please register at the “Community” rate. In evaluating where you fall on the scale, we ask you to consider the difference between sacrifice (making trade-offs in my discretionary spending) vs. hardship (paying full cost for this workshop prevents me from meeting basic needs). For further guidance and information, visit http://www.phillysoapbox.org/sliding-scale/.


November 21
10:30 am - 12:30 pm


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