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I created the START UP! Art Therapy System™ in 2014, to address the high rate of trauma among Native American youth in reservations. It was so effective for reducing depression, anxiety, and trauma symptoms within the tribal classrooms, that I want to bring this model out to ALL Cultures and ALL Ages…. I care about children, and I care about the planet. I have a passion for empowering professionals to learn how to heal their clients and students so together, we can heal the people and heal the planet. Join me in this movement…
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It was very successful; our teachers are using this model in their classrooms with great success.
“Youth suicide has been at an all time high within the Pine Ridge Reservation, with the number of suicides at 24, ages 11-23 years old. This tragedy has been devastating to our community. I have asked START UP! / Indigenous Healing Arts Alliance (IHAA) to bring their Art Therapy Trauma Treatment training and curriculum into our elementary and high schools. Carey MacCarthy, Executive Director, came to our reservation recently and trained over 80 of our staff in their Art Therapy and Neurodevelopmental Trauma Treatment model. It was very successful; our teachers are using this model in their classrooms with great success.”
Mike Carlowe, Lakota
Superintendent Pine Ridge Elementary/Highschool Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
I believe in Art Therapy and what it offers our reservations- it is extremely valuable and important.
“CareyMacCarthy, of START UP!, delivered two days of valuable, cutting edge information on the latest innovative trauma treatments that are culturally relevant, very effective, and developmentally appropriate for our Native children and Adolescents…I believe in Art Therapy and what it offers our reservations- it is extremely valuable and important. I have already recommended START UP! to other reservations.”
Dr. Pat Iron-Shell, PhD, Lakota
Director, Rosebud Indian Health Services Behavioral Health Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota
I have never witnessed such an immediate success of a program...
“Carey MacCarthy provided a two day, Friday and Saturday, intense professional development on Art Therapy for Teachers who implemented it on the following Monday. As Principal of a Tribal School, I have never witnessed such an immediate success of a program that had an effect on trauma of Native Children to actually rewire their brains providing benefits in their academics as well as behavior. This was from Kindergarten through Eighth grade! ”
Christopher G. Bordeaux M Ed, Lakota
Principal/Educator Tribal Schools, Retired Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
It helps youth bring out our Native children’s potential by participating and understanding history and current happenings in their lives.
“I attended a START UP! seminar and saw that Carey MacCarthy really understands our people and how to speak to us and teach our people in a culturally competent way. I believe Carey has a great presentation with her Art Therapy; It helps youth bring out our Native children’s potential by participating and understanding history and current happenings in their lives.”
Gene Tyon, Lakota
Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board Rapid City, South Dakota
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The START UP!™ Program utilizes our evidence-based & Neuroplasticity-based, culturally competent, Neurodevelopmental Art Therapy (NDAT) Trauma Treatment model- a WHOLE BRAIN Healing Approach, to rewire the brain’s neural networks and relieve the maladapted stress response cycle, moving from a survival state to a state of repair and resilience, WHILE HAVING FUN!!!
Simple…. If you notice the ART in START….. Our scientifically designed Art Therapy System is proven to actually START UP the brain from bottom to top and left to right, making this an innovative WHOLE BRAIN Healing Approach To Heal Trauma, Permanently! ….WHILE HAVING FUN! Training therapists, coaches & schools in the START UP! Art Therapy System™ will meet the URGENT need to address mental health across ALL ages and cultures..
The START UP! Art Therapy™ Facilitator’s Manual is a year long therapeutic arts curriculum designed to rewire the brain from trauma utilizing our proprietary Whole Brain Healing Approach that is evidence-based, to reduce trauma symptoms, Permanently! START UP! is being talked about by therapists and Art Therapists as being the #1 Book in the Art Therapy and Trauma Treatment field!
I met F in the Pineridge hospital emergency room for a suicide assessment, as he had threatened suicide while at school. He began to see me weekly for Art Therapy, and was very aggressive, and oppositional defiant, with not much attention span. After a few sessions using the START UP! program, F made an “anger box” in which he would put any angry thoughts. F’s aggression and oppositional defiance lifted and he became the kindest, and sweetest little boy. His mother called to say thank you, and said what a huge shift he had made at home and at school!
F.W. male, age 10
D had been severely sexually abused by a step father in early life, resulting in Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple Personality Disorder). D came to me weekly for 8 months complaining of hearing voices and having 6 different personalities, or alters. D was able to draw and name all of these alters. As she reclaimed power and control of her own identity, D noticed a reduction in hearing the voices, and after 6 months of work together, D had said the voices had completely gone away and stayed away for 2 months, and that her alters were officially gone. D made an art piece to commemorate this and celebrated her recovery from Dissociative Identity Disorder!
D.D. female, age 27
P had been seen by me weekly within his school on a Native American reservation for aggressive behaviors, and trauma. P had multiple traumas to heal from though one we focused on which was causing the most problems was a car accident in which he and his cousins were ejected from the car that his uncle was driving while intoxicated. P was suffering from intrusive images (flashbacks), and nightmares. P was distracted and had poor concentration at school. P did a few sessions of the Neurodevelopmental Art Therapy CATTI protocol for acute trauma and found complete symptom abatement after 3 sessions. P gave me a very tight and long hug, and said, “Thank you for helping me.”
P.B., male, age 9
B was a retired colonel in the US army and had broken his neck at home. He was in severe and persistent pain. B started coming to my Art Therapy group daily at the physical rehabilitation hospital. B realized after painting that he had not noticed any pain for 2 hours. He exclaimed, “There’s really something to this art stuff!” B continued to come to my group and became an amazing painter at 85 yo, calling himself “Grandpa Moses!”
B.G. male, age 85
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