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Fri, May 14


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Utilizing Expressive Arts to Support Marginalized, System Involved Youth with Stress and Anxiety

Ursula Elsa

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 Utilizing Expressive Arts to Support Marginalized, System Involved Youth with Stress and Anxiety
 Utilizing Expressive Arts to Support Marginalized, System Involved Youth with Stress and Anxiety

Time & Location

May 14, 2021, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Online Event

About the Event

Ursula Elsa

Training Description

Marginalized system involved youth may often feel their authenticity and self expression is  restrained by systems (i.e. school, healthcare, foster care, juvenile justice), mainstream  culture, peers, and family culture. In our current climate of social distance learning, a  worldwide pandemic youth may feel those additional layers of stress and anxiety.  Mindfulness based expressive arts offers marginalized system involved youth a place to find  full expression, play, and healing. Join this workshop to engage in expressive arts activities  to support young people in finding their creative voice while navigating their anxiety mindfully. Please bring some basic art supplies to this workshop, paper, coloring markers or pencils, scissors, and glue. While not mandatory, if you have access to and feel inspired to play with watercolors, paints, paintbrushes, glitter, puffy paint or any other fun additions, bring them along, you can incorporate them!

Learning Objective

  • Explore trauma informed mindfulness practices which can be taught to at risk youth 
  • Learn to engage in mindfulness practices so that they can be modeled for at-risk youth 
  • Learn how mindfulness and expressive arts are interconnected 
  • Discuss how expressive arts activities support anxiety and stress reduction for  marginalized system involved youth


11:00am-11:15am Welcome, Housekeeping, and Mindfulness Practice

11:15am-11:30am Introduction: How do Mindfulness and Expressive Arts Support Youth? 

11:30am-12:00pm Expressive arts Activity #1 Finding your Voice 

12:00pm-12:30pm What is Mindfulness? 

12:30pm-1:15pm Lunch (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

1:15pm-2:00pm Expressive Arts Activity#2 Self Acceptance and Celebration 

2:00pm-3:00pm Expressive Arts Activity #3 Creating Belonging 

3:00pm-3:15pm BREAK  (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

3:15pm-4:00pm Expressive Arts Activity #4 Creating Safety and Anchors

4:00pm-4:45pm Customizing Expressive Arts for your Clients

4:45pm-5:00pm Closing and Feedback

Meet Our Trainer

Ursula Elsa (she/they) was born and raised in the beautiful land of the Bay Area, Ohlone Territory. She has been teaching mindfulness and nature connection to youth in the Bay Area for over 6 years and is currently leading rites of passage work for Gaia Passages. Ursula is passionate about creating programming for LGBTQI+ and neurodiverse communities. She is also a trained doula and an advocate of parent’s rights in the birth community. Ursula has been developing curriculum at the intersection of mindfulness, social emotional development and nature connection to support organizations and families that she collaborates with.

This course meets the qualifications for (5.0) BBS CEUs for LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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