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Dance/Movement Therapy Basics and Beyond: Stabilizing and Mobilizing Your Knowledge and Skills

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This webinar series will offer the opportunity to enrich your dance/movement therapy toolbox.  We will revisit fundamental concepts and explore innovative ways for you to expand your work.

Newer dance/movement therapists will have the opportunity to feel confident in making use of DMT skills.  Seasoned dance/movement therapists will get a chance to rekindle inspiration and creativity while deepening existing methods. 

Other mental health professionals will be introduced to the body/mind approaches in dance/movement therapy and begin to develop ideas for adopting creative and holistic approaches to utilize in practice.

See individual webinar descriptions below for each of the four webinars in this series.

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Integrating Dance Movement Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills

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This is a virtual event, accessible online and over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.

This webinar will demonstrate the application of dance/movement therapy approaches that can be integrated with basic Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills.  Learn how DMT interventions such as focusing, movement sequencing, the intervention from the moving cycle, and empathetic attunement can be utilized with the DBT modules of mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.  Interventions for children, adolescents, individuals and couples will be presented.

Objectives:

By the end of the webinar, participants will:

  1. Have a basic understanding of how to initiate and help a client develop foundational skills of somatic, emotional and cognitive awareness through the integrated use of mindfulness and focusing techniques.
  2. Have a framework with which to facilitate self regulation in clients via the integration of movement sequencing interventions to teach, explore, and apply emotion regulation skills.
  3. Be introduced to  basic areas of interpersonal effectiveness (boundaries, intensity, and validation) via the use of empathetic attunement in somatic interventions.

Presenter

Susana Potter, MA, LMHC, R-DMT

Susana Potter, MA, LMHC, R-DMT, is a Dance Movement Therapist and Somatic Counseling advocate in South Florida where she works with individuals and couples in private practice. She first began her journey towards becoming a somatic psychotherapist when she fell in love with the therapeutic power of dance as an adolescent. Later on in her education she studied behavior analysis while continuing to dance and graduated with both a bachelors in dance and psychology. It was only natural for her to pursue a master degree in somatic psychology and graduated form Naropa University.

She is passionate about the depth of healing that somatic psychotherapy can provide and believes that mental illness is simply a fragmented relationship between the mind and body. Her clinical orientation is an integration of Dance Movement Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy.

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Evidence-informed practice in Dance/Movement Therapy: What does it mean and how can we do it?

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This is a virtual event, accessible online and over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.

Health and human service professionals are increasingly expected to use evidence to inform their work. Develop your understanding of ‘evidence-based’ and ‘evidence-informed’ practice and how these concepts can strengthen your work and your ability to communicate effectively with other professionals.  Learn about techniques that will help you make use of available information to help your practice become more evidence-informed.  Explore ways you can contribute to the expansion of evidence about DMT, making use of accessible assessment and evaluation tools.    

Objectives:

By the end of the webinar, participants will:

  1. advance their understanding of the concepts of ‘evidence-based’ and ‘evidence-informed’ practice;
  2. improve their skills in searching for and utilizing evidence to inform their professional practice;
  3. enhance their capacity to create evidence by using appropriate assessment and evaluation tools in their practice.

Presenter

Kim Dunphy, Grad Dip, M.Ed, PhD, DTAA

Kim Dunphy, Grad Dip. Mov’t Dance, M.Ed, PhD, DTAA, is a Mackenzie Research Fellow at the Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she is exploring her interests in assessment and evaluation of DMT. She is interested in two main research questions: what difference do we make and how do we know? She publishes widely on these topics, including recent articles in Arts in Psychotherapy and Frontiers in Psychology on developing practical tools for assessment in dance movement therapy. Kim is also a Professional Member of the DTAA; President, Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia; Research Committee Convenor, Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia; and inaugural Convenor of the World Alliance for Dance Movement Therapy.

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An Overview of Mind-Body Science: Why Dance/Movement Therapy Works!

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This is a virtual event, accessible online and over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.

We know that dance/movement therapy works because we have seen it in action or facilitated a therapy session. But, can you scientifically explain why it works? Do you know the science behind the mind-body connection? This webinar will empower both new and seasoned clinicians with information to understand and explain the latest in mind-body science, and how it pertains to dance/movement therapy.  Mental health therapists with an interest in mind-body approaches will gain a greater understanding of these concepts and how they take shape in therapeutic application.

Objectives:

By the end of the webinar, participants will:

  1. gain an understanding of the most recent mind-body science.
  2. be able to explain why dance therapy works using a scientific lens.
  3. explore how to use this information in order to advocate for the field, work, and clinical practice.

Presenter

Erica Hornthal, MA, LCPC, BC-DMT

Erica Hornthal is a licensed professional clinical counselor and board certified dance/movement therapist. She received her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago in 2007.  Erica is the founder and president of North Shore Dance Therapy, Inc., a psychotherapy practice based in Chicago.  As a psychotherapist in private practice, Erica is passionate about finding ways to help individuals age well by emphasizing the mind-body connection to enable growth and healing.  Through her private practice Erica has also  been able to share her knowledge of business to encourage students and current therapists to follow a path to independence.

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Mastering Vulnerability: Movement Qualities of Pre Efforts and Efforts in Dance/Movement Therapy

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This is a virtual event, accessible online and over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.

In this webinar, you can deepen your understanding of body expressions of learning and defense strategies, as well as coping skills and creative intelligence. Learn the pre effort and effort movement qualities proposed by the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP), develop embodied interventions grounded in a theory, and gain skills to help clients with such themes as learning or test anxiety, interpersonal conflicts, and coping skill development. This webinar supports the dance/movement therapist’s psychomotor assessment and intervention skills within a socially conscious framework.

Objectives:

By the end of the webinar, participants will:

  1. Be able to distinguish between movement characteristics of Pre Efforts and Efforts
  2. Be able to create embodied interventions grounded in a developmental perspective
  3. Be able to work with themes such as learning challenges, coping skill development, vulnerability, intrapersonal conflict.

Presenter

Melanie Johnson, Ph.D., R-DMT, NCC, KMP Analyst

Melanie Johnson, Ph.D., R-DMT, NCC, Certified KMP Analyst, RYT-200 serves as adjunct faculty at Antioch University New England in the Dance/Movement Therapy program, where she teaches psychomotor assessment. She is a certified KMP analyst, trainer, and instructor who has offered workshops and trainings in the U.S., UK, Germany, and China. Her Ph.D. thesis examined the validity of the tension flow rhythms in the Kestenberg Movement Profile. Dr. Johnson currently serves as vice president of the New England Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association and resides in Boston, MA where she is a clinician and dance/movement therapist at Harbor Counseling Center. She has been a hatha yoga instructor since 2004.

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