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Welcome to the ADTA Continuing Education Webinar page!  The ADTA is pleased to provide top quality webinar programming designed to help you earn continuing education credits, increase your knowledge of the Dance/Movement Therapy field, and support your overall professional development.

There are two ways for you to access ADTA Webinars:

Recorded/On-Demand: Watch past recorded webinars anytime and obtain continuing education hours. Simply register for the webinar, watch the recording, pass a brief quiz and print your continuing education certificate.  Click here to access our entire catalog of ON DEMAND Webinars.

Live Webinars: At right, you will find information about featured view on demand as well as any upcoming live ADTA Webinar offerings.

Continuing Education

The ADTA provides continuing education hours for Dance/Movement Therapists wishing to maintain their credentials. Many webinars are also eligible for NY LCAT CE hours and/or National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) credits.  Please see the individual descriptions of specific webinars to determine CE eligibility. Please check with your relevant licensing boards to determine if ADTA and/or NBCC continuing education hours are accepted.

The American Dance Therapy Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5739. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The American Dance Therapy Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

The American Dance Therapy Association is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists #CAT-0035.


“Credentialing and Licensure: Navigating the Profession of Dance/Movement Therapy”

On Demand Webinar

In this recorded webinar, a panel of representatives from the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) and the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board (DMTCB) address issues pertaining to professional identity as a dance/movement therapist.

Topics addressed include:

What Does It Mean to Be a Profession? ​

A Brief History of Registry through Certification​

ADTA and DMTCB: What’s the Difference? ​

Ethics of Private Practice​

Perspectives from the Multicultural and Diversity Committee​

Moving the Profession Forward

This webinar is free for public viewing and we invite you to share it with interested parties. As a member benefit, ADTA Members may earn 1.5 ADTA CEs and 1.5 NY LCAT CEs after completing this post-webinar quiz and this evaluation.

To access the evaluation and CE Quiz, click this link:

Dance/Movement Therapy Basics and Beyond: Stabilizing and Mobilizing Your Knowledge and Skills

This webinar series offers the opportunity to enrich your dance/movement therapy toolbox.  We revisit fundamental concepts and explore innovative ways for you to expand your work.

Newer dance/movement therapists will have the opportunity to feel confident in making use of DMT skills.  Seasoned dance/movement therapists will get a chance to rekindle inspiration and creativity while deepening existing methods.

Other mental health professionals will be introduced to the body/mind approaches in dance/movement therapy and begin to develop ideas for adopting creative and holistic approaches to utilize in practice.

See individual webinar descriptions below for each of the webinars in this series.

Integrating Dance Movement Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills

with Susanna Potter, MA, LMHC, R-DMT

Thursday, April 18th at 7 pm ET
Registration is $20 for student; $35 for ADTA member; $45 for non-member
Coming soon – this webinar will be available soon as a view on demand program

This webinar will demonstrate the application of dance/movement therapy approaches that can be integrated with basic Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills.  Learn how DMT interventions such as focusing, movement sequencing, the intervention from the moving cycle, and empathetic attunement can be utilized with the DBT modules of mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.  Interventions for children, adolescents, individuals and couples will be presented.


By the end of the webinar, participants will:

  1. Have a basic understanding of how to initiate and help a client develop foundational skills of somatic, emotional and cognitive awareness through the integrated use of mindfulness and focusing techniques.
  2. Have a framework with which to facilitate self regulation in clients via the integration of movement sequencing interventions to teach, explore, and apply emotion regulation skills.
  3. Be introduced to basic areas of interpersonal effectiveness (boundaries, intensity, and validation) via the use of empathetic attunement in somatic interventions.

Presenter Bio:

Susana Potter, MA, LMHC, R-DMT, is a Dance Movement Therapist and Somatic Counseling advocate in South Florida where she works with individuals and couples in private practice. She first began her journey towards becoming a somatic psychotherapist when she fell in love with the therapeutic power of dance as an adolescent. Later on in her education she studied behavior analysis while continuing to dance and graduated with both a bachelors in dance and psychology. It was only natural for her to pursue a master degree in somatic psychology and graduated form Naropa University. She is passionate about the depth of healing that somatic psychotherapy can provide and believes that mental illness is simply a fragmented relationship between the mind and body. Her clinical orientation is an integration of Dance Movement Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy. 

CE Offered: 1 ADTA, 1 NBCC, 1 NY LCAT

Evidence-informed practice in Dance/Movement Therapy: What does it mean and how can we do it?

with Kim Dunphy, Grad Dip. Mov’t Dance, M.Ed, PhD, DTAA

Friday, May 10th at 12 pm ET
Registration is $20 for student; $35 for ADTA member; $45 for non-member

Health and human service professionals are increasingly expected to use evidence to inform their work. Develop your understanding of ‘evidence-based’ and ‘evidence-informed’ practice and how these concepts can strengthen your work and your ability to communicate effectively with other professionals. Learn about techniques that will help you make use of available information to help your practice become more evidence-informed. Explore ways you can contribute to the expansion of evidence about DMT, making use of accessible assessment and evaluation tools.


By the end of the webinar, participants will:

  1. advance their understanding of the concepts of ‘evidence-based’ and ‘evidence-informed’ practice;
  2. improve their skills in searching for and utilizing evidence to inform their professional practice;
  3. enhance their capacity to create evidence by using appropriate assessment and evaluation tools in their practice.

Presenter Bio:

Kim Dunphy, Grad Dip. Mov’t Dance, M.Ed, PhD, DTAA, is a Mackenzie Research Fellow at the Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she is exploring her interests in assessment and evaluation of DMT. She is interested in two main research questions: what difference do we make and how do we know? She publishes widely on these topics, including recent articles in Arts in Psychotherapy and Frontiers in Psychology on developing practical tools for assessment in dance movement therapy. Kim is also a Professional Member of the DTAA; President, Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia; Research Committee Convenor, Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia; and inaugural Convenor of the World Alliance for Dance Movement Therapy.

CE Offered: 1 ADTA


Mastering Vulnerability: Movement Qualities of Pre Efforts and Efforts in Dance/Movement Therapy

with Melanie Johnson, Ph.D., R-DMT, NCC, KMP Analyst

Tuesday, June 11th at 12 pm ET
Registration is $20 for student; $35 for ADTA member; $45 for non-member

In this webinar, you can deepen your understanding of body expressions of learning and defense strategies, as well as coping skills and creative intelligence. Learn the pre effort and effort movement qualities proposed by the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP), develop embodied interventions grounded in a theory, and gain skills to help clients with such themes as learning or test anxiety, interpersonal conflicts, and coping skill development. This webinar supports the dance/movement therapist’s psychomotor assessment and intervention skills within a socially conscious framework.


By the end of the webinar, participants will:

  1. Be able to distinguish between movement characteristics of Pre Efforts and Efforts
  2. Be able to create embodied interventions grounded in a developmental perspective
  3. Be able to work with themes such as learning challenges, coping skill development, vulnerability, intrapersonal conflict.

Presenter Bio:

Melanie Johnson, Ph.D., R-DMT, NCC, Certified KMP Analyst, RYT-200 serves as adjunct faculty at Antioch University New England in the Dance/Movement Therapy program, where she teaches psychomotor assessment. She is a certified KMP analyst, trainer, and instructor who has offered workshops and trainings in the U.S., UK, Germany, and China. Her Ph.D. thesis examined the validity of the tension flow rhythms in the Kestenberg Movement Profile. Dr. Johnson currently serves as vice president of the New England Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association and resides in Boston, MA where she is a clinician and dance/movement therapist at Harbor Counseling Center. She has been a hatha yoga instructor since 2004.

CE Offered: 1 ADTA, 1 NBCC


Creative Collaborations: The Art of Integrating Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) with Other Therapy Modalities

This webinar series offers insight and inspiration for ways in which integrating dance/movement therapy (DMT) and other modalities can enhance treatment. Bringing other approaches into DMT expands options for intervention and provides additional frameworks to focus the work. With its roots in the body/mind connection and creativity, DMT can adapt complementary methods using a holistic lens, deepening the therapeutic benefit and leading to greater change and transformation.

Dance/movement therapists can learn more about options that may strengthen their practice and other mental health professionals will be introduced to the benefits of using an embodied and creative approach with a variety of interventions. Join us in exploring the use of DMT with dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and trauma informed CBT, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR), sensorimotor psychotherapy (SP), internal family systems (IFS), motivational interviewing (MI), and yoga therapy.

Browse through the webinars below for more detailed information.

The Foundation: Dialectics Of Dance–Building A Dance/Movement Therapy Program Into Dialectical Behavior Therapy Treatment

with Anni Johnson, LMHC, BC-DMT, RYT-200

Now available to view on demand

This webinar provides foundational education about the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) model as developed by Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, for those who are interested in learning more about the model and how Dance/Movement Therapy can be an adjunctive component of a DBT program. It will also relay information in developing DMT treatment protocols within this model, including staff education, use of props, group development, and client treatment integration.

The Objectives of this presentation are:

  1. Participants will gain a foundational understanding of what Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is including it’s development in the field, the way in which it differs from previous cognitive/behavioral models, the structure of the model and it’s implementation.
  2. Participants will learn specific somatic/sensory/movement interventions and approaches useful in integrating into this model.
  3. Participants will understand the professional skills and attributes needed to develop such a program in an outpatient setting.


headshot torsoAfter her Masters in Psychology from California State University at Hayward, Anni worked in research at the University of California, San Francisco. Her Master’s studies in Dance Movement Therapy resulted in becoming a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist and Creative Arts Therapist in inpatient psychiatry settings. Anni completed an additional 7 years of advanced training in both Chacian Dance Therapy and Authentic Movement in the San Francisco bay area. She is a co-founder The Body Positive, which promotes healthy body image for people of all ages. In Florida, she worked in the addictions field at The Watershed, developing their Wellness Program. Anni has taught Authentic Movement/Dance Therapy workshops internationally. Her advanced training in Rapid Trauma Resolution, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is an essential component of her work at the Therapeutic Oasis. She recently finished her certification in Kripalu Yoga and plans to incorporate Meditation in Motion into classes held at the Sacred Treehouse, the Mindfulness program at the Therapeutic Oasis.


Internal Family Systems (IFS)

with Stacey Hurst, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA Now available to view on demand

Description: This workshop is geared towards the clinician interested in learning how to work collaboratively with the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model and DMT theory and practice. Participants will explore the fundamentals of IFS; how the system’s defenses are mapped; how to unburden parts and build inner resources within the Self. The participant will didactically and experientially navigate the collaboration between IFS and DMT as a bridge between the body and mind.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  1. The participant who successfully completes this workshop will understand the three aspects of the intrapersonal system according to the IFS model: managers, fire fighters and exiles.
  2. The participant will learn ways in which the IFS model can support and inform body based DMT interventions especially through the use of the Core Self.
  3. The participant will gain an increased sensitivity and empathy in working with protected systems.


stacy-hurstStacey McGinn Hurst, LCPC, is a board certified dance/movement therapist and Laban movement analyst. She is a graduate of the Creative Arts Therapies program at Columbia College Chicago, where she also has enjoyed a part-time faculty position in the department for the past 17 years. In addition to teaching, she directs Mind Body Connections, an out-patient 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. As an advocate in the field of dance/movement therapy, Stacey has volunteered as a board member for the American Dance Therapy Association and is currently on the Dance Movement Therapy Certification Board.


Embodied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Utilizing CBT & Trauma Focused-CBT as a Dance Movement Therapist

June 23, 2016 at 7 pm ET Registration is $15 for student; $35 for ADTA member; $45 for non-member

with Nova Carmichael, LMHC, R-DMT, Somatic Psychotherapist, Counseling Services of Greater Boston, LLC

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been the preferred treatment of choice for many hospitals and counseling centers since the 1970’s. CBT tends to be short-term, action-orientated, provides useful skills, and is easy to track and monitor. According to countless studies, CBT is considered the most effect form of treatment for anxiety and stress related disorders and has been shown to have an efficacy rate of up to 80%. Since many Dance/Movement Therapists may find themselves at one point or other working in settings where CBT and TF-CBT are utilized, if not preferred, it is important to develop effective and harmonious ways to bridge these modalities. While CBT many indeed provide relief to certain maladaptive behaviors and thought patterns it doesn’t necessarily address the potential sources of those symptoms. and can leave clients feeling empty handed when dealing with deeper-rooted psychological themes. Creating an embodied practice in conjunction with CBT can provide the Dance/Movement Therapist with the theoretical flexibility to address both the short-term and long-term goals of their clients more effectively.

Learning Objectives

This webinar will provide:

  1. A brief and easy to digest overview of CBT and TF-CBT,
  2. A way to view CBT and DMT as collaborative forms of treatment, and
  3. Two to three CBT interventions that can be incorporated into a Dance/Movement Therapy session.

Nova CarmichaelPresenter Bio

Nova Carmichael is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Dance/Movement Therapist providing mental health services for children and adults in the Greater Boston area. Her experience includes outpatient, community-based, school-based, In Home, and residential settings. As a graduate of Naropa University’s Somatic Counseling Psychology Program, Nova’s theoretical orientation is strongly rooted in body-based theories and contemplative practice. She is passionate about combining diverse treatment approaches and interventions in order to provide personalized and effective care for her clients.


Yoga: An Alternative and Effective Method for Dance/Movement Therapists

with Emma Barton, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT, E-RYT500

Now available to view on demand

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 7:00pm ET Registration is $15 for student; $35 for ADTA member; $45 for non-member

Description: This webinar explores the use of yoga as a therapeutic modality in its own right, as well as how it can be an accompaniment to a dance/movement therapy session. The presenter will provide a description of the history up through the modernity of yoga; her own experiences from her nearly decade long yoga training in India; as well as share methods to utilize yoga as a means to invite reluctant clients to feel safer in their bodies before exploring more expressive movement processes. In addition, the presenter will explain why yoga, as a distinct body-based practice, has found tremendous success and recognition in the treatment of many anxiety disorders, including trauma-related diagnoses and share how dance/movement therapists can incorporate these tools effortlessly into their own professional practice.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  1. Participants will learn how to incorporate aspects of the physical (asana or movement) and philosophical (meditative) practice of yoga into a dance/movement therapy group or individual session.
  2. Participants will become aware of specific qualities about yoga practice that improve interpersonal relationships, increase sensory tolerance and enhance self-awareness/knowledge.
  3. Participants will learn how to use yoga as an introduction to D/MT with clients whom are highly anxious and/or very reluctant to engage in movement as a personal expression.

BartonEmmaPicPresenter Bio:

Emma Barton, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT, E-RYT is a board certified dance/movement therapist and a licensed mental health counselor. She is also a yoga therapist, registered with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT500) and the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Prior to completing her Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling at Columbia College Chicago, Emma spent eleven years in Asia studying and teaching yoga as a healing modality, and several years professionally practicing yoga therapy after returning to the United States. Since completing her Masters, Emma has designed and implemented several effective social service programs incorporating the skills of yoga therapy, dance/movement therapy and the Eastern concept of mindfulness. She has worked extensively in dually diagnosed/substance use disorders, trauma recovery, and severe mental illness and currently has a private practice in Newton, Massachusetts. In addition, Emma is an adjunct faculty member in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Department at Lesley University in Cambridge. She emphasizes the here and now experience and believes that the development of healthy interaction begins with a sense that the therapeutic relationship can be a place of authenticity and acceptance.

Emma is an Albert Schweitzer Fellow and the recipient of multiple awards and scholarships, including the Marian Chace Foundation Award for Journalism. Her writing on this topic can be found on and in the American Journal of Dance Therapy.


Listening to the Body: Using Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) and Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) to Facilitate Change

with Annabelle F. Coote, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT, CADC

Now available to view on demand

August 4, 2016, 7 pm ET

Description: Dance/movement therapists work across the spectrum of stillness and movement, using the creative process and the body/mind connection to support change, healing, and growth with clients. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) is often described as a “body-based talk therapy” that incorporates contemporary findings in neurobiology and mindfulness as a therapeutic process. It offers a framework for addressing trauma and attachment issues and provides a lens for understanding these issues that can help dance/movement therapists pace and structure therapeutic work effectively. Dance/movement therapists can bring the richness of the discipline of DMT to SP principles and methods.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  1. Be introduced to basic principles of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) and ways that SP can support DMT practices
  2. Increase appreciation of the value of addressing small and subtle body cues and movement as well as larger scale movement
  3. Consider new possibilities for working with cognitive, emotional and body levels of experience

Presenter Bio:

acoote 2Annabelle F. Coote, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT, CADC is a board certified dance/movement therapist and licensed mental health counselor with 20 years experience as a clinician, educator, consultant and supervisor. She has completed the level 2 training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. 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 creative, body-centered therapy in her private practice, Movement Matters ( She also provides supervision and consultation for therapists. She chairs the ADTA Continuing Education Sub-committee 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).


Using Bilateral Stimulation to Treat Trauma: The Interface Between Dance/Movement Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

with Emily McNeil LPC, BC-DMT, EMDR cert and Jenn Platt LPC, R-DMT, EMDR cert

Date/Time: September 15, 2016, 7 pm ET Registration is $15 for student; $35 for ADTA member; $45 for non-member

Description: Current trauma research supports rhythmic/repetitive input within a secure relationship as an essential intervention to treat trauma. This webinar will explore how bilateral stimulation, inherenet in both EMDR and DMT, can support healthy neurodevelopment in traumatized individuals. Additionally, the presenters will focus on how memory is stored in the body and specific interventions to support the processing and integration of unconscious experience.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  1. Gain an introductory understanding of how D/MT and EMDR are complimentary modalities
  2. Learn why bilateral stimulation is an important intervention to support positive neurodevelopment in traumatizied individuals
  3. Garner knowledge of how memories are stored in the body and how these modalities can support clients in processing and integrating unconcious material
  4. Understand how to support clients in accessing both internal and external resources


jennifer-plattEmily McNeil, LPC, BC-DMT, CIMI, EMDR cert., is the owner of The Mariposa Center for Infant, Child, and Family Enrichment. She is an early childhood and family therapist, with specialties in infant mental health, maternal pre- and peri-natal mental health, trauma, adoption/foster care, and developmental delay. She received her Master of Arts degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Dance/Movement Therapy from Naropa University. She is a board certified Dance/Movement Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She also is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and holds advanced training in EMDR – a trauma-treatment modality and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She co-founded the Adams County NICU Task Force and Team in order to improve the support and therapeutic services premature and medically fragile babies and their families receive post-discharge from the NICU. She has trained extensively with Drs. Joy Brown and Ayelet Talmi in the BABIES Model – a specialized approach to working with NICU grads and their families. She is a member of The American Dance Therapy Association and the Colorado Association of Infant Mental Health. She has worked with children and families for over 11 years.

emily-mcneilJennifer Platt LPC, R-DMT, EMDR cert., is the owner of the Mariposa Center. She is licensed professional counselor, registered dance/movement therapist, and certified EMDR therapist with over ten years of professional experience working with children and families in a variety of mental health and educational settings. Through the Child Trauma Academy, Jennifer has received extensive training in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics developed by Dr. Bruce Perry. Utilizing Dr. Perry’s model and research, Jennifer has created unique trainings on the therapeutic benefits of the creative arts to support healthy development in children and families. Additionally, Jennifer was the co-creator and supervisor of the Creative Art Therapy program at Mt. St. Vincent Home from 2008-2012, a residential and day treatment program for children. She has presented nationally on the topics of child development, trauma, and creative art therapies. Jennifer served on the board of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association, and is a member of the Colorado Association for Play Therapy, National Association for Play Therapy, American Psychological Association, American Dance Therapy Association, and the EMDR International Association.

In addition to providing clinical services to children and families at The Mariposa Center, Emily and Jennifer have presented on child devlopment, trauma, attachment, creative art therapies, and vicarious trauma throughout Colorado at mulitple venues including: Naropa University, The Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference, The Colorado Post-Adoption Resource Center Conference, The Wild Plum Center, and Boulder Valley Public Schools.


Motivational Interviewing and Dance/Movement Therapy: A Complementary Relationship

with Jessica Young MA, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA

Date/Time: Friday, September 30th 12:00-1:00ET Registration is $15 for student; $35 for ADTA member; $45 for non-member

Description: This webinar will explore the basic tenets and techniques of Rollnick and Miller’s Motivational Interviewing approach to change. The synergistic relationship between Motivational Interviewing, Dance/Movement Therapy theory and practice, and Prochaska and DiClemente’s Stages of Change Model will be illuminated.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  1. Gain an understanding of Motivational Interviewing principles and techniques.
  2. Gain an understanding of how to apply Motivational Interviewing to dance/movement therapy.
  3. Gain an understanding of how to apply motivational interviewing to the Stages of Change.

jessica01bw2Presenter Bio:

Jessica Young 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 also provides BC-DMT and LCPC supervision, is active in the American Dance Therapy Association, and continues to choreograph and perform. She strongly values collaborative, creative, and caring relationships to promote health and well being. Previously, Jessica has worked extensively with adults who are homeless and living with severe mental illness and addiction.