Isabel Sexual Maltreatment Program

If someone tells you they were sexually maltreated, do you know what to say? If they share the details of their story, do you know how to take care of yourself
emotionally? Discussing trauma through a story-telling lens has helped other ATX leaders feel prepared for difficult conversations.. Learn how to help without rescuing in this interactive workshop that equips leaders to respond to and discuss sexual maltreatment. Facilitator and trainer Anna Westbrook will teach participants to transition out of a victim, persecutor or rescuer mindset by blending Stephen Karpman’s Drama Triangle and Cannon’s Trauma Response Theory with an analysis of selected scenes from her
original work Isabel & The Runaway Train (the grassroots theatre project that took Austin by storm in July 2018).

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Isabel & The Runaway Train:

If someone tells you they were sexually maltreated, do you know what to say? If they share the details of their story, do you know how to take care of yourself
emotionally? Discussing trauma through a story-telling lens has helped other ATX leaders feel prepared for difficult conversations.. Learn how to help without rescuing in this interactive workshop that equips leaders to respond to and discuss sexual maltreatment. Facilitator and trainer Anna Westbrook will teach participants to transition out of a victim, persecutor or rescuer mindset by blending Stephen Karpman’s Drama Triangle and Cannon’s Trauma Response Theory with an analysis of selected scenes from her
original work Isabel & The Runaway Train (the grassroots theatre project that took Austin by storm in July 2018).

History:

Isabel & the Runaway Train is the contemporary jazz/folk musical that serves as a platform to discuss the
challenging and painful topics of mental health and sexual maltreatment. Through guided viewings of the
July 2018 premiere, 90-minute response training workshops, and full productions of the Isabel script &
score; Isabel programs create healthy survivor-supporter relationships. All Isabel programming is written
by Composer & Playwright Anna Westbrook.

Biography of Presenter:

Anna Westbrook is an experienced communicator who specializes in speaking on emotionally charged
topics without fear, guilt or shame. She has led multiple large-scale artistic and educational programs in
New England, Texas, and the Caribbean. After rising quickly to leadership roles within the educational
nonprofit sector, she became a touring stress-management trainer for the Connecticut Afterschool
Network. She went on to manage relationships with over 40 businesses who use her two published
children’s books and associated lessons. In 2011, Anna wrote curriculum on Dominican-Haitian Relations
that was published by the Center for Latin American and Colonial Studies at NYU. In 2018, Anna
produced her original work of musical theatre, Isabel & The Runaway Train , drawing a crowd of 300
audience members and collaborating with over 10 local businesses & organizations in Austin, TX. In
2019, she launched an associated training program that prepares participants to support survivors of
sexual maltreatment. Anna holds a B. A. in Music with a specialization in Composition from Connecticut
College and lives in Austin, TX where she frequently supports local arts-activism events.

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