April 12, 2017
- 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Networking event sponsored by the CIIS Alumni University Lecture Series and the Career Development Office
This lecture will focus on sharing Ali’s work in Greece with the refugee population including how she integrated her expressive arts training in providing brief mental health support. She will explore trauma and its’ symptoms and how it relates to the collective and personal realms. Ali will also facilitate a dynamic discussion on ways and processes to engage in social justice projects utilizing the expressive arts that relates to this topic in our local communities.
Ali Guida Smith (EXA’06) is the founder and director of HAPPI, Healing Arts Peace Projects International, a 501c3 that serves vulnerable communities focusing on women and families with three programs: 1) international projects to train counseling interns and others in trauma informed care via expressive arts abroad, 2) emergency mental health interventions in humanitarian crises, and 3) domestic projects including collaborative consultancies and art pop-ups engaging the public in interactive arts processes with the aim of activating and raising awareness on human rights issues such as human and sex trafficking.
Ali maintains a somatic/expressive arts-rooted private practice focusing primarily in treating trauma manifesting from complex childhood trauma including abuse, eating disorders, as well as addressing migrant and cultural themes. Ali works bilingually in Spanish and is also the clinical supervisor for the Youth Empowerment Services Program at East Bay Agency for Children. Learn more about HAPPI at www.healingartspeaceprojects.org
or on Facebook and Instagram @healingartspeaceprojects.org