Conflict and Collaboration: Trauma-Informed Responses to Teaching Challenges

Bridget McCarthy

Bridget McCarthy from the Association of Mental Health Coordinators (AMHC) will give a presentation, which will be followed by a Q&A regarding what trauma-informed support in the classroom looks like and how to implement it in our own work. While the presentation will be geared towards the teaching of performance, anyone responsible for students in a classroom can benefit from this knowledge.

Bridget McCarthy is an artist, advocate, and a mental health coordinator for theater, TV and Film. She is a Trauma and Resilience Trainer (CTRT), a Certified Trauma Support Specialist (CTSS) with Trauma Institute International, a Certified Mental Health First Aid instructor with the National Council for Behavioral Health, and is currently training with the North American Drama Therapy Association as a Drama Therapist candidate, as well as pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at New England College. Her solo work has centered around programming that amplifies under-heard voices, including time spent as a staff member and facilitator with Shakespeare Behind Bars. In 2020, they were recognized by Young Nonprofit Professionals of Atlanta as a member of their “30 Under 30” Cohort.

As an actor, Bridget is an artistic associate of Stage Door Theatre, and is seen frequently on stages around her beloved chosen home of Atlanta, Georgia. They have also been on the stages of Atlanta Shakespeare, Synchronicity Theatre, Burning Bones Physical Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Essential Theatre, and Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Nationally, Bridget has appeared with Cincinnati Shakespeare, Elm Shakespeare, Pigeon Creek Shakespeare, and many others. Their original solo show, “Fat Juliet” has toured nationally and features Bridget’s love of standup comedy, Shakespeare, AC/DC, and The Lion King

Sponsored by the Decolonizing the Performance Classroom Obermann Working Group 

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