UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, we will be postponing the training until a later date. Our team is currently developing online offerings to support mental health during this crisis, and we will announce these events soon. If you are interested in participating, please watch out on the Heal Her page or email healherproject@gmail.com. We appreciate your support!

Heal Her is excited to announce an introductory training that will teach participants how to create community safe spaces for storytelling and healing.  Conducted by three international Expressive Arts Therapists, this intermodal training uses all of the arts modalities in its protocol (art, dance, drama, music, poetry, and psychodrama). It offers foundational knowledge in the understanding of trauma and teaches facilitators how to work with those who have been impacted by trauma.

We hope to expand access to effective healing practices to those who lack opportunities to receive such services. Our aim is to train capable and informed facilitators who can bring these methods to communities and situations, where this knowledge would be of benefit. This training is a small step towards the realization of these goals.

We encourage you to apply if you have an interest in expanding your knowledge and experience in working with survivors of violence. We especially welcome applications from those who identify as POC, queer, migrants, or other underrepresented backgrounds.

Based on the latest scientific and body-mind-spirit research, this training synthesizes ideas from different anthropological, philosophical, psychological, and sociological approaches to addressing collective and individual suffering. The curriculum will include:

  • A demonstration of a Heal Her storytelling circle for survivors of violence (as an introduction the structure and our techniques)
  • Didactic/theoretical information on the neurology and biology of trauma and how the arts function in rewiring the brain and body responses
  • The function of community and ritual in healing trauma and building resilience
  • Experiential exercises using the various arts modalities (as examples of how the artistic process works in these specific situations)
  • Question & Answer session with opportunity for discussion
  • Resources for further training and integration of the knowledge into your individual practice

We will use an integrated and tolerant approach to inquiry and to learning styles. We ask participants to enter the training with an attitude of acceptance, curiosity, openness, and respect, in order to support our creative and learning processes.

This event will be offered in an intimate group (max. 15 people) at a women’s center in the center of Berlin, accessible to public transportation and all amenities.

Our goal is to provide Heal Her services to a wide range of people and situations. To help cover costs, we ask participants to donate what they can afford (sliding scale €25-€100). As long as we have space and the applicant meets the criteria for participation, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

Suzan Lemont, Sarah Hinrichs, & Alexandra Davies

The training welcomes people of all gender identities and expression. Though our program is founded and led by women, the methods taught can also be used when working with trans, non-binary, or male survivors of trauma.

From artists and activists to therapists and community organizers, participants in this training ideally have (at least one of the following):

  • A background in social sciences, counseling, psychology, education, medicine, or community arts disciplines
  • Experience working with those in crisis, but no background or training in the use of the arts for trauma recovery
  • Experience working artistically with others, but no formal education or training in applying the arts to mental health situations
  • A personal background of trauma survival and a keen understanding of the needs of trauma survivors (You have done research and explored various recovery methods that have helped you, and now you wish to expand that knowledge and put it to use helping others)

If you are interested in the training but do not fulfill the above criteria, please get in touch with us at healherproject@gmail.com and we can discuss whether the curriculum is suitable for you and your goals.

While we do not judge anyone for their experiences or struggles, we must assure the safety of our team and all participants. For this reason we advise that this isn’t the right training/timing for you if:

  • You have experienced a trauma recently, or have older traumas with which you have never worked in-depth
  • You are currently struggling with any kind of addiction or mental illness for which you are not receiving help
  • You are in any kind of physically or emotionally fragile or vulnerable state

Submit your application form here. If you prefer a phone or Skype interview, you can also email healherproject@gmail.com to set up an appointment with a team member.


Friday, March 27, 2020
Venue: TBA

18:30-21:00 | Meet & Greet (optional)

Saturday, March 28, 2020
Venue: Frauenkreise
Choriner Str. 10, 10119 Berlin

10:00-13:00 | Demonstration of Heal Her Storytelling Circle

13:00-14:30 | Lunch Break

14:30-18:00 | Module 1
Theory and experiential exercises in expressive arts therapy
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Venue: Frauenkreise

10:00-13:00 | Module 2
Experiential exercises designed to provide knowledge on containment of trauma,  artistic processes in healing, and building resiliency

13:00-14:00 | Lunch Break

14:00-16:00 | Module 3
Experiential Exercises Continued

16:15-16:45 | Integration & Individual Reflection

16:45-17:45 | Sharing & Discussion, Question & Answer, Closing Circle

18:00-18:30 | Cleaning Space

19:00-20:30 | Team Visioning Session with Food-Sharing (optional)