A Training HUB Event

Project Encrucijadas

September 13 - 15: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Sueños Youth Center.

Join us for an experiential workshop on how to use the arts for healing in your community. 


The Encrucijadas project, offered by Umbral was started in Mexico. The project trains frontline workers, volunteers, and leaders in trauma-informed psychosocial arts-based interventions. Group leaders learn how to provide space for safety and stabilization through the arts, group work, reflections, breath-work, and movement activities that are connected to psycho-education best practices. The arts have proven to aid in well-being and can form pathways toward healing based on the growing field of neuroscience and movement-based methodologies.

What you will learn:

  • An introduction to trauma and traumatic stress, understand the impacts of traumatic stress on body, mind, spirit, relationships, and community
  • Understand how the arts are effective for addressing the symptoms of traumatic stress and providing psychosocial support building resiliency
  • Learn how to use the arts for your own self-care and as a way to accompany another person for mental & emotional health
  • Gain tools and resources to provide emotional and psychosocial support to individuals and groups in your community

All training participants will receive a manual and toolkit with activities that they can apply with individuals and groups right after the training. Ongoing coaching and support will be offered.

Certificate of Practice

This training is part of a 3-part series and offers a certificate of practice. If you are interested in receiving a certificate of practice to facilitate an Encrucijadas group, please note that there will be Phase 2 training that will be delivered online and Phase 3 in the Winter of 2024. More information will be provided about this process.

The training can be divided into 3 learning phases:

  • Phase One:

    3 day training (in person training due to methodology of working with groups)

  • Phase Two:

    Online training: Implementation & Coaching (trained animators can facilitate their first community group with coaching & supervision offered by the Umbral team)

  • Phase Three:

    2 day training (learn additional components to use with groups)


The Encrucijadas project is designed by Umbral, a Mexican-based group that has been working with organizations and communities for numerous years. Umbral forms part of Collective Tapestry.

  • Shabrae Jackson is an expressive arts facilitator and educator with over 25 years of experience working in diverse communities internationally and in the US. Her work focuses on issues of belonging, trauma, healing and peace building. Shabrae has extensive experience in implementing community projects and lived in Mexico for over 15 years. She is the founder of Collective Tapestry, a platform that creates community laboratories for collective exploration and research through projects such as Geography of Hope, which combines the arts and peacebuilding, and co-founder of UMBRAL, a Mexican group that provides arts-based psychosocial trauma training to migrants and refugees on the U.S.-Mexico border. Shabrae is a certified coach and holds certifications in Conflict Transformation Training and Expressive Arts in Transition. She is associate faculty for the European Graduate School and the interim regional coordinator for Mexico for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). She has a degree in Social Work, a postgraduate degree in Sport for Conflict Transformation and Social Coexistence from the University of Catalonia, a master's degree in Expressive Arts for Conflict Transformation and is currently in the qualification stage for the doctoral program at the European Graduate School.

  • Lyd Pensado has a master's degree in Divinities from the STPM and a master's degree in Mental Health from the University of León, Spain. She also has several postgraduate degrees in pastoral psychology, art therapy, psychological first aid, and logotherapy. Lyd is a spiritual director with PICI Mexico working in the accompaniment of migrants and refugees and victims of human trafficking for the last 10 years. She is the Executive Director of El Pozo de Vida AC, co-founder of Umbral, and co-founder of Borra la Violencia AC. Her main focus is on the restoration of trauma through the arts and the development, exploration and restoration of spirituality; as well as providing tools to people working with vulnerable groups, broadening their perspective of intervention.

  • Mylinda Baits currently works with International Ministries ABC-USA as a Global Consultant for Training using the Restorative Arts, sharing effective arts-based healing resources with social change agents, global peace builders, faith community leaders, and trauma survivors. She has facilitated community art-making to accompany communities impacted by tragic loss, to promote expression, nurture peace building, empower change, and sustain resiliency. Working and playing at the intersection of science, spirituality, and social change, she hopes to co-create the conditions that support and nurture communities experiencing disruption, displacement and loss. Mylinda holds advanced facilitation certifications from Training for Conflict Transformation Trainers, Training for Change, Build A Bridge International, and EXIT (Expressive Arts in Transition). She has a BA in Behavioral Science, a Masters of Divinity, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts Therapy from the European Graduate School where she is currently a PhD candidate.

The Neighborhood Ministries Training HUB exists to drive organizational values and culture providing resources and training that align with the organization's mission, vision, and 10 Core Values. The Training HUB shares its resources both internally and externally, to staff, volunteers, community members, and broader networks of city, state, and national partnerships.

Project Encrucijadas Registration Form

Please join us September 13 - 15: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Sueños Youth Center. Lunch & light refreshments will be served.