Cultivating Resilience

June 28 Wurzweiler Care Cafe Will Explore Mental Health Tools Through Creative Arts

On June 28, Wurzweiler School of Social Work Care Cafe will host a special session designed to help participants free themselves from past anxieties and create a positive life outlook for the future. Called “Rewriting Your Story: The Art of Resilience and Moving Forward,” the event will feature expert creative arts therapist Heidi Landis and take place from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. at Wurzweiler in Belfer Hall, Room 921, 2495 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York.

Landis is a registered drama therapist, licensed creative arts therapist, psycho drama trainer/educator/practitioner and certified group psychotherapist. As associate executive director of clinical and training programs for Creative Alternatives of New York, she ran trauma-informed drama therapy groups for varied populations, including refugees and individuals on the autistic spectrum. Landis maintains a private practice in Manhattan and facilitates trainings across the globe. She is an adjunct professor for several universities and has contributed to guides for child/adolescent and trauma-informed group therapy.

At the Care Cafe event, Landis will help participants explore bridges between their personal stories and expanded possibilities through guided play that seeks to connect the mind and body, and in the process, build resilience to move forward.

The program is part of Wurzweiler’s Care Cafe series: a free, traveling, psycho-educational community resource program which support individuals and families seeking help and information around issues of concern. Through presentations on a variety of topics, Care Cafe aims to educate, motivate, empower and nurture hope around pressing psychosocial challenges and solutions, as well as create a sense of community and connection among participants.

“We have cafes to feed our bodies, but we don’t always have a place to go to feed our souls, nourish our flagging spirits or get information around significant life issues in a supportive space,” said Dr. Katherine Mitchell, Care Cafe’s program director. “Our goal is to provide this public service plus connect those in need to targeted referrals and resources for additional help.”

Wurzweiler Care Cafe is funded by a grant from New York City Councilmen Eric Ulrich and Ydanis Rodrigquez and produced by Wurzweiler staff in collaboration with local community partners. For more information about Wurzweiler Care Cafe or to participate, please visit or contact Dr. Mitchell at or 631.481.6550.