A Curriculum of Courage: Making SafeArt
by SafeArt Founder Tracy Penfield
with a foreword by Neilly Buckalew, MD
How can we teach prevention, healing skills, and self-advocacy to the next generation—including those who have suffered the deep wounds of trauma and abuse?
How can we guide young people toward becoming independent, self-confident adults?
How do we foster healing in adults who have experienced traumatic abuse and support them in breaking the cycle?
SafeArt has been working to address these questions since 2000. Their proactive approach to healing celebrates the power of creative expression and focuses on prevention, healing, and the promotion of healthy relationships.
A Curriculum of Courage: Making SafeArt, written by SafeArt founder Tracy Penfield, contains multi-disciplinary explorations for use in the classroom, with groups, or with individuals, including:
– Best practices for the management of personal responses to abuse and trauma, including vicarious trauma
– Targeted information on specific topics such as mindfulness, healthy relationships, self-care, supporting LGBT youth, and becoming trauma-informed
– Activities that incorporate discussion and creative expression, do not require a background in the arts, and are simple and accessible
– Strategies for empowering youth to become proactive bystanders
– Approaches to managing difficult topics and clashing viewpoints
By employing principles rooted in scientific study and workshop outcomes, A Curriculum of Courage focuses on the creation of healing arts programs, making it an invaluable resource for educators, youth leaders, mentors, mental health practitioners, medical personnel, parents, and anyone who wishes to encourage healing and strength in our communities.