Seattle Training Video & Dallas Announced!

In a previous post we wrote about the three-day Healing Arts Toolkit Training we hosted in Seattle last April. Now we're delighted to share a short video containing interviews with participants and glimpses of the meaningful, life-changing, and fun experience they had. Please take four minutes to watch this video, and then read on for an exciting announcement! 



Now be honest. Didn't that make you wish that you could attend a training?

Well, guess what? If you live in the Dallas area (or are willing to drive or fly there), First Aid Arts is hosting a Toolkit Training event just for you.

Here are the basics

Location: Dallas, TX
Dates: October 2-4, 2014
Who can attend: Aftercare staff/administrators, interns, volunteers 
Cost: $475 per organization
What you will receive:

Healing Arts Toolkit with all materials required to run a multi-modal arts-based group

  • 40-page curriculum
  • Introduction to trauma
  • Why the arts for trauma recovery
  • Evaluation tools
  • Facilitation skills
  • Role plays and small group discussions
  • Opportunity to engage in self care
  • Networking and opportunities to share resources
  • Lunch and refreshments on all days
  • Ongoing support after the training as you learn to implement the tools

The training will equip staff and volunteers with the knowledge and practical tools needed to address specific forms of trauma through carefully researched arts-based activities. Our training curriculum was developed with the expertise of an Advisory Board of professionals such as the Vice President of Aftercare for International Justice Mission, Kathy Stout-Labauve, renowned sexual trauma therapist, Dr. Dan Allender, and the former president of World Vision, Dr. Dean Hirsch, among many others.

These powerful resources have proved useful to those with clinical expertise as well as non-therapist volunteers. If you are involved in an organization that serves survivors of human trafficking or related trauma, and you think you might like to attend or send someone to the Dallas Toolkit Training, please contact Curtis ( for more information. 

We're still working out the location details and will announce that information as soon as it is confirmed, but meanwhile we've already received responses from partner organizations that hope or plan to attend, including ALERT Ministries, Hope Rising, New Friends New Life, Redeemed Ministries, Rescue: Freedom, and World Hope International.


Several have expressed a desire to participate, but will need a scholarship to be able to afford it. If you would like to help, here's a list of specific funding opportunities:

Sponsor First Aid Arts' travel fees ($1,500)
Sponsor an aftercare organization’s training fee ($475/org)
Sponsor lunches, snacks, or dinner on Oct. 3rd
Provide a love gift for trainees: gift cards to Dallas area goods and services (massages, spa, restaurants, etc.)

Please let Curtis or Grace ( know if you'd like to be a sponsor, or if you have any questions at all. And, as always, donations to Arts Aftercare can be made here.

We can't express how deeply we appreciate you, our friends and partners. Thank you for the good work you are doing and for all the ways you encourage us in ours.

Life is sweeter when we do this together. We can't wait to share that sweetness with some of you in October.

Chris Erickson