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            ARTS ADVOCATES 

"The Disastershock Arts & Recovery series is such a high-quality, unique and brilliant learning experience. It's setting the standard and has become a signature of excellence for showcasing how arts-based programming is a vital tool to help traumatized communities." - Bridgit Dengel Gaspard, LCSW, Author, The Final8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals, Founder, NY Voice Dialogue Institute.

"The Disastershock Arts & Recovery series offers illuminating and deeply felt presentations, which show

why expressive arts therapies generate healing for both individual trauma and community catastrophes."
Dr. Karen Seeley, Ph.D., LCSW
Psychotherapist, Lecturer in Anthropology, Columbia University

"The expressive arts are a powerful resource to help communities process and cope after a crisis. As a clinical psychotherapist, I felt moved by Dr. Reji Mathew's impactful series and believe these discussions will foster a sense of social connection and support essential for greater mental health recovery." Lindsay Liben, LCSW founder of Liben Psychotherapy

"The Disastershock Reporter's Notebook is such a necessary resource in the 21st century. When you think about all the multiple traumas that cut across cultures and regions - mass shootings, natural disasters, pandemics - it becomes clear that people need holistic approaches to access recovery and resilience. These expressive arts remind survivors that they have value and that engaging in things like music therapy, dance, and holistic arts can reconnect them to communities to which trauma may have convinced them they no longer belong. I plan to start including this in my recommendations to clients who have experienced trauma." Kip Thompson, Ph.D., Clinical-Community Psychologist, CEO of Thompson Psychological Services, PLLC

"The Disastershock Arts & Recovery Team Reporter's Notebook is an illuminating and inspiring interview series. I come away from each episode with new ideas for my practice, as well as new language for conceptualizing the intrinsic power of the expressive arts. Host Dr. Reji Mathew engages with her guests in a manner that invites intimacy, authenticity, and depth into the conversation. This series is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in exploring the intersection between the arts, healing, relational medicine, creative play, and the shared humanity of our global community." Kyle Brandt-Lubart .MSW/LCSW - Psychotherapist, Artist, Tiny Postcards, Counseling and Creative Arts

"The Disastershock Arts & Recovery series showcases the beautiful power and potential of using music therapy to effectively engage diverse individuals across the lifespan in a way that is intuitive, inspiring, and effective. The embodied examples and approaches discussed in episode #3 truly speak to the limitless potential for music therapy as a transformational therapeutic tool which can serve to bridge the gaps where words and other modalities fall short." - Eva Bilik., LCSW,  Integrative Psychotherapist

"The Disastershock Arts & Recovery series is an informative, well-done, and impactful series for communities & individuals to cope with traumatic life events. This series demonstrates how non-verbal, creative therapies help explore traumatic experiences to limit patient distress. It really shows the impact and power of expressive arts and how it can assist in healing trauma for affected communities and individuals. Overall, the series does a wonderful job demonstrating the impact of such an important outlet and that there are creative ways as well as various outlets to help folks dealing with traumatic events that occurred in their lives."  Robert T. Sisti, Talent Acquisition Manager, New York University

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