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A Creative Alternative: Understanding the Relationship between the Arts, Trauma, and Health


Presenter: NISHA SAJNANI, Multi-disciplinary artist, educator, and registered drama therapist

When: June 9th @ 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST

About the presentation: At times of suffering, the arts have been used in clinical and non-clinical, community contexts to express despair and anger, mourn losses, restore hope, identify sources of harm, and clarify options for action. Collaborative arts projects can also facilitate communication, relationship, and collective change. Whereas trauma (both individual and collective) can interfere with our sense of order, the arts can create breathable metaphors that permit mourning, relief, and responsiveness. This webinar will present key ideas about the arts, trauma, and health, include a look at a few interesting projects and social movements, and open up conversation about how witnessing and/or participating in the arts can create conditions for health, healing, and transformation.

About the presenter: Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator, and registered drama therapist. She is the director of Creative Alternatives which is, at once, a network of inspired social innovators committed to deepening the relationship between creativity and interdependence and a platform from which Nisha has designed and facilitated learning environments examining a broad range of social policy issues (racism, poverty, immigration, youth engagement, social cohesion, gender equity, violence prevention, governance). Nisha has had the pleasure of facilitating the annual retreat as well as training in popular education for members of the Girls Action Foundation over the past eight years. 

Nisha has extensive experience with arts-based and collaborative approaches to group learning and inquiry and also brings expertise in trauma and its effects on human systems. For the past four years, Creative Alternatives has been a project partner in a ground breaking Oral History project in Montreal entitled: Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide, and other Human Rights Violations.

Nisha is also the director of the program in Drama Therapy, Community Health and Prevention at the Post Traumatic Stress Center in New Haven, CT. She coordinates an innovative program called Animating Learning by Integrating and Validating Experience (A.L.I.V.E) which is a preventative approach to facilitating student engagement that draws upon principles from popular education and drama therapy.

She is on faculty at the Institutes for the Arts in Psychotherapy (NYC) and at New York University where she teaches a course on Arts-Based Research. Nisha is also on faculty at Yale University where she teaches a course on Applied Theatre, Trauma, and Cultural Intervention. She is currently affiliated with the Harvard  Program in Refugee Trauma (Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery Program). Nisha is the President-Elect of the National Association for Drama Therapy. 

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About the SPARKS TALKS webinar series

The SPARKS TALKS webinar series features ground-breaking women who are SPARKS in the LIGHT A SPARK campaign.

Running until June and continuing in the fall, you’ll have a chance to participate in FREE webinars on topics such as safe cosmetics; women in the arts; social, environmental and political activism; building communities and organizations; the law; and arts as a medium for social change.

These one-hour webinars will lead with presentations from experienced, dedicated and inspiring SPARKS. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session where you get to ask SPARKS your questions and engage in a lively discussion.

Check out the full program schedule and mark your calendar for your favourites.

To take part in the webinar or for more information, contact Elvira at sparks@girlsactionfoundation.ca


A Creative Alternative: Understanding the Relationship between the Arts, Trauma, and Health

Quand: 9 juin

Heure: 12:00 – 13:00  EST

Présentation de: Nisha Sajnani, Artiste multidisciplinaire, éducatrice et thérapeute par l'art dramatique agrée

Langue de la présentation: anglais


Série de webinaires Dialogues et ÉTINCELLES

Nous sommes ravies de vous présenter la série de webinaires Dialogues et ÉTINCELLES mettant en vedette des femmes pionnières qui sont des ÉTINCELLES dans la campagne PROVOQUEZ DES ÉTINCELLES.

Jusqu’au mois de juin continuant à l’automne, vous aurez l’opportunité de participer dans des webinaires GRATUITS sur des sujets comme les cosmétiques sains; les femmes dans les arts; l’activisme social, environnemental et politique; bâtir des communautés et des organismes; le droit et les arts comme outil de changement social.

Ces webinaires d’une durée d’une heure seront présentés par des ÉTINCELLES expérimentées, dédiées et inspirantes. Les présentations seront suivie d’une séance de questions où vous pourrez poser vos questions aux ÉTINCELLES et participer à une discussion animée.

Consultez l’horaire complet de la programmation et inscrivez vos favoris à votre agenda.

Pour participer au webinaire ou pour davantage d’informations, contactez Elvira au sparks@girlsactionfoundation.ca


Event date: 
Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 12:00 to 13:00