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Cultivating resilience and creative response to trauma

An interdisciplinary development training for practitioners seeking a trauma-informed approach to their work with children and adults.

  • How can we work with children and adults in today’s stressful, traumatic or emergency situations?
  • How can we approach this question and the new tasks related to it in our professional and private lives with courage, empathy and creativity? 
  • What tools can we use to support people to find their balance, develop resilience and build a capacity for ‘Uprightness’?


‘Uprightness’ is a 5-module, development course for educators, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists and all practitioners who recognise the need for new, interdisciplinary, trauma-informed approaches to their work. 

The course content, developed by stART International, provides in-depth understanding of subjects such as trauma/toxic stress and resilience, as well as a comprehensive toolkit with practical situation-based responses that can be applied when working with groups or challenging setttings.

Its unique anthroposophic, interdisciplinary approach assists practitioners supporting children and adults in today’s traumatic or highly stressful life situations.



The aim of the course is to provide training for teachers, educators, therapists, social workers, psychologists and volunteers working in the fields of trauma, therapeutic emergency aid and social resilience.


  • A grounding in theoretical knowledge for people who are working or wish to work in this field.
  • An understanding of the effects of direct and indirect traumatisation
  • Creative skills and practical tools that can be applied to all experiences of trauma.
  • The development of essential skills in offering emergency aid in disaster situations.
  • Techniques that help people to build their capacity for ‘Uprightness’ and develop personal and systemic resilience.


stART international

stART international has been working in emergency situations for more than 10 years. It has developed a creative, interdisciplinary, intercultural and holistic approach to working with children and adults suffering from trauma/toxic stress.

stART engages teachers, educators and artistic therapists with long professional experience. A creative, interdisciplinary, intercultural and holistic approach is the basis for all activities.

In 2019 the stART international team published a textbook on the subject: “Strengthening Children, Creating the Future”.

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The course is designed for practitioners seeking a trauma-informed approach to their work with children and adults.

Participants need to be over 18 year and working or preparing to work with children or adults suffering from trauma / toxic stress

All modules will be combinations of lectures, sharing, discussion groups, artistic exercises, learning practical, creative tools and strengthening one’s own inner balance.

MODULE 1: 30 Sept – 3 Oct 2021 – Essential Competences in Challenging Times    

Module 1 has its focus on transmitting a profound understanding of trauma/toxic stress and resilience from a medical and psychological point of view. At the same time the participants will start experiencing their own creativity, discovering the possibility of transforming knowledge into creative tools for working with clients and beginning to use creativity to strengthen their own inner balance.

The module will be run by 2 interdisciplinary teams: Marah Evans (counsellor/psychotherapist, art therapist and supervisor) and Myrtha Faltin (eurythmy therapist and stART emergency worker) and Dr. Farah Hussain and Christoph Bednarik (stART emergency worker, educator and eurythmist).


MODULE 2: 3-5 Dec 2021 – Community-based therapeutic work     

Module 2 will focus on the challenges professionals encounter today when working with people suffering from toxic stress/trauma in non-therapeutic settings such as schools, youth centres, community centres etc. Many professionals in these working environments – with or without a therapeutic background – struggle with the large number of clients affected. Participants will therefore strengthen their own trauma-therapeutic view in the work with their clients, learn about indirect traumatization and necessary precautions, understand how to deal with large groups of people in a healing way, gain familiarity with interdisciplinary work and learn different creative tools for direct application.

The module will be run by Myrtha Faltin and Rita Eckart, emergency therapists with long experience in this field.


MODULE 3: 4-6 Mar 2022 – Pedagogy of Resilience

Module 3 focuses on resilience-strengthening work with children and young people. Derived from the distinct phases of child development, different approaches for building resilience with different age groups (early and middle childhood and adolescence) will be developed and tools including storytelling, manual crafts, movement, and land art will be taught for direct application.

The module will be run by Birgit-Marie Stoewer and Christoph Bednarik, emergency educators with long experience in the field.


MODULE 4: 29 April – 1 May 2022 – Emergency, trauma and social arts

Module 4 will enrich and deepen the professional knowledge and tools of the programme with an introductory course in emergency and trauma art therapy in theory and practice. It will also offer an insight into beneficial approaches to social art in today’s complex and fractured world. These combine the individual and intimate path everybody can pursue on their own to nourish one’s inner balance and strength, with a supportive exchange with others.

The module will be run by Rita Eckart from stART international, and Marion Green, Registered Art Psychotherapist and Certified Trauma Therapist.


MODULE 5: 1-3 July 2022 – Systemic Trauma and Resilience

Module 5 widens the focus to systemic traumatization and resilience-strengthening work in organizations and within society. It will give an understanding of the direct and indirect traumatization of whole systems and the dynamics that may be triggered, as well as exploring the concept of a mindful organizational culture and presenting tools for fostering such a culture.

The module will be run by Maria Zemp from Medica Mondiale and Barbara Schiller from stART international.

COURSE FEES – £1150*

*Prices do not include Emerson College residential accommodation and meals, travel or course specific material.

You will find all the necessary application information available to download in the ‘Booking Information’ column in the top, right-hand-side of this page.   The College will follow its access and recruitment policy to ensure equality and diversity in recruitment for this programme.

To apply you will need to fill out the Application form and email it along with any supporting documents (listed in the main application form) to registrar@emerson.org.uk.

The programme has a limited number of places. Applications will be considered in order of receipt and Emerson reserves the right to refuse a place.

The application process, from Emerson’s receipt of completed application and deposit to final acceptance or rejection of application, will normally take 3 weeks.  However, this can be delayed if supporting documents are delayed.  Candidates will receive email acknowledgement of receipt of their application within 3 working days of receipt.


COVID 19 Student Information: 

Should any unforeseen circumstances occur which make it impossible to start the course at the college, we would offer you a full refund of the tuition fees and unused accommodation/meals fees and/ or the option for an online ‘live’ version of the course.  If the course is interrupted by factors beyond our control after it has started, we will offer the options of a partial refund, postponed attendance, and/or an option to continue in a live online version of the programme.



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