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Emerald Sketch for Sante Fe Strong

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Emerald Sketch needs help to assist the community devastated by the massacre at Sante Fe High school.

Rooted in Newtown, CT as the first professional mental health program in direct response to the Sandy Hook School Tragedy the Emerald Sketch is now based in Brooklyn, NY.  Our Emerald Sketch Art therapy Response Team continues to train and practice in NYC, then deploys to regions we are called upon to assist. 

The founding Director, Nicole P. Willcox, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT worked directly with families of Newtown, CT for eighteen months immediately following the SHS Tragedy helping the community bridge the gap for effective therapeutic services while the Resiliency Center of Newtown was being established. 

Willcox is teaching at the Houston Methodist Hospital Center for Performing Arts Medicine this August, and will be assisting Hearts United for Kindness directly in Sante Fe, Texas during her stay. 

The goal for this initial visit to Sante Fe is to provide the therapeutic assistance that has been requested, help assess the greater need, and engage the local Creative Arts therapists available to work consistently.

Funding contributes directly for immediate needs trauma response outreach, assessment, and clinical support for the children and families of Sante Fe, Texas.  This includes clinical supervision for Creative Arts therapists supporting Sante Fe High school survivors, first responders, or whomever this may concern, as well as fund therapeutic services as needed.

We will be there to provide educational workshops for community members and help keep people informed on how to access art or music therapy for their family members. 

Primary Organizations Emerald Sketch is currently working with to mobilize therapeutic services include:

•Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas
•Hearts United for Kindness, Sante Fe, Texas

The Emerald Sketch is developing this initiative due to the social connection and kindness of patron and Sante Fe High School Alumna Sarah Bledsoe.  Willcox and Bledsoe met for the first time by happenstance in Brooklyn through mutual friends a few days following the horrifying shooting at Sante Fe High school.  

More information will be posted as updates are appropriate for public view.
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One week following our initial visit to mobilize trauma therapy services for the Sante Fe community we are grateful to update that private clinical services have begun.

In cooperation with the Sante Fe Resiliency Center local Emerald Sketch Art therapist, Renee Somers, is providing services weekly.

More updates soon! Thank you for all the contributions and buzz!!
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Traveled to Houston and straight to Sante Fe, Texas. Music therapist and lead clinician Jenn Townsend very kindly met me on the ground and joined me on this initiative. Four additional music therapists met us, one art therapist, a retired art teacher, and a red cross emergency responder.

Hearts United for Kindness a newly formed non profit in response to the most horrific school shooting in Texas history organized a "Sante Fe Strong Art Camp". They showcased many art projects for children grades 3-12 to engage and enjoy, essentially "have fun." Several dozen children and adolescents attended.

Which raises one of the greatest cautionary lessons to date. The significant impact of trauma of ones sense of self and the importance of proper therapeutic support for victims and survivors engaging in the performing arts.

The Performing and Creative Arts wing of the Sante Fe High School was targeted, adding additional upset to the zone within the former sanctuary of the school which is intended for self exploration, curiosity, creativity, and expansion.

My focus upon arrival was to introduce myself, expertise, and trauma response, orient the clinicians in attendance to some of the effective practices mastered in Newtown, CT, and help expand upon the sense of confidence, resiliency, and strength that has brought the practitioners and patrons together collectively.

The effort to mobilize clinicians is going successfully. Children and parents are voicing a need and desire for art therapy or music therapy. Now our next step is to locate space to provide direct group and individual services and begin.
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Time to jet set! See some of you in Sante Fe very very soon.
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This is the week the Emerald Sketch Director is traveling to Houston and visiting Sante Fe to aid Hearts United for Kindness!

We are writing to share at least four local music therapists and one art therapist are organizing to work with us and provide therapeutic support in Sante Fe.

Also this week:
http://events.houstonmethodist.org/events/improving-health-through-trauma-informed-care-a-medical-perspective/event-summary-c3db76498b6b4f6fb6a576cfa7535880.aspx?lang=en&sms=7&cn=aTrJVexAJEisesi5xGohow
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