Thursday Early Evening Seminars

October 17th

5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

***Children’s Track***

“The good news is nothing lasts forever. The bad news is nothing lasts forever.” A teenager adorning the schedule board with this J. Cole quote epitomizes life on child and adolescent inpatient psychiatry. A locked unit yet always changing, groups are formed and re-formed by youth from a span of ages (5-17) and diverse psychiatric and social histories. Dance/movement therapy provides a common ground, the body, from which to jumpstart group processes of connection, visibility, safe exploration of Self and their worlds. This presentation will provide insights into challenges and opportunities for healing that arise when working in this setting.(NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)

Movement: 26-50%

Touch: No

Target Audience: Entry Level/Student

Objectives:

  1. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the treatment problems addressed in child and adolescent inpatient psychiatry.
  2. Participants will gain a better understanding of developmentally appropriate goals and interventions, with a special attention to the major issues children and teenagers gave today.
  3. Participants will learn how to apply dance/movement therapy and group psychotherapy theory and directives in a short term acute setting.

Allyssa S. Rivera Cabrero, MS, LCAT, R-DMT, is native from Puerto Rico, where she received extensive dance training from a very young age. She then moved to New York, where she studied Anthropology and Psychology at New York University. She proceeded to earn her MS in Dance/Movement Therapy at Sarah Lawrence College, while maintaining an anthropology research assistantship at NYU. Since graduating, Allyssa has worked as a dance/movement therapist at a center for autism and after-school program for at-risk youth. Her main place of practice is at the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry unit at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s in New York City, where she provides individual and group creative arts therapy. Allyssa has also studied Authentic Movement since, and is beginning to offer this practice in the city, with future hopes of bringing more dance/movement therapy services to Puerto Rico.

***Trauma / Neuroscience Track***

Interoception, the internal sense of the physiological state of the body, is compromised following a traumatic event. Individuals may feel disconnected from their bodies and fear any physical sensation. Consistent with this perception, neuroimaging studies have shown decreased activation in brain areas of trauma survivors related to interoceptive awareness. While clients are encouraged in therapy to attend to internal sensations to promote interoception, this process may be uncomfortable. In this workshop, participants will gain practical clinical tools to assist their clients in a form of systematic desensitization by connecting internal awareness with individualized external resources, including movement and sensory stimuli.(NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)

Movement: 26-50%

Touch: No

Target Audience: Mid Level

Objectives:

  1. Participants will develop their understanding of the neurological processes involved in interoception and how these are affected in trauma survivors
  2. Participants will explore the effects of movement, music, and the use of the senses on interoception
  3. Participants will gain practical clinical tools to assist their clients in utilizing individualized outside resources to aide and ease inside awareness

Rebekka Dieterich-Hartwell, MA, BC-DMT, LPC is a dance/movement therapist and PhD candidate in Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has 16 years of clinical experience with adults with acute and chronic mental illnesses, substance abuse issues, eating disorders, and psychological trauma. Her research interests are threefold: in the area of psychological trauma with a specific focus on the neurobiological effects of PTSD, in the connection between music and movement and the selection process of music for dance/movement therapy sessions with different populations, and in using dance and movement as an acculturation resource for refugees, asylees, and immigrants. She serves on the Board of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the ADTA in public relations.

My attitude in working with diverse groups is rooted in genuine connection with people and environment. Self-identity has a meaning in relationship to others. I use music from other cultures and observe how the power of the familiar unfolds a spontaneous expression and improves their affect. The comfort in saying: “This is my heritage and roots…” is recognizable. When patients are accepted and valued, they feel validated. When dance of belonging is shared, they are heard and seen. By providing exchange of dance vocabulary, DMT seems to bring lasting improvements in presentations. Cultural dance applied is a patient-centered care.(NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)

Movement: 76%+

Touch: Yes

Target Audience: Mid Level

Objectives:

  1. Participants will immerse in a collective experience of essential Latin dance elements
  2. Participants will enrich and broaden their knowledge and tool-box in Latin dance.
  3. Participants will be involved in a moving organism, where connection and community will dominate the dance experience

Elissaveta Iordanova, BC-DMT, MS, MFA, MA, LCAT, is a full-time dance/movement therapist on an acute, adult, in-patient unit at Mai MC in Brooklyn, NY. She bridges Eastern practices and aesthetics, Western theoretical models with creative and therapy aspects of dance. Her professional experience in traditional, modern and creative dance introduced her to different populations with variety of needs, with whom she continuous to refine the use of dance in both clinical settings and for improving people’s well-being. Elissaveta, Fulbright scholar, is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College Masters program. Serving larger communities, she provided private dance/movement activities for the Hasidic community of women in Kyrias Joel, New York for more than 4 years. Currently, she facilitates weekly dance/movement therapy sessions at 92nd Street Y in New York City for geriatrics, diagnosed with nNeurocognitive disorders. She supervises clinically students from Pratt Institute DMT Graduate Program in New York as well.

Iva Iordanova is a professional salsa and bachata instructor, who specializes in body movement and inner body control. She teaches both group and private classes in New York City and in Sofia, Bulgaria. No matter how large her classes might be, Iva always strives to empower and give guidance to each participant individually. Ms. Iordanova is the founder of “Atelier” – art and dance space, as well as the founder and choreographer of “Las GENERALISIMAS” and “Revelations Dance Project”. As a solo performer, Ms. Iordanova has toured and taken part in many festivals and events in both the United States and Europe. She has trained with world-renowned salsa artists like Eddie Torres, Griselle Ponce, Adolfo Indachochea, and others.

‘Service to others’ is often a characteristic of the helping professions. How does one find an inner compass for oneself, while serving others? The presenter developed an AWAKENING Series of Workshops for Women of diverse faiths utilizing dance/movement therapy(DMT) and exploring self-compassion through reflection and transformational movement. Neuroscientific research by Kristin Neff supports mental and physiological benefits of resilient self-compassion activating the parasympathetic care system. DMT utilizes methods promoting the embodiment of self-compassion in relationship to self and others. Participants will explore research and movement themes offering an inner compass for greater self-compassion while serving others.(NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)

Movement: 51-75%

Touch: No

Target Audience: Mid Level

Objectives:

  1. Explore dance/movement therapy methods which facilitate self-compassion.
  2. Identify three major components of self-compassion and three stress defense reactions.
  3. Review neuroscience literature that highlights the mental and physiological benefits of self-compassion.

Lisa Roll, LPC, BC-DMT, is a board-certified dance/movement therapist and licensed professional counselor for over 20 years with Samaritan Counseling and Growth Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She works with adults, adolescents and couples on various issues of body/mind health. Lisa worked at Laureate Psychiatric Hospital’s Eating Disorders Program, Tulsa, OK and in various in-patient, day treatment and out-patient settings. Lisa has graduate degrees from Wesleyan University, Connecticut and Troy State University, Alabama. DMT Alternate Route training has included Naropa University, Colorado, The Hendricks Institute, California, and The Jung Center of Houston, Texas. Lisa collaborates on choreographic projects and leads international workshops with USF professor of dance, Jeanne Travers. Lisa is particularly interested in creating embodied experiences that enhance insight, communication and personal growth.

Changing times call for changing treatment options. In an era where inpatient hospitalization and stabilization is allocated to one week of treatment, we need to find new ways to work with people diagnosed with schizophrenia who are experiencing acute symptomatology. Focused, goal-oriented, single-session dance/movement therapy interventions could support the treatment of symptoms such as hallucinations, paranoia, isolation, and decreased interpersonal skills. In this workshop we will review: the theory behind single-session therapy, goals and structures for single session dance/movement therapy interventions, and results from a mixed methods research study on this topic including pre- and post-test scores and participant responses.(NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)

Movement: Up to 25%

Touch: No

Target Audience: Mid Level

Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the parameters, structure, and benefit of a Single-Session Therapy Intervention.
  2. Participants will apply what they have learned in order to formulate treatment goals to implement into a Single-Session DMT Intervention.
  3. Participants will evaluate the benefits and research results of facilitating Single-Session DMT interventions both quantitatively and qualitatively through the experience of participants who have engaged in a Single-Session DMT intervention.

Jacelyn Biondo, MA, BC-DMT, LPC loves exploring the relationship between dance/movement therapy and schizophrenia, the concept of seeing and being seen, and the role of presence in relationship development. She works as a Senior Therapist at Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health where she facilitates dance/movement therapy sessions with involuntarily committed adults and provides clinical supervision for Practicum and Internship Students. She sits on the Board of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association as Program Coordinator, is the ADTA Nominating Chairperson, and on the ADTA Finance Committee. Ms. Biondo graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts with a dual major in dance and photography, Master of Arts from Drexel University in Dance/Movement Therapy, and is currently a PhD Candidate in Creative Arts in Therapy at Drexel University.

Fascia has become a buzzword in the realms of psychology, neuro-anatomy, the fitness industry, and more. Understanding this connected tissue has implications on physical response in the body and also on new thoughts on treatment strategies. By being part of the dialogue, dance/movement therapists can build new connections between the diverse fields engaging in this conversation.(NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)

Movement: Up to 25%

Touch: Yes

Target Audience: Mid Level

Objectives:

  1. To understand the medical and common definitions of “fascia” as currently discussed by the Fascial Research Society and more.
  2. Identify common relationships in the myofascial connections to emotional response.
  3. Bridge understanding of how to discuss fascia with other professionals in the realms of anatomy, other movement disciplines and more.

Laurice D. Nemetz, MA, BC-DMT, LCAT, ERYT500, C-IAYT is an adjunct associate professor at Pace University, a licensed Creative Arts Therapist, a member of the American Association of Anatomists, a board-certified dance/movement therapist, a certified yoga teacher at the 500-hour level, a Stott Pilates instructor, certified yoga therapist and faculty for Anatomy Trains and Anatomy Trains Dissections. Lauri has exhibited her artwork internationally. More on www.wellnessbridge.com

REfresh Body, Mind, Spirit is an innovative wellbeing program using mind-body techniques embedded in daily activities for staff and residents in senior living communities. REfresh is designed to empower individuals to become mindful of their strengths and use inner resources to address their needs. Uniquely, REfresh uses dance/movement therapy as an integrating force and structure; specifically integrating the theoretical principals of Positive Psychology with the wellbeing practices of Yoga and mindfulness techniques. Each REfresh class includes breathing and movement activities, based on contemplative themes such as stability, enjoyment or gratitude, paired with moments of quiet reflection.

(NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)

Movement: Up to 25%

Touch: No

Target Audience: Mid Level

Objectives:

  1. Participants will examine pilot study findings as well as the use of Community Participatory Program Design.
  2. Participants will perform embodied mindfulness activities to promote wellbeing.
  3. Participants will discuss ways dance/movement therapy theory and practice can enhance wellness in the workplace.

Susanna Lembeck-Edens, MA, LMT, BC-DMT, is a graduate of Penn State University and Goucher College where her master’s thesis, “The Role of the Dance/Movement Therapist in the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease” (1988), was an early investigation of effective therapeutic interventions for those working with individuals with dementia. A passion to serve older populations powered Sue to create inclusive programming in therapeutic exercise and complementary health education. She teaches anatomy, professional development and ethics to students of massage therapy and holistic health practices. She contributed to CALM II, a community based mindfulness program developed in the College of Health and Human Development, Bio-behavioral Health at PSU. Susanna maintains a private massage and bodywork practice, serves as a dance/movement therapy mentor and is the co-creator and facilitator of the REfresh Body, Mind, and Spirit Wellbeing Program at Juniper Village at Brookline in State College, Pennsylvania.

The purpose of this workshop will be to share qualitative research findings on dance/movement therapy education from both the student’s and educator’s perspective. Two recent doctoral research studies explored the experience of new dance/movement therapy professionals as they integrated core competencies through movement-based experiential learning and the pedagogical practices of dance/movement therapy educators in the classroom. This collaboration gives the opportunity to compare the student’s lived experience with the educator’s expectations for movement-based learning. Also, the synthesis of these two studies holds the potential to inform educational standards, educational practices, and student experiences in dance/movement therapy education.(NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)

Movement: Minimal or no movement

Touch: No

Target Audience: Entry Level/Student

Objectives:

  1. Understand student and educator perspectives in dance/movement therapy education.
  2. Discuss the relevance of the findings from the two studies to the new ADTA educational standards.
  3. Begin to name pedagogical theory in the dance/movement therapy field from varied perspectives.

Eri Millrod, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC has 25 years of clinical experience as a dance/movement therapist in psychiatric, addiction, and dual diagnosis treatment. Her experiences and observations as a dance/movement therapy (DMT) supervisor led to her interest in studying factors that contribute to self-efficacy in DMT practitioners. Her dissertation research at Drexel University’s PhD program identified the competencies that develop when DMT students engage in movement-based experiential learning. Eri served as a Supervisor Representative for the Committee on Approval from 2010 to 2013 and was the President for the New Jersey Chapter from 2004 to 2010. She received American Dance Therapy Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2017 as a member of the New Jersey Task Force for the Licensure of Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists. She is on faculty at Rider University where she teaches in the dance department.

Valerie Blanc BC-DMT, LMHC, CMA is a core faculty at Lesley University’s dance/movement therapy program in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She teaches in both the on campus and low residency distance learning programs and was a part of the design team to create the low residency curriculum. Valerie also has a private dance/movement therapy practice specializing in work with young children and their families as well as clinical supervision. Her clinical experience has centered around work with children with a focus on work with attachment and sensory integration work. She has extensive experience in inpatient psychiatric work with children and adolescents as well as community mental health support, working for 13 years with the Boston Children’s Foundation where she implemented the Rainbowdance and CBI programs in acute trauma response and resiliency building utilizing the expressive therapies.

This presentation focuses on the latest updates of the Research and Practice Committee. Participants will gain information about newest website content and its location. We will focus on presenting the changes made to the revised informational brochures, clinical sheets and bibliographies. Plans and future work such as translation of clinical info sheets will be presented. During the presentation there will be time devoted for exchange of ideas within DMT community.(ADTA CE hours)

Movement: Minimal or no movement

Touch: No

Target Audience: Mid Level

Objectives:

1) Participants will get latest updates on the Research and Practice Committee work and learn how to navigate the current website content. 2) Participants will understand the purpose and possible uses of clinical info sheets and bibliographies, as well as appreciate the importance of updated documentation to inform their practice. 3) Participants will learn how to actively participating to the Research and Practice Committee work by exchanging ideas and helping to formulate potential new goals for the committee.

Karolina Bryl, PhD, R-DMT/DMP, CMA, RMST/E, is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University. Member of the Polish Association of DMP (Ethics and Research Committees), ADTA (Global Membership and Research and Practice Committees) and Schizophrenia International Research Society (Ethics Committee). She has lead dance movement psychotherapy and somatic therapies sessions in the psychiatric settings and in private practice, individually and in groups, with children who have suffered neglect and abuse, have the difficulty of adaptation and autistic spectrum and adults with mental disorders, depression and schizophrenia. Since 2013 a research team member at Mind, Movement, Interaction, and Development Research Group at Pace University, International Psychoanalytic Association Lifetime Research Fellow, and 2016-2017 Contemporary Freudian Society fellow. Research interests are: (1) DMT effectiveness in adults with mental illness, (2) nonverbal behavior and the body’s relevance to psychic processes, and (3) neuropsychoanalytic and developmental research.

Robyn Flaum Cruz, PhD, BC-DMT, LPC, Professor, Lesley University Expressive Therapies Ph.D. Program. A Past President of American Dance Therapy Association, she is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist with 39 years of experience. Her clinical interests are work with adults with serious and persistent mental disorders and adolescents. She is Editor-in-Chief Emerita of The Arts in Psychotherapy and of American Journal of Dance Therapy, co-editor of Dance/Movement Therapists in Action (2019), a book on research methods for dance therapy and Feders’ The Art and Science of Evaluation in the Arts Therapies (2013) on evaluation across the arts therapies. Her work as a statistician and researcher has produced over 50 scholarly articles across the disciplines of dance/movement therapy, psychology and neurology, communications disorders and psychology.

Cecilia Fontanesi, PhD Candidate, R-DMT, CMA, RMST/E is a dancer, dance/movement therapist, teacher, and researcher. Fontanesi has extensive experience implementing therapeutic dance interventions to a range of individuals including those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. Since 2016, she has been serving on the ADTA Research and Practice Committee. Fontanesi is currently a Neuroscience Ph.D. candidate at CUNY, The Graduate Center. As a dance artist, she has been practicing improvisation, contemporary and aerial dance for over 20 years, both in Europe and USA. In 2015, she co-founded Parcon NYC, a collective of movers dedicated to our connection to the environment and social relationships through play, touch and reflection. Fontanesi taught Contact Improvisation in Italy and New York. In 2011, she became a CMA (Certified Movement Analyst) at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) and has since then taught Movement Analysis at both Sarah Lawrence College and LIMS.

Karla Karpowicz, MA, LCAT, BC-DMT, RYT200 is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with an integrative private practice in Newburgh, NY where she assists individuals in navigating the grieving process and other life-changing transitions/situations. As an advocate for the advancement and visibility of the field, she has developed and implemented numerous D/MT positions and programs within both agency and community settings; and is also very involved in the ADTA at both the state and national level, serving on several national committees and as the Vice President of the NYSADTA. Karla is also a level II Reiki practitioner and a registered yoga teacher who often incorporates complementary mind/body modalities into her work and outreach efforts to further promote community, professional, and personal wellbeing.