Therapeutic Applications of Hip Hop: 31st International Trauma Conference Bonus


“While a growing trend in mental health is the use of trauma-informed practices, few are developed using intervention strategies that are culturally responsive and developmentally appropriate to the needs of the diverse populations they serve. The World Health Organization (2019) recently synthesized a growing body of evidence on how expressive arts strategies can support engagement, prevention, and treatment of mental health conditions. This bonus footage from the 31st Annual Boston International Trauma Conference in 2020 introduces the therapeutic applications of Hip Hop as a culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and developmentally appropriate vehicle to foster engagement, regulation, and integration for complex and developmental trauma. A handful of leading practitioners and researchers in the field discuss the neurophysiological implications of Hip Hop integrated strategies as they relate to understanding and addressing trauma. They explore Hip Hop culture in the context of intergenerational trauma and systemic oppression and its connection to empowerment, well-being and social change. They also discuss the research informing different theoretical approaches and trauma-informed practice models through quantitative and qualitative data, capturing the impact of using these frameworks with diverse client populations.” – Trauma Research Foundation


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