Colleen Baratka, MA TEP is a Fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama and recipient of the Hannah Weiner Award and the Collaborator’s Award. Beginning her career as a Special Education teacher which led to her use of creative arts to teach special needs and disenfranchised children, Colleen graduated from NYU’s Drama Therapy program and has been in clinical practice for over 30 years. Her clinical work began in addiction and family prevention, and later she had the opportunity to create a hospital wide psychodrama program at the Belmont Center in Philadelphia, PA, treating all populations. This led to the development of trauma groups and being on the development team of the Belmont Center’s Eating Disorders Unit. She was later recruited to develop and lead the Trauma Program at Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders in Philadelphia. While there she became the psychodrama trainer for the Caron Foundation’s Family Education Program. And would later integrate this work into her Renfrew experience running Multiple Family Groups for 8 (eight) years. Ms. Baratka is a published on the topics of trauma and eating disorders and is currently in private practice where she specializes in eating disorders, trauma, and related issues. She works with individuals, families, and groups, and has guest lectured at many local universities, organizations, and treatment centers. Most recently Colleen has begun study into traumatic brain injuries and trauma, and the role spontaneity plays in recovery and has trained on the topic internationally through Tele’drama.