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 5th

3-Hour Seminars, 8:30 am – 11:30 am

In a society where we are surrounded by a continual flow of information, how do we cultivate presence? Presence, an integral part of Siegel’s (2010) Triangle of Well-Being, is a key component of establishing relationship. Nurturing presence through curiosity, openness, acceptance, and love (COAL) facilitates an environment for healthy relationships to form, which promotes neural integration, interpersonal and intrapersonal regulation, and resilience. Participants will explore COAL through moving, writing, and discussing their accompanying sensations, images, feelings, and thoughts (SIFT). Relationship is instrumental to the emergent intersubjective mind, which can be transformed to promote systemic change. This all begins with presence.

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


Kris E. Larsen, part-time faculty at Columbia College Chicago, dance therapist, and performer. Kris is interested in the bridge between creativity and identity, creativity and mental health, and creativity and neurobiology. Education in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and neurobiology has illuminated the necessity for creating movement interventions that assist in modulating arousal states and promoting mindful somatic awareness.  As a performer, Kris’s latest dance works have been focused upon identity and the search for meaning, while confronting stereotypes and societal marginalization of culture.

Jessica Young, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA is an Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies. 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 Center.  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 this workshop, we will discuss the challenges and gifts of designing a curriculum in preparation for working with a translator, while also learning to effectively communicate complex theoretical concepts and evidence-based practices. In our work together, we drew on recent neuroscientific research as viewed through the lens of psychology (Schore, van der Kolk) and developed a DMT Laboratory as a means of body-based interventions that would transcend language barriers, which we will explore with participants.

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


Corinne Hammet, BC-DMT has an MA in Counseling Psychology and Dance/Movement Therapy and lives in the fertile Willamette valley in western OR. She worked for a decade in crisis residences, then for another decade in an inpatient psychiatric unit and intensive outpatient program, where she facilitated groups, including yoga, MB-CBT, DBT, all grounded in DMT. She is also a certified practitioner of Body-Mind Centering and continues to assist Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in her workshops in the US.

Beth Lucchi, PhD, LCSW, BC-DMT received her Doctorate degree from the California Graduate Institute, Dance/Movement Therapy degree from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and her Social Work degree from Portland State University.  Dr. Lucchi currently works in Portland Oregon as a psychiatric social worker, dance/movement therapist, and clinical supervisor.  She has been a member of the American Dance Therapy Association since 1986 and served two terms on the Board of Directors.   Dr. Lucchi has presented nationally on a number of topics, most notably on Authentic Movement as a training modality to enhance clinical practice and on Dance/Movement Therapy interventions for the treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Neurosequential Resiliency Processing is a DMT based trauma intervention. Client populations exposed to long-term developmental trauma, including physical, psychological, emotional, sexual abuse, and extreme neglect usually require advanced trauma processing protocols to resolve somatic memories that continually hijack their attachment experiences out of the here and now. Neurosequential Resiliency Processing fuses evidence-based clinical intervention techniques with DMT approaches enabling recovery trajectories that maintain capacities of self-regulation and secure transitions from being your trauma to an embodied knowing that trauma happened to you but trauma is not who you are or how you have to be in the world.

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


Dicki Johnson Macy, BC-DMT, MEd, LMHC, lineage holder in the Art/Technique of Isadora Duncan and director of the “Boston Children’s Foundation” is the creator and founder of Rainbowdance . A tireless and dedicated pioneer in the field of trauma focused stabilization and resiliency programs for young children and their communities, she is also  the co-founder of  the acute trauma response and intervention, CBI. For the past 25 years, in her career as a dance therapist, she has created  international healing rituals for children isolated by developmental and neurological disorders and exposure to conflict and natural disaster.

Robert Macy, PhD has been practicing Taoist Internal Martial Arts for 30 years. Robert integrates the Taoist Internal Martial Arts movement work and energy practice with evidence based trauma informed care for utilizing expressive art therapies. He was trained at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Psychology-Neuroscience Department in the application of neuroscience research to the development of clinical interventions. He is the Founder of the International Trauma Center and the Boston Children’s Foundation. Macy is a pioneer in the field of developmental psychopathology and psychological trauma developing interventions for communities exposed to extreme violence. Dr. Macy designs, implements and researches expressive arts based, trauma focused, psychosocial resiliency initiatives in the United States, Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa.

Talking about domestic violence is forbidden in Asian culture within the milieu of Confucianism. Vietnam, Korea or many other countries have come a long way in recognizing that domestic violence is a real issue, affecting women, children, and elders’ lives. Family secrets stay within the family. The workshop showcase trauma-informed and culturally congruent Dance/movement therapy conducted with domestic abuse survivors. This program provides participants a safe environment to express their suppressed emotions and power to raise their voices. We expect that participants gain peace, empathy, re-connection and self-esteem through body-mind experiential workshop with meditation, Hmong circle dance and Ballroom dance.

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


Miyoung Kim, MA, MS, R-DMT studied in Ballet, Modern Dance, Korean Dance Ewah Woman’s University. She got her M.A. from Dongduk University in physical education and ballroom dance. She had competed around the world represent South Korea as a former Pro ballroom Dance champion and won three times USA theater art championships, US National Ballroom dance 2nd places. She also has been teaching dance for 21 years to professionals, kids, adults, senior and people on wheelchair at variety settings. She decided continuing study in healing dance in Sarah Lawrence College and became a registered DMT. She is working in Womankind. Inc as Elder Abuse Specialist practicing Creative Art therapy in Senior Centers in order to provide stress reduce therapy for abuse survivors and empowerment of elderly.

Humans have a unique capacity to derive rich meaning from imagery and metaphor. When we “brain storm,” our brain’s insula region helps us decipher that we do not really have a storm inside our head. Likewise, when we dance a raging storm, we don’t expect to get wet. Creative dance within the dance/movement therapy session opens transformative dimensions of expression. Accessing imagery in dance improvisation stimulates individualized expression of feelings and therapeutic transformation. In this workshop, we will explore the rich use of creative dance within dance/movement therapy and how the brain itself aids in self-discovery and healing.

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


Bonnie Bernstein, MEd, MFT, BC-DMT, REAT was mentored by pioneer Dance/Movement/Word Therapist, Blanche Evan from 1970-1982. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Adjunct Faculty at J.F. Kennedy University in California. She has authored publications on Dance/Movement Therapy for survivors of trauma and treating trauma in the global community. She has researched world dance in indigenous  cultures. Since 2008 she has led yearly month-long Dance/Movement Therapy workshops for marginalized youth and survivors of sex trafficking in Kolkata, India. She was Education Director of the Alternate Route Dance/Movement Therapy training program: Center for Movement Education and Research (CMER), with programs in California and South Korea. For forty years, she has been in private practice, currently in Palo Alto, California.

75-Minute Seminars – Early, 8:30 am – 9:45 am

DMT can inform, and potentially transform, conflict resolution practices. Conflict resolution is the ultimate balancing act. In this workshop, the presenter will facilitate an active exploration into the role of the body in conflict resolution using Marshall Rosenberg’s nonviolent communication (NVC) as a frame of reference. Nonviolent communication, specifically when paired with DMT, can effectively address conflict as a pathway for connection, resilience and resolution. At the end of the workshop, individuals will understand the power of DMT to enhance NVC practices, prevent and/or resolve conflict and to improve communications and social interactions in professional and therapeutic relationships.

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


Jenny Baxley Lee, MA, BC-DMT is a Lecturer and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist with the University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine in the College of the Arts and is affiliated faculty with the School of Theatre and Dance, the STEM Translational Communications Center, and the Academy of Research Excellence in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at UF. She is an active member of the American Dance Therapy Association and serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Dance Therapy as Book/Film Review Editor. In addition to teaching graduate coursework and study abroad in Northern Ireland, Ms. Lee’s practice and research includes dance/movement therapy with children and adults with acute and chronic health issues and with rural veterans and their families.

Learn to calm the nervous system through use of voice and guided movement is an important skill for positive affect and functioning. Dynamic Embodiment draws upon the language and observational methods of Laban Movement Analysis, the neuro-developmental theory embedded in Bartenieff Fundamentals and the relational work of Body-Mind Centering, a keystone in the somatic psychology field. Experience how to guide individual or group sessions with the basic experience of moving toward pleasure and away from pain or other negative triggers using developmental movement patterns that relate to the developing brain.

(Entry Level/Student; 76% or more Movement; NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)


Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT specializes in neuro-motor 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 for pre-K-12 using self-regulating movement and “healthy dancing”.  Martha is a co-founder and steering committee member of Global Water Dances, and developed Moving For Life Dance Exercise in 1999 a non-profit providing free dance classes to people with cancer and other debilitating conditions.

75-Minute Seminars – Later, 10:15 am – 11:30 am

Qigong is moving meditation, guiding breath energy throughout the body while relaxing the mind. Come experience Qigong and discover how the DMT therapist can incorporate the ancient wisdom of Chinese Medicine in their practice. DMT and the Chinese practice of Qigong: Two holistic methods that address all aspects of health. Both use symbols, images and themes to bring about health and well-being. Both focus on the use of movement as the medium of change. The calming repetitive Qigong movement sequences create pathways to neurological resilience as neurons that fire together wire together.

(Entry Level/Student; 76% or more Movement; NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)


Dove Harris Govrin, MS, BC-DMT is a dance/movement therapist and Certified Qigong Instructor in Northern California. For 20 years, she taught Movement, Qigong and practiced DMT, founding a DMT clinic on the kibbutz, in Israel, where she lived and worked with people of all ages, infants through seniors. When she returned to the USA, she began working with seniors in retirement communities utilizing DMT and Qigong. For, the past 20 years, she has been teaching Qigong at College of Marin and at Kaiser Permanente in San Rafael, CA and she is currently working internationally, teaching Qigong while wearing her DMT hat.

This presentation will look at the therapeutic use of dance therapy within the prison population, experiential that demonstrates what a dance/movement therapy session looks like in a prison. Inmates create a subculture and there are many obstacles one has to deal with to set a ‘safe’ group, however, the healing potential of dance/movement therapy in this setting, I believe, could potentially be a growth opportunity for dance therapists. Presently our prisons have become mental health facilities as well; dance/movement therapy can help the inmate to heal inner pain thereby being highly therapeutic to the inmate who is striving to rehabilitate.

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


Joanne Zullig, BC-DMT has been a dance/movement therapist since 1986, UCLA graduate.  Her work has primarily been with populations of chronic pain, traumatic head injury, and children/victims of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse.  She has recently began working at a women’s prison and is highly motivated to share the work at a prison because of dance/movement therapy to immediately help the women inmates to express their emotions in safe ways, e.g. not have to verbally divulge private information that another inmate may use against them.  The subcultures of prison life are extremely difficult and the use of dance/movement therapy is an incredible therapy to help the prison inmate heal with some privacy within an enmeshed prison culture.

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