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
2017 Conference Resources
Saturday, November 3rd
8:00 am – 9:30 am
Becoming the Storm – Using the Energy and Imagery of Symptoms in Play Therapy to Help Children Heal
Dennis McCarthy, LMHC, R-DMT
Today children often enter treatment with a myriad of symptoms, both psychological and neurological in origin. They live in a world that often precludes the very play that helps children discharge negative aggressivity and engage in imaginative exploration. For it is through this type of play that children grow and resolve the obstacles to growth.
This talk explores the potency that lies within the very symptoms that bring children into treatment, using case material, a power point of children’s monster drawings and some experiential process. This approach envisions symptoms as a point of entry into the core of the child’s psyche, accessing the necessary means to reorganize their defense systems, eliminating the need for symptoms. Phobias, panic attacks and other childhood disorders will be considered. Informed by the work of Winnicott, Reich, Jung, Lowen, the work of Dance Therapists plus the thousands of children I have worked with. (NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)
Dennis McCarthy is a licensed mental health counselor in New York, and has been working with children and adults for forty years. He trained in Dance Therapy, Bioenergetic Analysis and Jungian Analysis, all of which inform his approach to play therapy, which is body centered and imagination driven and is highly effective with a wide range of childhood problems. This approach has been described in numerous books and articles, including “If You Turned into a Monster…Transformation through Play”. Dennis maintains a large private practice in New York where he works with children and adults and supervises and trains psychotherapists.