The Transformative Action Project or TAP, a new initiative of Violence Transformed and the Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University School of Law, is designed to serve neighborhood organizations, community groups and organizations impacted by crime and violence with a range of interventions that blend the ingredients of Mindful Practice, Creative Engagement and Legal Empowerment.
Each TAP intervention combines:
Exposure to trauma leaves an emotional & physical imprint. After a traumatic event our bodies and minds are often in states of activation or avoidance. TAP interventions address this reactivity through the teaching of mindfulness practices. Each creative engagement exercise is preceded by, and paired with, mindfulness practices which have been shown to enhance self-acceptance, mediate strong emotions and foster self-regulation.
All TAP creative interventions, whether visual, written or performance, are trauma-informed and sequenced in a manner that is attentive to, not only the emotional impact of traumatic events, but also to the social and political context in which they occur. TAP activities support a process that promotes safety and self-determination in both individual and group exercises.
TAP interventions support translation of new skills into empowered action. Access to legal information is provided to familiarize participants with needed resources and to facilitate a sense of mastery as they navigate through the legal system.
“It is an essential practice for our times to be ever mindful and to harvest the flowers of our pain. The process in the Perspectives: Transforming Violence through Mindful Artmaking workshops and the conversations and exchanges from it have paved the way for new understanding and growth.”
~ Ekua Holmes, workshop participant and Assistant Director, CACP, Massachusetts College of Arts and Design
TAP interventions are:
- Offered as interactive groups.
- Time-limited (an intervention may be offered for a few hours or as multi-day intensives; they may be one-time interventions or a series of sequenced workshops spanning several months).
- Co-designed by TAP staff & your community group or neighborhood organization. Interventions are hosted by your organization or held in local settings which are comfortable and familiar to your members.
- Offered free of charge.
Sharing information about trauma and recovery with participants engaged in each creativity-based activity supports both verbal and nonverbal processing of complex emotions.
Access to TAP interventions is designed to meet the needs of the group requesting services. Each intervention is offered in a setting familiar to the group. Issues of acceptance and belongingness are enhanced, and stigma reduced, through participation in shared creative and mindful engagement activities.
Playful exploration of new possibilities, combined with the sharing and acquisition of new problem-solving skills, supports the restoration of personal dignity and the repair and/or creation of new social networks.
Download our brochure to share information about TAP with groups or communities impacted by violence.
“In all forms of art, part of you is in the trauma, and part of you is a step away from it.”
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
~ Maya Angelou
TAP Director Creative Engagement
Barbara Hamm, Psy.D.
TAP Director of Mindful Practice & Trauma-Informed Interventions
Mary Harvey, Ph. D.
Director, Violence Transformed & TAP’s Primary Contributing Artist and Community Psychologist
Executive Director, The Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) & TAP Legal System Advisor
TAP Administrative Assistance & Outreach Coordinator
“My life is one work. The images in the medium of fiber, beads, metals, poetry, performance, or work with community are threads of memory, reclaimed from the icons that bring recognition, salvation, redemption.”
~ L’Merchie Frazier, TAP Director of Creative Engagement
102 The Fenway, Cushing Hall, Boston, MA 02115-5004
360 Huntington Avenue, Suite #117 CU, Boston, MA 02115-5004
Download our brochure to share with groups or communities impacted by violence.
TAP is an initiative of Violence Transformed and the Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University School of Law. TAP is supported by funds from the Federal Victims of Crime Act of 1984. These VOCA funds are awarded by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance.