Pre-Conference Intensives


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All Day Intensives: Thursday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

 

IS1. The Chaotic Dance of Self: Dance/Movement Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders with Susan Kleinman


Half Day Intensives: 8:30 am – 11:30 am


Half Day Intensive Thursday 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm


IS8. Introductory Experiential Workshop and Continuous Support Group for Those New to ADTA Conferences with Linni Deihl




Intensive Descriptions:

IS1. The Chaotic Dance of Self: Dance/Movement Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders with Susan Kleinman

Dance/movement therapy concepts and didactic information will be utilized to demonstrate the importance of implementing embodied methods to treat patients with eating disorders. Helping these patients transform their habitual thoughts and behaviors into more productive ways to cope with overwhelming problems is integral to reclaiming a connection to a fuller experience of living. Attendees will learn to trust their innate ability to “attend” empathically, respond authentically and translate non-verbal experiences into cognitive insight.  Dance educators will find this presentation useful in understanding the dynamics of this tenacious disorder which affects so many of their students.  

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IS2. Tending the Helpers Fire: Movement as Self Care and Compassion for Trauma-Focused Therapists with Amber E. L. Gray

Those of us who steward the restorative process for survivors of trauma are exposed to stories, histories, and emotions that impact our own well-being and worldview. In tending to others, our own hearts encounter suffering and fear. Current neuropsychiatric research suggests that human beings are soft-wired for empathy, which connects us, and increases our risk for vicarious trauma. Research supports contemplative practices and physical activity as fundamental to well-being. The body, and movement, provide the most direct access to change that promotes well-being.  This workshop will provide theoretical, scientific, and contemplative approaches for the use of mindful movement as measure of protection, self-care, and increased compassion.  

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IS3. Architecture, Sculpture and Dance in Urban and Inner Space with Laurice D. Nemetz

As an art historian, anatomist and dance/movement therapist, Lauri has a unique perspective of looking at how art and city space affect us on a body level. Chicago, with its amazing architecture, offers a unique place in which to observe this. We’ll begin the day discussing the thought process of art/architecture and the body relationship. Additionally, we will work movement observation skills from anatomical, dance and dance/movement therapy perspectives. The afternoon will involve a fieldtrip to the nearby sculpture installation, Agora (weather dependent). We will observe how others interact in the space, and create a collaborative movement piece involving the sculptures and architectural space. Dance/movement therapists, dancers and choreographers can all gain insight on how people relate to non-traditional “dance” spaces that inspire our movement. Back to top

 

IS4. Deepening the Dance/Movement Therapy Connection to the Public Health Approach, Prevention, Health Promotion and Wellness with Leslie Armeniox and Shannon Lengerich Suffoletto

Within healthcare, a more intentional focus on the areas of prevention and wellness has taken hold.  This intensive explores in depth the application of Dance/Movement Therapy to the Public Health Approach, health promotion, wellness and prevention.  Salient terms will be defined.  In addition, direct application of DMT principles and techniques that can be utilized in health promotion and wellness will be explored.  Positioning dance/movement therapists to advance in these areas will be strategized.  Ultimately, participants will understand how to “connect” these areas of practice.  

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IS5. Transference and Countertransference Issues Unique to Male Dance/Movement Therapists with Paul Sevett and Zvika Frank

Male DMTs face distinct issues beginning the first day of graduate training and continuing throughout their professional lives. In particular, men leading DMT group or individual sessions engender reactions from patients/clients that are steeped in societal and cultural stereotypes of both traditional male role assignments and the evolving male role definitions in ongoing 21st century life. These reactions have a profound effect on the self-identity of and the therapeutic interventions used by the male DMT in supporting positive treatment outcomes. In this workshop we will focus on these transference and countertransference issues through lecture discussion, and movement experiences.  

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IS6. Enjoying, Embodying, Deconstructing a Somatic Dance class - BodyMind Dancing (BMD) with Martha Eddy

The workshop would present a definition of somatic education through the experience of somatic dance. The presenter, Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, EdD and founder of BodyMind Dancing in 1986 will share 5 principles from Laban/Bartenieff, BodyMind Centering, and Dynamic Embodiment and how they inform somatic awareness with a dance class experience. You will experience a 50 minute class and the rest of the time is organized as a laboratory with explorations, questions and answers, and presentation.  Activities are in full group, small groups and in partners and include improvisation and some easy-going follow-along phrases.  The work is rooted in developmental movement and experiential anatomy.  BMD has existed since 1986 and has been featured in festivals and universities around the world.  

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IS7. Moving Beyond the Dance: Inclusion of Spirituality in Dance/Movement Therapy Practice with Angela Tatum Fairfax and Heidi McCardell-Wentworth

The concept of spirituality in dance/movement therapy theory and practice has been identified in the available research/literature as “numinous dance therapy” (Efferding, 1994), “sacred sign dance” (Miller, 1992), “authentic movement” (Mitchell, 1987) and “psycho-spiritual-body therapy” (Serlin, 1989) to name a few. While spirituality has been an on-going area of interest there has been very little discussion or published work in the field of dance/movement therapy. This workshop will engage participants in movement and discussion to consider 1) what a spiritually informed DMT session would look like; 2) how spirituality can be incorporated into current DMT work; 3) how to manage clients’ religious beliefs when they differ from the therapists’ beliefs; and 4) the necessity of an affinity group based on spirituality and religion.  

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IS8. Introductory Experiential Workshop and Continuous Support Group for Those New to ADTA Conferences with Linni Deihl

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

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Presenter Bios:

Leslie Armeniox, Ph.D., LPC, BC-DMT is Associate Director of Counseling Services and Associate Director for Student Health and Wellness Programs at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, where prevention and wellness programs are a primary part of mental health services. She incorporates DMT principles and techniques into her work, as well as other creative arts and play modalities to make prevention and intervention more culturally appropriate, accessible, and effective. Previously she was Executive Director of a non-profit organization that partnered with community leaders, schools, advocacy groups, and businesses to promote healthy eating and exercise to reduce obesity. She serves as the ADTA’s Professional Relations Liaison to the Counseling Profession.  
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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.  

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Martha Eddy, EdD, CMA, RSMT, DEP, founder and Director of Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapy Training (www.DynamicEmbodiment.org), Martha Eddy is a dance educator and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist in private practice with pre-natal women, infants, children, adults, and seniors. Martha created BodyMind Dancing© in 1986 and MOVING FOR LIFE DanceExercise for Health®/Moving for Life Dance Exercise for Cancer Recovery (www.MovingforLife.org) in 1999. She co-created GlobalWaterDances.org with a team of five Laban Movement Analysts coordinating performances in 60 countries on June 25, 2011, and June 15, 2013. Dr. Eddy has taught in the Dance & Dance Therapy programs of NYU and Antioch from 1984 - 1991, and then on the Dance & Dance Education program of Teachers College, Columbia University for the next 10 years. At present all of her dance and somatic education teaching is affiliated with SUNY-Empire State College Graduate Center. She has taught BodyMind Dancing© at Bates Summer Dance Festival, Kestenberg Movement Profile Conference, MindBodySpirit conference, National Dance Education Organization conference, Seattle Festival of Dance Improv, TanzFabrik in Berlin, White Mountain Summer Dance Festival, and dance centers in Amsterdam, Bogota, Cologne, Lima, Mexico City, Rio, Taipei, Zurich, and throughout the USA & Canada, as well as a full semester course at numerous universities. She has published extensively on the role of dance in the growth and development of Somatic Education and Somatic Dance. At the American Dance Festival she taught aspects of BodyMind Dancing as part of her special workshop on Dance Somatics and Visual Perception. She has a doctorate in Movement Science and Education from Columbia University. Her teaching has been featured on CNN, ForbesOnline, Fox News, NBC Today, as well as in numerous publications.  
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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, a sought after speaker and has been featured in written and televised interviews. 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 Standards and Ethics Committee.  
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Zvika Frank, BC-DMT, joined ADTA in 1990, receiving his BC-DMT in 1997. He worked for 28 years in the Psychiatric Centre in Rotterdam working with various client populations and also had a private practice. in 1990 he developed a dance therapy program for sexually abused men publishing about this in the AJDT. He has presented on this special program in various countries since 1995. He is part of the committee of the Master Program CMT in Rotterdam, provides supervision, teaches DMT in China since 2006, has presented workshops on male abuse in Sweden, Israel, Holland, Prague and Belgium. He studied the Eric Bern method of Transactional Analysis from 2000-2003. In 2011 he received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the ADTA.  
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Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray, MPH, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC, provides training and consultation nationally and internationally on the application of somatic and creative arts psychotherapies to working with survivors of war, torture, and natural disasters. Currently Director of Restorative Resources Consulting and Training and its non-profit heart, Trauma Resources International, she was Clinical Director at Rocky Mountain Survivors Center, Denver’s torture treatment program, for almost six years, Director of Haiti’s first program for Victims of Organized Violence for one year, and Co-Directed New Mexico’s Program for Child Traumatic Stress. One of the primary focuses of her work is staff care and support programs for humanitarian workers in complex humanitarian emergencies. She has taken her work to Indonesia, Haiti, Kosovo, India, Australia, Croatia, Sweden, Rwanda, Denmark, Mexico, Norway, Lebanon, Palestine, The Darfur Region of Sudan and Chad, and New Zealand. She is an Authorized Continuum Movement teacher and is the 2010 recipient of the ADTA Outstanding Achievement Award.  
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Susan Kleinman, BC-DMT, NCC, CEDS, Dance/Movement Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Florida is a trustee of the Marian Chace Foundation, past president of the American Dance Therapy Association and past chair of The National Coalition for Creative Arts Therapies. She has written extensively on the subject of dance/movement therapy in the treatment of eating disorders, is co-editor of The Renfrew Center Foundation’s Healing through Relationship series and co-author of chapters on body/mind methods in the textbook, Bridging the Research-Practice Gap in the Treatment of Eating Disorders and the first Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. Ms Kleinman is the recipient of the American Dance Therapy Association’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. Her work is featured in the documentary entitled Expressing Disorder: Journey to Recovery.  

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Heidi McCardell-Wentworth, MA, R-DMT, LPC, holds a Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling from Antioch University New England. She is also a certified Kestenberg Movement Profile analyst and researcher and has been trained in the use of PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and adoption work. Heidi uses both insight- and solution-focused approaches to help people examine past and present situations to make meaningful changes in their lives. She specializes in working with clients who struggle with developmental disorders, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, addictive behaviors, and spiritual awakenings. She currently works at Mind Body Connections as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Dance/Movement Therapist and previously worked as a therapist at a faith-based not-for-profit organization and at a residential facility focused on treating eating disorders and drug and alcohol addictions. Heidi serves on the ADTA Multicultural and Diversity Committee as Coordinator of the Spirituality and Religion Affinity Group.  
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Laurice D. Nemetz, MA, BC-DMT, LCAT, E-RYT, has worked and danced at the prestigious ADF festival and dance in both modern and folk dance companies. She is past president of the Yoga Teachers’ Association and a professor at Pace University. Lauri began her love of movement observation as an art history major at Wellesley College and continues to create her own artwork. She has worked with a number of diverse populations including breast cancer survivors, trauma post 9/11, autism, and general rehab and has published in medical arts journals and a chapter in Creative Arts Therapies Manual, edited by Stephanie L. Brooke. She is in demand as an anatomy teacher for various teacher-training programs, and has guest-taught workshops on anatomy and movement throughout the US and Canada, as well as several conference presentations for the ADTA. Lauri has completed several courses in Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and with anatomist Tom Myers, with whom she is currently faculty-in-training to teach his Anatomy Trains® work to the movement world. She has been part of many cadaver labs, and is working with Gil Hedley as a dissector for a new anatomy atlas. She additionally loves being outdoors and leads yoga/kayak trips world-wide. She lives in NY with her husband and two boys.  

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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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Shannon Lengerich Suffoletto, MA, LCPC, BC-DMT, has over eight years of experience in Public Health, prevention and wellness. As the Director of Health Promotion and Wellness at DePaul University in Chicago, IL, Shannon incorporates dance/movement therapy principles and techniques into her approach to wellness messaging and programming for students, faculty, staff and the community. Shannon is a member of the ADTA Practice Sub-Committee. Shannon recently became certified as a Movement Pattern Analysis Consultant and is excited to apply this knowledge as a manager and entrepreneur.  

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