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The work the industry needs,
the training you want. 

You have the passion and empathy to see how things could be different. Let us support your journey through this groundbreaking training. 

This 60-hour training course prepares a cohort of artists to act as  Artistic Mental Health Professionals: a critical new role in our creative community. Trained to navigate workplace accommodations, mediate conflict, implement equity and inclusion strategies, and so much more, these specialized professionals will serve a critical role in creating a trauma-informed, resilience-focused, equitable creative space.

This work was cultivated by theatre professionals, but is also appropriate for dancers, musicians, and other creative art forms. 


Who might benefit?

  • Actors, directors, and stage managers

  • Intimacy directors/coordinators

  • Teaching artists

  • Program-based arts instructors from preschool to graduate schools. 

Theater Performance

The Need:

Theatre artists are:

  • 22x more likely to die by suicide. 

  • 18x more likely to struggle with a substance use disorder

  • 15x more likely to struggle with a mental health challenge. 

Our creative workplaces are not designed to support our collaborators in struggle. By integrating a trauma-informed, resilience focused lens, Artistic Mental Health Professionals are ready to leap into spaces and support new practices. 

The Training:

  • Mental Health First Aid

  • Neuroscience of trauma

  • Early, mid, and crisis intervention

  • Hotspot analysis for production

  • Embodied trauma intervention

  • Effective content advisory​

  • Toxic stress and art scars

  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA)

  • Conflict Transformation and Mediation

  • Power Dynamics

  • Mental Illness and the Arts

  • Mental Wellness Workplace Policy

  • And more!


Applications Now Open!


Level One: Intro


Primary Topics:

  • Mental Health First Aid

  • Neuroscience of Trauma

  • Embodied Intervention

  • Universal needs

  • Hotspot Analysis for Production

  • Soliciting and Supporting Access Needs


Cost: $500 (payment plans and scholarships available)


Dates: TWO Six Week Options Available

Mondays from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM ​

August 15th to September 19th


Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00 PM

August 13th to September 24th

Location: Zoom

Time Zone: EST

Level Two: Creative Educators

Primary Topics:

  • Trauma Informed Teaching 

  • Boundaries and Consent with Students

  • Classroom management 

  • Compassion Fatigue/Burnout

  • Teaching resilience with embodied theatre

  • Self care

Cost: $500  (payment plans and scholarships available)



Sundays from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

October 2nd to November 6th

Location: Zoom

Time Zone: EST

Level Two: Arts Practitioners

  • Trauma responsive acting

  • Trauma responsive movement

  • Scoring and mental health in rehearsal

  • Practical embodied intervention

  • Raising stakes while raising safety

  • Content Advisories 

  • Conflict transformation and policy



Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM 

October 1st to November 5th 

Cost: $500 (payment plans and scholarships available)

Location: Zoom

Time Zone: EST


Intro to Trauma Responsive Theatre

Not sure if the whole program is right for you? No problem!  This afternoon long workshop will be a sneak peak of the AMHP certification, as well as send you away with new skills and practical integrations to make your artistic work more mental health friendly. 

Cost: $50 (scholarships available)

Date: March 26th, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

Delivery: ZOOM


About the facilitator

Bridget McCarthy (she/they) 


Bridget brings over a decade of work in mental health and the arts to their work. Read more about her qualifications, experience, and approach here. 

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Have some questions?

If you want to chat about prices, scholarships, prior experience, or any other questions,
reach out here!