Applications for the May/June 2023 cohort have now closed.

All Scheduled Information Session Dates

  • April 19, 2023 10:00am-11:00am

All Scheduled Course Dates

This course meets on the following 5 dates:

  • May 11, 2023
  • May 18, 2023
  • May 25, 2023
  • June 1, 2023
  • June 8, 2023

All course sessions meet on Thursdays from 9:30am-11:30am.

Course Length

10 hours over 5 weeks

Application Deadline

April 25, 2023

Course Type

Multi-Session, Cohort-Based



This is a highly interactive, cohort-based course. We expect participants in the Academy's cohort-based courses to attend all course sessions. Each week will build on prior sessions. Your consistent attendance and participation in making art will enrich your experience and that of your peers.

Participants who attend all sessions and meet other course participation criteria will receive a certificate of completion. Those who miss no more than one session may receive a certificate of completion, at the Academy's discretion.

Connecting Through Art and Creative Expression

Tools to Support Children and Young People Impacted by Violence



Creating art is a powerful nonverbal way to support children and young people who have experienced or witnessed violence in their homes, families, chosen families, schools, or communities. The pain and trauma of these experiences can impact children and young people in many ways, including by making it difficult for them to express themselves using verbal language.

Art can be a guiding resource to build rapport, trust, and psychological safety in relationships with children and young people. It offers young people ways to express themselves and their needs; invites creativity; soothes physiological responses to stress; and builds confidence and connection. It is a universal language that everyone has access to.

Connecting Through Art and Creative Expression is a five-session course that will equip learners to engage young people and develop supportive relationships with them through art-based experiences. This course is centered in trauma-informed theory and practices, and is taught by licensed creative arts therapists.

Each week, participants will explore a different kind of art material and experience the benefits those materials can offer. Participants will be guided to apply these techniques between course sessions and learn how to facilitate within their own scope of practice at their organization. In the final week, each participant will present on their experience of using art and creative expression with children and young people impacted by violence.


Participants will:

  • Learn foundations of trauma-informed theory and practice
  • Understand the significant ways art can support nonverbal expression
  • Experience different art materials and art techniques, and develop comfort with the creative process
  • Learn when and how each art material can be appropriate and beneficial, along with its limitations
  • Learn art tools and techniques to use with children and young people who are impacted by violence
  • Practice applying art tools and techniques in your work and debrief the experience with peers and instructors
  • Recognize signs that a child or young person may need further assessment, support, or clinical care

Learners who are admitted to this course will be provided with a package of art supplies by the Academy.


This is a virtual course that will be held on Zoom. Course sessions will include didactic instruction and significant time for learning and experimenting with art materials.

Each weekly workshop will include:

  • Presentation by the course instructors
  • Guided art experience with the week’s art materials
  • Debriefing the art experience
  • Practice and guidance to apply and integrate the art experience in your work with young people

This course will be highly interactive, with time for questions throughout. In order to build community, we strongly encourage participants to join and stay on camera.

Participants will need a computer with Zoom capability and a camera, as well as a private, quiet space to join the weekly workshops from. Participants will need enough space to use art materials (e.g. paint, clay). While we know finding private space can be difficult in some workplaces, we recommend:

  • Adding the live course sessions to your work calendar
  • Notifying your supervisor, colleagues, and/or clients that you are in training
  • Using headphones in shared workspaces
  • Closing email and other applications, where possible

Course capacity is limited to 25 learners to support meaningful interactions among learners and instructors, including time for questions, reflection, and skills practice.


  • Session I: Introduction to the expressive therapies continuum; using dry materials
  • Session II: Introduction to and exploration of textile materials
  • Session III: Introduction to and exploration of clay
  • Session IV: Introduction to and exploration of fluid materials (e.g. paint, watercolor)
  • Session V: Presentations from course participants: implementing art experiences in your work


This course is for staff of NYC nonprofit community-based organizations or government agencies who deliver social services in New York City, and:

  • Deliver services to children or young people who have been impacted by violence.
    • “Impacted by violence” includes youth who have experienced, witnessed, or been affected by any kind of violence. This may include, but is not necessarily limited to: mass or community violence, domestic or intimate partner violence, losses due to violence, bullying, or threats of violence.
  • Would like to introduce structured art and play activities into your work with children and young people.
  • Commit to attending at least 4/5 course sessions.
  • Have received supervisor approval to attend all course sessions and use art strategies from this course in your work with children or young people.

This course does not require a degree or licensure. No prior art-making experience is needed.


This course is currently at capacity.



Kimberly Faulkner


Debbie Rice