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Thank you for everyone to came to my keynote at the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor Conference, San Diego, 2018!

A recap of that spectacular event, filled with enthusiasm, family, and HUMERGY, is to come, but for now, I wanted to give some resources I mentioned in my presentation….

How does music heal when words can’t?  Why does sharing our story have the power to transform our experience?  How can we use creative expression to share our truth in a way that breeds compassion?  And what’s so funny about PTSD? HUMOR creates a safe container that protects you against anything!

“Sharing her near death experience with humor and heart, Amy shows the transformative power of words on a musical journey of hope and determination.”

Check out the PowerPoint with TONS of resources I didn’t have time to mention….HERE!

Or see and share it on SlideShare: 

Charlie Chaplin once said, “To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.”

In this keynote, I shared the secrets to resilience.  Finding your CONTAINER.  

What’s a container?  Anything that can contain all of the “not so funny” feelings you might encounter on a detour.

And what’s a detour…? Find out here.

Learn about my one-woman musical, Gutless & Grateful, and send me a note if you’re interested in having me come to you! Or see a Press kit  for Gutless and Grateful as a PDF.

Learn about the audiences I speak and perform for…healthcare, nurses, survivors of assault, collegestudents, and a lot of other people too!

And my program, Post Traumatic Gifts, where we can all learn to find the gifts of adversity, at,

and more about my workshops and talkbacks here:  Mental Health Sexual Assault PTSD Programming

I also gave a little teaser for my “Four Hard-Core Skills to resilience.” What are they?

You can check out my tips for each RESILIENCE “hard-core skill” here! (And much more on my blog)

  1. Gratitude (Make an A to Z Gratitude List)
  2. Hope (Lie to yourself…seriously!)
  3. Creativity (Doodle for five minutes, then rip it up – it’s just for you!)
  4. Sharing Your Story (Not ready? Read about someone else’s)

If you try any of these tools, I’d love to hear what it was like for you! Be sure to send me a note here or on Facebook, or tweet me @amyoes!  

You can also adapt these skills for young adults by teaching you adult to be mindful by example.

Here are some great pictures from the event: Feel free to share!

So many more articles, where to start?  Well, I mentioned the book Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine, resources on art therapy, trauma, PTSD, sexual assault, and healing.  

“Fierce” by Amy

You can find those articles specifically in my Selected Articles archive:  But definitely search around my site to find much more!

You can learn more about my book coming out, My Beautiful Detour.

I also mentioned that I discovered art by accident.  I found art accidentally on my way to healing from physical and emotional trauma, and have learned that it is one of the most rewarding, forgiving, beautiful ways to find my way through the darkness and into the light.  You can view my art galleries HERE, view my art for sale HERE, and even learn about my expressive workshops HERE.

But the most favorite workshops I lead?  Detourist workshops!  Find out more about the fun we have at that link!

Did you miss some of the fun resources and do-it-on-your-own Detourist handouts?  Here’s a few…

And be sure to check out Singing Tree, the Story behind it, or buy some prints!

Life has detours

What do you feel at first when life takes a detour?

Angry, right?
Detours are frustrating, scary, and unexpected.
You SHOULD feel those things
And if you “Just smile” – where do those feelings go?
They have to go somewhere!

Energy that we can’t categorize or contain scares us because it feels larger than us
Create a container for that energy so you can transform it!
What’s the best container?  Humor and creativity!
Once I could tell my story, it became a story. That’s how I both faced my story and moved through it.

For some moments in my one-woman musical, I found humor in the moment. Some were only funny in retrospect. But the best part was telling my story so people DIDN’T feel bad for me, but could laugh with me.

If your detours become a story, it’s up to you to add the humor!!!

What else? Here’s my LaughBox Interview with the AWESOME Chip Lutz, and my video interview withe the indescribable Karen Buxman…

And you can catch my TEDx Talks at!

Art For Sale: Original Mixed Media, Cards & Prints Featured on TEDx and NBC’s Today 

Anyway, there’s a ton more, but I’ll leave you with this for now.  Send me a note if I can help in any way!

And see you next year in Chicago, Illinois, AATH Family!




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