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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Advocacy Day – Free Event

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Friday Seminar

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

“The Moving Child” Film – Free Public Event

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November 2nd

All Day Intensives, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Dance/movement therapy theory and practice will be utilized to demonstrate the importance of implementing embodied methods to treat patients with eating disorders. Helping these patients transform their habitual thoughts and behaviors into more productive ways to cope with overwhelming problems is integral to reclaiming connection to a fuller experience of living in their bodies. Attendees will learn to trust their innate ability to “attend” empathically, respond authentically and translate non-verbal experiences into cognitive insight.  Collaborative interactions will include discussion aimed at  identifying specific practice based evidence issues that can be further explored through research studies and writings.

(All levels; 51-75% movement; NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)


Susan Kleinman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CEDS, is creative arts therapies supervisor and dance/movement therapist for The Renfrew Center of Florida. Ms Kleinman is a trustee of the Marian Chace Foundation, Past President of the American Dance Therapy Association, and a past Chair of The National Coalition for Creative Arts Therapies. She has published extensively, presented widely, is the Sierra Tucson’s 2012″Gratitude for Giving” honoree , the recipient of the American Dance Therapy Association’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award and The International Association of Eating Disorders Professional’s 2014 Spirit of iaedp Award. Her work is featured in the documentary entitled Expressing Disorder: Journey to Recovery

Concetta Troskie, R-DMT, RDT, LPC is a primary therapist, dance/movement therapist and drama therapist at the Renfrew Center of Dallas. Ms. Troskie is the Government Affairs Liaison for the Texas Chapter of the ADTA, and is Chair of iaedp’s 2017 Experiential Workshop.  Ms. Troskie was the recipient of the American Dance Therapy Association’s 2016 Exceptional Service Award at the local level. She is a webinar facilitator and a blog contributor on the topic of expressive therapies and eating disorders for The Renfrew Center. Ms. Troskie has presented at The Pituitary Association Conference at Ohio State University, and at various professional seminars throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Romantic relationships have a highly-charged nonverbal component making dance/movement therapy an ideal treatment modality. In this workshop, we offer a theoretical framework for effective couples’ dance/movement therapy and we explore techniques that help couples move toward healthier relationship dynamics. Trust, boundaries, power differentials, support and expression of needs are some of the topics this workshop will address both didactically and experientially. Much of couples counseling theory comes out of attachment theory, which dance therapists understand kinesthetically. In this workshop, we weave together attachment theory, polyvagal theory, Kestenberg Movement Profile’s tension flow rhythms and relational dances, Internal Family Systems, Relational-Cultural model and Relationship Concepts in Movement Studies. Participants with explore applying theory into the practice from this “hands-on” experience.  This Couples’ Dance Therapy workshop promises to offer new ideas for the seasoned clinician working with couples, as well as instill confidence and excitement for the more novice dance/movement therapist.

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


Stacey McGinn Hurst, LCPC, is a board-certified dance/movement therapist and graduate Laban certified movement analyst.  She is a graduate of the Creative Arts Therapies department at Columbia College Chicago, where she has enjoyed a part-time faculty position in the department for the past 18 years.  Stacey also directs Mind Body Connections, a private practice, where she works with adolescents, adults and couples. Additionally, she co-leads women’s groups, is an international guest lecturer and presenter and provides supervision to counselors of all types across the globe. As an advocate in the field of dance/movement therapy, Stacey has volunteered as a board member for the American Dance Therapy Association and currently serves on the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board.

Dee Wagner, MS, LPC, BC-DMT has worked as a counselor and dance/movement therapist at the Link Counseling Center in Atlanta for 23 years. She has presented many workshops for The American Dance Therapy Association. She is co-author of Naked Online: a DoZen Ways to Grow from Internet Dating, author of Polyvagal Theory and Peek-a-boo in Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy and Is My Anxiety Attracting Your Depression in Elephant Journal.

As our political climate changes, as does our work as dance/movement therapists, clinicians, and healers.  Now more than ever is the time to step fearlessly into potentially difficult conversations pertaining to race, gender, sexuality, and (dis)ability.  Three dance/movement therapists from Chicago will provide tools for understanding and approaching some of the sharpest edges of difference.   Held within a restorative justice application of a peace circle, participants will be able to feel these edges and strengthen the bonds of relational connection. In doing so, difference will serve as a vehicle towards growth.  Given their uniquely situated identities presenters will use their personal and field experiences to inform their offering.  What they offer is a creative and embodied approach to liberation, resistance, recuperation, and collective healing.

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


Rosey Puloka is a dance/movement therapist and counselor in Chicago.  The bulk of her work centers around the liberation of incarcerated women through intersectional feminist approaches to healing.  Guided by a critical trans politic, Rosey seeks to use dance/movement therapy principles as vehicle for resistance and recuperation.

Jessica Diaz is a dance/movement therapist, counselor and activist currently working with inpatient psychiatric and community organizations. Jessica’s focus is to dismantle and decolonize heteronormative patriarchal spaces, and to open space for the underrepresentation of queer, people of color and disability voices. Drawing from experiences since migrating to the U.S.

Monimia Macbeth is a dance/movement therapist and counselor in the Greater Chicago Area. 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.  As an advocate and dance/movement therapist Monimia works to empower through the strengthening of the mind/body connection.

Morning Intensives, 8:30 am – 11:30 am

In this presentation, we will gather and move our own premises of why DMT works, and from there learn about suitable research designs to investigate therapeutic factors of DMT. Why does DMT work? Is it the strengthening of resources/self-efficacy beliefs, the therapeutic relation, or the aesthetic experience that help us explain the workings of our discipline? How can we best investigate the how-and-why-it-works question? What are mechanistic studies? What is a mediation/moderation? What are important mediators and how do they influence the efficacy of DMT? We will look at suitable research examples and discuss resulting questions .

(Mid level; up to 25% movement; NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)


Prof. Dr. Sabine C. Koch, PhD, BC-DMT, Psychologist and Dance Movement Therapist, Director of the Research Institute for Creative Arts Therapies at Alanus University Alfter, Head of the DMT Master Program at SRH University Heidelberg, Germany. Specialized in embodiment research, evidence-based research, Kestenberg Movement Profiling (KMP), and active factors across the creative arts therapies. Meta analyses and RCT studies on DMT for schizophrenia, autism, and depression. Research in dance movement therapy (DMT), body-mind approaches, embodiment, nonverbal communication, body memory, movement and meaning, DMT for trauma, dance for Parkinson’s disease, Phenomenological Body Psychotherapy, Creative Arts Therapies. Contact:

As last year marked 50 years for ADTA, it also marked 50 years for the phenomenon that has come to be known as comic con. The time for these two to meet has arrived in this introduction to the world of Cosplay, Fandoms, & Geek Culture, including how they interconnect with the field of DMT and can be utilized to engage and reach out to clients who are a part of this imaginative world. As we cover information to address this area of diversity we will also include scholarly backing from pioneers of DMT, such as Whitehouse, Schoop, Jung and others.

(All levels; up to 25% movement; NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)


Voniè Stillson, MA, BC-DMT, LPC, ATRIC received an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Antioch and a BA in Dance Therapy from Naropa, with 25+ years experience with individuals with MI/IDD and 10+ years as a Certified Aquatic Rehabilitation Specialist. She received ADTA’s 2014 Outstanding Achievement award for her work creating the Southern Chapter and is their 1st president. She’s presented dance/movement therapy at mental health conferences, aquatics conferences, community-based workshops and pop culture conventions. As a lifelong comic book reader and sci-fi fan, she advocates for geek culture as positive for mental health. She is also Captain of Airship Iron Opal, an all ages social steampunk group, including her 10 & 8 year olds and husband of 12 years.

In this intensive session with will take a deeper dive into our experiences of working with those who have experienced trauma. The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA, 2014) emphasizes the importance of addressing the impact of trauma as it affects the wellbeing of providers and ultimate shapes the care they provide. Dance/Movement Therapy can enhance the work of Trauma Stewardship with its holistic, body based perceptive. Participants will explore new ways to conceptualize their trauma exposure response (Lipsky (2009) through the use of lecture, discussion, body mapping and experiential learning to support the development of effective embodied self-care practices.

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


Kyla Gilmore, LCPC, BC-DMT is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Creative Art Therapies, where she obtained her Master of Arts degree in Dance/movement Therapy and Counseling. Currently, she coordinates the Expressive Therapy Department at Riveredge Hospital, which is an inpatient and behavioral health facility caring for children through geriatrics patients. Her previous work experiences included providing dance/movement therapy to adults in inpatient psychiatric care at St Bernard Hospital. Kyla began her clinical career at Jewish Child and Family Services as a clinician for pregnant and parenting teens. Additionally, she is in private practice in Oak Park, IL. Kyla served as a Thesis Advisor for Columbia College of Chicago’s Department of Creative Arts from 2011-2015. Recently, she joined the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) Continuing Education Subcommittee where she assists with moderating webinars. Kyla is the Manager of Education Initiatives for The Sistah Circle Group.

Afternoon Intensives, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

This highly experiential and theoretical intensive workshop focuses on Jungian dance/movement therapy through the lens of group dynamics and the developmental phases of group process.  The workshop explores the phases of group development and the complimentary affects to each stage and the issues of group structure and group leadership.  Specific movement oriented and body based interventions are practiced through experiential work and discussed throughout each phase of the group process.  There will be verbal processing of each developmental phase of group and with didactic instruction following each phase.  The work will focus on the intra psychic process of the individual in an interpersonal space with multiple transferences.  Attention will be paid to the Self versus the Ego from the Jungian context.  Use of ritual and movement will be explored.

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


Nanine Ewing, Ph.D., F.A.G.P.A., GGP, L.M.F.T, BC-DMT is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Houston, Texas for the past 33 years. She is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and a Certified Group Psychotherapist and a Dance Movement therapist. She has spoken nationally and internationally on the subjects of nonverbal communication, Jungian theory, Group process, Group dynamics, Psyche and Soma, Countertransference, the Anti-group, and many other topics. She teaches in an alternate training route for dance/movement therapists in Embodied Neurobiology for advanced clinical training at Experiential Therapies in Austin, Texas. She has a private practice in Houston, Texas and runs 3 groups a week for clinicians and private clients. She does in depth individual work with a Jungian orientation focusing on dream work and symbolic work in the body and psyche.  Her clientele includes a large percentage of her fellow clinicians. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and a Masters in counseling psychology and is a certified Adlerian and has studied hypnotherapy to the consultant level. She believes deeply in the work of the therapist’s inner life and has been committed to her own therapy and analysis for the entire spectrum of her clinical work and dedicates herself to encouraging other clinicians to do the same.

In this experiential workshop participants will lean into the wisdom of existing dance/movement therapy (DMT) theory and practice and increase understanding of how DMT can contribute to the changing face of mental health practices. The emphasis will be on how we can use the rich body of resources in DMT to advance the development of powerful approaches for cultivating embodied compassion resiliency. Participants will identify and practice resiliency skills, and increase understanding of factors that can nurture professional sustainability and decrease burnout. We will explore the integration of DMT, neurobiology, and the work on compassion fatigue and resiliency.

(Mid Level; 51-75% 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 offers body-centered therapy in her private practice, Movement Matters ( She also provides supervision and consultation 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 from Depression to Joyous Living using Body-Centered and Creative Approaches in Dance/Movement Therapy” (2015).

An introduction to DMT integrating Marian Chace concepts, Effort/Shape movement analysis, group process and leadership techniques. Participants will be involved in an interactive process through kinesthetic and personal involvement. This workshop is designed for students and allied professionals new to ADTA conferences. This group will meet daily during the conference for continuing support.

(All levels; 76% or more movement; NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)


Linni Deihl, MEd, BC-DMT, maintains a clinical practice specializing in psychogenic somatic disorders. A dance/movement therapist since 1964, she supervises alternate route students working toward their R-DMT and BC-DMT. She teaches at the university level and since 1972 has taught June and Winter intensive courses for alternate route students. She is the recipient of the 2007 ADTA award “Excellence in Education”. She is a past board member and currently serves on the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board (DMTCB). She has been the Pied Piper of dance education on the East End of Long Island, New York, and directs the “DanceAbility” program for special needs children and a dance therapy program for seniors. Her publications include A Dance Therapy Bibliography and “Treating Psychogenic Somatic Disorders through Body Metaphor”.

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