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What Is Dance/Movement Therapy?

Based on the empirically supported premise that the body, mind and spirit are interconnected, the American Dance Therapy Association defines dance/movement therapy as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual. Learn more >

Salt Lake City is nestled at the foot of the scenic Wasatch Mountains. This is a city where, in her 2017 State of the City address, Mayor Jackie Biskupski said, “We all have a responsibility to foster hope, ensure equity, and create opportunity; to build a city for everyone”. Mayor Biskupski was the first openly gay elected official in Utah when she joined the Utah House of Representatives in 1998 and was then elected mayor taking office in January 2016.

Salt Lake City boasts that they are a city of exciting night life, notable history, and being an “incredible destination for patrons of the performing arts with: Ballet West, Utah Opera Company, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Repertory Dance Theatre…numerous theater groups and over twenty art galleries…” We cannot wait to see you there!

Arts Advocacy Day is March 12-13, 2018.  It is being held at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington D.C.  It is a full schedule of events that you will want to be a part of to advocate for our profession.  For more information Click here. 

Come meet the women artists featured in “Little Stones” and the filmmakers at this special screening at the Atlas Center in Washington, DC!

For 15% off use promo code: Engage15
Tickets: www.atlasarts.org/event/atlas-presents-little-stones/2018-03-11

“Little Stones” weaves together the personal stories of four women artists from across the world who dedicate their lives to empowering women and survivors of gender-based violence. Using their individual art forms of painting, dance, design, and music, these women celebrate creative, entrepreneurial, and arts-therapy based solutions to the most pressing challenges facing women globally.

Film Website: www.littlestones.org
Watch Trailer: https://vimeo.com/187500137

Event includes a lecture/demonstration, film screening and post screening panel discussion with artists from the film.
– Lecture/Demonstration, 3:00-3:45pm, “Healing Sex-Trafficking Survivors Through Dance”
– “Little Stones” Film Screening, 4:00-5:30pm
– Artist Panel Discussion, 5:30-6:00pm

Visiting Artists:
– Sohini Chakraborty – Dance Movement Therapist and Founder/Director, Kolkata Sanved
– Panmela Castro – Graffiti Artist and Founder, Rede Nami
– Sister Fa – Hip hop star and Activst
– Anna Taylor – Fashion Designer and Founder, Judith & James
– Sophia Kruz – Director/Producer, Little Stones
– Meena Singh – Cinematographer/Co-producer, Little Stones

The American Dance Therapy Association will offer both ADTA continuing education credits for dance therapists and NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselor) credits for counselors for the Sunday event, and is equivalent to 2.75 CE credits. Please contact the ADTA and NBCC for more information on continuing education credits. Attendees will need to attend the event in its entirety from 3:00-6:00 PM.

goodday-circle-imageHow To Become A Dance / Movement Therapist  

Are you interested in the intersection between movement, mind and body, health and well-being? Curious about pursuing a career that invokes the healing power of dance to promote wellness in others? If so, dance/movement therapy might be the career for you! Whether you choose to go to one of the ADTA approved graduate programs and OR you choose to an alternate route program, we have the answers to your questions! Learn more >

A Message from the Executive Committee of the American Dance Therapy Association

The American Dance Therapy Association denounces and opposes all acts of intolerance that are on the rise in our country and around the world represented in the rhetoric and actions of neo-Nazi, white supremacist and other groups whose messages of hate and fear attempt to divide our diverse communities. These messages promoting racism and discrimination have harmful effects on the mental health of individuals, groups, and society, fueling increases in violence, anxiety, and depression while also leading to disparities in the delivery of mental health services.

Utilizing  our skills, training, and compassion to dissipate these attempts at separation, our profession remains steadfast in the foundational principles of beneficence, veracity, and justice. We seek to improve the lives of our clients and the communities we all live in. Ethical practice includes the understanding that we as Dance/Movement Therapists “…recognize the dignity and worth of all persons…promote social justice with a recognition that a just society contributes to individual, family, and community health (and) …address oppression and disparities in power and privilege, resulting in barriers to wellness at individual, institutional, and societal levels…” (Sections 1.1.b, 6.0, 6,0.a, ADTA Ethical Code and Standards)

Following these guiding principles, the ADTA stands at the ready to serve those affected by harmful, damaging, and divisive effects of hate, fear, racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, and violence.

Moving Dance/Movement Therapy Forward: The Official Blog of the American Dance Therapy Association

webinar-photo-groupFEATURED WEBINARS: 2016 Creative Collaborations Series

This webinar series offers insight and inspiration for ways in which integrating dance/movement therapy (DMT) and other modalities can enhance treatment. Bringing other approaches into DMT expands options for intervention and provides additional frameworks to focus the work. Throughout the series, dance/movement therapists will learn more about options that may strengthen their practice and other mental health professionals will be introduced to the benefits of using an embodied and creative approach with a variety of interventions.

For more Info >    To register at our webinar hosting site >

2016 Conference Recording

Oral History: Roots to Branches: How Vision, Passion, and Commitment Built a Profession

Second generation dance/movement therapists share their experience in the parallel processes of creating a profession and supporting association. This “oral history” seminar is structured in a conversational, storytelling style that allows for spontaneous exchanges and connections to surface that might otherwise be lost. More >

ADTA CE Hour: 2 NBCC CE Hour: 2 ADTA Member Price: $40.00 Non-Member Price: $50.00 ADTA Student Price: $20.00

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Dance/Movement Therapy & Mental Illness – Ted Ehrhardt
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