American Dance Therapy Association 53rd Annual Conference

October 11-14, 2018
Salt Lake City, Utah

Bringing the Body and Creativity into Healing: The Art and Science of Dance/Movement Therapy

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October 13th

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Thanks to the dedication and persistent work of a number of our colleagues, the ADTA has a beautifully thorough Code of Ethics.  Putting this code into practice can be a challenge.  This workshop will engage participants in a discussion of the mechanics of translating the ADTA Code of Ethics, specifically section 1.2.3 Multicultural Competence, into actual clinical practice.  Using movement and discussion we will consider the current educational and clinical practices that participants are using in connection to sections of the code relating to multicultural competence.  Participants will work together to strengthen connection and bring clarity and intention through operationalizing terms in the code that speak to the relationship of DMT and multicultural issues.  Participants will be invited to share their experiences, both personal and witnessed, around implementing this section of our code into clinical practice.


  • Participants will examine tools and obstacles to putting section 1.2.3 of the ADTA Code of Ethics (Multicultural Competence) into practice.
  • Participants will explore current educational and clinical practices they use as relates to sections of the ADTA Code of Ethics regarding multicultural competence.
  • Participants will share their experiences around personal and institutional efforts to implement section 1.2.3 of the ADTA Code of Ethics.

Joan Wittig MS, BC-DMT, LCAT is the co-founder and former Director of the Graduate Dance/Movement Therapy Program at Pratt Institute in New York City, and continues to be a full time faculty member.  She developed and is the Program Director for the first dance/movement therapy training program in China, Inspirees International.  She has contributed to several journals and books, including the first book on creative arts therapy published in Japanese.  She is a subject of a film on dance/movement therapy, “Moving Stories – Portraits of Dance/Movement Therapy”.  Wittig has received and Outstanding Service Award and an Exceptional Service Award from the ADTA.  She is currently serving as Chairperson of the ADTA Standards and Ethics Committee.  Wittig teaches internationally, and has a private practice in New York City.

Angela M Grayson, PhD, BC-DMT, LPC, NCC is the CEO of Good Fruit Expressive Arts Counseling & Psychotherapy LLC, a counseling and creative arts psychotherapy practice. She is a graduate of Drexel University’s Hahnemann Creative Arts in Therapy program where she currently serves as adjunct faculty. She is an author and contributing writer to several publications, a sought after speaker and has been featured in numerous written and televised interviews concerning dance/movement therapy and diversity. Dr. Angela is passionate about the interconnection of culture and spirituality especially in relation to healing practices through dance and has taught nationally and internationally regarding multicultural aspects of sacred dance and dance/movement therapy. ADTA service includes past member of the Board of Directors, charter member and past Chair of the Multicultural and Diversity Committee, past President of the Pennsylvania Chapter, Vice President of BAAD Affinity Group and member of the Standards and Ethics Committee.

Rosey Puloka, LPC, R-DMT, GLCMA, RYT is the trauma and mood program coordinator at Timberline Knolls residential treatment center in Lemont, Illinois.  She teaches cultural competence and humility at Columbia College Chicago and provides training on trauma informed inclusive care throughout Chicago.  Rosey is the coordinator of the LGBTQIA+ affinity group under the Multicultural and Diversity Committee and is a member of the Standards and Ethics Committee in the ADTA.  Influenced by her work in corrections Rosey continues to find herself grappling with the intersections of freedom, trauma, pleasure and belonging.

As a field developed fifty years ago by White, able-bodied, North American women of European descent, how do we begin to examine our history and lineage and the ways we may be unintentionally perpetuating bias?  How have power, privilege, and the Western mindset shaped DMT curriculum and pedagogy? The ADTA has begun to address such questions as reflected in the revised education standards, which integrate culture and diversity across all aspects of education. This workshop embraces the challenges and accompanying discomfort of operationalizing this integration as a means of initiating greater awareness, and inviting action through conversations about the culturally informed teaching and learning of DMT.

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


  1. Participants will begin to identify and examine the ways power, privilege, and marginalization impact their work as educators within the field of DMT.
  2. Participants will explore and discuss ways to approach teaching and learning in a manner that integrates and reflects culture, diversity, and inclusion and considers the identities and social locations of both instructors and students.
  3. Participants will increase their ability to identify and question the cultural limitations of DMT theory and practice as an initial means of redressing them

Wendy Allen PhD Candidate, LPC, BC-DMT is chair of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Somatic Department and director of the Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration at Naropa University. Prior to becoming core faculty at Naropa in 2011, Wendy was adjunct faculty at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and Metropolitan State College of Denver as well as a guest artist in residence at Illinois State University. In 2009, Wendy was commissioned to create a dance piece exploring themes of oppression and discrimination for Middle Tennessee State University. Her current research as a doctoral student at Lesley University explores the themes of power, oppression, and privilege by examining the somatic aspects of internalized domination. As a clinician Wendy has worked with a variety of populations in state mental health facilities and private residential treatment centers. She was co-director of Project Self Discovery, an arts-based program for marginalized youth offered through Cleo Parker Robinson Dance in Denver. She specializes in group work with adolescents and recently coauthored a chapter on dance/movement therapy and teen embodiment for a book on the use of creative arts therapies with adolescents (Routledge, in press).

Claude Michelle Aubourg, R-DMT is a dancer, choreographer, artistic director and an overall visionary. Her passion for dance/movement comes from a rigorous life full of experiences, struggles, relationships, release and so much more. “She moves to heal, she creates to transform.” Claude Michelle received her Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy this past May.

Nancy Beardall, PhD, BC-DMT, LMHC, CMA is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Dance/Movement Therapy Coordinator at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. Dr. Beardall was one of the original designers of the DMT hybrid low residency program at Lesley. As a dance/movement therapist, consultant, Certified Movement Analyst, and educator, Dr. Beardall’s work has focused on the cognitive, social/emotional and relational development using dance, dance/movement therapy and the expressive arts in the public schools. Dr. Beardall has developed numerous curricula for middle and high school students focusing on the prevention of bullying, sexual harassment and relationship abuse, promoting connection and making a difference in the school community. Her community building programs through the arts have involved students, parents and community members.

Stefanie D. Belnavis, R-DMT. Stefanie is a Jamaican-born Dancer, Choreographer, Disabilities Advocate, Dance Movement Therapist/Consultant, and, Early Childhood Mental Health Clinician, who specializes in multicultural mental health advocacy for children, families, community educators, and community partners within the Caribbean Diaspora, with a focus on the parent-infant mental health and intergenerational immigrant trauma/lived experience. An immigrant herself, Stefanie’s work is charged by seeking to create intersectional dialogue around diverse, inclusive and equitable trauma-informed mental health approaches, namely dance movement psychotherapy, within marginalized communities that marry culturally empathetic mental health practices, creative arts therapy interventions, and, intergenerational studies within immigrant communities.

Amanda Bravo is Nuyorican graduate from Lesley University with a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a specialization in Dance Movement Therapy. Her culturally responsive approach to the arts in healing heavily influences her work coordinating the expressive arts programming at Chica Project, working as Urbanity’s Urban and World Dance Artist/Movement Mends Professional, Family Clinician at Compass, serving as Yo Soy LOLA’s Connectivity manager, and providing various trainings and workshops in the Boston area. Recently Amanda has presented at conferences such as the New England Dance Therapy Association conference (2018), Community of Scholars Day (2018), and led workshops such as the Express Yourself series, and inservice trainings at various community organizations. When Amanda isn’t out trying to make an impact in her community, she spends her time walking dogs, taking dance classes, and making art.

Meg Chang, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT is an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor in the Lesley University Dance/Movement Therapy program; concurrently teaching MBSR at The Center For Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has written about inclusion and diversity in dance/movement therapy since her 1982 Masters Thesis, and was a founding member of the ADTA Multicultural and Diversity Committee. In the Somatic Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, in New York City at The New School and Pratt University she has taught classes in recognizing and honoring all of one’s identities. A lifelong dancer, she thanks Jack Weiner, and the late Elaine Summers and Blanche Evan for helping her keep dance alive.

Charné Furcron, EdD, LPC, NCC, BC-DMT, MAC, ACS is Director of Education at Moving in the Spirit (MITS). She has been actively involved with MITS for over twenty-five years and manages program evaluation and participant outcome data collection and analysis. She holds a BFA in dance from Texas Christian University, MA in dance therapy from Goucher College, MA in counseling from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology, and EdD in counseling psychology from Argosy University/ Sarasota. For over thirty years, Dr. Furcron’s work has integrated Dance Therapy and Positive Youth Development, and she has presented locally, regionally and nationally. She presented Dance: Positively Changing Lives of Urban youth in the ADTA Talks; co-authored an article on MITS’ program evaluation process in the AJDT; and was highlighted in the Profiles of Dance Therapists, in A Short Primer on Innovative Evaluation Reporting book, and in the international documentary Moving Child. Additionally, she serves as the Multicultural Diversity Chair for the ADTA Board of Directors and the vice-president of the Southern Chapter.

Ebony Nichols completed her Bachelor of Arts at The College of New Rochelle in psychology. She is currently acquiring her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Dance Movement Therapy at Lesley University. Ebony has been the proprietor of Locks of Nu Natural Hair Spa for 15 years. Utilizing their mission of “Healing the Community Follicle by Follicle” her primary focus is to create a therapeutic environment within the African American community. This was her genesis for connecting artistic/aesthetic expression and psychology. Trained in ballet and modern dance, Ebony found her love for the freedom of movement in the NYC house dance community. She co-founded Afro Mosaic Soul Dance Collective, using social dance and music as a tool for emotional healing. Most recently she presented her work, Moving Blindspots: Cultural Bias in the Movement Repertoire of Dance/Movement Therapist at the New England Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association’s Annual Conference (2018). Her research is based on healing arts therapy as it relates to dances of the African diaspora and cultural/race identity with plans of completing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.

Stephan Reynolds, is already a seasoned veteran of the stage. His dance training includes Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Dance Theater of Harlem, Paul Taylor and the Martha Graham School. To list but some of his credits: In 1998, he was selected to perform the lead solo in Paul Taylor’s Company B. In 1999, he performed the leading role in Penumbra’s Black Nativity and performed with the show for three consecutive years. He has been chosen to work with Christina Aguilera, Deborah Cox, Debbie Allen, Deborah Gibson, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson (30th Anniversary Celebration on NBC), Al Jarreau, Monica, Mya, Usher, Jill Scott, Martha Wash, Crystal Waters, Kristine W, RuPaul, and most recently Céline Dion in A New Day and Cirque du Soleil. His journey to Dance Movement Therapy, began at a young age, as he survived a very tumultuous childhood while using dance as his escape.  He held steadily to the ideas and advantages of higher education, thusly bringing im to the pursuit of 3 Master degrees, the most recent in Mental Health Counseling, to support the pursuit of a Ph.D. in  Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Dance Movement Therapy at Lesley University with research in the affluence of the African American males and how it relates to culture/race identity and the changing world.

Warin Tepayayone, MAs, BC-DMT, NCC holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology and dual master’s degrees in Social Psychology and Dance/Movement Therapy. She has worked extensively with children with special needs and mental health disorders, using both verbal and nonverbal psychotherapy approaches. She also currently works with adult and geriatric in-patient psychiatric services with mixed diagnoses at INOVA hospital. She has given both presentations and lectures on cultural-based DMT, movement observation and Thai classical dance at many national and international conferences and organizations. Warin is also a co-founder of the Asian, Asian-American Affinity Group of the ADTA.

Alison Vodnoy Wolf is a therapist and theatre artist who graduated from the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Columbia College. Prior to her MA, Alison gained an MFA from Goddard College, researching the psychological issues unique to actors. She also taught Acting courses at the University of Cincinnati. Over the last decade of her research, she developed the Offstage Equilibrium program that teaches actors skills for exiting emotion and character. She will implement Offstage Equilibrium during the 2018/2019 school year at DePaul University. She co-presented at the 2017 ADTA conference on Cultural Competence with Gender and Sexually Diverse Clients.

Jessica Young, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA is an Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program. She has presented workshops in dance/movement therapy, clinical supervision, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, and violence prevention nationally and internationally. She provides direct client services to children and adults through the Institute of Therapy through the Arts, the Soldiers Project, and New Prairie Counseling.  Jessica is very active in the ADTA and currently serves as Chair of the Education Committee.  Her recent publications focus on the therapeutic movement relationship and dance/movement therapy as a strengths-based practice.  She maintains her self-care through playing with her children, choreographing and performing, and enjoying collaborative, compassionate, creative, and caring relationships.

In our web-based world of disembodied social media relationships, is it possible to connect and train remotely still preserving the art of dance/movement therapy (DMT), which at its core involves the communicative power of body-to-body embodied dancing connections?  This question is addressed by an international panel of DMT’s and allied professionals, trained by the panel’s senior DMT, who created this advanced DMT training. Through the diversity of the presenters from countries across the globe, participants will experience how online training supports an international network of DMTs building resources, colleagueship and friendships that transcends culture, race, gender and age.

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


  1. Describe how a webinar-based training crosses ethnic and cultural borders, supporting a network of international DMTs and allied professionals to build resources, colleagueship, and friendships.
  2. Demonstrate how this online training brings DMT to new populations of children and families, embracing diversity and multiculturalism.
  3. Understand how this training explores cross-cultural diversity as well as the commonality of emotional needs and experiences that transcend culture, race, gender and age.

SuziTortora, EdD, BC-DMT, CMA, LCAT, LMHC has a full-time private practice in Cold Spring, NY and NYC, specializing in parent- infant/child and family therapy; trauma; medical illness; and adult chronic pain. She is the International Medical Creative Arts Spokesperson for the Andréa Rizzo Foundation, having created and continuing to be the senior dance/movement therapist for pediatric patients at Integrative Medicine Services, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NYC, since 2003. She received the 2010 Marian Chace Distinguished Dance Therapist award from the ADTA. She teaches in Europe, South America, New Zealand, the Middle East and Asia; holds faculty positions in the USA, The Netherlands, Chech Republic, Argentina and China; offers international webinar Ways of Seeing training programs for dance/movement therapists and allied professionals; has published numerous papers about her work; and her book, The Dancing Dialogue: Using the communicative power of movement with young children is used extensively in dance/movement therapy training programs internationally.

Candy Beers-Kim, MS, R-DMT specializes in early nonverbal interactions within the parent/child dyad.  She specifically looks at the development of maternal identity, postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, and how these impact attachment and pediatric sleep patterns.  She is certified as a Ways of Seeing practitioner and is currently collaborating with The Children’s Emotions Lab at Virginia Tech, updating their coding manual for nonverbal interactions between mother and child. This project in en-route to her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies.

Karen Bradley, MFA, CMA completed her CMA in 1984 and has also trained in dance movement therapy, connective tissue massage and voice and acting techniques. She is a retired university professor in dance from the University of Maryland and has worked in various leadership capacities for LIMS. She authored the book, Rudolf Laban. Having completed her DMT course work many years ago, in her retirement Karen is completing her DMT certification and is currently in Dr. Suzi Tortora’s third Ways of Seeing international webinar DMT training program. She lives in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Dr. Ilse DeKoeyer-Laros came to Utah from The Netherlands in 2000. She has conducted research into early parent-child relationships, emotional development, and the development of self, in collaboration with Dr. Alan Fogel. In 2006, she had a baby of her own. Since then, she has been teaching at the University of Utah Psychology Department, where she is currently an Associate Professor (Lecturer). In 2015, she was awarded the Superior Teaching Award of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS). Dr. DeKoeyer-Laros also holds a part-time position as Child Development Specialist with Help Me Grow Utah, a parenting information and resource line that offers parenting support, child development information, developmental screening, and connection to resources in the community. She is a founding Board Member of the Utah Association for Infant Mental Health (UAIMH), and President from 2013-2017. She is currently in Dr. Tortora’s third Ways of Seeing international DMT training.

Jennifer Ellyson, MA, R-DMT, received her graduate training from Columbia College Chicago. Her passion for working in the area of infant and child dance/movement therapy led her to participate in Dr. Suzi Tortora’s Ways of Seeing Post-Graduate International Training Program. Jennifer works as a dance/movement therapist for two agencies in Fairfield County, Connecticut that serve children with special needs. She also volunteers her time offering dance/movement therapy groups for patients with Dementia at a long-term care facility. Jennifer also worked as the Movement Director for a progressive school, creating and instructing dance and wellness-based movement curricula for children ages 3-14. Jennifer continues to work as a dance educator and choreographer, and is in the process of creating a dance performance company.

Zita Gil a native of Mexico, mom of two girls, holds a B.D. in Psychology (Universidad de las Ámericas-Puebla, UDLAP) and a M.A. in Expressive Therapies, specialization in Dance Therapy & Mental Health Counseling (Lesley University – Cambridge, MA, USA). Since 2011 has been involved in promoting dance movement therapy as a health tool in Puebla, Mexico. Believing that body and movement can become a tool for dialogue, interaction, participation and collective construction, Zita is dedicated to contributing to the development of children and adolescents. She has worked in collaboration with government institutions developing and leading dance therapy workshops for children and adolescents, victims of domestic violence, abandonment and sexual abuse. And also has provided creative dance classes for children (and a caregiver) from the ages of 1 to 5 years old to support child´s growth and attachment relationship. She became a Ways of Seeing practitioner in 2017.

Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb MA, MFA, BC-DMT, LMFT, CMA, PWAssoc, SEP, Ways of Seeing Practitioner is passionate about the diverse and multicultural ways that embodied expression and creativity promote healing and transformation. She teaches at the University of Minnesota, directs and teaches alternate route courses in Minnesota and has a private practice specializing in identity, life transition, and developmental/complex trauma.  Internationally, she has taught dance/movement therapy in Vilnius, Lithuania (1997); developed programming and taught DMT at Tallinn University in Estonia as a Fulbright Scholar (2011), led DMT workshops in Latvia and Finland; and currently teaches in China and Hong Kong through the Inspirees Institute of Creative Arts Therapy (2014-present). She has published on DMT and somatic trauma approaches to working with people diagnosed with Eating Disorders, on integrating DMT programming within long term care facilities, and on the development of DMT in Estonia. In Minnesota, she has promoted DMT through numerous workshops, classes and professional conference presentations. She was also invited to be a keynote speaker at the 2016 “Moving Circle: Dance and Movement Therapy Conference” in Hong Kong, where she spoke and then led a workshop on using dance movement therapy with patients with dementia. She was chair of the ADTA Project 2016-Alternate Route Working Group (2013) to assess and strengthen alternate route training.  This led to the creation of the Alternate Route Educators Subcommittee (ARES), of which she is currently the out-going chair.  She has also been a team leader on the Subcommittee for the Approval of Alternate Route Courses (SAARC) (2011-2014). She also received the ADTA’s Outstanding Educator award in 2017.

Krestin Radonovich, PhD is a pediatric neuropsychologist with over 15 years experience in the assessment of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders.  She is particularly interested in nonverbal communication and how dance and creative movement can facilitate social engagement.  She has published 12 peer-reviewed articles, many using kinesiological techniques to assess movement differences in children with ASD.  Clinical studies have described children with ASD as “clumsy.”  Dr. Radonovich sought to objectively define these descriptions, with a goal towards better interventions.  Dr. Radonovich recently began working on her DMT certification through the Alternate Route program.  This experience has taught her to observe movement in new ways.  Her current research is on the use of mirroring in young, minimally verbal children with ASD in order to increase social engagement.  She seeks to bridge the work between these two worlds to provide new avenues for working with these children.

Jennifer Whitley, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT, CMA received her M.S. degree in Dance Therapy at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, is a Ways of Seeing practitioner, Level II Reiki trained, and certified Laban Movement Analyst. She has been at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in NYC since May 2012, working with the pediatric oncology population as a medical dance/movement therapist and with hospital staff as a fitness/dance class instructor with Integrative Medicine Services.  Ms. Whitley’s DMT experience also includes working with children diagnosed with ASD, PDD, developmental delays and genetic disorders in the school setting and also works with children and families who experience eating issues, attachment disorders, disruptive behaviors, ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and family separation privately at Dr. Suzi Tortora’s Dancing Dialogue in Cold Spring, NY. Ms. Whitley has taught as interim instructor at The New School and presented workshops locally, nationally, and internationally.


Recent developments in our nation’s polarized sociopolitical sphere are exacerbating tensions experienced by immigrants and refugees, particularly with regard to reunification with family members left behind. Anecdotal reports describe escalating levels of stress among noncitizens in the midst of vociferous national immigration debates. Dance/movement therapy (DMT) fosters attachment and renewal through therapeutic practices and processes that promote resiliency and relationship with the family unit in mind. Combining an overview of the political context for immigrant welfare with case material, experientials, theory and research, four dance movement therapists present DMT as an approach to nurturing wellbeing within a daunting, uncertain landscape.

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


  1. 1. Participants will understand the impact of current changes to U.S. family reunification policies on the immigrant and refugee community
  2. 2.Participants will explore the concept of family separation and its implications on individuals.
  3. 3.Participants will grasp the ability of dance/movement therapy to promote resiliency and relationship in the midst of troubling uncertainty.

Amber E.L. Gray, MA, BC-DMT, LPC, LPCC is a pioneer in the use of Dance Movement Therapy with survivors of trauma, particularly torture, war and human rights abuses. She is an ADTA Outstanding Achievement Award recipient; a recent nominee for The Barbara Chester Human Rights award, and featured expert on torture treatment through Tulane University’s Institute of Traumatology. Amber’s expertise is represented in many published articles, chapters, keynote addresses, professional collaborations and presentations around the world. Amber has provided clinical training on the integration of refugee mental health and torture treatment with creative arts, mindfulness, and body-based therapies to more than 30 programs worldwide, since the 1990’s. She originated a resiliency-based framework and clinical approach (Restorative Movement Psychotherapy) for somatic, mindfulness, movement and arts-based therapies with survivors of trauma in cross cultural, low resource contexts. Her two most recent publications, one co-authored with Dr. Stephen Porges, are based on their co-collaborated Polyvagal informed dance movement therapy.

Rebekka Dieterich-Hartwell, MA, BC-DMT, LPC is a dance/movement therapist and PhD candidate in Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA. She has 15 years of clinical experience with adults with acute and chronic mental illnesses, substance abuse issues, eating disorders, and psychological trauma. Thanks to a background in biology, she is interested in connecting science and art, specifically neuroscience and dance/movement. Her other main clinical and research interest is dance/movement therapy with refugees or traumatized immigrants. She serves on the Board of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the ADTA in public relations and as Adjunct Faculty at Drexel University.

Ashley Fargnoli, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC, currently works as a dance/movement therapist and licensed clinical professional counselor with refugees, survivors of human trafficking, and immigrants in Chicago. She has presented her work with these populations at the National Refugee and Immigrant conference, the American Dance Therapy Association, and at the Alliance for Women Scholars and Scientists. Ashley has also taught Expressive Arts Therapy at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. Ashley has lived in Bosnia and Herzegovina where she implemented numerous dance reconciliation projects, and in Kolkata, India where she worked with survivors of human trafficking. Ashley is an alumna of the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Columbia College, Chicago and also holds a M.A. in Cultural Project Management from the Institute of Political Studies (France).

David Alan Harris, MA, BC-DMT, LCAT, LPC, NCC, specializes in fostering resilience and recovery among survivors of war and organized violence. A DMT group that he ran in West Africa for former boy combatants, about which he has published extensively, won an international human rights prize in 2009. David has conducted trainings for counselors on five continents, primarily focused on incorporating DMT into community-based healing programs for survivors. Over the last decade the ADTA has honored him with its research award as well as its Leader of Tomorrow award; as American Journal of Dance Therapy co-editor, he shared the ADTA President’s Award in 2017 with Dr. Christina Devereaux.


Two dance/movement therapist and movement analysts utilize their movement background, and knowledge on the empowerment process to describe how Laban Movement Analysis can be used to foster Empowerment. Through the facilitation of African dance and Effort modulation sequences participants will be guided through an embodied experience of integration as it relates to the experience of empowerment. Laban movement analysis language will be used as a means of decreasing personal bias in the facilitation of movement. Participants will leave with gained knowledge on the empowerment process model and how it can be utilized to achieve movement goals.

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


  1. To explore the internal experience of empowerment
  2. To educate on how LMA can be used to facilitate empowerment
  3. To explore the use of LMA language to decrease personal bias in the facilitation and description of movement

Monimia Macbeth, R-DMT, GLCMA is a dance/movement therapist and counselor currently serving in Chicago Public Schools. Monimia’s passion to empower young people through arts and cultural exploration has guided her professional work with children and families involved in the child welfare system. Her background in the field and work with community non-profit organizations has also inspired her efforts to advocate for multicultural competence training for health care professionals. Outside of her therapeutic work, she performs and teaches African dance with a professional company in Chicago. Monimia enjoys combining her movement background as a dancer and therapist to demonstrate how expressive arts practices can be used to foster community and collective healing.

Rosalind Rodgers is the creative arts coordinator for a private residential treatment center for women with eating disorders, addiction, mood disorders, and trauma. As a dance/movement therapist and counselor Rosalind focuses on interventions that foster empowerment and self-efficacy. Her background and history of professional dance training, performance, and education led to increased attention on the effects of dance studio training. This passion for dance and movement training has motivated Rosalind to pursue other avenues of incorporating the empowerment process in future therapeutic and movement practices.

This seminar will offer curated information on coping theories and will bring attention to this key aspect of functioning through the lens of movement.  Together, through creative movement structures and discussion, participants will explore how Laban Movement Analysis may offer insight into clients’ coping styles and capacities. We will generate hypotheses about the possible relationships between coping styles and movement qualities that could be assessed to inform DMT treatment planning. The workshop includes an experiential movement structure that can help teen and adult clients investigate their own approaches to coping.

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

Objectives: At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Adapt a specific movement method for exploring coping to various clinical populations.
  2. Identify hypothesized movement elements associated with coping styles and types.
  3. Describe prevailing theories of coping as relevant to their own practice and research.

Sherry W. Goodill, Ph.D, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC, is Clinical Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University, and a Past- President of the American Dance Therapy Association. She holds a Ph.D. in Medical Psychology with a concentration in Mind/Body Studies, and her 2005 volume, An Introduction to Medical Dance/Movement Therapy: Health Care in Motion, has supported the application of dance/movement therapy for people living with medical conditions worldwide. Her professional interests concern psychosocial aspects of medical conditions, and the development of evidence for the creative arts therapies in the broad spectrum of healthcare.

Current definitions of trauma include fracturing of ego structures that impact normal functioning. Brain Imaging studies have located areas in the brain where trauma resides and offer insight into the physiological implications of the fractured experience of self, and how trauma impacts human thought and functioning.  Methodologies such as Internal Family Systems work provide means by which the fractured parts of self can be in the body and integrated into the experience of self.  Dance/Movement Therapy can be combined with IFS to facilitate integration of body and mind with clients who have symptoms of dissociation/disembodiment that often accompany trauma.

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


  1. Participants will be able to summarize the physiological aspects of trauma and how dance/movement therapy can be an effective means of addressing them.
  2.  Participants will be able to implement facilitation of “un-blending” from destructive parts of self
  3.  Participants will be able to describe applications and benefits of the concept of accessing Self in Internal Family Systems work with clients with trauma.

Marybeth Weinstock, PhD, BC-DMT, received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco in 2010, a Master’s Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Hunter College in New York in 1985, and an undergraduate degree in Dance and Psychology from Goucher College in Baltimore in 1975. Dr. Weinstock combines the disciplines of Clinical Psychology and DMT in her work as a therapist. She has worked in psychiatric hospitals, schools, mental health facilities, and in private practice with a broad span of patients for over 40 years, and specializes in Eating Disorders, Trauma, Body Image, and issues of age. Her dissertation was entitled Women Dancers in Midlife: Coping with the Transition, which advanced her scholarship in and treatment of body image issues, and which inspired a series of ongoing workshops. Dr. Weinstock’s theoretical orientation includes Internal Family Systems (IFS), psychodynamic, Jungian, feminist, cognitive behavioral, and existential approaches. She was trained by Dr. Richard Schwartz, the creator of IFS, and has incorporated it into her work with her clients, who have benefited greatly from this approach. She has served on the CA Chapter of the ADTA as both President and Communications Chair and currently serves on the national Board as the Western Member-at-Large. She also serves as the national representative to ACIH. She previously served on the Ethics and Research committees. Her mentor Anna Halprin certified her to teach Movement Ritual. She is a certified facilitator in The Body Positive and uses its principles to guide clients through reclaiming their beauty. She is also deeply influenced by her studies with Alwin Nikolais, Murray Louis, and Hanya Holm as a young dancer in NYC, and by her love of meditation and yoga. Dr. Weinstock currently has a private practice in Pacific Grove, CA where she also teaches dance class, and is Lead Therapist at The Lotus Collaborative in Santa Cruz, CA, where she works part time with clients with eating disorders. She also provides supervision for DMT’s. She began teaching dance 45 years ago, and has been a guest lecturer at college level and given workshops and in-services on DMT since the mid-80’s. She is currently studying for her licensing exams in Clinical Psychology.

Mindfulness has become popular in recently, and often includes body awareness and practices. From a DMT perspective, mindfulness can be a welcome addition to our work, yet on its own sustains an assumption that the mind is what that awakens, and that waking up largely involves sitting still. Bodyfulness seeks to remedy this by centralizing the body in contemplation and healing. We will define bodyfulness, identify ways existing DMT has pioneered bodyfulness, and discuss ways we can develop new DMT bodyful practices. We will play with practices suggested by the presenter and discuss how they can incorporate into clinical settings.

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


  1. Attendees will learn four basic ways in which contemplative movement work can be used in dance/movement therapy
  2. Attendees will learn the history of the word bodyfulness, and how it relates both to mindfulness and the mindfulness movement
  3. Attendees will practice basic strategies for the four basic bodyful methods that can be used in dance/movement therapy

Christine Caldwell, PhD, BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, ACS, is the founder of and professor emeritus in the Somatic Counseling Program at Naropa University, where she taught somatic counseling, clinical neuroscience, research, and diversity issues. Her work, called the Moving Cycle, spotlights natural play, early physical imprinting, fully sequenced movement processes, the opportunities in addiction, and a trust in the authoritative knowledge of the body. She has taught at the University of Maryland, George Washington, Concordia, Seoul Women’s University, Southwestern College, and Pacifica, and trains, teaches and lectures internationally. She has published over 30 articles and chapters, and her books include Getting Our Bodies Back, and Getting In Touch. She has two books coming out in 2018, The Body and Oppression, and Bodyfulness.