You’ve probably heard of expressive arts therapy. But did you know there’s an expressive arts form that builds rapport quickly, resonates with diverse client populations, and has been shown to help heal trauma? We’re talking, of course, about Hip Hop. For almost half a century, the culture of Hip Hop has served a therapeutic function for listeners, witnesses, and participants. It’s also reached people where, historically, talk therapy has not. With roots in progressive social movements and political protest, its messages transcend geography, race, ethnicity, and class. First developed in the mid-90s, Hip Hop Therapy (HHT) embraces the therapeutic function of Hip Hop in its power to jumpstart personal and communal transformation. In this workshop, you’ll explore:
J.C. Hall, LMSW, EXAT, is a Hip Hop artist and social worker who runs the Hip Hop Therapy Studio program at Mott Haven Community High School, a “second-chance” transfer school in the South Bronx. His work is chronicled in the award-winning short documentary Mott Haven. In 2020, Hall was a recipient of the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service.