We are a team of dedicated creative arts therapists who recognize the power of the creative process to provide safety, expression, structure, growth, empowerment, and re-organization to lives that have been fractured by events beyond understanding. Being human is a creative endeavor, and the arts can restore connection to meaning, belonging, society, and one’s self.
Our core team and leading-edge faculty of renowned practitioners have pioneered the use of creative arts therapies in a variety of trauma contexts globally, from interpersonal and domestic to mass trauma. Together, we integrate Art Therapy, Dance Movement Therapy, Drama Therapy, Music Therapy, and Poetry Therapy to provide a training curriculum that combines innovative and evidence-informed practices.
Amber Elizabeth Gray MPH, MA, BC-DMT, LPCC, NCC, has worked internationally since the mid-1980s, and clinically with survivors of human rights abuses such as war, terrorism, torture and organized violence for 18 years. She is considered a pioneer in the use of Dance Movement Therapy for survivors of trauma, especially survivors of political torture and war. She has managed or directed torture treatment and refugee mental health programs in the US and Haiti, and has traveled to over 50 countries to teach, consult, or respond to disaster or conflict. She is an expert in staff care systems for humanitarian responders, and is the 2010 recipient of the ADTA Outstanding Achievement Award. She developed and teaches Restorative Movement Psychotherapy, and is currently co-developing an early childhood trauma framework. She is a frequent speaker on somatic psychology, dance movement therapy, and trauma.
Craig Haen, Ph.D., RDT, CGP, LCAT, FAGPA has been working clinically with people impacted by interpersonal, developmental, and familial trauma for 15 years. He provides acute crisis intervention following acts of violence and atrocity, trains crisis teams and schools in responding to mass trauma events, and has consulted with organizations on the implementation of trauma-informed care. He has a private practice in White Plains, New York where he treats children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Haen is a graduate adjunct faculty member at New York University and Lesley University. He has published widely, and is editor of the recent book Engaging Boys in Treatment: Creative Approaches to the Therapy Process, and co-editor of Clinical Applications of Drama Therapy in Child and Adolescent Treatment and the forthcoming Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy. He serves on the Editorial Boards of The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy and The Arts in Psychotherapy. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, where he co-chairs the Child & Adolescent Special Interest Group and the Community Outreach Task Force, a group that responds to trauma events in diverse communities.
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Kat Lee, MA, RDT, CCLS is a drama therapist with additional training in working with medically compromised children and their families. She treats children, adolescents and adults at the Post Traumatic Stress Center in New Haven, CT.