New Technique Aimed to Reduce Violence-Related Stress

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October 29, 2015


For additional information, please contact:

Janelle McGregor, Tampa Police Department/Safe & Sound Hillsborough



New Technique Aimed to Reduce Violence-Related Stress


DATE/TIME:       Friday, October 30, 2015 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:               Seminole Heights Library, 4711 North Central Avenue

WHAT:                  More than a dozen volunteers will earn their certification in a proven therapeutic tool that uses artistic expression to help individuals cope with violent incidents.

Tampa community members are learning how the art of dance can help residents cope with traumatic events.  Safe & Sound Hillsborough in partnership with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and the Boston Children’s Foundation are hosting a free Rainbowdance certification course for local community members who have devoted their time to working with children in challenged neighborhoods.

The training teaches adults how to use expressive movement as an intervention technique for children who have experienced trauma.  At the end of the three-day course, more than a dozen participants will be certified to use Rainbowdance techniques as a resource to help heal children and families whose lives have been impacted by violent crime and crisis.   

Participants from City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa Incorporated, Champions for Children, and Springfield College are attending the Rainbowdance training as a part of their involvement in the Safe & Sound Hillsborough initiative to address violent crime countywide.

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Safe & Sound Hillsborough was launched by the Board of County Commissioners after the school shootings in Newtown, Ct., shocked the nation. It includes representatives from government, schools, law enforcement, the judicial system, and several area agencies and organizations that deal with the effects of violence every day. The group’s goal is to develop data-driven, evidence-based strategies that deal with violence as a public health crisis.