Trauma Informed Training

The Bartol Foundation is committed to supporting teaching artists as they navigate the ways in which the young people in their programs may be impacted by trauma. Trauma is complex, triggered by living in a community with persistent violence, deep poverty, or in any environment that is chronically unstable. It is crucial that the work of teaching artists is seen as a strategy to help people deal with trauma and that teaching artists are equipped to effectively and responsibly work with participants who have been impacted by trauma.

Any artist working in community settings will encounter young people who have been impacted by trauma. While teaching artists rarely have details access to a participant’s personal history, there are tools they can use to identify a young person who is potentially trauma-impacted and strategies that they can employ to accommodate and engage that young person. With the expertise and experience of the teaching artists and arts education administrators on our team, we have developed multiple, in-depth training opportunities specifically with the needs of teaching artists in mind. Find which training is best for your needs and reach out to us to learn more.

Our Offerings

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Big Picture Alliance

For Arts Education Administrators

Our Team

Betsaleel Charmelus

Betsaleel Charmelus

Betsaleel (Bets) Charmelus (he/him) is a facilitator, community advocate & an auditory story-teller. Whether in his work as a program ... Read More
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Mae Early

Mae Early (she/her) is a writer, theatre artist, and educator who lives and works in Philadelphia. As an arts educator, ... Read More
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Candy Gonzalez

Candy Alexandra González (they/them) is a Little Havana-born and raised, NYC and Philadelphia-based, multidisciplinary visual artist, poet, activist and trauma-informed ... Read More
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Shavon Norris

Shavon Norris is an artist, educator, and facilitator. She uses movement along with text and sound and imagery to reveal and ... Read More