American Dance Therapy Association 52nd Annual Conference

November 2-5, 2017
San Antonio, Texas

Movement as Pathway to Neuro Resilience and Social Connection:
Dance/Movement Therapy at the Forefront

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Marian Chace Foundation Lecture – Robyn Flaum Cruz, PhD, BC-DMT

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November 3rd

3-Hour Seminars, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Our Code of Ethics contains these statements: “…recognize the dignity and worth of all persons…”, “…strive to eliminate the effects of prejudice in (our) work…”, “…promote social justice…(recognizing) a just society contributes to individual, family, and community health”, “cultivate awareness of and address oppression and disparities in power and privilege…”, “…foster respect and support in personal, professional, and public arenas for those marginalized by psychological disorders.” Choosing to advocate for your clients/patients has ethical implications. In this workshop, using movement and lecture/discussion, we explore the intersection of ethical behavior and advocacy.

(All levels; 26-50% Movement; NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)


Annabelle F. Coote, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT, NCC is a board certified dance/movement therapist and licensed mental health counselor with over 20 years experience as a clinician, educator, consultant and supervisor. She loves helping both clients and therapists harness the power of the brain/body connections and the creative process to deepen, enrich and transform life experiences. She is the director of Movement Matters, body-centered psychotherapy and Body of Knowledge, creative professional development for therapists.  (,   She chairs the ADTA Continuing Education Subcommittee and serves on the ADTA Standards and Ethics Committee.  Annabelle regularly presents at conferences and is the author of the book chapter, “Returning Home: One Woman’s Journey form Depression to Joyous Living using Body-Centered and Creative Approaches in Dance/Movement Therapy” (2015).

Sue Orkand, MA, BC-DMT has worked as a dance/movement therapist for almost 35 years with people across the lifespan and across different abilities in psychiatric, medical, palliative care, and community based settings.  The aim of my work has always emphasized a sense of wholeness, body-mind connection, and awareness, as well as a deep desire to get to understand the contexts of someone else’s life.  My career has included diverse opportunities in research, publication, clinical work, supervision and education; both nationally and internationally.  My ongoing passion for incorporating holistic practices led me to become a registered yoga teacher and a Reiki III practitioner. Currently, I am a professor and the education clinical coordinator in the graduate dance/movement therapy department at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York; and conduct a small private practice in my home office.

Paul Sevett MA, BC-DMT, LICSW, Paul’s dance therapy education began at the University of Wisconsin in 1977. His practice as a dance/movement therapist began after receiving his MA degree from Goucher College in 1983 working in a variety of psychiatric settings in Maryland, Washington DC, and Minnesota. His work focuses on utilizing the natural wisdom of the body and its energy to promote the integration of body, mind, and heart. Paul is also a certified practitioner of Zen Bodytherapy® , Integral Bodywork® and energy healing using the Three Heart Balancing® technique. Currently, he has a private practice in St. Paul Minnesota where he also teaches dance/movement therapy alternate route courses, supervises dance/movement therapists and other mental health clinicians, teaches a weekly professional development course at Centerpoint School for Massage and Shiatsu. He currently serves as the Chairperson of the ADTA Standards and Ethics Committee.

This workshop presents and describes movement elicitation procedures in the context of qualitative research designs.  Movement elicitation (ME) includes the use of expressive dance/movement structures to help research participants access tacit, bodily felt, sensory motor knowledge in the process of reflecting on and describing lived experiences.  ME honors artistic ways of knowing and is congruent with DMT principles. Examples from dance/movement therapy masters’ studies demonstrate how this method has been used, and how it can enhance the quality of verbal interview data for various qualitative research designs. A movement experiential component and participant discussion will be included in the workshop.

(Mid Level; 26-50% Movement; NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)


Sherry W. Goodill, Ph.D., BC-DMT, NCC, LPC, is Clinical Professor and Chairperson, Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University, where she teaches in the MA program in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, and in the Ph.D. program in Creative Arts Therapies.  She holds a doctorate in medical psychology with a concentration in mind/body studies, and has 35 years of experience as a clinician, scholar, and educator in dance/movement therapy and the creative arts therapies. She is the immediate Past-President of the American Dance Therapy Association and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Arts in Psychotherapy.

Ellen Schelly Hill, MA, BC-DMT, LPC is director of the M.A. Program in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling at Drexel University. She is a dance/movement therapist and professional counselor involved in therapy, supervisory, and educational roles for more than thirty-five years. Ellen has previously served on the Board of the ADTA as chair of Standards and Ethics Committee and the Committee on Approval.

This presentation-workshop introduces the interdisciplinary research Embodied Signatures (Allegranti and Silas 2014; 2016). The project combines dance movement psychotherapy (DMP), cognitive neuroscience and the Afro-Brazilian marital art of capoeira. Through experimental, artistic and qualitative findings, I argue that understanding psychotherapeutic interactions is untenable without due attention to: (i) Kinaesthetic Intersubjectivity: the role that movement and the senses play in relating and; (ii) recognizing that our bodies are never neutral and that our ‘body politics’ are ever present and visible. A multi-modal experiential will invite participants to explore how kinaesthetic intersubjective exchanges have the potential to transform language and bodies.

(Advanced Level; 26-50% Movement; NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)


Beatrice Allegranti, PhD, UKCP-DMP Reg, is Reader in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) and Founder/Director of the Centre for Arts Therapies Research in the Department of Psychology, University of Roehampton, London. Beatrice has led the MA/PhD in DMP and the first European DMP Supervision Training at Roehampton. For over twenty years, her international experience encompasses choreography, filmmaking, clinical practice, supervision and consultancy. Through her feminist lens Beatrice brings the arts and sciences into conversation including extensive publications and dance films: Embodied Performances: Sexuality, Gender Bodies (Palgrave Macmillan 2011/2015); Witnessing Loss, in collaboration with Jonathan Wyatt – winner of the 2015 Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award; Embodied Signatures, in collaboration cognitive neuroscientist, Dr Jonathan Silas – winner of the 2016 Santander Award.

As dance/movement therapy practitioners, having the awareness and knowledge that we are part of the social system that can shift the power balance for the clients we work with is paramount. But what thoughts does the word “ally” conjure up? Where do we begin? Being an ally is not a self-proclaimed identity quantifiable by hours of training. We can start by building the vocabulary of social justice: evaluate the meanings of microaggressions, inclusion, equity, and others that are central to the work. We can examine our roles as the oppressor, the oppressed, and the bystander, and move forward, together.

(Mid Level; 26-50% Movement; NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)


Tomoyo Kawano, PhD, BC-DMT, NCC, LCAT is Assistant Professor of Dance/Movement Therapy at Antioch University New England. In teaching, supervising, and research, she integrates her clinical experience as a dance/movement therapist with diverse healing philosophies through the use of the arts, group work, and performative communal rituals for reconciliation, community building, and collective social action. As an immigrant who grew up in four different countries, Dr. Kawano enjoys working interdisciplinarily, blending multiple sources of knowledge and forms of communication. Her research focuses on the development of professional identity of DMT practitioners. She was awarded the research fellowship at Lesley University for her study of a systematized embodied-artistic approach for qualitatively analyzing textual data.

Xueli Tan, PhD, MT-BC is Assistant Professor of Music Therapy at Lesley University. Prior to her appointment at Lesley University, Dr. Tan was the Presidential Research Fellow at the University of Iowa. She is a recipient of several national and international research awards, including the prestigious Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Award from the American Music Therapy Association (2006), and the Blair L. Sadler International Healing Arts Award from the Society for the Arts in Healthcare (2008) in recognition of her research and clinical work with burn patients. Her publications span music therapy and medical peer review journals. She co-edited the first multicultural book, Cultural Intersections in Music Therapy: Music, Health, and the Individual, published in early 2017 with Annette Whitehead-Pleaux as co-editor.

Etalia Thomas, MA, LMHCA, R-DMT is earning their PhD in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University. They currently work in partnership with Evergreen Hospital in Washington to develop public school curricula that teaches about mental health using dance and drama. Previously, Etalia served as a Child & Adolescent Therapist at a community health organization in Colorado. They also developed and implemented an embodied approach to academic counseling at a residential treatment center as well as a creative arts approach to addiction treatment. Etalia received the Marian Chace Foundation Award for Excellence in Journalism (hon. mention) for their article, The Dance of Cultural Identity: Exploring Race and Gender with Adolescent Girls (2015). In addition to their clinical work, Etalia teaches LGBTQ inclusivity workshops for non-profit organizations.

Dance/movement therapists have relied on the wisdom of the body as a vessel for healing from the beginning. As the fields of neuroscience and psychotherapy acknowledge the importance of a body-centered approach to trauma treatment, the process of dance/movement therapy, with its attention to movement, creativity and embodied knowledge, has the ability to addresses trauma integration while simultaneously building resiliency, thus restoring vitality. Theories exploring the neurobiological impacts of trauma, resiliency research, and DMT as a creative process will be used to support this proposal. Lecture, experiential, compassionate witnessing, and discussion will allow participants a multi-faceted approach to learning.

(Mid Level; 51-75% Movement; NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)


Joseph Bocage Few, MA, BC-DMT, LPC currently works at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as an associate teaching professional. Additionally, she has had the opportunity to utilize DMT with cancer patients within the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Ms. Few lived and worked in Boulder Colorado, graduated from Naropa University, worked within special education programs and trained young Ballet dancers. She spent 15 years in Los Angeles, CA, working as a full time DMT with severely abused and neglected children and adolescents in residential treatment. She is very happy to be back in her home state of Arkansas where she is building interest and understanding of DMT by participating on panels at an ongoing ‘Arts in Medicine’ class.

Ande Welling, MA, BC-DMT, LCMA, LCMHC is a soul full adventurer. She holds a MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago. Ande has worked in medical settings with people diagnosed with neurological disorders, adolescents, couples, with parents and children, and with the Navy providing dance/movement therapy to returning soldiers. She currently works in private practice. In addition to her clinical work, she continues dancing, creating, and performing professionally. She is passionate about performance as therapy, authentic movement, world travel, and dancing in natural spaces. Ande is a founding member of the blog committee and is currently serving as Editor in Chief.


75-Minute Seminars – Early, 9:30 am -10:45 am

Explore the neuroscientific foundation of practicing empathy and building resilience, during toddler years (18 months to 3 years old), that lead to social connections. Utilizing dance/movement therapy techniques and theory, along with current interpersonal neurobiology research, gain tools to support and foster emotional growth and regulation during formative years.

(Mid Level; 26-50% Movement; NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)


Lea Comte, MS, R-DMT received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Dallas in Human Development and her master’s degree from Pratt Institute in Dance/Movement Therapy. She is a certified Ways of Seeing practitioner through Dr. Suzi Tortora’s international program and has been working with children professionally for ten years. Currently, Lea is pioneering dance/movement therapy at Headwaters School in Austin Texas. She works with students from 18 months to 6 years old and has converted their Primary aged (3 to 6 years) Physical Education program into a dance/movement therapy (DMT) based Movement Education program. Her approach utilizes creative movement, play, DMT, and attachment theory, along with Dr. Dan Siegel’s interpersonal neurobiology theory and the respectful parenting approach of Janet Lansbury.

This workshop is an exploration in skill-building and professional development through identity, social justice/multicultural competencies, and the therapeutic alliance. Foundational principles of Dance Movement Therapy including attunement, witnessing, and use of the body as intervention will be incorporated throughout. This will include performance art, awareness practice, movement experientials, and discussion. The offerings are designed to build on resources participants already know, and to help identify and strengthen factors that support greater creativity and effectiveness in our work.

(Entry Level/Student; 51-75% Movement; NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)


Brian Otto Kimmel, has engaged audiences in participatory music offerings and contemplative practice with a cause for over twenty years. A chant master and mentor in the Plum Village International mindfulness community, they have traveled internationally to facilitate workshops and concerts, more recently around themes of Social and Earth Justice, and Multiculturalism. Brian performed as a headliner for Seattle Pride in 2003 and debuted at Winchester Cultural Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2005. A published author, their articles have been featured in the Mindfulness Bell, 2009, Shambhala Sun Magazine, 2012, and, in 2016, an anthology by scholarly practitioners, “Dancing with Dharma: Essays on Movement and Dance in Western Buddhism.” A recent graduate of Naropa University, they practice as a Dance Movement Therapist in Colorado.

Chronic pain is a complex phenomenon that can be mediated by a wide range of psychological and behavioral factors. DMT is a remarkably suitable treatment approach to address various biopsychosocial factors associated with individual’s experience of chronic pain and foster resilience resources critical for a positive adaptation through its potential as a driver of brain plasticity. This presentation aim to increase participants’ understanding on the treatment goals and key mechanisms of DMT for chronic pain management, provide clinical guidelines, and present a clinical case and the findings from an evidence and mechanism-based research study. Movement experiential included.

(Mid Level; No Movement; NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)


Minjung Shim, PhD, BC-DMT, received her doctorate in creative arts therapies from Drexel University, and currently serves as a research assistant professor at the department of Psychiatry and Mind Body Clinical Research Center at SUNY Stony Brook. Minjung’s current clinical interest and focus of research is applying DMT as an integral part of the integrative healthcare framework for treating complex medical problems such as chronic pain and cancer, and identifying treatment mechanisms of DMT specific to the target population.


75-Minute Seminars – Later, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Supervision is a crucial component of the functioning of an organization and the development of professionals in their work. Dance/movement therapy (DMT) can provide the counseling field with tools to build relationship and guide the supervision process through integrating the body into supervisory practice. This presentation will present a developing supervision model, identifying accessible ways to integrate DMT techniques into supervisory practice and management. The basis of this supervision model is derived from a clinical lens shaped by DMT theorist Marian Chacian and Attachment theory. This approach is additionally informed by Reflective Supervision practices and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

(Advanced Level; Up to 25% Movement; NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)


Aisha Bell, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC is the Field Supervisor for Communities In Schools of Chicago where she manages a team of Student Support Managers implementing integrated student support programming in identified Chicago Public Schools. Aisha previously managed the Building Family Foundations Program at Association House partnering with the University of Illinois Chicago to provide services for first time mothers with psychological vulnerability. Aisha has worked with youth and families in varied capacities including in community, office, and school based settings.  Aisha is Part Time faculty in Columbia College Chicago’s DCAT.  She is a member of the ADTA’s Standards & Ethics Committee.  Aisha is General Manager Member and Manager of Support Initiatives for The Sistah Circle Group, advancing the practice of multicultural competence in the counseling field.

This presentation will look at knowledge from three perspectives—neuroscience, psychology of bereavement, and dance/movement therapy. Research findings from these three areas will be synthesized to offer a framework for DMT grief work with adults suffering from death loss. Examples of how the framework can be applied to DMT clinical practice will be drawn from the presenter’s experiences in facilitating grief groups and from an artistic inquiry process.

(Mid Level; Up to 25% Movement; NBCC CE hours, ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)


Eri Millrod, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC, LCAT, has been a dance/movement therapist for 25 years.  She has worked primarily with psychiatric, addiction, and dual diagnosis patients in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, where she has also facilitated specialty groups for bereavement and women’s trauma.  Over the years, she has supervised staff dance/movement therapists as well as interns and served as a supervisor representative for ADTA’s Committee on Approval from 2010-2013.  She was the president of the NJ Chapter of the ADTA from 2004-2010 and has served on the NJ Task Force for licensing of DMTs from 2014-2015.  She also teaches as an adjunct Assistant Professor at Rider University in NJ and is a PhD candidate at Drexel University’s Creative Arts Therapies program.

Global Water Dances (GWD) is a multi-national, community oriented dance event that takes place at water-related sites around the world on the same day, biennially. GWD inspires action, leadership, and international collaboration for water solutions, using the universal language of dance to empower individuals and communities. The event and concept hold many ramifications for dance/movement therapists.

(Entry Level/Student; No Movement; NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)


Marylee Hardenbergh, BC-DMT,CMA, LICSW, has been a dance therapist for the past 40 years. She was honored to be the Marian Chace lecturer in 2015,  where she  presented her work as a site-specific choreographer working with local communities.  She has created performances in Bosnia, in Israel, and Russia, and in many water sites in the United States. She has received numerous grants and awards including a  Fulbright scholarship and an NEA grant for choreography.

Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT specializes in neuromotor development as an avenue to Somatic Movement Therapy & Somatic Movement, and  Dance Education. She is author of Mindful Movement the Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action.She has taught movement analysis and motor development to Dance Therapists at NYU and Antioch Graduate schools and teaches “BodyMind Dancing” and Dynamic Embodiment SMT within UNCG and Montclair State University’s degree programs. She founded Center for Kinesthetic Education in NYC, providing professional development and movement classes pre-K-12 using self-regulating movement and “healthy dancing”. Martha developed Moving For Life Dance Exercise in 1999 a non-profit providing free dance classes to people with life-threatening illnesses.

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