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Family Enhancement Center

Strong Families, Safe Kids

Drum Beat

Family Enhancement Center’s new group specifically for young men who have experienced trauma. The group will meet weekly from 6:30-8pm on Tuesdays starting October 22, 2019.

What is trauma?

  • Trauma is exposure to violence, physical or sexual abuse, or any other experience that threatens our feelings of safety.
  • When we have trauma as a child or teen, while our brain is developing, trauma can change the way we feel and how we react to life events.
  • Trauma can make us feel more angry, sad, or worried. Exposure to trauma makes us get stressed more easily.
  • Often traumatic events can impact a youth’s ability to feel safe and connected to community.

Why Drum Beat?

Drum Beat is a group-based approach to healing trauma, preventing violence, and building community. Drum Beat utilizes drums, other musical instruments, and reflective discussions to engage youth in healing trauma. Rhythmic music supports the two hemispheres of the brain to work together to calm the reactivity that trauma can produce. The program will specifically utilize the Rhythm to Recovery Violence Prevention Program.

Drum Beat has been created for young men between the ages of 13-18 who have experienced physical, emotional and sexual abuse, as well as domestic violence, community violence, witnessing traumatic events. Social and emotional expression through music can provide youth with a different way to release their emotions beyond words. The group aims to engage youth in creating their own community that provides them with a sense of safety and pride.

Please Donate

The budget for this group is $10,000 per year. We are asking for donations to help support this program. Please donate to the Drum Beat Program through our Donate page.

For additional information please contact Holly Clark, Lead Therapist at

Drum Beat at FEC
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