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May 2012

CANY Glitters on Broadway, Suggest a Training Topic, and More
Gala 2012: CANY Glitters on Broadway
Drama Therapy Trainings: Suggest a Topic
CANY Receives Award from The Lotos Foundation
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month
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Gala 2012:  CANY Glitters on Broadway
CANY 2012 Gala

Thank you to everyone
who attended our annual Gala on April 30th!  Broadway performers and very special Honorees helped us break our Gala attendance record this year at the beautiful Edison Ballroom.

Did you miss the event?  Or would you like to catch a recap of the evening?  There's plenty to see!  Check out the photos from the Gala on the CANY Facebook page.  The Online Event Journal and Post-Event Coverage are on our website. 

But if you only have a few minutes and want to know what the night was all about, click here to listen to one of drama therapy group participants talk about why she loves CANY. 

Interested in making a donation to support our programs?  Visit our page on

Drama Therapy Trainings:  Suggest a Topic
Drama As Therapy

Are you a past participant at a CANY Drama Therapy Training?  Or are you interested in attending a training during our next program year?

We want to hear from you! 

Our Special Topics one-day training held last March, Using Drama Therapy with Adolescents, was a smashing success for all involved.  Now we're looking to expand our offerings.  What special topics in drama therapy interest you?  Is there an issue that regularly comes up in your clinical work?  Is there a topic that you only briefly touched on during your education and would like to learn more about?  Or are you looking for specific skills to boost your teaching artist career?  We want to know.

Send your topic suggestions to our Training Director, Lucy McLellan.  Thank you, in advance, for your time! 
CANY Receives Award from The Lotos Foundation
CANY Executive Director Jonathan Hilton

The Lotos Foundation awarded a 2012 Louis Padovano Scholarship in the Arts & Sciences to CANY for our distinguished accomplishments in nuturing the creativity of young people. 

Executive Director Jonathan Hilton (pictured left) attended the awards ceremony on April 26th at The Lotos Club.  CANY was also represented that night by Board Members Ellen Kealy and Joe Shugart. 

CANY will be using this scholarship to fund its drama therapy programs with youth, particularly our groups at CARES, the high school at The Child and Family Institute at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals. 

Congratulations also go out to our program partner and fellow scholarship recipient, The International Rescue Committee.
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month
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May is Mental Health Month began in 1949 to raise awareness of mental health conditions and mental wellness for all. 


One of the themes Mental Health America is addressing this month is Healing Trauma's Invisible Wounds, which focuses on the impact of traumatic events on individuals and communities.  


This theme is certainly relevant to CANY's mission of empowering people who have endured trauma to rebuild their lives.  A recent study published by The Safe Horizon-Yale Child Study Center Partnership indicates the following:  children who experience chronic abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, are significantly more likely to use illicit drugs and 30% more likely to commit violent crime, indicating a self-destructive cycle of violence in which these young people are caught.*  


In response to this need to provide children with a safe space in which to explore and express the diverse range of feelings surrounding their experience of trauma, CANY provides drama therapy groups.  The potential of metaphorical devices to provide distance from real life adversity is a core component of the trauma-informed CANY model of drama therapy. Within the context of a CANY drama therapy session, metaphor is understood as the creation of fictional narratives and roles to gain access to meaningful, often difficult, life stories; experiences that can often only be explored within the safety of fictional realm. Visit us online to learn more about what we do



* Offering Hope for Abused Children - The Safe Horizon-Yale Child Study Center Partnership