Seminars


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Friday Seminars

10:00 am – 12:00 noon

 

A1. Line Dancing and On-Line Dancing: A Hybrid Model for Training DMTs with Nancy Beardall, Valerie Blanc, Nancy Jo Cardillo, Shira Karman and Jennifer Wiles
A6. Keeping it Small, Slowing it Down: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Lens in DMT Work with Trauma with Annabelle Coote



Friday Seminars
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

B1. Profiles Panel with Dance/Movement Therapists with Linni Deihl; Cathy Appel, Beth Kalish, Anne Krantz and Lucille Ormay

B2. The Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) as a Tool to Explore Spirituality and Transformation with Susan Loman and Melanie Johnson

B3. “Hear Me Roar!” Uncovering the Power of Lyrics to Unleash the Hidden Stories in Dance with Patricia Capello and Nancy Koprak

B4. Brain Dance - Developmental Movement in Education and Therapy with Kimberly Dye and Anne Green-Gilbert

B5. Collaborative Research: Practical Steps for Transforming your Clinical and Educational Insights into Research through Teamwork with Tal Shafir and Rachelle Palnick Tsachor

B6. Strut Your Stuff: Be an Advocate for Dance/Movement Therapy with Myrna Mandlawitz, Allison Winters and Robyne Davis

B7. Movement and Skill Building: Building Empathy in Adolescents with Mental and Behavioral Issues with Sara R. van Koningsveld

B8. Safe/Unsafe: Assumptions and Expressions of Gender and Sexuality in Creative Therapeutic Practice with Thania Acaron


Saturday Seminars
8:00 am – 10:00 am


C1. Getting to Know the Proposed Dance/Movement Therapy Code of Ethics: Anchoring Our Professional Integrity with Ellen Schelly Hill, Annabelle Coote, Angela Tatum Fairfax and Paul Sevett

C2. Dancing on a Tightrope Between Exiting Possibilities; Collaboration in China with Zvika Frank and Simone Kleinlooh

C3. Blanche Evan’s Legacy: Creative Dance within Dance/Movement Therapy When Treating Psycho-Social Trauma in Global Communities with Bonnie Bernstein

C4. Creating Collaboration: How Core Energetics Can Inform our Work in Dance/Movement Therapy with Shira Karman

C5. Aquatic Dance/Movement Therapy with Vonie Stillson

C6. Learning Math through Movement: Arts Integration and Dance/Movement Therapy in the Inclusive Classroom Setting with Robyne Davis

C7. Dance/Movement Therapy Multi-Family Group Interventions for Eating Disorder Populations in a Pediatric Psychiatric Hospital Setting with Erin Anderson

C8. Reading and Understanding Research with Robyn Cruz


Saturday Seminars
10:30 am – 12:30 pm


D1. Evaluation of Intensive Adapted Aerobic Dance (AAD) Program: A Collaborative Research Project with Christine Ertola, Sherma Williams, Jenny Foster and Johanna Lantz

D2. Body Harmony: Addressing Body Image Acceptance for Adolescents with Eating Disorders with Kristen Mennona

D3. Reigning in the Therapist's Projections; Cultivating the Compassionate Witness with Robyn Lending Halsten and Susan Cahill

D4. The Wounded Healer: Dance/Movement Therapy from the Inside Out with Johanna Climenko, Judith Fischer and Jane Wilson Cathcart

D5. Debunking the Myths of Private Practice: An Exploration of the Anxieties and Misconceptions with Erica Hornthal and Jesse Smith

D6. Dance/Movement Therapy Discoveries: What Druze Youth Can Teach Us About Multiculturalism with Sara Rubinstein

D7. Super Fast!Kids Spinning Out of Control & What To Do About it: 14th Early Childhood Forum with Suzi Tortora

D8. The Effects of Dance/Movement Therapy on Short-Term Memory with Wei-Chiung Chen


Saturday Seminars
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm


E1. Movement and Somatic Therapies as Complementary Cancer Recovery Interventions: Clinical and Research Development and Outcomes with Beverley Dunn, Rebecca Crane-Okada, Martha Eddy, Jill Green and Rainbow Ho

E2. Queer Creativity – Don’t Hide it, Bring it OUT!: Halprin Methods and the Queer Population with Heidi Landgraf

E3. Starting the Intelligent Conversation: A Sensorimotor Approach to Kinesthetic Intelligence with Jennifer Edwards

E4. Application of Community Based DMT to Support Resiliency Processing with Boston Marathon Bombings Survivors with Robert Macy and Dicki Johnson Macy

E5. Mosaic of the Self: Integrating Dancer, Mover, and Clinician with Jessica Young and Kris Eric Larsen

E6. International Dance/Movement Therapy - The Mystery and Excitement with Susan Kierr, Julie Miller and Linda Aaron-Cort

E7. Embracing the Body: The Impact of Dance/Movement Therapy on Binge Eating Disorder with Keli Laverty

E8. The Expressive Brain Speaks with Karen Bradley


Sunday Seminars
8:00 am - 10:00 am


F1. Exploring the Scope of DMT Practice: Four Contemporary Perspectives with Laura Downey, Nancy Beardall, Sharon Chaiklin, Susan Imus and Jenny Baxley Lee

F2. Adapting Performance as Therapy in a Clinical Setting with Sondra Malling and Emily D’Annunzio

F3. Strengths-Based Collaboration Across Disciplines with Lisaura Lozada and Rachel Wagner

F4. Integration Within and Among Us: Finding Compassion through Authentic Movement with Jeannine Salemi and Kimberly Rothwell

F5. Internal Collaboration: Creating Intrapersonal Harmony Through the Use of Internal Family Systems and DMT with Stacey Hurst

F6. Performing Ourselves: Empowering Girls & Fostering Resilience Through Dance/Movement Therapy and Dance Education with Mariah LeFeber and Kate Corby

F7. Self Acupressure and Story Telling: Creating Dance/Movement Therapy Interventions from Traditional Oriental Medicine Sources with Michael Gardos Reid

F8. A Multi-Cultural, Embodied Approach to Violence Prevention with Rena Kornblum



Seminar Descriptions:

A1. Line Dancing and On-Line Dancing: A Hybrid Model for Training DMTs with Nancy Beardall, Valerie Blanc, Nancy Jo Cardillo, Shira Karman and Jennifer Wiles

The panel will share the inception of Lesley University’s Dance Movement Therapy low residency program- a hybrid of face-to-face and on-line learning. Veteran DMT faculty members and students will speak about their learning process and experiences in the low residency model in the areas of core DMT classes, such as Theories, Supervision and Body/Movement Observation and Assessment.  Panelists will share their developing best practices of this form of teaching through, film, lecture and experiential methods. Students will share their experiences as well.

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A2. The Dance of the Social Engagement System with Dee Wagner 
This workshop will embody ideas put forward by Stephen Porges who proposes a third defense mechanism called the social engagement system. In the 1990’s, Robert Bly, a pioneer in the men's movement, talked about two ways of responding to woundedness, sinking into self-pity which matches the physical shut down of the freeze defense and ascension into grandiosity which matches the adrenalized fight/flight defense. What is the dance of the social engagement system? We will explore cross-lateral movements, part of several healing modalities, in the developmental context of attachment dances as well as examine cultural association of defense mechanisms with masculinity.
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A3. Connecting East/West Views of Consciousness to Open a Path to Subtle Inner Body in Dance with Patricia Ann Pupello
The most precious tool a Dance/Movement Therapist has is her/his body, which carries the knowledge of every aspect of the mind in movement and in stillness. In this theoretical and experiential presentation, Jung’s theory of the individuation process that integrates the unconscious into the conscious awareness is united with Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra’s philosophy of working with the inner subtle bodily experience to reveal hidden layers of consciousness. The combination of these approaches shall be incorporated into a therapeutic intervention for individuals on a path towards wholeness by accessing the deepest elements of consciousness through movement meditations.
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A4. Moving Family Reconstruction with Susanne Bender 
Family Reconstruction (MFR) combines the classical method of family reconstruction of Virginia Satir with current systems theories supported by the DMT practice of embodiment of memories. Behavioral patterns in previous generations, once useful for emotional or physical survival, may lead to present-day challenges and difficulties. Through a group member’s reconstruction as an example, workshop participants will be introduced to the MFR model. This workshop will expose participants to the power of family rules and ties and the embodied freedom after new patterns replace old ones.

A5. Considerations of DMT Assessment: What to Assess and How? - Findings from an International Trial with Sue Mullane, Laura Allen and Kim Dunphy 
Assessment is an ongoing issue for dance movement therapists. Questions about what to measure and how to measure it effectively continue to provide the field with significant challenges. This presentation reports on the development and application of an iPad app devised for assessment in DMT programs. Findings are presented from an international trial across sites in Melbourne, Australia and Chicago, USA, in which the app was utilized in diverse DMT programs with clients including children with intellectual disabilities and adults with mental health issues. Participants will engage in critical reflection and discussion around issues for assessment emerging from trial findings.

A6. Keeping it Small, Slowing it Down: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Lens in DMT Work with Trauma with Annabelle Coote 
Dance/movement therapists work across the spectrum of stillness and movement. In working with trauma, particularly in early stages, it is crucial but often difficult to gauge the level of movement that is therapeutically effective. Often the movement that is helpful is very simple and small and the therapeutic pace slow. Sensorimotor psychotherapy is a body-focused approach to working with trauma that integrates well with DMT and offers a lens that can help guide this work. These concepts will be explored experientially and didactically in this seminar.
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A7. Effects of Individualized Brief Medical Dance/Movement Therapy on Body Image in Women with Breast Cancer with Nancy Goldov 
This study examined the effectiveness of a medical dance/movement therapy (MDMT) manualized intervention to reduce body image problems in women with breast cancer. The intervention was based on the science of creativity, the Serlin Kinaesthetic Imagery Profile, and the five-part dance/movement therapy session. The research use a mixed-method, quasi-experimental, nonequivalent control-group, A-B-A design. The results of quantitative assessments were evaluated using descriptive statistics and Cohen’s d. The outcome revealed reductions in body image problems for women, which held steady 2-week’s post-treatment. Women’s narratives revealed they discovered their bodies anew and planned behavior changes to support gains in body image wellness.


A8. Moving Together: Preliminary Findings from Research on DMT with Individuals with ASD with Elizabeth (Liesbet) Manders 
In this seminar, participants will learn about the presenter’s mixed methods study of movement features in interactions of teens and adults with high functioning autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This will include preliminary results from video analysis of the synchrony and shared movement qualities in six participants moving with a partner during DMT sessions. Movement observations were associated with assessments of the observed emotional engagement of the participant and fluency of the interaction. Workshop participants will practice observation of shared movements in an interaction and discuss application of the findings to clinical work with clients with high functioning ASD.
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B1. Profiles Panel with Dance/Movement Therapists with Linni Deihl; Cathy Appel, Beth Kalish, Anne Krantz and Lucille Ormay 
A living history of the field of dance/movement therapy given by our panel of dance therapists, who have lived, danced and practiced dance/movement therapy for many decades. We live in different states, we practice in different ways, but we all have significantly contributed to the body of knowledge in our field. Let’s capture these stories while we still can! The panelists will present theories and concepts from our pioneer dance therapists, integrated and implemented with our own resources in our work in private practice, in psychiatric hospitals, in dance therapy education, in research and publishing, and in our ADTA organization. We present people whose lives and work has been grounded in dance/movement therapy. Most of us have been educators in the field and it is our promise to influence, inspire, and share our love for our chosen profession.
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B2. The Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) as a Tool to Explore Spirituality and Transformation with Susan Loman and Melanie Johnson 
It is well-known that the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) may be applied to children and adults as an assessment tool and a vehicle for understanding developmental and psychological issues. In this workshop we will explore its application with adults delving into spiritual dimensions. A variety of spiritual and transformational themes will be discussed and experienced through movement patterns described in the KMP such as: the unknown, ascending towards a higher power, and meditation. These themes may be applied to populations such as people with severe medical challenges, those facing death and significant rites of passage, aging populations, and personal growth.
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B3. “Hear Me Roar!” Uncovering the Power of Lyrics to Unleash the Hidden Stories in Dance with Patricia Capello and Nancy Koprak 
In this workshop participants will work with a variety of music with lyrics and explore how they can be used as a tool to uncover the client’s “hidden stories.” Each song tells a unique narrative; by accessing the story-line within the recorded song, the DMT can work with the client to create personal imagery using gesture, posture and dance sequences. Workshop members will work individually, in pairs, and as a group as they practice deconstructing each song into its specific elements: words, story-line, melody, and rhythmic components.
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B4. Brain Dance - Developmental Movement in Education and Therapy with Kimberly Dye and Anne Green-Gilbert
Current brain research promotes the critical importance of movement in our early years. Developmental movement follows a progressive natural flow that reflects and evokes motor patterns normally unfolding in the first year of life. Understanding these movement tasks inform our work as movement therapists and educators and are like the bones that support our ability to observe, connect, and create movement interventions for our students and clients. “Brain Dance” movement activities include heavy duty stretch fabrics for proprioception and tactile feedback that increase body awareness, receptivity, and ability to process new information.
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B5. Collaborative Research: Practical steps for transforming your clinical and educational insights into research through teamwork with Tal Shafir and Rachelle Palnick Tsachor 
A practitioner and a researcher share how we developed research collaborations using our strengths and existing frameworks as laboratories to gather data. We will suggest an expanded definition of research, and talk about potential barriers that might stop you from doing research, and how to overcome them. Using embodied experience, we will offer steps towards identifying a meaningful research question and defining the methods required to investigate it while getting support from collaborators. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with other potential research collaborators.
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B6. Strut Your Stuff: Be an Advocate for Dance/Movement Therapy with Myrna Mandlawitz, Allison Winters and Robyne Davis
DMTs can make all the difference in their clients' lives. How can DMTs be stronger leaders in policy debates that translate to increased availability of critical services? How can they help policy makers to better understand and value this work? Presenters provide strategies to build on dance/movement therapists' client advocacy skills to advocate for the profession. Presenters will national debates surrounding mental health, health, and education and what DMTs can do to advance their practice in these contexts. Become part of ADTA’s efforts to educate policy makers on the critical role of DMT and the benefits of these services.
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B7. Movement and Skill Building: Building Empathy in Adolescents with Mental and Behavioral Issues with Sara Van Koningsveld 
Empathy is an invaluable, relational non-cognitive skill, learned through practice and experience. This presentation will examine how principles of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), as well as other dance/movement therapy interventions, can be utilized to foster a stronger sense of empathy in youth. Through expanding non-cognitive skills, such as: self-awareness, effective communication, and sense of personal responsibility, empathy can be fostered in youth. During this presentation, current research, professional experience, and movement will be explored to further the participants’ knowledge and application of LMA in mental and behavioral health care, including non-clinical, community-based settings.
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B8. Safe/Unsafe: Assumptions and Expressions of Gender and Sexuality in Creative Therapeutic Practice with Thania Acaron 
This experiential workshop will creatively explore experiences of expressions and assumptions around sexual orientation and gender identity in community settings. The therapist’s verbal and nonverbal assumptions of clients’ sexuality and gender expression can often taint the forming and development of relationships with clients. Participants will be offered the opportunity to experientially play with their own and others’ assumptions and nonverbal biases. Therapist cultural competences will be analyzed and the impact of these on conceptualizations of safety.
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C1. Getting to Know the Proposed Dance/Movement Therapy Code of Ethics: Anchoring Our Professional Integrity with Ellen Schelly Hill, Annabelle Coote, Angela Tatum Fairfax and Paul Sevett 
This workshop will introduce the proposed, revised Dance/Movement Therapy Code of Ethics prior to its formal launch in a wider public comment period. Areas newly addressed or elaborated in the proposed code include the use of touch, self-care, multicultural competence, social justice advocacy, DMT and technology, and guidance for resolution of ethical dilemmas. Committee members will share both the content and process of the revision and invite ethics dialogue among workshop participants. This workshop is eligible for ethics CE credit.
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C2. Dancing on a Tightrope Between Exiting Possibilities; Collaboration in China with Zvika Frank and Simone Kleinlooh 
In China there is a growing interest in mental health care, including DMT. Western dance movement therapists working in China need to guard the quality of DMT when being confronted with the mutual desire for collaboration, the Chinese cultural heritage and diversity, economy, politics and the generational gaps in this rapidly changing society. Two professional dance movement therapists present nearly 8 years of DMT work in China and share how they dance on this challenging tightrope between exiting possibilities.
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C3. Blanche Evan’s Legacy: Creative Dance within Dance/Movement Therapy When Treating Psycho-Social Trauma in Global Communities with Bonnie Bernstein 
Creative Dance is at the foundation of Blanche Evan’s Method of DMT. During three decades of developing contemporary applications of Evan’s methods, creative dance education has enriched my in-depth therapy approach with higher functioning adults in the US and in working with sex trafficking survivors in Kolkata, India. Creative dance education deepens the client’s expressive vocabulary for their therapeutic process. Expanded improvisational skill provides rich new channels into the client’s psycho-physical SELF. Dancing expressively to therapeutically-specific creative dance themes can heal and empower. This experiential and didactic workshop will highlight creative dance education techniques within the Dance/Movement Therapy process.
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C4. Creating Collaboration: How Core Energetics Can Inform our Work in Dance/Movement Therapy with Shira Karman 
Core Energetics, a body centered psychotherapy evolving from the work of Wilhelm Reich, can support and inform our work in dance/movement therapy. We will explore through lecture, discussion and experiential exercises, how Core Energetics' understanding of the body as a psychosomatic unity, the body as an energy system, and its integration of the breath, grounding, emotional expression, sexuality and spiritual evolution can elucidate dance/movement therapy practice.
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C5. Aquatic Dance/Movement Therapy with Vonie Stillson 
Attendees will have the opportunity to experience dance/movement therapy practices in water. Participants will be getting into the pool to experience this. Appropriate swim wear is a must. Physical benefits of putting clients in the water, who potential clients for this intervention may be, precautions, contraindications, appropriate facilities, props and aquatic dance/movement therapy case studies will be discussed, demonstrated and experienced.
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C6. Learning Math through Movement: Arts Integration and Dance/Movement Therapy in the Inclusive Classroom Setting with Robyne Davis 
Learn how Arts Integration (AI) and Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) helped to influence engagement and self-regulation for students with ADHD. A successful AI and DMT action-research project will be shared. The project took place in an inner-city school and focused on teaching math through movement to students with special needs. Using this project as a model, participants will explore how AI and DMT provide positive behavioral strategies and offer differentiated instruction in an inclusive classroom setting. Participants will also have an opportunity to create their own AI lesson plans using experiential methods. This workshop is intended for dancers, DMTs and educators.
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C7. Dance/Movement Therapy Multi-Family Group Interventions for Eating Disorder Populations in a Pediatric Psychiatric Hospital Setting with Erin Anderson 
Patients of a Children’s Hospital Eating Disorder program participate in weekly dance/movement therapy (DMT) multi-family group sessions. These groups are intended to provide support for families by allowing for safe expression of authentic emotions, exploring family dynamics, and cultivating empathy as well as stronger communication skills. Seven distinct DMT interventions have been developed and implemented since 2008. The survey evaluation, developed and implemented since 2010, indicated that three interventions were the most impactful. Participants will learn about seven group DMT interventions, the evaluation results, and practice one intervention that elicited the greatest change in family and patient outcomes.
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C8. Reading and Understanding Research with Robyn Cruz 
Feeling comfortable reading and digesting quantitative research reports is difficult for many people. That is because it requires the use of concepts and information that we may not employ in everyday clinical practice settings. Refreshing that content and its associated skills from time to time can help to make it more available, and help you critique and get more out of your professional reading.

D1. Evaluation of Intensive Adapted Aerobic Dance (AAD) Program: A Collaborative Research Project with Christine Ertola, Sherma Williams, Jenny Foster and Johanna Lantz 
Individuals with autism often engage in maladaptive and stereotypical behaviors. Aerobic exercise with students with autism has shown to be a successful means of improving both physical fitness and managing these inappropriate behaviors. Aerobic exercise also has positive effects on student’s cognitive and adaptive abilities as well, such as on-task behavior and academic performance. This presentation will discuss the evaluation of an intensive Adapted Aerobic Dance (AAD) program as a means to decrease maladaptive behaviors and increase positive on-task behaviors in students with autism. This presentation highlights collaborative team work between a dance/movement therapist, a dance educator and several psychologists.
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D2. Body Harmony: Addressing Body Image Acceptance for Adolescents with Eating Disorders with Kristen Mennona 
Body image distortions are powerful forces in the social and emotional development of adolescents with eating disorders. These negative body image evaluations can influence body posture, movement choices in everyday living of the individual. Themes of connection to self and others and the cultural expectations regarding ideal body image will be explored in individual and group dance/movement therapy interventions. Participants will integrate concepts from Acceptance Commitment Therapy, the Maudsley Method and Kathryn Zerbe. Participants will choreograph movement around themes of body image distortions and body acceptance. Movement considerations for clients at various stages of illness will be taught.
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D3. Reigning in the Therapist's Projections; Cultivating the Compassionate Witness with Robyn Lending Halsten and Susan Cahill 
Projections related to the therapeutic relationship will be explored with compassion and mindfulness. When differences between the therapist and client arise in therapy, it is helpful to have tools for becoming aware of our biases and ways to address them. A mosaic of common “parts” that are triggered as therapists will be explored through the lens of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, mindfulness practices, dance movement therapy and authentic movement. Presenters will facilitate a dialogue as well as experiential practices that allow for open safe communication about projections and ways to own them and work with them.
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D4. The Wounded Healer: Dance/Movement Therapy from the Inside Out with Johanna Climenko, Judith Fischer and Jane Cathcart 
Three pioneering DMT’s re-met at last year’s ‘2nd Generation Panel’. They first met in their DMT youth. The synergy of their spontaneous re-connecting became the source of a potent collaboration/presentation. Their questions: How do we experience the dynamic of being a ‘wounded healer’ as a touchstone of our work? After so many decades of frontlines work in institutional, private practice and educational settings, how have we learned to integrate self-care and nurturing as part of our practices, teaching, and lives? Our intention is to share the results of our joint investigation and its implications for our contemporaries and future generations.
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D5. Debunking the Myths of Private Practice: An Exploration of the Anxieties and Misconceptions with Erica Hornthal and Jesse Smith 
Have you ever had the desire to be a private practitioner? Do you feel overwhelmed by the idea of leaving a steady income, being in charge of self-promotion, and leaving the comfort of a team environment? These are just a few of the anxieties and misconceptions that individuals thinking about private practice face. In this presentation, there will be an opportunity to express concerns about venturing into private practice, to ask current private practitioners how they have overcome their own anxieties in the process, and to explore personal anxieties through a movement experiential.
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D6. Dance/Movement Therapy Discoveries: What Druze Youth Can Teach Us About Multiculturalism with Sara Rubinstein 
This workshop will illustrate the utilization of DMT with at-risk teen girls in a Druze village in the Lower Galilee region of Israel. The presenter will introduce the participants to the Druze religion and culture and discuss the circumstances and nature of the DMT work. Participants will learn about the unique perspective on multiculturalism that emerged from the DMT interventions. The workshop will consist of both lecture and structured group experiences in order to explore elements of this esoteric culture that may provide insight in DMT practice with diverse populations.
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D7. Super Fast!Kids Spinning Out of Control & What To Do About it: 14th Early Childhood Forum with Suzi Tortora 
The world is speeding-up with more technology and sound bites of information coming at us daily. How does this fast-paced environment effect infants, children and parenting practices? This annual forum provides a comprehensive review of the literature and research over the last 30 years describing the changing landscape of early childhood activity and engagement from the perspective of social, emotion, cognitive, communicative and physical development. How mindfulness, yoga, breath work, guided imagery and dance/movement-based activities can be added to the dance/movement psychotherapy toolbox will be demonstrated. Strategies to help children and parents navigate this changing speedy world will be discussed.
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D8. The Effects of Dance/Movement Therapy on Short-Term Memory with Wei-Chiung Chen 
Based on the findings of a mixed-methods case study conducted in 2013, Chacian dance/movement therapy may help improve short-term memory of adults with brain injury. This presentation will discuss the findings of the study including the relationship between Chace’s four main concepts and memory functioning. Additionally, the presentation will demonstrate specific facilitation skills that were found effective to reinforce individuals’ memory process. Through this workshop, the participants will learn essential skills which can be applied in their clinical and educational settings. The methods of delivery will be a synchronous presentation of speech and dance performance.
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E1. Movement and Somatic Therapies as Complementary Cancer Recovery Interventions: Clinical and Research Development and Outcomes with Beverley Dunn, Rebecca Crane-Okada, Martha Eddy, Jill Green and Rainbow Ho
Pharmaceutical and other treatment advances in cancer care have reduced the death rate for many types of cancer. Yet, those now surviving cancer face the potential of having chronic late- and long-term effects of those treatments, with far-reaching effects on quality of life. There is growing interest in and demand for non-pharmaceutical wellness modalities to support those in cancer recovery. Panelists from D/MT, Somatic Movement Education, and cancer nursing will discuss clinical and research approaches, successes using different forms of dance in recovery, and the challenges and outcomes of research as well as the barriers to delivery of dance-related services.
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E2. Queer Creativity – Don’t Hide it, Bring it OUT!: Halprin Methods and the Queer Population with Heidi Landgraf
The opening lecture will detail the issues that the LGBTQ population faces, specifically looking at substance abuse, depression, and low self-esteem. The use of the multi-modal arts in therapy will be offered as the antidote to hiding in the dark closet and destroying oneself with substances. An experiential based on the pelvis and the spine will include movement, drawing, and writing - participants will work with their own inner fears and cast them out playfully, uncovering a more vibrantly alive and authentic self. People of all orientations are welcome to attend.
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E3. Starting the Intelligent Conversation: A Sensorimotor Approach to Kinesthetic Intelligence with Jennifer Edwards 
An exploration of how sensorimotor psychotherapy techniques can be utilized to enhance kinesthetic intelligence. Didactic and experientials introducing sensorimotor psychotherapy's core organizers provide both a language and a body-based skill set that creates a foundation for collaboration intrapersonally with oneself, as well as interpersonally with others as artists, dance/movement therapists, clients, students, humans.
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E4. Application of Community Based DMT to Support Resiliency Processing with Boston Marathon Bombings Survivors with Robert Macy and Dicki Johnson Macy 
Immediately following the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15, 2013, community members who survived as eyewitness, sustaining physical injuries and psychological acute stress disorder were referred to trauma focused, DMT-based acute stabilization services. Five youth, aged 5-13 years old, who were at the finish line behind the first bomb successfully completed a four session DMT resiliency processing group. This workshop, conducted by the developers of this evidence based, internationally implemented intervention, will illustrate, through slide, film and experiential presentation, the adaptation for this group.
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E5. Mosaic of the Self: Integrating Dancer, Mover, and Clinician with Jessica Young and Kris Eric Larsen 
As dance/movement therapists, we are regularly confronted with defining our identities and adapting these identities under the pressures of a rapidly changing, culturally diverse, complex, and data driven world. The outcome of this is that we often become a product of our environment. As integration is a process, this workshop will highlight the value of engaging in creativity to foster evolution of the authentic self. The creative process, movement assessment, Rogerian theory, and a sociological context will be used to examine the different aspects of our identities as dance/movement therapists and to synthesize these parts into a cohesive, authentic self.
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E6. International Dance/Movement Therapy - The Mystery and Excitement with Susan Kierr, Julie Miller and Linda Aaron-Cort 
The future of dance/movement therapy will be international and will require an understanding of the core components of dance/movement interventions that resonate across all cultures and address the basic healing found in embodiment. An international initiative, embracing cross cultural ethics and identifying movement interventions that apply across the world, requires that we study what has worked in other cultures as dance/movement therapists have begun to teach and practice around the world. This workshop will provide a forum for DMTs engaged in International teaching to share the ideas and approaches used to effectively communicate principles and values of DMT.
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E7. Embracing the Body: The Impact of Dance/Movement Therapy on Binge Eating Disorder with Keli Laverty
Movement is a basic need for everyone, no matter what size, yet Binge Eating Disorder clients commonly restrict and avoid body engagement. Since Health at Every Size tenets encourage making peace with our bodies, it follows that Dance/Movement Therapy can successfully integrate self-acceptance on a body level with HAES philosophy. This presentation will explore DMT as an effective treatment for clients of BED through body positive experiences, intereoceptive body awareness and embodied interconnectedness. Participants will experience how DMT facilitates empowerment for clients of every size. Results from research examining the impact of DMT with eating disorder clients will be discussed.
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E8. The Expressive Brain Speaks with Karen Bradley 
A workshop on the history of and current research on the neuroscience of expressive movement for the dance/movement therapist and dance educator.
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F1. Exploring the Scope of DMT Practice: Four Contemporary Perspectives with Laura Downey, Nancy Beardall, Sharon Chaiklin, Susan Imus and Jenny Baxley Lee 
The practice of dance/movement therapy is unique to each clinician with a variety of approaches along the continuum of therapeutic work to therapy. With the support of a moderator, four dance/movement therapists will engage in a dialogue about her dance/movement therapy practice with a focus on how she defines her work as therapeutic or therapy. This interactive panel will share a scope of practice model as a frame of reference and invite attendees to explore his or her own practice with the goal of provoking thoughtful discussion about how we practice and the ethical guidelines supporting our work.
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F2. Adapting Performance as Therapy in a Clinical Setting with Sondra Malling and Emily D’Annunzio 
The therapeutic benefits of performance are increasingly recognized in healthcare and community settings. As artists and clinicians, dance/movement therapists are uniquely suited to bring performance as therapy into clinical work. Two case examples illustrate how a dance/movement therapist might adapt existing performance as therapy approaches to fit the needs of clients. The populations in these case examples include adults with developmental disabilities and deaf adults with serious mental illness. This presentation explores applying clinical and artistic skill sets to create effective performance as therapy processes and products with clients.
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F3. Strengths-Based Collaboration Across Disciplines with Lisaura Lozada and Rachel Wagner 
How do dance/movement therapists collaborate and thrive in a treatment environment with other professionals. Panel members for this presentation include professionals such as a physician, nutritionist, trauma specialist, DBT specialist, yoga therapist and dance/movement therapist. In this panel, attendees will have the opportunity to describe a collaborative and holistic treatment for eating disorders, mood disorders and addictions. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the panel members to expand upon the benefits and challenges of creating a truly holistic and collaborative treatment environment.
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F4. Integration Within and Among Us: Finding Compassion through Authentic Movement with Jeannine Salemi and Kimberly Rothwell 
The form of Authentic Movement (AM) is a ripe ground for reconfiguring interpersonal and intrapersonal patterns, leading to acceptance of the diversity of parts within us and the parts among us as a community. Within this presentation, two dance/movement therapists will describe AM, identify research that may explain the impact of AM, and indicate applications for creative, clinical, and self-care settings. Finally an experiential examining the use of language within the form of AM will be explored.
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F5. Internal Collaboration: Creating Intrapersonal Harmony Through the Use of Internal Family Systems and DMT with Stacey Hurst 
This workshop is geared towards the mid-advanced 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.
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F6. Performing Ourselves: Empowering Girls & Fostering Resilience Through Dance/Movement Therapy and Dance Education with Mariah LeFeber and Kate Corby 
Performing Ourselves is a dance outreach project based out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The program combines dance education, dance/movement therapy principles and performance to empower low-income teen girls in the areas of embodiment, self-concept and resiliency. In this presentation, Mariah LeFeber (dance/movement therapist) and Kate Corby (dance educator) will talk about the cultivation of this unique program and its evolving curriculum. Specifically, they will focus on the power of the collaboration between dance education and dance/movement therapy in creating a highly impactful program for this population. The presentation will include lecture, video and experiential components.
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F7. Self Acupressure and Story Telling: Creating Dance/Movement Therapy Interventions from Traditional Oriental Medicine Sources with Michael Gardos Reid 
The poetical imagery of point names in Traditional Oriental Medicine help engage and enrich understanding of this healing system. This presentation will demonstrate how this body imagery can be a guide to a creative metaphoric engagement with body that can support warm ups and therapeutic interventions in Dance/Movement Therapy.
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F8. A Multi-Cultural, Embodied Approach to Violence Prevention with Rena Kornblum 
Embodied learning increases productivity, emotional growth, and the sense of well-being. Participants will experience a movement-based social skills and violence prevention curriculum authored by the presenter. Empathy, anger management, modulating arousal & multi-cultural uses of proximity in clinical and prevention settings will be explored. New concepts from 2014 that work on self-regulation and anger management as well as unpublished handouts will be available.

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Presenter Bios:

Linda Aaron-Cort, MA, BC-DMT, has enjoyed a long and diverse career as a dance/movement therapist in California. She is currently on the faculty of the Center for Movement Education and Research in California and Seoul, Korea and the Inspirees Institute for Creative Arts Therapy in China. She serves on the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board, and works as a dance/movement therapist at John Muir Behavioral Health in Concord, California.
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Thania Acaron, MA, BC-DMT, is an active performer, choreographer and dance movement therapist, currently pursuing a PhD as part of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Violence Programme at the University of Aberdeen. She is also a lecturer and clinical supervisor at the MSc Programme in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Queen Margaret University. Originally from Puerto Rico, Thania has an M.A. in Dance Education from New York University, and is a registered clinical supervisor and dance movement therapist in the US and UK. Thania teaches workshops internationally in contemporary release technique, dance/movement therapy and creative violence prevention. www.thania.info
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Laura Allen, MA, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Columbia College Chicago. She serves as the Clinical and Community Engagement Coordinator for the department. Laura currently serves on the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board (DMTCB) and is a Past President and Past Treasurer of the Illinois Chapter of the ADTA. Laura’s professional clinical work has included extensive experience with older adults and dementia care, as well as inpatient psychiatric and intensive outpatient psychiatric treatment for adults with chronic and severe mental illness. Laura has presented at national conferences with the American Society on Aging and the National Adult Day Services Association, but is excited to be presenting at an ADTA conference for the first time!

Erin Anderson, BC-DMT, LPC, MA, has been with Children's Hospital Colorado for seven years. During this time, she has facilitated dance/movement therapy (DMT) groups, multi-family groups, and individual DMT sessions to over 10,000 people. These groups and individual sessions are primarily within the Department of Psychiatry. She also sees medical patients upon individual referral. Erin encounters a wide range of populations, due to the several psychiatric units housed within the Department of Psychiatry, such as the Eating Disorders Unit, Neuropsychiatric Special Care Unit (for Autism Spectrum Disorders), as well as Intensive Inpatient/Day Treatment/Outpatient Services to serve those with various psychiatric concerns. Erin works as a dance/movement therapist with the Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program, which provides services throughout the entire hospital.
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Cathy Appel, MFA, MS, MSW, LCSW-R, LCAT, BC-DMT, Director, Sarah Lawrence College Master of Science Program in Dance/Movement Therapy. Cathy trained in ballet at the American Ballet Theatre School and then with Leon Fokine as a trainee of the Harkness Ballet Company, before performing with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, where she had the opportunity to dance in ballets such as Sleeping Beauty and Symphony in C. Later, she attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she was introduced to modern dance and formed her own company. She performed original work and in a reconstruction of Doris Humphrey's Day on Earth with Dance Junction and with her own company until the mid-80s when she became interested in Body-Mind Centering and Authentic Movement. As part of her exploration of verbal and nonverbal expression, and to broaden her creative work, she earned MFAs in Writing from Vermont College and Warren Wilson College, culminating in her thesis, Recognizing the Dance. She has published poems in journals, textbooks and anthologies. As her focus shifted to the relationship between dance and healing, she pursued an MSW and an MS in dance/movement therapy from Hunter College. During her final social work internship year at the International Center for the Disabled (1991-1992), she was asked to start a creative arts psychotherapy program, which she ran as the Creative Arts Psychotherapy Program in the Behavioral Medicine Department at ICD for 20 years before leaving to return to Sarah Lawrence College. She was Senior Editor and author of two chapters in the Second Revised Edition (2005) of the dance therapy textbook, Dance Movement Therapy: A Healing Art (F. Levy Ed.), co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy (2003-2007), a member of the Credentials Committee for the ADTA (2007-2009) and of the DMTCB (2009-2010).

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. 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 teen dating abuse, promoting healthy relationships and making a difference in the school community. Her community building programs through the arts have involved students, parents and community members.
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Susanne Bender, MA, President of the BTD (German Dance Therapy Association); Trainer; Therapist; Supervisor BTD; ECP (European Certificate of Psychotherapy); Family and Couples Therapist; Author; Director of the China-Germany Professional Dance Therapy Training in Beijing, China. In 1987 she founded the European Center for Dance Therapy (EZETTHERA) in Cologne and Munich with an accredited training program in DMT. She taught at the University of Cologne and University of Riga and runs a private practice. In 2007 and 2010 she hosted Moving from Within, an International Congress on Movement Analysis.

Bonnie Bernstein, MEd, MFT, BC-DMT, is a dance activist and dance/movement therapist who since 2008 has facilitated workshops for survivors of sex trafficking and psychosocial trauma in Kolkata, India. Mentored by Blanche Evan 1970-1982, she teaches graduate students in Northern California at JFK University, Sofia University and as Director of Education for alternative route DMT certification program, Center for Movement Education and Research. Ms. Bernstein is an author on dance/movement therapy for sexual trauma survivors and on trauma therapy within the global community. Her lifelong research is on the therapeutic aspects of dance in world cultures. She is a CAMFT Certified Supervisor and her private practice is in Palo Alto, California.
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Valerie Blanc, LMHC, BC-DMT, CMA, is an adjunct faculty at Lesley University teaching clinical supervision both on-campus and low residency and was part of the flagship team designing courses for this program.  For thirteen years, she was the assistant director of the Boston Children’s Foundation and a lead trainer in Rainbowdance and CBI interventions: an evidence-based early intervention and trauma processing program in the Boston area and throughout the world.  She currently has a private practice in Dance Movement Therapy and Clinical Intervention in Cambridge.

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Karen Kohn Bradley is associate professor of dance and director of graduate studies in theatre, dance and performance studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a certified movement analyst in Laban Movement Analysis and serves on the boards of the National Dance Education Organization and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. She is the author of Rudolf Laban, a book in the Routledge 20th Century Performance Practitioners series, and is currently engaged in teaching Laban Movement Analysis to designers of human interaction technology as a part of Moving Stories: digital tools for movement, meaning, and interaction. Bradley is also PI on a project looking at brain maps of expressive movement, “This is your brain on dance”, at the University of Maryland.
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Susan Cahill, MA, LCPC, BC-DMT, is licensed in Illinois and Washington State, and maintains a private practice in Evanston, Illinois. Her practice includes couples, adults, adolescents, and older adults. Susan has been teaching Authentic Movement for over 20 years. Studying in depth with Janet Adler for the past eight years, she is currently assisting Janet Adler in her five year internship program. Susan co-chaired the ADTA conference in 1999 and was on the Credentials Committee for six years. Susan received post-graduate training at the Family Institute at Northwestern University in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model and has assisted in many of those trainings as well. She has professionally supervised psychotherapists for over 15 years and has led many professional workshops at conferences throughout the US.
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Patricia P. Capello, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LCAT is a Senior Dance/Movement Therapist and Acting Team Leader at Maimonides Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry in Brooklyn, New York. She was an adjunct instructor at New York University and is part of the core faculty at the Harkness Dance Center’s Alternate Route Program in DMT. She has served over 16 years on the ADTA Board of Directors. She trains and supervises students in the US and abroad and maintains a private practice specializing in developmentally delayed adults.
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Nancy Jo Cardillo, MEd, BC-DMT, LMHC, coordinates the undergraduate Art and Expressive Art Therapy programs at Lesley University.  As core faculty she has taught courses on arts integration in education and therapy nationally, internationally, and on the Cambridge campus, including the Perkins School for the Blind for the graduate degree in Dance/Movement Therapy. In her professional practice, she regularly supervises interns and conducts dance/movement therapy groups for people of all ages with a wide range of physical, emotional and cognitive challenges.

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Jane Wilson Cathcart, BC-DMT, LCSW-R, CMA, has worked with people of all ages for over four decades. Her early clinical training was with Marian Chace and Irmgard Bartenieff among others. She designed, developed, and implemented dance therapy programs for children at Manhattan Children’s Psychiatric Center and Little Meadows Early Childhood, New York City. From 1985 to 2002 she was on faculty at Wesleyan University’s Graduate Liberal Studies Program. The ADTA film "Dance Therapy: the Power of Movement" shows her work with a child. She is listed by her former name Downes. Ms. Cathcart has been a trustee of the Marian Chace Foundation since 1996. She maintains her private practice with adults with offices in Greenwich Village, New York City, and Cold Spring-on-the-Hudson, NY.

Sharon Chaiklin, BC-DMT, began her clinical work after apprenticing to Marian Chace at a time before there were any dance therapy programs She worked for many years in psychiatric hospitals and in private practice. Sharon was on the faculty of Goucher College’s graduate program until it closed and also the first program at the University of Haifa. Teaching included many workshops nationally and internationally. She has served on several ADTA committees and currently is a trustee for the Marian Chace Foundation. Sharon was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. She has maintained an interest in the meaning of practice and professionalism and how dance/movement therapy can continue to develop these areas.
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Wei-Chiung Chen, also known as Coco, is originally from Taiwan and is a MA candidate in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling at Columbia College Chicago. After receiving a BSc in Psychology from the National Chengchi University in Taiwan, she worked with adults with chronic mental illness as well as with children with cerebral palsy and vision impairment. Wei-Chiung also has over three years of experience teaching creative movement, aerobics, hip-hop, and belly dance. Through these experiences, she found the effectiveness of movement and body work on various populations. She then received training in massage therapy and Somatics in Taiwan before moving to Chicago to pursue her dream as a dance/movement therapist and counselor.
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Johanna Climenko, BC-DMT LCSW-R, LCAT, a pioneer in DMT since 1968, has worked clinically with the range of populations served by DMT, and taught and consulted extensively, in and out of academic settings, in the U.S. and the Netherlands. She trained with both Marian Chace and Irmgard Bartenieff, and other first generation DMT and Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) pioneers. Since 1986, having trained with Dr. Bernard Rosenblum, she has added Reichian character analytic mind/body therapy to her private practice work, developing the combined modality of DMT and RT. Currently her focus is on the complementarity of DMT, LMA, and RT in private practice and in training and consulting other mental health professionals and students in individual and organizational contexts for self-care, assessment, and replenishment.
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Annabelle 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 creative clinician, educator, consultant and supervisor. She is passionate about the connections between the brain and the body and the power of the creative process and the arts to deepen and enrich life experiences. She has an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Psychology from Antioch University New England. Her experience includes work with adults, adolescents and children in a wide variety of settings. Currently, she offers dance/movement therapy, creative psychotherapy and supervision/consultation in her private practice, Movement Matters (www.movement-matters.com).  She is currently a member of the Standards and Ethics committee of the ADTA.

Kate Corby is a contemporary choreographer, educator and performer. She has been an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 2008 and continues to create work with her Chicago-based company, Kate Corby & Dancers. Her choreography has been called “ingenious” by the Chicago Reader, “jarringly beautiful” by the Isthmus and is consistently a Critics’ Pick in Time Out Chicago. Kate was also featured in Dance Magazine’s April 2011 issue as one of six choreographers “on the cusp of making waves in the larger dance world.” Kate has been a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County since 2009 and is thrilled to be combining her work in dance with her passion for community activism and youth development through Performing Ourselves.
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Rebecca Crane-Okada, PhD, RN, AOCN, is an experienced oncology nurse who’s clinical and research focus is breast cancer survivorship. She holds a BS in nursing from Texas Christian University and master’s and PhD degrees in nursing from UCLA. In her private practice she provides supportive counseling to those with cancer. She is a past recipient of the Oncology Nursing Society’s Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Lectureship, recognizing leadership in psychosocial oncology. Her funded research study integrating mindfulness and dance/movement therapy for older breast cancer survivors, first presented at the 2010 ADTA conference and published in Cancer Nursing, demonstrated a reduction in fear of recurrence and improved mindfulness attitude, and qualitative findings of freedom, rediscovering, body sense in moving, and being in the moment.
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Robyn Flaum Cruz, Ph.D., BC-DMT, LPC is Associate Professor, Lesley University Expressive Therapies Ph.D. Program; Past President, ADTA; Former Co-Editor, American Journal of Dance Therapy, and Editor-in-Chief of The Arts in Psychotherapy since 2002. She is contributor and Co-Editor of Dance/Movement Therapists in Action: A Working Guide to Research Options (2nd ed., 2012, Charles C. Thomas Publishers); and Co-author of Feders’ Art and Science of Evaluation in the Arts Therapies, (2nd ed., 2013, Charles C. Thomas Publishers).
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Emily D’Annunzio, MA, R-DMT, GL-CMA is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program. She also completed Columbia’s Graduate Laban- Certified Movement Analysis program. At Columbia, her thesis research focused on using performance as therapy as an intervention for adults with developmental disabilities. She currently works as a dance/movement therapist in a day rehabilitation program that provides services to adults with developmental disabilities.
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Robyne Davis, BC-DMT, LPC, in private practice in Falls Church, VA. She has worked in hospitals, schools and counseling centers over the past 20 years. She earned a BA in Psychology, an M.A. in Dance/Movement Therapy and a graduate certificate in Curriculum and Instruction from American University. Most recently, she served as the counselor for a Title I public charter school, grades K-8th in Washington DC.  Mrs. Davis has served as adjunct faculty at Columbia College in Chicago and George Mason University. She has led workshops on the importance of the body-mind connection, presenting at the AMHCA and AASCB conferences, the SAMHSA Mental Health Awareness Day, the VSA Conference, and ADTA conferences. She is past president of the MD/DC/VA Chapter and served as Government Affairs Chair.

Linni Deihl, MA, BC-DMT, maintains a private clinical practice specializing in psychogenic somatic disorders. She has been working as a DMT since 1964, trained with the original pioneers in this field and is currently working on a book and film, Profiles of Second Generation DMT's. She supervises both alternate route students working toward their R-DMT and BC-DMT. She teaches on the university level both here and abroad and since 1972 has taught June and Winter intensive two-week courses for alternate route students. She is the recipient of the 2007 ADTA award, Excellence in Education. She is a past ADTA Board member and currently services on the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board (DMTCB) as chair of the R-DMT committee, the Alternate Route Educators Sub-Committee, and the Board of Survivors Art Foundation, Director of Dance Arts. She has been the Pied Piper of dance education on the East End of Long Island, NY and directs the DanceAbility program for special needs children and serves the elder population with DMT at a skilled Nursing Home. Her publications include a book, Dance Therapy Bibliography, and many articles including, A Dance Therapist's Experience Working with Adolescent Boys in a City Prison Hospital and Treating Psychogenic Somatic Disorders through Body Metaphor.

Laura Downey, BC-DMT, LPC, GL-CMA is part-time faculty, Research Coordinator and Assessment Coordinator in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Columbia College Chicago. Laura has worked as a dance/movement therapist in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse programs, a rehabilitation program for individuals with traumatic brain injury and with veterans in a community based creative arts therapy program. Laura is Chair of the Research Sub-Committee and completing her dissertation on empathic reflection in clinical practice for a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. Laura was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the ADTA in 2013.
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Beverley Dunn, MBA, GL-CMA, MFLCI (moderator) is a business consultant, Certified Movement Analyst, Moving For Life Certified Instructor, D/MT alternate route student, and is pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Her studies and interests encompass both D/MT and somatic approaches. With broad experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, she brings a strategic, practical approach to applying business principals to the successful delivery of creative arts therapy programming.
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Kim Dunphy, BA, Grad Dip Movement Dance, MEd, PhD, is a dance movement therapist and performing arts educator who has worked with people with disabilities through dance and dance therapy in a range of settings. Kim is Head of Faculty, Dance Movement Therapy, Phoenix Institute, Melbourne, Australia and Vice-President of the Dance-Movement Therapy Association of Australia. She is co-author of Freedom to Move: Movement and Dance for People with Intellectual Disabilities (Elsevier 2003) and Dance Therapy Collections 3 (DTAA 2009). Kim’s research and practice interests focus on the nature of therapeutic or social change through the arts.

Kimberly Dye, MS, BC-DMT, former professional dancer and CEO of Dyenamic Movement Products, Inc. has worked in clinical settings for eating disorders, psychiatric, and substance abuse. She created a ”Bodily Knowing and Movement” course for Antioch Seattle’s masters of counseling program and taught it for 5 years. Her award-winning products evolved from her dance therapy work are used all over the world. She currently recruits trainers for her Stretch-eze and Elastablast programs as well as creates new programs and products that are used in therapy and fitness. Her "Airwaler" for autism was featured on TV's Home Makeover show and the "Stretch-eze", a full body resistance band is featured in the Feb/March 2014 issue of Pilates Style Magazine.

Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, EdD is a founder of the field of Somatic Movement Education & Therapy, author and lecturer on somatic dance, neuro-motor development, and socio-emotional learning. She taught in the graduate programs of Dance Therapy at NYU from 1984-88, and at Antioch from 1988–91. Her clients range from pre-natal to elders. She teaches her system of “BodyMind Dancing” internationally, & master classes for the Laban/Bartenieff Institute, School for Body-Mind Centering and her Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapy training. She directs the Center for Kinesthetic Education providing professional development and pre-K-12 and adult “healthy dancing.” She developed Moving for Life Dance Exercise for Cancer Recovery in 1996. Moving for Life has been featured on NY1, CNN, Fox News, the Today Show and CBS.

Jennifer Edwards, BC-DMT, graduated with honors from University of Maryland with a bachelor’s in Psychology and Dance. She obtained her Masters in Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy from Columbia College Chicago. Jennifer has worked for Castlewood Treatment Center since 2008, and recently assisted with opening Castlewood's affiliate Monarch Cove Treatment Center for eating disorders. Currently, Jennifer is the Program Director for the Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient programs at Monarch Cove. In order to address the needs of her clients as effectively as possible, Jennifer has completed training in Internal Family Systems and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Jennifer’s training as a dance/movement therapist combined with her training in sensorimotor psychotherapy allows her to offer a unique approach to helping clients become tolerant and comfortable with reconnecting to their body.
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Christine Ertola, MS, LCAT, R-DMT holds a BA in Dance and Psychology from CUNY-Hunter in New York and a Master of Science degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Pratt Institute. Her background also includes behavioral therapy and quality improvement coordination. Christine is a licensed dance/movement therapist, founder and co-director of the Therapeutic Dance Department at The Center for Discovery in Harris, NY. She has clinical experience working with diverse populations, including individuals with autism and special needs. Christine has developed innovative performance based programs for individuals with autism. She is also director of the dance/movement therapy internship program at the Center for Discovery.
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Angela Tatum Fairfax, 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 a contributing writer to several publications and a sought after speaker. 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 member of the Board of Directors, charter member and Chair of the Multicultural and Diversity Committee, President of the Pennsylvania Chapter and member of the ADTA Standards and Ethics Committee.

Judith Fischer, MA, BC-DMT, NCC has a Master’s Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Goddard College and trained as a personal coach through MentorCoach, a program accredited by the International Coach Federation. She has worked at Northwestern University’s Psychiatric day hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Director of Dance Therapy Department at St. Elizabeths’ Hospital and faculty at Goucher College. Judith has served as the educational chairperson for the ADTA and a co-facilitator for vision and strategic planning with the ADTA Board of Directors. For 40 years Judith has provided training and supervision in both national and international settings. She has also focused her work in community development through Wellness Workshops/Seminars. Judith maintains a private practice serving individuals and organizations through an integration of psychotherapy, dance-movement therapy, movement consultation, and coaching.
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Jenny Foster, MS has a BA in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and a MS in Neuroscience, with a specialization in autism, from CUNY-College of Staten Island. She is currently enrolled in the Behavioral Intervention in Autism certificate program at UMASS-Lowell and is working towards becoming a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst. She has worked with individuals with autism for over 12 years in both residential and school settings to identify and treat challenging behaviors. She has been involved in autism intervention research for the past five years, specializing in measuring and improving student self-regulation in educational settings to improve learning outcomes. She is currently a behavioral consultant and a research coordinator at The Center for Discovery in Harris, NY.
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Zvika Frank, BC-DMT, received an ADTA Outstanding Achievement Award in 2011, Former Dance/Movement Therapist at Delta Centre for Psychiatry Rotterdam for 28 years where Z. Frank developed a special dance/movement therapy program for sexually abused men. An article on this successful therapeutic model was published in 1997, in the American Journal for Dance Movement Therapy. Z. Frank is owner of a Private Practice for Dance Therapy and Supervision. Co-developed a Dance Therapy programme in China and is active in China as a Dance Therapist, Supervisor and Lecturer. Z. Frank has been involved as supervisor, tutor and member of the Advisory committee since the inception of the Rotterdam Dance Therapy Programme and gives Dance Therapy workshops worldwide.

Nancy Goldov, PsyD, BC-DMT who devoted her doctoral studies to researching medical dance/movement therapy (MDMT), body image and body image problems for women with breast cancer. She implemented a new dance/movement therapy intervention in a cancer center in the Northwest for women receiving radiation treatment for breast cancer. Her manualized MDMT intervention improved body image wellness for the women who received the experimental treatment. She has a private practice in Seattle, Washington, and is an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University-Seattle where she teaches Tests and Measurements in the master’s program in counseling psychology. Dr. Goldov is also the Public Education Chair of the Washington State Psychological Association and the consulting psychologist to the Seattle Film Institute.

Jill Green, PhD, is a professor of dance at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is Director of Graduate Studies, conducts research and teaches somatics, body studies, and pedagogy. In addition, she is a certified Kinetic Awareness Master Teacher and directs a teaching program at her studio. Dr. Green is a Fulbright Scholar (Finland) and former co-editor of Dance Research Journal. Her work is published in a number of journals including Dance Research Journal; Research in Dance Education; Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices; Journal of Dance Education; Arts and Learning; Impulse; and Frontiers: Journal of Women’s Studies. In addition, she has authored chapters in a number of books including Dance/Movement Therapists in Action: A Working Guide to Research Options.
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Anne Green-Gilbert, Artistic Director of Creative Dance Center and Kaleidoscope Dance Company, trains teachers through her Summer Dance Institute for Teachers and for Seattle Pacific University and Seattle University as an adjunct professor. She is author of Teaching the Three Rs through Movement, Creative Dance for All Ages, Brain-Compatible Dance Education, Teaching Creative Dance (DVD) and BrainDance (DVD), as well as numerous articles.

Robyn Lending Halsten, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, DTRL works at Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy in Madison Wisconsin. She has been in practice for over 20 years working with children, adolescents and adults. She has postgraduate training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Mindfulness Meditation which she incorporates into her work as a DMT. Robyn is a past chapter president for the Wisconsin chapter of the ADTA and has served on the ADTA credentialing committee twice. She has presented her work on trauma and sexual abuse nationally. Robyn also provides case consultation to other professionals and supervises graduate students.
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Ellen Schelly Hill, MMT, BC-DMT, LPC, NCC is a board certified dance/movement therapist and licensed professional counselor. She has 35 years of dance/movement therapy clinical, supervisory, and teaching experience. As director of the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling MA Program in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University, she teaches Professional Orientation and Ethics for Creative Arts Therapists as well as dance/movement therapy theory and practice courses. Ellen is currently an ADTA Board Member and Chair of the Standards and Ethics Committee.

Rainbow Tin Hung Ho, PhD, BC-DMT, CMA holds degrees in Biology, Anatomy, and Social Work and Social Administration, professional diplomas in performing arts and movement analysis, and pedagogy of dance and somatic movement therapy. She is Associate Professor of the Department of Social Work and Social Administration and directs the Centre on Behavioral Health, the MSocSc (Behavioral Health) program and the Master of Expressive Arts Therapy program at The University of Hong Kong. Dr. Ho has practiced DMT in Hong Kong for diverse populations since 2001. Her current research interests include psycho-oncology, psychoneuroimmunology, mind-body medicine, spirituality, DMT and physical activity for health and wellness. Dr. Ho is also active in community services promoting physical exercise, recreational activities, and healthy lifestyle in clinical and healthy populations.
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Erica Hornthal, BC-DMT, LPC, received her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago and her BS in psychology from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Erica is the founder and president of North Shore Dance Therapy, Inc., a psychotherapy practice in Chicago, IL founded in 2011. As a psychotherapist in private practice, Erica specializes in working with older adults who are diagnosed with dementia and movement disorders. She has worked in long-term care, skilled nursing, adult day services, and geriatric case management. She has also worked in social services and activities departments where she used her dance therapy skills to address the psychosocial needs of her clients.

Stacey Hurst, LCPC, BC-DMT, GLCMA, has worked in a variety of mental health settings and is currently in private practice at Mind Body Connections located at Clarus Center in Warrenville, IL where she works individually with adolescents and adults. Stacey has taught at Columbia College Chicago in the DMT & C department for the past 15 years, she has been a thesis advisor and reader and served as the coordinator for the Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis Program. Stacey served on the board of directors for the American Dance Therapy Association as Central Region Member-at-Large and Secretary.

Susan D. Imus, MA, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Columbia College Chicago. She has worked at numerous hospitals and has been a consultant to universities, hospitals, and corporations worldwide. She co-founded the Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (GL-CMA) program in 2001 and founded the Shannon Hardy Making Connections Suicide Prevention Program at Columbia College Chicago in 2002. Susan served for nine years on the Committee of Approval for the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) and was chair of that committee from 2006-2009. She is chair of the Education, Research, and Practice Committee of the ADTA (2012-2014). Susan also earned the first annual excellence in education award by the ADTA in 2006.
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Melanie Johnson, MA, R-DMT, NCC, KMP Analyst, RYT-200 is a dance/movement therapist based in Boston, MA. She currently works as an outpatient clinician serving adult populations through dance and expressive arts therapies. Johnson is an instructor of the Kestenberg Movement Profile in the DMT alternate route program at Kinections in Rochester, NY and past assistant KMP instructor in Munich, Germany. At present she is pursuing a PhD in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.
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Beth Kalish, PhD, BC-DMT, was a founding member and the third president of ADTA. She was a Trustee of the Marian Chace Foundation and gave the Marian Chace Lecture in 1996. She founded 3 graduate programs in Dance/Movement Therapy. In 2007 she received the Alumnae Citation of Achievement Award from Sarah Lawrence College. Currently, she is a Training and Supervising Analyst and former President of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies where she serves as faculty in the PhD in Psychoanalysis and is Co-Director of the Infant, Child and Parenting Psychotherapy program. She is author of “Movement thinking and therapeutic action" in Diamond, M.J. and Christian, C. (eds)(2011) The second century of psychoanalysis. London: Karnac.
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Shira Karman, MEd, BC-DMT, LMHC, is an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University and at Cambridge College and has a private practice in Dance/Movement Therapy and Body-Centered Psychotherapy.  She has consulted in psychiatric hospital settings, early intervention and educational settings, as well as with senior citizens.  She has taught Dance/Movement Therapy workshops across the United States and abroad.  She is certified in Core Energetics.

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Susan Kierr, BC-DMT, has been ADTA's MAL for the Central Region, for two terms, and its Chair of Ethics and Standards of Practice, also for two terms. Currently she is serving her second term on the Certification Board. Susan teaches nationally and internationally, writes, publishes and practices, specializing in supervision. Her contributions to the American Journal of Dance Therapy span the past thirty years of AJDT publication. Susan lives in Louisiana and works both professionally and pro bono in New Orleans creating and sustaining programs to promote the health and well-being of the people and the environment.
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Simone Kleinlooh, MA, BC-DMT, senior registered dance/therapist and registered supervisor in the Netherlands; Lecturer at Master Dance Therapy Codarts and member of Advisory and Research committee.; Private practice in Dance Therapy, Coaching and Supervision; Teacher, mentor and supervisor at Zuyd University in Heerlen, Faculty of Healthcare, Arts Therapy/Dance and Movement department. Member of KenVak; research center for the arts therapies, a joint venture of Zuyd University; Guest teacher in China and offering international DMT and nonverbal communication trainings.
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Nancy Koprak, MA, BC-DMT, LCAT has been in clinical practice for 30 years. An NYU graduate, she worked as a Senior Dance Therapist at Maimonides Medical Center for 26 years, where she worked with adult psychiatric and Alzheimer's patients. She practices at Metropolitan Adult Day Health Center where she leads multi-cultural groups and works with handicapped adults. She has led creativity retreats in Tortola, Maine and New Paltz. She supervises students and is on the part-time faculty of The New School for Public Engagement.

Rena Kornblum, MCAT, BC-DMT, DTRL, Executive Director of Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy, facilitates violence prevention classes and individual, group and family DMT at schools and at Hancock Center. She authored the Disarming the Playground book set and training DVDs, which illustrate a comprehensive, movement based, research supported, violence prevention curriculum. She has also written several chapters and articles on her DMT work with children. She teaches and presents on her work internationally and is on the faculty at the UW – Madison where she co-coordinates an undergraduate certificate program called Introductory Studies in Dance/Movement Therapy.
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Anne Krantz, PhD, BC-DMT, is a dancer, registered dance/movement therapist and licensed clinical psychologist. For close to 40 years she has practiced, taught, researched, presented and published on dance movement therapy. Anne was trained and mentored by Blanche Evan from 1972-1982, whose methods continue to be a foundation of her practice and teaching pedagogy. She works with adults and children of all ages, with interests in attachment, development, trauma, creativity and integrative health. Anne created Healing Through Dance, a program for cancer patients at UCSF Medical Center, in 1996 and made a documentary film featuring the group in 2013. Anne has supervised and taught psychologists and dance movement therapists in various clinical and academic settings, while maintaining an active private practice in San Francisco. She is a core faculty of California Institute of Integral Studies, Somatic Psychology program.

Heidi Landgraf, R-DMT, RSMT/E, MA, MFA currently works as a dance/movement and expressive arts therapist at Aurora Behavioral Health in Santa Rosa, CA. She also teaches Halprin-based interdisciplinary arts and scoring workshops at private high schools in the Bay Area. Heidi has also taught this work at Columbia College Chicago, and at Hubbard Street Dance through their Parkinson’s and Movement as Partnership Programs. Heidi won the Rosenblum Award to present ‘Heart, Mind & Pelvis in the Queer Body - A Movement Based Expressive Arts Therapy Exploration’ at the Makings and Meanings of Queer Dance CORD Special Topics Conference in 2012. She assisted Anna Halprin in her workshop titled ‘The Body Dances’ at the Performance Studies International Conference held at Stanford University last year.

Johanna Lantz, PhD, received her doctorate degree in School Psychology from Indiana University in 2005 and completed a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore through an affiliation with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. From 2006 to 2011, Dr. Lantz served as clinical faculty at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, New York. While at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Lantz provided behavioral therapy and trainings for schools, families, and individuals with autism and related conditions. She currently is the Assistant Chief of Psychology at the Center for Discovery in Harris, New York. Dr. Lantz has presented numerous conferences including the Autism Society of America and has published articles on autism spectrum disorders.

Kris Eric Larsen, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA, part-time faculty at Columbia College Chicago, Kris is in private practice and provides supervision to the dance therapy community. As a continued performer, he believes in the investigation of how movement and the creative process is the link to brain organization and healing.
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Keli Laverty, LPC, R-DMT, is currently a Primary Therapist and Dance/Movement Therapist at the Renfrew Center of Radnor, PA. Keli has worked in the ED field for 10 years, previously at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver and The Children’s Hospital in Aurora, CO. She has presented her work using Dance/Movement Therapy and Eating Disorders at IAEDP, The Renfrew Center and American Dance Therapy Association Conferences. She has been a member of the American Dance Therapy Association since 2003.
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Jenny Baxley Lee, MA, BC-DMT, is on faculty with the University of Florida's Center for Arts in Medicine in the College of Fine Arts and practices as a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist. Ms. Lee’s expertise includes practice, teaching, program implementation, and administration in clinical and community settings. She is dedicated to exploring the capacity of the arts, and more broadly the creative process, to impact the health of people of all ages and abilities. Ms. Lee is an active member and consultant with the Alliance for Arts and Health and a member of American Dance Therapy Association. Delighted to establish a meeting place for practice and theory, Ms. Lee is thrilled to serve on the faculty at the UF’s Center for Arts in Medicine.
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Mariah Meyer LeFeber, MA LPC BC-DMT DTRL, is a therapist, dancer and educator living in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a lecturer in the UW Madison Dance Department, where she also co-directs Performing Ourselves, a dance outreach program for low-income teen girls. Additionally, Mariah practices dance/movement therapy at the Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy and provides consultation services for other local agencies. She enjoys writing on the use of dance/movement therapy, and her work on using the modality with children has been published on several occasions. Mariah’s favorite dancing partners are her husband and two young daughters, who know how to have killer living room dance parties. Mariah was honored to be named the Wisconsin Dance Council New Leader in Dance in 2011.
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Susan Loman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, KMP Analyst, is director of the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Program, and professor and associate chair of the Department of Applied Psychology, Antioch University New England. She serves as co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy, served on the editorial board of The Arts in Psychotherapy, and is former chair of the ADTA Education Committee. She is the co-author of the book The meaning of movement: Developmental and clinical perspectives of the Kestenberg Movement Profile and is the author of articles, chapters and books on the KMP and DMT. She teaches the KMP and DMT at Antioch, throughout the United States and has taught in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, England, Scotland, South Korea, Argentina, and Switzerland.

Lisaura Lozada-Goode, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC, Director of Expressive Therapy and Program Development at Timberline Knolls as a board certified dance/movement therapist and clinical professional counselor Lisaura works with young and adult women residents both in an administrative and clinical way. In collaboration with staff she oversees the daily therapeutic program and facilitates groups such as Empowerment/Trauma group, Christian Process and Awakenings/Experiential Christian group. Prior to Timberline Knolls her professional experience included working as a teacher’s assistant for a preschool in Chicago, where she offered dance/movement therapy sessions to students while focusing on attention skills, impulse control, emotion regulation and body/space awareness. She loves to dance and to take dance lessons; whenever possible she enjoys performing too!

Dicki Johnson Macy, BC-DMT, Med, LMHC, IDMA, third generation 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. She continues to guide children, caregivers, and dancers of all ages with her Isadora inspired workshops and trainings.
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Robert Macy, PhD, is a Founder and Director of the Center for Trauma Psychology, Boston, and the Founder and Executive Director of The Boston Children’s Foundation, Boston. Macy also Co-Directs the Midwestern Trauma Services Network. Macy is a pioneer in the field of psychological trauma, psychosocial recovery and resiliency in research, interventions and violence prevention initiatives for children, youth, their families, adults and their communities exposed to traumatic events including large-scale disasters, terrorist events, and political, community and armed conflict violence. Macy is an Instructor in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Macy designs, implements and evaluates trauma focused psychosocial resiliency initiatives and violence prevention programs, in the United States, Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa.
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Sondra H. Malling, MA, R-DMT, GL-CMA, has worked with deaf, hearing, and hard-of-hearing individuals throughout the lifespan in various academic, performing arts, and mental health care settings for almost a decade. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago's Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program, her thesis research focused on the benefits of choreography and performance for deaf adults with serious mental illness. She also recently completed Columbia's Graduate Laban-Certificate in Movement Analysis program. She currently works as a dance/movement therapist in a psychosocial rehabilitation program for deaf, hearing, and hard-of-hearing adults with mental illness.
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Elizabeth (Liesbet) Manders, MA, BC-DMT, LPC is a PhD candidate in the Creative Arts Therapies PhD program at Drexel University and a Fulbright scholar studying in Heidelberg, Germany. Liesbet is completing her dissertation on DMT, movement qualities, and social interaction in individuals with ASD. Liesbet completed her MA in dance/movement therapy at Antioch New England. Liesbet has worked with children and adults with ASD for 14 years, in a variety of settings and roles including dance/movement therapist, behavior specialist, and Son-Rise Program® volunteer. She has worked with individuals and their families, teachers, and other therapists in client’s homes, schools, camps, day-care, and afterschool programs.

Myrna Mandlawitz, president of MRM Associates, LLC, has worked for 22 years as a consultant/lobbyist on special and general education. Ms. Mandlawitz is the immediate past president of the Committee for Education Funding, a large coalition of 113 national organizations supporting federal investment in education. In addition, she served for 12 years as co-chair of the National Alliance of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel Services. Her publications include Special Education Law (Co-author, Pearson, 2008) and the Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders-3rd Edition (Contributing Author, Wiley, 2005). She spent 14 years as an elementary teacher and helped develop Virginia's program for infants and toddlers with disabilities. She holds a master's degree in early childhood education from Boston University and a law degree from Temple University.
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Kristen Mennona, BC-DMT, LPC, CEDS, GLCMA, graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2005. Kristen has worked in hospitals, private practice and school settings. Kristen spent the last 4 years working in an in-patient eating disorder hospital as a primary therapist, family therapist and expressive arts therapist. While working with eating disorders, Kristen pursued the “Certified Eating Disorders Specialist” certification through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). Kristen's expertise in non-verbal communication and eating disorders has led her to create movement groups that reawaken a connection to the self, peers and family.
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Julie Miller, BC-DMT, LCSW, LCAT, is currently Chair, Creative Arts Therapy Department, Pratt Institute; and on the faculty of the Inspirees Institute for Creative Arts Therapy in Hong Kong and mainland China. She maintains a private practice in Brooklyn, NY.
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Sue Mullane, BEd, Grad Dip Movement Dance, MEd (Dance), is an experienced special educator and dance movement therapist who has worked with adults and children in a wide variety of educational and health settings. She has completed research, presented and written professionally in the area of dance movement therapy and trauma (childhood sexual assault) recovery; and for mainstream and special needs children in school-based, therapeutic movement and dance programs. Currently Sue lectures in dance movement therapy at Phoenix Institute (Melbourne) and works as a DMT in a large special developmental school (Melbourne). Her professional interests include wellbeing and assessment in relation to the efficacy of dance and DMT in special education.

Lucille Ormay, BC-DMT Came into DMT field from professional dance & theatre. Worked Bronx Psychiatric Center 32 years, which included supervision of Hunter College students at the inception of the Hunter DT program. Trained in psychoanalysis at Institute. for Expressive Analysis. Maintains a private practice. Lucille works with a strong focus on what is being said via nonverbal language alongside the verbal.
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Patricia Ann Pupello, R-DMT is a NYSLCAT with BA in dance education/performance and pre-dance/movement therapy (NYU), and MA in DMT (UCLA). Choreographed and performed in NY, LA, and Spain, while creating arts programs for underserved communities. Worked in hospitals serving abused/neglected children, substance abusers, incarcerated youth, families in crisis, and customized programs for mothers and infants. An ordained Buddhist nun of Tibetan and Vietnamese lineage since 1999, Asian Classics Institute certified teacher, DMU trained meditation instructor, pursues religious philosophy in India, and completing Yoga Alliance accreditation. In 1997, founded Limitless Health Institute, which provides educational services based on the premise that one’s own health and happiness depends on taking care of the health and happiness of others. In 2014, she concluded a three-year solitary meditation retreat.

Michael Gardos Reid, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, completed his MA in Dance/Movement Therapy at Antioch University New England in 1988.  He trained in Acupressure, Self Acupressure and Acu-Yoga with Michael Reed Gach, founder of the Accupressure Institute, Berkeley, CA.  He studied with proteges of Mary Burmeister in Jin Shin Jyutsu and Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Care.  For over twenty years, Michael has applied his creative applications of oriental healing arts as part of psycho education groups within the Mental Health Services at Abbott/NW Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.

Kimberly Rothwell, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC, CADC, GL-CMA, lives in Glen Ellyn, IL, with her husband and two children. Ms. Rothwell facilitates dance/movement therapy (DMT) at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in Lemont, IL, and is adjunct faculty in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Columbia College Chicago. Additionally, she teaches a seminar class at the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association (ILADTA). Ms. Rothwell currently practices Authentic Movement Chicago, and she cherishes its power to cultivate compassion and transformation within and among us.
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Sara Rubinstein, MA, R-DMT, is spending the year as an Israel Service Fellow with Ma’ase Olam, an organization promoting social change in Israel’s socio-economic periphery. Living and working in northern Israel, she serves as a dance/movement therapist for at-risk Druze adolescent girls, and also at an after-school program for Jewish and Arab children with developmental disabilities. Back in the Washington, DC area, Sara was a therapeutic dance instructor with Montgomery County Department of Recreation, in which she found immense joy in developing new and exciting social dance and Zumba® classes for adults and seniors with physical and developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury.

Jeannine Salemi, MA, BC-DMT, LPC, GL-CMA, completed the Advanced Facilitator Training in 2009 with Zoe Avstreih, one of the pioneers of Authentic Movement. The practice and philosophy of Authentic Movement has permeated Jeannine’s life as both a therapist and as a dance artist. She continues to push the boundaries of what it means to truly see and be seen by another. Currently, she works as dance/movement therapist at Loretto Hospital in Chicago, IL, with adults who have mental illness and addiction. She has also worked extensively with both adults with brain injuries and adults with developmental disabilities.
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Paul Sevett, MA, BC-DMT, LICSW, Paul’s dance therapy education began at the University of Wisconsin 1976, then he received his MA degree from Goucher College in 1983 and has worked in a variety of psychiatric settings in Maryland, Washington DC, and Minnesota. Paul is also a certified practitioner of Zen Bodytherapy®, Integral Bodywork®, and Three Heart Balancing® energy healing. He has served on the ADTA Board of Directors and is currently a member of the ADTA Standards & Ethics Committee. He has presented at national conferences, local events and teaches DMT alternate route courses. He lives and maintains his private practice in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Tal Shafir, PhD, R-DMT was certified as a dance teacher in Haifa Dance Center, and as a dance/movement therapist in University of Haifa, Israel. After several years of teaching dance and working as a dance/movement therapist, she completed her Masters and PhD in neurophysiology of motor control, both from University of Michigan. Following two postdoctoral fellowships: in brain-behavior interactions in motor development of infants with iron deficiency, and in affective neuroscience, her research in University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry focused on brain mechanisms underlying movement-emotion interaction. This research is the topic of her TEDx talk: How your Body Affects your Happiness. Shafir continues her research in her current position as assistant professor at the Graduate School of Creative Arts therapies in University of Haifa.

Jesse Roberta Smith, BC-DMT, LPC, currently working in a private practice with children, adolescents, adults, and groups. Since graduating from Columbia College, Jesse lived & worked in the Chicagoland area in an inpatient facility, residential treatment center, outpatient, and in a therapeutic day school. In 2012 she relocated to VA, to work in private practice at Prince William Family Counseling. Over the years, she has worked with clients that face a wide range of psychological disorders and diagnoses, has completed the intensive training for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and an externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
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Voniè Stillson, BC-DMT, NNC and 10 year ATRI certified aquatic rehabilitation specialist who received her BA in Dance Therapy from Naropa in 2004 and her MA from Antioch New England in 2007. She was the first R-DMT in Mississippi. In 2005 she participated in a panel where she spoke on DMT and aquatics at the New England Chapter of the ADTA's conference. She has introduced dance/movement therapy in presentations throughout Mississippi. She has been a driving force behind creation of the Southern Chapter and currently works at Jaquith Nursing Home, a division of Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield, MS. She and her husband celebrated their 9th anniversary this year and have two children ages 7 and 5.

Suzi Tortora, EdD, BC-DMT, CMA, LCAT, LMHC, holds a doctorate from Columbia University and is a consultant to the “Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001: A Primary Prevention Project” in the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University under Dr. Beatrice Beebe. She developed and is the manager of Dréa’s Dream Pediatric dance/movement therapy program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She has published numerous papers and her book, The Dancing Dialogue is used extensively in DMT training programs. She holds a board position at NY Zero to Three Network; has a private practice in New York City and Cold Spring, NY; teaches internationally; featured on “Good Morning America”, “Eyewitness News” ABC –TV, and in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, What the Dog Saw; and is the recipient of the Marion Chace Award 2010.
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Rachelle Palnick Tsachor, CMA, RSMT (Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Iowa; Senior Research Faculty, LIMS; Alexander Technique Teacher) is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist working with mind-body connections to support functional and expressive integration for chronic conditions and optimal performance. She uses Laban and Alexander Techniques as research tools to solve creative, stylistic and therapeutic problems, addressing the relationship of qualitative physical choices to emotional expression and physiological change. Tsachor recently published Laban/Bartenieff-based Somatic Movement Therapy… Methodology and Case Studies. Certified in Mind-Body Medicine, Tsachor teaches classes in Mind-Body Skills for Global Trauma Relief in the UI Global Health Studies, integrating her clinical experience into the evidenced-based practices. Tsachor is co-investigator with Dr. Shafir in Laban Motor Characteristics of Whole Body Emotionally Expressive Movements.

Sara R. van Koningsveld, MA, R-DMT, GL-CMA, currently serves as the Southern California Programming Chair for the California Chapter of the ADTA and is employed with Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services, as CFS Lead & Rehabilitation Interventionist in Connections/Wraparound. She has a M.A. in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling from Columbia College Chicago (2011) and Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (2010). Sara is currently an applicant for LPC-Intern registration in California and pursuing her BC-DMT credential.
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Dee Wagner, MS, BC-DMT, LPC, has been a therapist at the Link Counseling Center in Atlanta for 20 years and a professional choreographer and dance/drama teacher for over 30 years. She has led workshops at five ADTA conferences and for the Georgia Chapter of the Marriage and Family Therapy Association, South Fulton Medical Center, Inner Harbour Adolescent Treatment Facility, Georgia Regional Hospital, and the Georgia Eating Disorders Information Network.

Rachel Wagner, R-DMT, as a registered dance/movement therapist and clinical professional counselor, Rachel provides individual and group dance/movement therapy services for all residents at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. Rachel enjoys incorporating a variety of expressive therapy modalities in order to create a therapeutic environment tailored to each resident’s and group’s needs. Prior to joining the Expressive Therapy Department at Timberline Knolls, Rachel worked with children and adolescents in residential treatment, foster care, and within the community setting with a variety of needs including developmental delays, Autistic Disorder, PTSD, as well as mood and attachment disorders. Rachel loves to be creative and active in whatever way possible.
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Jennifer Wiles, MA, BC-DMT, LMHC, is on the adjunct faculty at Lesley University.  She teaches Clinical Supervision both on campus and in the low residency program. As the director of HEARTplaysm and Camp ErinR Boston at Parmenter Community Health Care, she works with children, teens and their families in hospice and bereavement.  She has developed Dance Movement Therapy programs in Adult Day Health centers, nursing homes and preschools.  She has a private practice in Dance Movement Therapy.

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Sherma Williams is a dance and movement specialist and co-director of the Therapeutic Dance Dept at the Center for Discovery in Harris, NY. Sherma specializes in adapted dance and dance education with individuals with severe disabilities and medical frailties. Sherma has directed, owned and operated Main Street Dance Studio, a facility that provides dance education for children, for 17 years. She has incorporated community building programs into her work, providing rewarding performance based experiences for individuals with autism. Sharma’s dancers from Main St Dance Studio and The Center for Discovery have performed at various venues including: Breast Cancer Benefit Concerts, Disney World Parade and Performance, Bethel Woods, NAACP Events, Six Flags Great Adventure, Make a Wish Foundation, etc.
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Allison Winters, BC-DMT, LCAT, holds master’s degree in clinical psychology is pursuing a doctorate in mind-body medicine. Allison has worked with a wide range of clientele, including adults, adolescents, and children in inpatient psychiatry, veterans in residential and outpatient settings, and active duty military in a residential substance abuse rehabilitation program. Her published article Emotion, Embodiment, and Mirror Neurons in Dance/Movement Therapy: A Connection Across Disciplines has received media attention and awards for research and journalism. She serves currently as the ADTA Government Affairs Committee Chair. She has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in psychology and counseling and has presented her work nationally. Allison is an experienced dancer and a certified yoga instructor.
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Jessica Young, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA is an Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies where she also serves as the Associate Chair. She has presented workshops in dance/movement therapy, clinical supervision, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, and violence prevention nationally and internationally, and is a trainer with the Midwest Harm Reduction Institute. She also provides clinical supervision in her private practice, chairs the ADTA Committee on Approval, and choreographs and performs in departmental events. Previously, Jessica has worked extensively with adults who are homeless and living with severe mental illness and substance abuse issues.


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